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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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)...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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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