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A new transparent, moldable, bulletproof material

July 28, 2015 8:49 am | by US Naval Research Laboratory | News | Comments

The concept from an iconic Star Trek scene is working its way to commercial use, with innumerable military applications. In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Scotty barters for materials by offering up the formula for “transparent aluminum.” The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is making that concept a reality...

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Reshaping the solar spectrum to turn light to electricity

July 28, 2015 8:43 am | by University of California - Riverside | News | Comments

When it comes to installing solar cells, labor cost and the cost of the land to house them constitute the bulk of the expense. The solar cells -- made often of silicon or cadmium telluride -- rarely cost more than 20 percent of the total cost...

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Scientists worry about arms race in artificial intelligence

July 28, 2015 8:38 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists and tech experts - including Prof. Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak - warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence...

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Federal officials examine probable cause of spaceship crash

July 28, 2015 8:36 am | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Transportation Safety Board is considering what caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot...

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Why artificial intelligence technology will cause more wars

July 28, 2015 8:25 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Does artificial intelligence represent a real threat to the human population? It may seem like something out of a Sci-Fi book, but maybe we should be taking a hard look at the technology we're creating today, because we could be living under the rule of our robotic overlords soon...

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Remote site controller with high resolution display

July 27, 2015 4:20 pm | by Quest Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Quest Controls is pleased to introduce the RSC 1000™ to provide HVAC control and alarm monitoring for remote shelters and small buildings with two HVAC systems. It is designed to manage the entire remote facility...  

Industrial rackmount PC offers strict revision control

July 27, 2015 4:15 pm | by Saelig Company, Inc. | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Amplicon's Impact-R 1100F Industrial Rackmount PCs are high-performance embedded PCs offering strict Revision Control and a 5-year Road Map. The new Amplicon Impact-R 1100F series is a completely fanless system powered by the Intel® ATOM™ D2550 processor. Configured with a high performance 2.5” MLC Solid State Drive (SSD), the Impact-R 1100F series is a truly silent controller system. With...

Wafer-thin material heralds future of wearable technology

July 27, 2015 2:10 pm | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

UOW's Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM) has successfully pioneered a way to construct a flexible, foldable and lightweight energy storage device that provides the building blocks for next-generation batteries needed to power wearable electronics and implantable medical devices...

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Could stronger, tougher paper replace metal?

July 27, 2015 2:06 pm | by University of Maryland | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Maryland recently discovered that paper made of cellulose fibers is tougher and stronger the smaller the fibers get. For a long time, engineers have sought a material that is both strong (resistant to non-recoverable deformation) and tough (tolerant of damage)...

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Researchers predict material with record-setting melting point

July 27, 2015 1:59 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

Using powerful computer simulations, researchers from Brown University have identified a material with a higher melting point than any known substance...

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Could microwaves launch future space shuttles into space?

July 27, 2015 1:49 pm | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

The same electromagnetic radiation used to heat up your leftovers for lunch could propel a shuttle into space. Escape Dynamics, a Colorado-based aerospace technology company, says they’ve successfully tested a spacecraft engine that, rather than being loaded with expensive fuel, would launch into the stratosphere on a wave of microwave energy...

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Superfast network can sync machines across the continent

July 27, 2015 12:13 pm | by Mike Keller, GE Reports | News | Comments

On July 16, one pendulum started to swing in Niskayuna, N.Y. Nearly 3,000 miles away, in San Jose, Calif., another weight hung from a fixed point also oscillated back and forth...

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NASA's Curiosity rover inspects unusual bedrock

July 27, 2015 12:01 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Approaching the third anniversary of its landing on Mars, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has found a target unlike anything it has studied before -- bedrock with surprisingly high levels of silica. Silica is a rock-forming compound containing silicon and oxygen, commonly found on Earth as quartz...

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What if all cars were electric?

July 27, 2015 11:58 am | by Anne-Muriel Brouet, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne | News | Comments

A century ago, Switzerland decided to electrify its railways. Out went coal, coal pollution and energy dependency. Today, what about switching all our cars over to electricity...

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Bomb-proof lining contains explosion in luggage hold of aircraft

July 27, 2015 11:51 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

A bomb-proof lining developed by an international team of scientists, including academics from the University of Sheffield, has successfully contained blasts in a series of controlled explosions in the luggage hold of a Boeing 747 and an Airbus 321...

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