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CubeSats keep space research motoring

May 30, 2014 9:33 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Space research isn’t just for the big space agencies anymore. In fact, anyone wishing to make observations from space should not only think small but also inside-the-box. Or more accurately, inside the cube. That’s because in recent years academia has been creating and deploying very small satellites called CubeSats....

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Engineering Newswire: Super-maglev train to reach 1,800 mph

May 30, 2014 9:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Magnetic levitation, or Maglev, trains use magnets to levitate above their tracks, which eliminates any friction, allowing for faster, quieter travel. Current maglev trains can reach speeds of up to 250 mph, but Researchers in China have successfully completed testing of the first manned megathermal superconducting maglev loop, which would go much faster....

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Clean diesel cars garner top rankings on AAA’s 2014 Green Car Guide

May 30, 2014 8:53 am | News | Comments

Half of the top 10 highest scoring green cars were clean diesel vehicles in the newly released Green Car Guide compiled by the Automobile Association of America (AAA).  The top 10 of AAA’s Green Car list included five clean diesels, three electrics and two hybrids....

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Can this wind turbine reduce your energy bill by half?

May 30, 2014 8:43 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Two of the issues that come up frequently when discussing wind energy options are the noise and the actual output of the turbine. The noise issue is more of a problem for big turbines, that may look majestic from far away, when you live nearby they can make a bit of noise.

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Photos of the Day: The Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine

May 30, 2014 8:43 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Archimedes tech firm has designed a wind turbine based on the real (Ancient Greek Mathmetician) Archimedes’ screw pump design. Its design allegedly reduces the noise associated with traditional wind turbines. It also supposedly has an energy yield that is “80 percent of the maximum that’s possible,” which compares favorably to the conventional 25-50% of most turbines....

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Google steps up efforts for more racial diversity

May 29, 2014 6:12 pm | by Martha Mendoza - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has had more trouble diversifying its workforce than its computer scientists have had writing programs that respond to search requests in the blink of an eye or designing cars that can navigate traffic without a human behind the wheel. That seemed to be the conclusion when the Silicon...

Cloud formation & rainfall affected by pollutant oxidation of biodiesel emissions

May 29, 2014 2:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A study into how organic molecules in the atmosphere affect cloud formation has found that a main component of biodiesel, methyl oleate, reacts with ozone surprisingly fast. This process may counterbalance the growth of water droplets resulting from emissions, which would in turn inhibit cloud formation....

Drones are newest hurricane research tools

May 29, 2014 2:58 pm | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The point where the roiling ocean meets the fury of a hurricane's winds may hold the key to improving storm intensity forecasts - but it's nearly impossible for scientists to see. That may change this summer, thanks to post-Hurricane Sandy federal funding....

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White House touts energy policies as rules loom

May 29, 2014 2:55 pm | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Setting the stage for upcoming restrictions on coal-fired power plants, the Obama administration is making a concerted effort to cast its energy policy as an economic success that is creating jobs, securing the nation against international upheavals and shifting energy use to cleaner sources....

Science prizes given for findings in brain, cosmos

May 29, 2014 2:51 pm | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Nine scientists won awards Thursday for theories about the first moments of the universe, discoveries about the brain and techniques to let researchers see ever-tinier things. The winners, announced by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, will share three $1 million Kavli Prizes....

Proposed rocket launch site in Texas clears hurdle

May 29, 2014 2:48 pm | by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Building and operating a private rocket launch site along the coast in the southernmost tip of Texas is unlikely to jeopardize the existence of protected animal species and create few unavoidable impacts, according to a final federal environmental review. The Federal Aviation Administration released the environmental impact statement....

White and male, Google releases diversity data

May 29, 2014 2:47 pm | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its Google employees are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. About a third of the company's workforce is Asian. The search giant said the transparency about its workforce is an important step toward change....

Engineering a better way to rebuild bone inside the body

May 29, 2014 2:20 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Atlanta, GA Traumatic bone injuries such as blast wounds are often so severe that the body can’t effectively repair the damage on its own. To aid the recovery, clinicians inject patients with proteins called growth factors. The treatment is costly....

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2014 IMPACT Award Winner: MARS International wins for Contract Manufacture Innovation

May 29, 2014 1:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MARS International (Piscataway, NJ) is a full service global contract manufacturer with a proven track record of 50 years.  MARS International specializes in manufacturing, assembling, and delivering a wide variety of products for various industries quickly and cost-efficiently....

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2014 IMPACT Award Winner: API Technologies wins for Contract Manufacturer Innovation

May 29, 2014 1:45 pm | Api Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Contract manufacturing at API Technologies combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced engineering to deliver quality and service. In 2013, the company added ISO 13485:2003 medical certification, an internationally recognized standard that prescribes consistent processes....

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