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Failed launches cast shadow over Russian space program

May 22, 2015 9:00 am | by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press | Comments

The Proton has been the main cash cow for the Russian space industries since the Soviet collapse, capable of lifting 20 metric tons of payload...

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How the increasing amount of biofuels affect land management

May 21, 2015 8:00 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

The handling of agricultural crop residues appears to have a large impact on soil's ability to retain carbon, making land management practices increasingly important, especially under a scenario where cellulosic materials become more heavily used as a feedstock for ethanol production, according to...

A second life for MRI magnets

May 21, 2015 8:00 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

Researchers at Argonne recently acquired two decommissioned magnets from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners from hospitals in Minnesota and California that will find...

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High school girls honored for math, science achievements

May 21, 2015 4:01 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Mentorship opportunities key to Sandia recognition program LIVERMORE, Calif. – Sandia National Laboratories has presented its annual Math and Science Awards to 31 girls from San Francisco Bay Area high schools, celebrating their academic accomplishments and potential. “I want to congratulate each...

New methods to study sound generated by wind power plants

May 21, 2015 1:33 pm | by Lappeenranta University of Technology | Comments

A new two-year research project on sound produced by wind power plants was launched at Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT in May. In the study, the formation and dissemination of sound from wind power generators, and people's experiences of it in Finnish climatic conditions, will be modelled and experimented with.

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Naval Research Laboratory patents compact orbital debris sensor

May 21, 2015 1:29 pm | by Naval Research Laboratory | Comments

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Geospace Science and Technology Branch, has received a U.S. patent for the Optical Orbital Debris Spotter, a compact, low power, low cost, local space debris detection concept that can be integrated into larger satellite designs, or flown independently on-board nano-satellite platforms.

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Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers

May 21, 2015 1:25 pm | by University of Georgia | Comments

Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed an inexpensive way to manufacture extraordinarily thin polymer strings commonly known as nanofibers.

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Pentagon’s mysterious X-37B space drone heads back into orbit

May 21, 2015 1:18 pm | by Sputnik | Comments

The US Air Force is preparing to launch its super-secretive space drone into orbit again, and this time NASA will use the flight to see how 100 or so “materials of interest” hold up in space’s harsh zero-gravity environment.

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Defects can 'Hulk-up' materials

May 21, 2015 9:32 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

In the story of the Marvel Universe superhero known as the Hulk, exposure to gamma radiation transforms scientist Bruce Banner into a far more powerful version of himself. In a study at Berkeley Lab, exposure to alpha-particle radiation has been shown to ...

With one false tweet, computer-based Hack Crash led to real panic

May 21, 2015 9:29 am | by University at Buffalo | Comments

A false tweet from a hacked account owned by the Associated Press (AP) in 2013 sent financial markets into a tailspin. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 143.5 points and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index lost more than $136 billion of its value in the seconds that ...

Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers

May 21, 2015 9:26 am | by University of Georgia | Comments

Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed an inexpensive way to manufacture extraordinarily thin polymer strings commonly known as nanofibers. These polymers can be made from natural materials like proteins or from ...

Spotify introduces video, radio service

May 21, 2015 9:21 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

While saying that it is still a music company at heart, Spotify says it is expanding its lineup to include podcasts, news radio and video streaming. The company says it wants to help people create a soundtrack for their day that includes not ...

Failed launches cast shadow over Russian space program

May 21, 2015 9:18 am | by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press | Comments

Back-to-back rocket launch failures have dealt Russia one of the heaviest blows to its space industry since the Soviet collapse - with national pride and billions of dollars at stake. The setbacks threaten to erode Russia's leading position in ...

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Aggie engineers assist students with space project

May 21, 2015 8:02 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

Two years ago undergraduate students in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University took on the challenge of designing, developing, delivering and supporting a unique embedded intelligence system capable of monitoring, controlling, recording and reporting experiments run in ...

NASA advances CubeSat concept for planetary exploration

May 20, 2015 1:42 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

Although scientists are increasingly using pint-size satellites sometimes no larger than a loaf of bread to gather data from low-Earth orbit, they have yet to apply the less-expensive small-satellite technology to observe physical phenomena far from terra firma.

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