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Engineering Newswire 104: Giant Darts to Probe Mars for Signs of Life

August 21, 2014 10:55 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re creating the future of armored vehicles, waging robot wars, and throwing giant penetrator probes at Mars ...                

NTSB: Crash Wiped Out Signal That Could Hold Clues

August 19, 2014 9:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Transportation Safety Board says a trackside signal that could hold clues to a...

Emerging Solar Plants Ignite Birds in Midair

August 19, 2014 9:28 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer & John Locher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly...

Americans Are Willing to Pay More for the Digital Grid

August 15, 2014 9:30 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

As power outages go, the iguana affair was a mundane one. On July 27, a hapless lizard shorted a...

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Kemper Plant Starts Making Power Using Natural Gas

August 14, 2014 3:24 pm | by Jeff Amy - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi Power Co. says a key part of its $5.5 billion Kemper County power plant is operational. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. announced Thursday that it has put three power generating turbines into commercial operation ...  

High-Res Camera to Spend Two Years Recording Meteor Showers

August 14, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

Those who enjoy the spectacle of the Perseids, Geminids or other annual meteor showers likely aren’t thinking about where these shooting stars originated or whether they might pose a danger. Scientists, however, think about such things ...

Photos of the Day: Monitoring Meteor Showers from Space

August 14, 2014 9:59 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The WORF provides a stable platform for hand-held photography and other research activities at the U.S. Laboratory Science Window, the highest optical-quality window ever installed on a human space vehicle. The Window enables the use of ...

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'Street View' Goes Undersea to Map Reefs, Wonders

August 13, 2014 9:28 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. government scientists are learning to use specialized fisheye lenses underwater in the Florida Keys this week in hopes of applying "street view" mapping to research and management plans in marine sanctuaries nationwide. Some of the ...

Photos of the Day: Underground Astronauts Simulate Space Mission

August 12, 2014 10:04 am | by ESA | News | Comments

New and experienced astronauts from different space agencies are invited on underground ventures to improve their exploration skills and learn from each other in a multicultural team. The CAVES course ...       

ESA Sends 'Cavenauts' Underground for Two Weeks

August 12, 2014 10:03 am | by ESA | News | Comments

Each year, ESA sends up to six astronauts down into the caves of Sardinia, Italy, for two weeks on a simulated space mission. This year will see an underground reunion for ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin ... 

Airport Tests New Way to Avoid Deadly Bird Strikes

August 12, 2014 3:22 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

When birds and planes collide, the results can be deadly. That's why airports around the world work hard to keep birds away, even resorting to shooting or poisoning large flocks. One Ohio airport is now experimenting with a new, gentler way ...

Smelter Embraces Big Data

August 8, 2014 11:52 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Africa’s economic expansion was largely driven by commodities over the last decade. But today, satisfying demand involves more than just pulling ore and minerals from the ground faster. Companies like South Africa’s platinum producer ...  

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Contractor Selected for Underwater Malaysian Jet Search

August 7, 2014 4:42 pm | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fugro Survey Pty. Ltd. will use two vessels towing underwater vehicles equipped with side-scan sonar, multi-beam echo sounders and video equipment to search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777, Transport Minister Warren Truss said ...

Engineering Newswire 102: Robo-Shipbuilder Suit Gives Workers Superhuman Strength

August 7, 2014 10:33 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on engineering newswire, we’re exploring the ocean in a private submarine, translating vibrations into audio signals, and gaining superhuman strength ... with the help of a robotic exoskeleton ...       

Photos of the Day: Recovering a 20,500-Pound Spacecraft

August 7, 2014 9:24 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA and Orion prime contractor Lockheed Martin teamed up with the U.S. Navy and the Defense Department's Human Space Flight Support Detachment 3 to try different techniques for recovering the 20,500-pound spacecraft safely during ...  

NASA, Navy Prepare for Orion Spacecraft to Make a Splash

August 6, 2014 8:25 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

A team of technicians, engineers, sailors and divers just wrapped up a successful week of testing and preparing for various scenarios that could play out when NASA's new Orion spacecraft splashes into the Pacific Ocean following its first ...

Infographic: What Engineers Think About Retirement

August 6, 2014 1:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta & Eileen Whitmore, ECN Magazine | News | Comments

Retirement, that Golden Age of relaxation and hard-earned rest where you get to prop up your feet on the porch and yell at the neighborhood kids to get off your lawn. ECN wanted to know what engineers had planned for ...    

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NFL Sideline Tech Inches Forward

August 5, 2014 9:33 am | by Rachel Cohen, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

NFL teams used to take Polaroid pictures of plays from atop the stadium during games then send them down to the field on a rope. Technology improved so that an automated camera could deliver the images to a printer on the sideline ...  

Google Confirms it Sold Barge Docked in Maine

August 4, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. is confirming that the barge it docked in Maine has been sold. The barge carries dozens of old shipping containers that were joined to create a four-story building. Google envisioned it as one of three floating retail stores ...

Man-Made Wetlands Turn Wastewater into Tap Water

August 4, 2014 12:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As murky water snakes through a man-made wetland between Dallas and Houston, its shallow ponds of lush vegetation slowly filter out phosphorous and nitrates until, a week later, the water runs clear as a creek into the area drinking supply ...

Real-Time Oil & Gas Data in the Cloud

August 4, 2014 10:45 am | by John Parsons, President & CEO of PML Exploration Services | Articles | Comments

When drilling oil or natural gas wells, employee safety and the integrity of the well are the primary concerns. To enhance safety and increase productivity, PML analyzes the rock cuttings and gases from the drilling fluid to ascertain information ...

Photos of the Day: The World's Fastest Solar-Powered Car Goes Off-Road

August 4, 2014 10:13 am | by Nuon Solar Team | News | Comments

Nuna, the world’s fastest solar-powered car, found itself amidst a parade of zebras and giraffes, and even encountered several cheetahs. In the wild, these cheetahs can run about as fast as Nuna drives during a solar-powered race – approximately ...

Taiwan Explosions Probe Focuses on Petrochem Firm

August 2, 2014 5:23 am | by Gladys Tsai, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five blasts tore through four streets in the city of Kaohsiung starting at around midnight Thursday, ripping apart streets, flinging cars into the air and blasting cement rubble at passers-by, many of whom were out late at a nearby night market ...

Hubble Shows Farthest Lensing Galaxy Yields Clues to Early Universe

July 31, 2014 5:00 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have unexpectedly discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a cosmic magnifying glass. Seen here as it looked 9.6 billion years ago, this monster elliptical galaxy breaks the ...  

NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload to Explore the Red Planet as Never Before

July 31, 2014 4:48 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet. ASA announced the selected Mars 2020 rover ...  

NIST Corrosion Lab Tests Suggest Need for Underground Gas Tank Retrofits

July 31, 2014 4:37 pm | by National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

A hidden hazard lurks beneath many of the roughly 156,000 gas stations across the United States. The hazard is corrosion in parts of underground gas storage tanks—corrosion that could result in failures, leaks and contamination of ...  

Company Proposes 725-Mile Power Line Network

July 31, 2014 4:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PPL Corp. wants to spend billions of dollars to build a 725-mile system of electric transmission lines that will bring energy from the booming Marcellus Shale natural gas fields to customers on the heavily populated eastern seaboard ...  

Little’s Law for the Office

July 31, 2014 3:45 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Little’s Law is a common phrase on production floors where the Lean methodology prevails. It is not well known in office environments because lead-time and process flow are not prevalent tools in such an environment. Things in the office are ...

Engineering Newswire 101: The Army’s New Glow-in-the-Dark Bullets

July 31, 2014 11:19 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re shrinking power inverters for a chance to win a million dollars, firing glow-in-the-dark bullets, and creating power with industry by-products ...          

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