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Engineering Update #103: The world’s first commercial flamethrower

March 26, 2015 | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Now here’s a weapon I can almost guarantee that you’ve seen more at the local multiplex than in someone’s backyard. Its creators describe the XM42 as the “world’s first fully handheld, grab and go portable flamethrower on the market.”

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Dark matter even darker than once thought

March 26, 2015 3:59 pm | by ESA/Hubble Information Centre | News | Comments

Astronomers using observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have studied how dark matter in clusters of galaxies behaves when the clusters collide. The results, published in the journal Science on 27 March 2015 ...

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Designer's toolkit for dynamic DNA nanomachines

March 26, 2015 3:56 pm | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

The latest DNA nanodevices created at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) - including a robot with movable arms, a book that opens and closes, a switchable gear, and an actuator - may be intriguing in their own right, but that's not the point. They demonstrate ...

New study shows bacteria can use magnetic particles to create a 'natural battery'

March 26, 2015 3:52 pm | by European Association of Geochemistry | News | Comments

New research shows bacteria can use tiny magnetic particles to effectively create a 'natural battery.' According to work published in journal Science on 27 March, the bacteria can load electrons onto and discharge electrons from microscopic particles of magnetite....

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Engineers develop new methods to speed up simulations in computational grand challenge

March 26, 2015 3:50 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a new family of methods to significantly increase the speed of time-resolved numerical simulations in computational grand challenge problems. Such problems often arise from the high-resolution approximation ...

Salt Lake City will soon offer Google's high-speed Internet

March 26, 2015 3:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Salt Lake City will soon join a handful of U.S. cities in offering high-speed internet service through Google Fiber. Mayor Ralph Becker made the announcement on Tuesday at The Leonardo museum. Google Fiber spokesman Devin Baer said ...

Photos of the Day: The world’s first commercial flamethrower

March 26, 2015 3:23 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Its creators describe the XM42 as the “world’s first fully handheld, grab and go portable flamethrower on the market,” aka the world's first commercial flamethrower. The XM42 doesn’t require pressurized tanks or a backpack filled with fuel....

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UT Dallas engineers twist nanofibers to create structures tougher than bulletproof vests

March 26, 2015 1:22 pm | by University of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have created new structures that exploit the electromechanical properties of specific nanofibers to stretch to up to seven times their length, while remaining tougher than Kevlar. These structures absorb up to 98 joules per gram....

NASA details plans to pluck rock off asteroid, explore it

March 26, 2015 1:16 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

NASA is aiming to launch a rocket to an asteroid in five years and grab a boulder off of it - a stepping stone and training mission for an eventual trip sending humans to Mars. The space agency Wednesday unveiled details of the $1.25 billion plan....

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USTelecom, Texas Internet provider sue over net neutrality

March 26, 2015 1:12 pm | by TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The FCC says the first lawsuits filed against the government's new Internet traffic rules are "premature" and may be dismissed because they were filed too early. The Federal Communications Commission's new rules on broadband service are meant to uphold "net neutrality"....

Army improves systems testing to deliver more capability to fight

March 26, 2015 1:04 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The Army is now using high-performance computer modeling and simulation to ensure its weapons platforms and systems deliver greater effectiveness to the warfighters, said Dr. Jeffery Holland, director of U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.

PR electronics signs exclusive distributor agreement with WIKA Canada

March 26, 2015 8:39 am | News | Comments

The agreement takes effect immediately and gives WIKA Canada exclusive distributorship of the PR electronics products in all of Canada. Being the world leader in pressure, temperature and level measurement instrumentation and addressing PR electronics' key ...

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San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose lead EPA’s Energy Star Top Cities list

March 26, 2015 8:01 am | by United States Environmental Protection Agency | News | Comments

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its seventh-annual list of the top 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2014. This year, San Francisco ranks fifth with Sacramento coming in at 19th and San Jose at 22nd....

LED lights serve harsh industrial environments

March 25, 2015 4:55 pm | Binder Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Binder is proud to announce the release of its new Industrial LED light bar. The IP69K rated lights are ideal for diverse automation and industrial machinery. The LED lights are designed to provide energy efficient illumination while defying harsh work environments and are able to withstand high-pressure washdowns....

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New kind of 'tandem' solar cell developed

March 25, 2015 3:02 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT and Stanford University have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun's energy. The development could lead to photovoltaic cells that are more efficient than ...

Experience saves lives: Advanced life-support study reveals differences in survival rates

March 25, 2015 3:01 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

An advanced form of life support that takes over for the failing hearts and lungs of critically ill patients saves lives. But for adults, the odds of surviving depend on which hospital provides the life-supporting treatment - with the best odds at ones ...

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