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Drones for moviemaking win FAA approval

September 29, 2014 11:07 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

The government granted six movie and television production companies permission to use drones for filming, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Thursday....

Global solar flight to start, end in Abu Dhabi

September 29, 2014 10:57 am | by ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press | Comments

A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft will start and attempt to finish its first round-the-world flight from the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, a government-backed renewable energy company in the oil-rich Gulf federation said Thursday....

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Europe Union OKs constant chatting on flights

September 29, 2014 10:01 am | by DAVID RISING, Associated Press | Comments

European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights. Under the guidelines issued Friday by the European Aviation Safety Agency ...

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European Space Agency sets date for comet landing

September 29, 2014 9:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The European Space Agency says it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet on Nov. 12. It says the maneuver will take about seven hours starting from the moment its unmanned probe Rosetta releases the 100-kilogram lander at 0835 GMT (0335 EST)....

Microsoft touches the large interactive display market

September 29, 2014 8:33 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

Soon after Microsoft purchased Perceptive Pixel (PPI) in 2012, PPI founder Jeff Han spoke at their Build developers’ conference, stating “There’s no reason why large scale devices like PPI shouldn’t be in every meeting room, every conference room ...

In-flight sensor tests a step toward Structural Health Monitoring for safer flights

September 29, 2014 8:32 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Sandia Labs testing advanced technology to enhance aviation safety ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nine commercial aircraft flying regular routes are on the frontier of aviation safety, carrying sensors that monitor their structural health along with their routine maintenance....

Penn team studies nanocrystals by passing them through tiny pores

September 26, 2014 2:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has now applied a cutting-edge technique for rapid gene sequencing toward measuring other nanoscopic structures. By passing nanoscale spheres and rods through a tiny hole....

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Progress in materials science

September 26, 2014 2:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

RESEARCHERS at the University of Huddersfield have collaborated with a colleague at a leading Chinese university to produce a detailed appraisal of a complex new welding technique that could be increasingly valuable to modern industry....

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Scanning babies' fingerprints could save lives

September 26, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Each year 2.5 million children die worldwide because they do not receive life-saving vaccinations at the appropriate time. Anil Jain, Michigan State University professor, is developing a fingerprint-based recognition method to track vaccination....

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Interstellar molecules are branching out

September 26, 2014 11:49 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (Bonn, Germany), Cornell University (USA), and the University of Cologne (Germany) have for the first time detected a carbon-bearing molecule with a "branched" structure in interstellar space....

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Earth's water is older than the sun

September 26, 2014 11:38 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Water was crucial to the rise of life on Earth and is also important to evaluating the possibility of life on other planets. Identifying the original source of Earth's water is key to understanding how life-fostering environments come into being and....

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Engineering at Illinois to Induct Six to Hall of Fame

September 26, 2014 11:32 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

The University of Illinois College of Engineering has announced the 2014 class of inductees into its Hall of Fame. The six newest members will be formally inducted on Thursday, Oct. 16 in a ceremony at the Grainger Auditorium of the newly opened Electrical and Computer Engineering ...

A galaxy of deception

September 26, 2014 9:57 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astronomers usually have to peer very far into the distance to see back in time, and view the Universe as it was when it was young. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy DDO 68, otherwise known as UGC 5340, was thought....

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On the road to artificial photosynthesis

September 26, 2014 9:51 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The excessive atmospheric carbon dioxide that is driving global climate change could be harnessed into a renewable energy technology that would be a win for both the environment and the economy. That is the lure of artificial photosynthesis....

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Blackout? Robots to the rescue

September 26, 2014 9:34 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Big disasters almost always result in big power failures. Not only do they take down the TV and fridge, they also wreak havoc with key infrastructure like cell towers. That can delay search and rescue operations at a time when minutes count....

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