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Amazon wants air space for delivery drones

July 29, 2015 10:23 am | by Agence France-Presse | Comments

Online retail colossus Amazon wants to carve out a special zone of the sky to shuttle commercial drones that would deliver goods to its customers. Amazon Prime Air project vice president Gur Kimchi used a NASA convention in California on Tuesday to fly the idea of dedicating separate air zones for commercial drones...

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NTSB: Company should have prepared for human error

July 29, 2015 10:20 am | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press | Comments

The developer of the commercial spacecraft that broke apart during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against human error, specifically the co-pilot unlocking a braking system too quickly and triggering the accident that killed him, federal investigators said Tuesday...

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NASA Mars Orbiter preparing for Mars lander's 2016 arrival

July 29, 2015 10:17 am | by NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology | Comments

With its biggest orbit maneuver since 2006, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) will prepare this week for the arrival of NASA's next Mars lander, InSight, next year...

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FAA investigating airliner that nearly ran out of fuel

July 29, 2015 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal officials are investigating why an Allegiant Air passenger jet nearly ran out of fuel before landing at an airport that was temporarily closed to most traffic...

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5 things to know about artificial intelligence & its use

July 29, 2015 10:10 am | by Richard Lardner, Associated Press | Comments

In the sci-fi thriller "Ex Machina," the wonders and dangers of artificial intelligence are embodied in a beautiful, cunning android named Ava. She puts her electronic smarts to work with frightening results, manipulating and outwitting her human handlers...

ASU researchers demonstrate the world's first white lasers

July 29, 2015 10:08 am | by Arizona State University | Comments

While lasers were invented in 1960 and are commonly used in many applications, one characteristic of the technology has proven unattainable. No one has been able to create a laser that beams white light...

Boxfish shell inspires new materials for body armor and flexible electronics

July 29, 2015 10:05 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

The boxfish's unique armor draws its strength from hexagon-shaped scales and the connections between them, engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have found...

RED Epic Dragon Camera captures riveting images on space station

July 29, 2015 10:02 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | Comments

In October 2014 NASA delivered high-definition, 3-D footage of astronauts living and working on the International Space Station to the Internet, posting video of astronauts exploring water tension in microgravity...

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Making the new silicon: Gallium nitride electronics could drastically cut energy usage

July 29, 2015 9:37 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

An exotic material called gallium nitride (GaN) is poised to become the next semiconductor for power electronics, enabling much higher efficiency than silicon...

First detection of lithium from an exploding star

July 29, 2015 9:22 am | by ESO | Comments

The chemical element lithium has been found for the first time in material ejected by a nova. Observations of Nova Centauri 2013 made using telescopes at ESO's La Silla Observatory, and near Santiago in Chile, help...

Controlling phase changes in solids

July 29, 2015 9:20 am | by ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences | Comments

Rewritable CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs owe their existence to phase-change materials, those materials that change their internal order when heated and whose structures...

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Short wavelength plasmons observed in nanotubes

July 29, 2015 9:08 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

The term "plasmons" might sound like something from the soon-to-be-released new Star Wars movie, but the effects of plasmons have been known about for centuries. Plasmons ...

New tool uses 'drug spillover' to match cancer patients with treatments

July 29, 2015 9:06 am | by University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus | Comments

Targeted therapies attack a cancer's genetic sensitivities. However, it can be difficult to discover the genetics driving a patient's cancer, and the effects of drugs designed to target a genetic abnormality often go beyond their intended target alone....

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ASU researchers demonstrate the world's first white lasers

July 29, 2015 9:04 am | by Arizona State University | Comments

While lasers were invented in 1960 and are commonly used in many applications, one characteristic of the technology has proven unattainable. No one has been able to create a laser that beams white light...

China auto sales slump hits industry fortunes

July 29, 2015 8:57 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | Comments

General Motors Co.'s $5 billion initiative to create cars for China and other emerging markets comes just as automakers face a collapse in the booming Chinese demand they were counting on to power their growth....

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