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Blue moon? Friday's celestial event comes with a catch

July 31, 2015 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

This is an astronomy story that comes up only once in a blue moon, like on Friday. Maybe. When the full moon appears at 6:43 a.m. EDT Friday, it will become the second full moon of July...

Facebook ready to test giant drone for Internet service

July 31, 2015 9:27 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing 737, in the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.


IBM's Watson computing technology learns Japanese

July 31, 2015 9:23 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

The IBM Watson super-brainy computing technology, which has helped organize massive data as well as beaten champions on the Jeopardy TV show, is now learning Japanese....


Microsoft says 14 million computers now running Windows 10

July 31, 2015 9:20 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft says its' new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download....


Google rejects French order on world 'right to be forgotten'

July 31, 2015 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Google is rejecting an order by the French data privacy agency to remove search results worldwide upon request, saying European law allowing the 'right to be forgotten' doesn't apply globally...


How to look for a few good catalysts

July 30, 2015 2:15 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Two key physical phenomena take place at the surfaces of materials: catalysis and wetting. A catalyst enhances the rate of chemical reactions; wetting refers to how liquids spread across a surface...

Developments enhance future vertical lift aircraft

July 30, 2015 1:58 pm | by Bill Crawford, AMRDEC Public Affairs | Comments

Efforts are being made to establish methods to reduce the time to develop and field new software capabilities and their life cycle costs for future vertical lift aircraft...

F-35B needs workaround to fuse sensor data, General says

July 30, 2015 1:53 pm | by Brendan McGarry, Defense Tech | Comments

The U.S. Marine Corps’ next-generation fighter jet will initially rely on a workaround to merge targeting data from multiple aircraft, a general said...


This could replace your silicon computer chips

July 30, 2015 1:50 pm | by Institute for Basic Science | Comments

Silicon Valley in Northern California got its nickname from the multitude of computer chip manufacturers that sprung up in the surrounding area in the 1980's. Despite its ubiquity as a chip building material, silicon may be facing some competition from a new version of an old substance...

NASA's MMS formation will give unique look at magnetic reconnection

July 30, 2015 1:44 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

On July 9, 2015 the four spacecraft of NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission began flying in a pyramid shape for the first time. The four-sided pyramid shape--called a tetrahedron--means that scientists' observations will be spread out over three dimensions...

Sol-gel capacitor dielectric offers record-high energy storage

July 30, 2015 12:36 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries, with both a high energy density and high power density...


Studying killer whales with an unmanned aerial vehicle

July 30, 2015 12:31 pm | by NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service | Comments

Last year, for the first time, scientists used an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, to study killer whales from above. In an article published this month in the Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, scientists describe how they configured their UAV, turning it into a precision scientific instrument...


Lockheed studying first-responder radiation shield for deep-space application

July 30, 2015 11:12 am | by Lockheed Martin | Comments

StemRad and Lockheed Martin have initiated a joint research and development effort to determine if StemRad’s radiation shielding technology – originally designed for first-responders – could help to keep astronauts safe on deep-space exploration missions...


Like paper, graphene twists and folds into nanoscale machines

July 30, 2015 11:09 am | by Cornell University | Comments

The art of kirigami involves cutting paper into intricate designs, like snowflakes. Cornell physicists are kirigami artists, too, but their paper is only an atom thick, and could become some of the smallest machines the world has ever known...

New Horizons data hint at underground ocean

July 30, 2015 11:06 am | by Cassie Martin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Pluto wears its heart on its sleeve, and that has scientists gleaning intriguing new facts about its geology and climate. Recent data from NASA's New Horizons probe—which passed within 7,800 miles of the surface on July 14—have revealed striking features on Pluto's heart-shaped region...


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