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Now comes the SpaceX rocket whodunit: A complex mystery

June 30, 2015 9:29 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | Comments

A rocket's dead, blown to bits in public view. Now it's time for "Rocket Science CSI." After 18 straight successful launches, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke apart Sunday morning minutes after soaring away from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Lost with the rocket was a capsule packed...

Microsoft sheds some of its ad business, mapping service

June 30, 2015 9:27 am | by BRANDON BAILEY AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft is handing off some its digital advertising business to AOL and selling its street-image mapping operation to Uber, as the giant software company tries to focus on...

Railroad official asks digital map makers to mark crossings

June 30, 2015 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The federal agency that oversees railroads has asked digital mapping companies to alert drivers as they approach track crossings in the hope that visual and audio cues will lead to greater awareness of potential dangers....

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Failure of cells’ ‘garbage disposal’ system may contribute to Alzheimer’s

June 29, 2015 6:04 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | Comments

Lysosomes, the “garbage disposal” systems of cells, are found in great abundance near the amyloid plaques in the brain that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have long assumed that their presence was helpful — that they were degrading the toxic proteins that trigger amyloid plaque...

Intelligent LEDs could save lives

June 29, 2015 12:09 pm | by Jermaine Dallas, GE Reports | Comments

Imagine this scenario: A gunshot echoes down a city street at night. Passerby turn to look, but can’t make out the scene in the darkness. The first to react effectively is the nearest street lamp. It hears the gun and automatically goes to full brightness to illuminate the scene...

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The discovery of the molecule Si-C-Si in space

June 29, 2015 12:01 pm | by Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics | Comments

The space between stars is not empty -- it contains a vast reservoir of diffuse material with about 5-10% of the total mass of our Milky Way galaxy...

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Pentagon says it needs $270 billion to upgrade nuclear arsenal

June 29, 2015 11:52 am | by Kris Osborn, Defense Tech | Comments

The United States will need to spend as much as $18 billion per year for 15 years starting in 2021 to keep the nation's nuclear stockpile and the weapons and vehicles designed to deliver these weapons viable, Pentagon leaders told lawmakers...

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Start of test with solar energy generating noise barriers alongside highway

June 29, 2015 11:48 am | by Eindhoven University of Technology | Comments

Alongside the A2 highway near Den Bosch, The Netherlands, two test noise barriers are installed that generate solar energy...

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Engineering atoms inside the jet engine

June 29, 2015 11:43 am | by University of Cambridge | Comments

The Periodic Table may not sound like a list of ingredients but, for a group of materials scientists, it’s the starting point for designing the perfect chemical make-up of tomorrow’s jet engines...

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Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor may take smartphone security to new level

June 29, 2015 11:26 am | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Fingerprint sensor technology currently used in smartphones like the iPhone 6 produces a two-dimensional image of a finger's surface, which can be spoofed fairly easily with a printed image of the fingerprint...

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Hyundai sees green future in hydrogen-powered cars

June 29, 2015 11:19 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | Comments

Hyundai Motor Co. said Monday it believes hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the future for eco-friendly cars despite challenges of limited infrastructure and slow sales...

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Rocket failure big setback to SpaceX’s military ambitions

June 29, 2015 11:14 am | by Brendan McGarry, Defense Tech | Comments

The failure of a SpaceX mission to resupply the International Space Station will have serious implications not only for the company’s civilian and commercial business, but also its ambitions to crack into the military market...

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Pentagon will need Russian rocket engines for years, officials say

June 29, 2015 11:08 am | by Brendan McGarry, Defense Tech | Comments

Any Uncle Sam replacement to the cheap yet powerful Russian rocket engine used to launch U.S. military satellites is still years away, officials acknowledged...

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STEM high school will admit students directly to Purdue Unviersity

June 29, 2015 10:09 am | by Purdue | Comments

Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School, an educational experience designed to provide a bridge for inner-city students and others to succeed in high school and to be admitted directly to Purdue University, will open in August 2017.

Why June 30 will get an extra second

June 29, 2015 9:51 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

The day will officially be a bit longer than usual on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, because an extra second, or "leap" second, will be added.

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