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Nasa completes critical design review of its space launch system

July 28, 2015 8:59 am | by NASA | Comments

Nasa has completed critical design review (CDR) of its space launch system (SLS) at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, US...

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FAA warning raises more questions about Boeing batteries

July 28, 2015 8:56 am | by National Legal and Policy Centre | Comments

It appears – two years after Boeing had fire incidents from installed lithium ion batteries that shut down deliveries of its vaunted Dreamliner 787 – that its “solution” to “vent” heat and flames outside the aircraft has prevented any catastrophes, so far...

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A new transparent, moldable, bulletproof material

July 28, 2015 8:49 am | by US Naval Research Laboratory | Comments

The concept from an iconic Star Trek scene is working its way to commercial use, with innumerable military applications. In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Scotty barters for materials by offering up the formula for “transparent aluminum.” The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is making that concept a reality...

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Reshaping the solar spectrum to turn light to electricity

July 28, 2015 8:43 am | by University of California - Riverside | Comments

When it comes to installing solar cells, labor cost and the cost of the land to house them constitute the bulk of the expense. The solar cells -- made often of silicon or cadmium telluride -- rarely cost more than 20 percent of the total cost...

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Scientists worry about arms race in artificial intelligence

July 28, 2015 8:38 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | Comments

Scientists and tech experts - including Prof. Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak - warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence...

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Federal officials examine probable cause of spaceship crash

July 28, 2015 8:36 am | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press | Comments

The National Transportation Safety Board is considering what caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot...

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Wafer-thin material heralds future of wearable technology

July 27, 2015 2:10 pm | by University of Wollongong | Comments

UOW's Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM) has successfully pioneered a way to construct a flexible, foldable and lightweight energy storage device that provides the building blocks for next-generation batteries needed to power wearable electronics and implantable medical devices...

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Could stronger, tougher paper replace metal?

July 27, 2015 2:06 pm | by University of Maryland | Comments

Researchers at the University of Maryland recently discovered that paper made of cellulose fibers is tougher and stronger the smaller the fibers get. For a long time, engineers have sought a material that is both strong (resistant to non-recoverable deformation) and tough (tolerant of damage)...

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Researchers predict material with record-setting melting point

July 27, 2015 1:59 pm | by Brown University | Comments

Using powerful computer simulations, researchers from Brown University have identified a material with a higher melting point than any known substance...

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Superfast network can sync machines across the continent

July 27, 2015 12:13 pm | by Mike Keller, GE Reports | Comments

On July 16, one pendulum started to swing in Niskayuna, N.Y. Nearly 3,000 miles away, in San Jose, Calif., another weight hung from a fixed point also oscillated back and forth...

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NASA's Curiosity rover inspects unusual bedrock

July 27, 2015 12:01 pm | by NASA | Comments

Approaching the third anniversary of its landing on Mars, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has found a target unlike anything it has studied before -- bedrock with surprisingly high levels of silica. Silica is a rock-forming compound containing silicon and oxygen, commonly found on Earth as quartz...

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What if all cars were electric?

July 27, 2015 11:58 am | by Anne-Muriel Brouet, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne | Comments

A century ago, Switzerland decided to electrify its railways. Out went coal, coal pollution and energy dependency. Today, what about switching all our cars over to electricity...

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Bomb-proof lining contains explosion in luggage hold of aircraft

July 27, 2015 11:51 am | by University of Sheffield | Comments

A bomb-proof lining developed by an international team of scientists, including academics from the University of Sheffield, has successfully contained blasts in a series of controlled explosions in the luggage hold of a Boeing 747 and an Airbus 321...

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Software turns smartphones into tools for medical research

July 27, 2015 11:47 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives and tries to live a normal life...

NY wins $600 million hub for photonics research, development

July 27, 2015 11:44 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | Comments

A $610 million research and manufacturing hub dedicated to the science of photonics - the use of light in technology - will be developed in western New York, federal and state officials said Monday, which could mean thousands of jobs for the region...

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