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NASA missions monitor a waking black hole

July 1, 2015 | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

NASA's Swift satellite detected a rising tide of high-energy X-rays from the constellation Cygnus on June 15, just before 2:32 p.m. EDT. About 10 minutes later, the Japanese experiment on the International Space Station called the Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI) also picked up the flare....

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New technology using silver may hold key to electronics advances

July 6, 2015 12:16 pm | by Oregon State University | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have invented a way to fabricate silver, a highly conductive metal, for printed electronics that are produced at room temperature...

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Army researcher's interest in robotics leads to innovative device

July 6, 2015 12:10 pm | by Joyce P. Brayboy, ARL Public Affairs | Comments

Robotic exoskeletons have been a science fiction theme and an engineering feat since the 1960s. Practical design techniques, which allow a fictional character to be stronger, more powerful or more functional intrigues engineers toward simplicity in futuristic innovation...

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Autonomous taxis would deliver significant environmental and economic benefits

July 6, 2015 12:03 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

Imagine a fleet of driverless taxis roaming your city, ready to pick you up and take you to your destination at a moment's notice. While this may seem fantastical, it may be only a matter of time before it becomes reality...

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Producing biodegradable plastic just got cheaper and greener

July 6, 2015 11:26 am | by KU Leuven | Comments

Biodegradable drinking cups or vegetable wrapping foil: the bioplastic known as polylactic acid (PLA) is already a part of our everyday lives. And yet, PLA is not yet considered a full alternative to traditional petroleum-based plastics, as it is costly to produce...

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Reserve, Guard tankers improve safety with pods

July 6, 2015 11:19 am | by Jaimi L. Upthegrove, Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs | Comments

The Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve are scheduled to receive three new system pods that will allow tankers to safely get closer to the fight for refueling...

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Crash test assesses plane emergency locator transmitters

July 6, 2015 11:13 am | by NASA | Comments

The Cessna 172 airplane dangled 82 feet in the air – looking almost like it was coming in for a landing, except for the cables attaching it to a huge gantry at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia...

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Utility drones could inspect equipment, scan for outages

July 6, 2015 11:07 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | Comments

When tornadoes and hurricanes topple power lines in the future, flying drones might be the first to pinpoint the damage. Power companies across the United States are testing whether small drones...

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NATO welcomes activation of new air command and control system

July 6, 2015 11:00 am | by North Atlantic Treaty Organization | Comments

On Friday (3 July 2015), NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment Patrick Auroy welcomed the activation of NATO’s new Air Command and Control System (ACCS)...

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Marine Corps speeding up cyber security measures

July 6, 2015 10:38 am | by Bryant Jordan, Defense Tech | Comments

Recent cyber attacks on government computer systems have prompted the Marine Corps to speed up its plans to transition from a Corps-centric security credentialing system to a Defense Department-wide system spelled out in April...

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Dartmouth contests showcase computer-generated creativity

July 6, 2015 9:52 am | by HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press | Comments

Can an algorithm pass for an author? Can a robot rock the house? A series of contests at Dartmouth College is about to find out.

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Farm use of drones to take off as feds loosen restrictions

July 6, 2015 9:50 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

Agricultural use of drones is about to take off after being grounded for years by the lack of federal guidelines. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved more than 50 exemptions for farm-related operations since January...

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Yellowstone loses radio frequencies used to track wildlife

July 6, 2015 9:49 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Researchers at Yellowstone National Park have lost their license for a set of radio frequencies used to track more than 100 radio-collared wolves and elk. But park officials said Thursday their scientific work...

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Solar plane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking flight

July 6, 2015 9:48 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | Comments

A plane powered by the sun's rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan...

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Russian craft delivers long-awaited cargo to space station

July 6, 2015 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, where it was anxiously awaited by the U.S.-Russian crew after the successive failures of two previous supply missions.

Astronomers predict fireworks from rare stellar encounter in 2018

July 6, 2015 9:39 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

Astronomers are gearing up for high-energy fireworks coming in early 2018, when a stellar remnant the size of a city meets one of the brightest stars in our galaxy. The cosmic light show will occur when a pulsar discovered by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray...

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