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Photos of the Day: Super-maglev train could reach 1,800 mph

June 2, 2014 9:12 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Researchers in China have successfully completed testing of the first manned megathermal superconducting maglev loop, which could lead to maglev trains capable of reaching 1,800 miles per hour. Proposed by the Applied Superconductivity Laboratory of Southwest Jiaotong University, the super-maglev uses the same concept as Elon Musk's Hyperloop....

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Snipers aren’t enough to win the war

June 2, 2014 9:09 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

A sniper is a powerful weapon. One sniper team on a battlefield can eliminate one opponent challenge after another with great effect. However, a sniper team can’t do it all. To win the war one must engage every asset at every level. The same is true for process improvement specialists and your business’ war on poor performance....

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Samsung set to sell first Tizen phone in 3Q

June 2, 2014 5:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it will begin selling a smartphone using its Tizen operating system in the third quarter of this year, advancing the company's plans to reduce dependence on Google's Android software. Samsung, the world's top smartphone maker by sales volume, said in a...

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Through Data Science, Minsker Helping Design and Improve Green Spaces

May 30, 2014 3:48 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

<p> Barbara Minsker, Nauman Faculty Scholar and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois, is leading a team of researchers that is developing a novel computational green infrastructure (GI) design framework that integrates storm water management...

Harvesting sunlight to help feed and fuel the world

May 30, 2014 2:47 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Three research teams--each comprised of scientists from the United States and the United Kingdom--have been awarded a second round of funding to continue research on news ways to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis. Societal benefits The ultimate goal of this potentially high-impact research...

Two GOES-R instruments complete spacecraft integration

May 30, 2014 2:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two of the six instruments that will fly on NOAA's first Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - R (GOES-R) satellite have completed integration with the spacecraft. The Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) and Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) were installed on the sun-pointing platform....

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X-ray pulses on demand from electron storage rings

May 30, 2014 2:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Everything we know nowadays about novel materials and the underlying processes in them we also know thanks to studies at contemporary synchrotron facilities like BESSY II. Here, relativistic electrons in a storage ring are employed to generate very brilliant and partly coherent light pulses....

Bake your own robot

May 30, 2014 2:17 pm | by MIT | Videos | Comments

New algorithms and electronic components could enable printable robots that self-assemble when heated. The actuator — which would enable a robot to move — is a foldable coil, which would need to be augmented with a pair of iron cylinders that could be magnetized by an electrical current....

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Natick researchers developing new system to help aircrews 'keep their cool'

May 30, 2014 12:50 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Researchers at the Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass., have been testing a body-worn microclimate cooling system that allows crew members to move around inside the aircraft without tripping on tethers, and to exit the aircraft while still being cooled.

For the first time in the lab, researchers see stem cells take initial step toward development

May 30, 2014 12:48 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

MechSE Professor Ning Wang led a team that found the precise combination of mechanical forces, chemistry and timing to help stem cells differentiate into three germ layers, the first step toward developing specialized tissues and organs....

NASA and industry complete first phase to certify new crew transportation systems

May 30, 2014 12:46 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Commercial Crew Program and industry have completed the first step in the certification process that will enable American-made commercial spacecraft safely to ferry astronauts from U.S. soil to and from the International Space Station by 2017. The completion of the Certification Products ...

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: ABB, Inc. wins for Green Technology

May 30, 2014 12:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Terra 53 Multistandard EV Fast Charger from ABB (Switzerland) is their flagship 50 kW DC fast charging station, meeting both SAE Combo and CHAdeMO standards for battery electric vehicles. ABB has led the market as the first manufacturer in the world to meet both standards in a single charging unit....

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Uninterruptible power supply usage in harsh environments

May 30, 2014 11:49 am | by Michael A. Stout, VP of Engineering, Falcon Electric, Inc., www.FalconUPS.com | Articles | Comments

Today’s microprocessor-based electronics can be found in just about everything in the home. Inside the dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, television, telephone and a myriad of other devices including home computers. Shortly after the introduction of home computers, the demand for low cost uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) significantly increased....

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How to diagnose something hotter than 100 million degrees

May 30, 2014 11:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The basic concept behind any Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion approach is to bring a plasma to very high temperatures and to keep it confined for a time sufficiently long to allow a number of fusion reactions to take place. The easiest of these reactions are those between deuterium and tritium....

Using thoughts to control airplanes

May 30, 2014 11:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The pilot is wearing a white cap with myriad attached cables. His gaze is concentrated on the runway ahead of him. All of a sudden the control stick starts to move, as if by magic. The airplane banks and then approaches straight on towards the runway. The position of the plane is corrected time and again....

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