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Curiosity Rover Detects Spikes of Methane at Mars

December 16, 2014 4:39 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity, has detected spikes of methane in the planet's atmosphere. That suggests something is producing or venting the scientifically tantalizing gas, but no one knows what ...        

Army Installs First Ground-Based Sense-&-Avoid Radar

December 16, 2014 4:34 pm | by PEO Aviation | News | Comments

The Army-developed Ground-Based Sense-and-Avoid, or GBSAA, will initially support UAS transiting...

Today in Engineering History: Estimating Meteoroid Strikes

December 16, 2014 12:50 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

On this day in history, 1962, the Explorer 16 launched to study meteoroid impacts on spacecraft...

Lockheed Martin Wins Alaska Spaceport Bid

December 15, 2014 9:59 am | by Mark Thiessen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state-owned space agency on Friday named Lockheed Martin the winner of a bidding process to...

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Playing with Nuclear Fire

December 15, 2014 9:40 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

The safety of nuclear weapons is the theme of Eric Schlosser's 2013 book Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. After reading the book, my own reaction is mirrored in a quote ...   

Boeing Covers Groundwork in Second Milestone

December 11, 2014 4:08 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The momentum of certifying American space transportation systems capable of carrying astronauts to the International Space Station continued on pace as NASA took a comprehensive look at all of Boeing’s ground-based system designs ...   

The Workforce Crisis of 2030 & How to Start Solving it Now

December 11, 2014 9:32 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

It sounds counterintuitive, but by 2030, many of the world's largest economies will have more jobs than adult citizens to do those jobs. In this data-filled — and quite charming — talk, human resources expert Rainer Strack suggests ...  

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Senator's Family Sues Manufacturers in Plane Crash

December 10, 2014 5:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a U.S. senator's son who was killed in a plane crash is suing the aircraft's manufacturers. A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Tulsa County District Court claims the November 2013 crash that killed Perry Dyson Inhofe II, 51, was due to ...

Photos of the Day: Navy's Laser Weapon Destroys Moving Targets at Sea

December 10, 2014 5:09 pm | by U.S. Navy | News | Comments

The Afloat Forward Staging Base USS Ponce conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System while deployed to the Arabian Gulf ...                

Congress Told U.S. Lags Other Nations on Drones

December 10, 2014 4:51 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Commercial drone flights are taking off in other countries while the U.S. lags behind in developing safety regulations that would permit unmanned aircraft operations by a wide array of industries, witnesses told a House panel Wednesday ...

Today in Engineering History: Ford Builds Millionth Car

December 10, 2014 11:16 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

On this day in history, 1915, Ford completed assembly of its millionth car at the River Rouge plant in Detroit, Michigan, and the International Space Station was opened for the first time ...         

New Renewable Energy Project to Power 3.2K Homes

December 10, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republic Services has announced the start of operations at its latest landfill gas-to-energy project. The new six megawatt project at County Line Landfill involves four engines operating at one energy generation facility. The project is capable of ...

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Laser Communications Speed Flow of Information Between Earth, Space

December 10, 2014 10:12 am | by NASA | News | Comments

You may know opals as fiery gemstones, but something special called OPALS is floating above us in space. On the International Space Station, the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) is demonstrating how ...    

Two Robots, One Challenge, Endless Possibility

December 10, 2014 9:37 am | by NASA | News | Comments

To the theme song of "2001: A Space Odyssey," a robot with a twisty spine rolled toward Thomas Rosenbaum, the new president of the California Institute of Technology, on Oct. 24, as he stood on a stage at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory ...

Photos of the Day: Ape-Like Robot Moves Around on 4 Limbs

December 10, 2014 9:36 am | by NASA | News | Comments

RoboSimian is an ape-like robot that moves around on four limbs designed. It was designed and built at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California ...                       

6 Dead After Plane Crashes into Home

December 9, 2014 10:04 am | by Ben Nuckols & Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press | News | Comments

An FAA spokesman said preliminary information showed the Embraer EMB-500/Phenom 100 twin-engine jet was on approach at the nearby Montgomery County Airpark. The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team to investigate ...   

Walden Pond Where Thoreau Lived Simply Goes Solar

December 9, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Henry David Thoreau famously wrote of "the sunshine of a winter's day," and now the simple place that inspired him the most is going solar. The $8 million complex will feature two decidedly high-tech touches: a solar canopy and a pair of ...

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USS Anchorage Returns NASA's Orion Spacecraft After Test Flight

December 9, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA's new Orion spacecraft returned to dry land in Southern California after a test flight that ended with a plunge into the Pacific Ocean. A Navy ship, the USS Anchorage, delivered the capsule to Naval Base San Diego and unloaded the ...

Photos of the Day: Navy Retrieves Orion Spacecraft from Sea

December 9, 2014 9:32 am | by U.S. Navy, NASA | News | Comments

Orion launched into space on a two-orbit, 4.5-hour test flight at 7:05 am EST on Dec. 5, and safely splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, where a combined team from NASA, the Navy and Orion prime contractor Lockheed Martin retrieved it ... 

Today in Engineering History: December 8th

December 8, 2014 1:42 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

Today in History: The American Federation of Labor was founded, NAFTA was signed into law, and two NASA astronauts performed an extravehicular activity (EVA) during the first Hubble space telescope servicing mission ...       

Why Employees Leave Their Jobs

December 8, 2014 9:50 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

With fewer Baby Boomers retiring after years of economic uncertainty and more Millennials beginning their careers, today’s workforce is divided almost evenly between Millennials, Generation X and Boomers. The diverse makeup of ... 

NASA's Orion Craft Hits High Point of 3,600 Miles

December 5, 2014 10:28 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA's new Orion spacecraft has hit its intended high point of 3,600 miles above Earth, the farthest a spacecraft built for humans has traveled in four decades. Now its dramatic trip back to the planet awaits ...      

U.S. Adds 321,000 Jobs, the Most in Nearly 3 Years

December 5, 2014 10:23 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A burst of U.S. hiring in November — the most in nearly three years — added 321,000 jobs and provided the latest evidence that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world ...      

Boeing Conducts World's First Flight With 'Green Diesel'

December 5, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing has completed the world's first flight using "green diesel," a sustainable biofuel that is widely available and used in ground transportation. The company powered its ecoDemonstrator 787 flight test airplane yesterday with a blend of ...

NASA Launch Opens New Era in Space

December 5, 2014 9:48 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA's new Orion spacecraft zoomed toward a high point of 3,600 miles on an orbital test flight Friday, ushering in a new era of exploration that could one day put people on Mars ...          

Photos of the Day: Orion Spacecraft Launches into Space

December 5, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The unmanned journey began with a sunrise liftoff witnessed by thousands of NASA guests. Two hours later, Orion zoomed toward the highest altitude traveled by a spacecraft built for humans since the Apollo moon program four decades ago ...

Engineering Newswire 119: Stephen Hawking Gets an Upgrade

December 4, 2014 10:23 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re turning our arms into touchscreens, communicating with Stephen Hawking with upgraded sensors and software, and taking a ride on the bio-bus ... powered by poop ...        

How to Operate the Hubble Space Telescope

December 4, 2014 9:45 am | by Hubble Space Telescope | Videos | Comments

Have you ever wondered how NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute actually drive Hubble? How do we point it? How do we get the data down from orbit? How do we communicate with it? How do we know when something goes wrong ...  

Wind, Valves Stall Launch of New Orion Spacecraft

December 4, 2014 9:20 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA stood poised to usher in a new era of exploration Thursday with the premier launch of its new Orion spacecraft, but the countdown was repeatedly stalled by gusty wind and then a sticky rocket valve ...       

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