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Scientists look at climate change, the superstorm

October 31, 2012 9:13 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer stood along the Hudson River and watched his research come to life as Hurricane Sandy blew through New York. Just eight months earlier, the Princeton University professor reported that what used to be once-in-a-century devastating floods in New York City

Durability or bust

October 30, 2012 2:51 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A Kansas State University-led research project is helping high-speed rail systems handle the stress of freezing and thawing weather conditions. The university's Kyle Riding, assistant professor of civil engineering, is leading a three-year study that looks at the freeze-thaw durability of concrete 

Insight: Unable to copy it, China tries building own jet engine

October 30, 2012 2:31 pm | by David Lague and Charlie Zhu, Reuters | News | Comments

China has designed nuclear missiles and blasted astronauts into space, but one vital technology remains out of reach. Despite decades of research and development, China has so far failed to build a reliable, high performance jet engine. This may be about to change. China's aviation sector is striving for a breakthrough

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Sandy and storm surge pose 'worst case scenario'

October 29, 2012 3:31 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The projected storm surge from Hurricane Sandy is a "worst case scenario" with devastating waves and tides predicted for the highly populated New York City metro area, government forecasters said Sunday. The more they observe it, the more the experts worry about the water - which usually kills and does more damage than winds in hurricanes.

Paintballs may deflect an incoming asteroid

October 26, 2012 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In the event that a giant asteroid is headed toward Earth, you’d better hope that it’s blindingly white. A pale asteroid would reflect sunlight — and over time, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force to push the asteroid off its course...

Son-Tinh Moving Into South China Sea

October 25, 2012 4:10 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Tropical Storm Son-tinh soaked the Philippines and is now moving into the South China Sea. NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of the storm as the bulk western half of the storm had already moved over water. On Oct. 25, 2012 at 0525 UTC (1:25 a.m. EDT) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer...

NASA satellite shows Son-tinh over Philippines

October 25, 2012 10:31 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The latest tropical storm in the western North Pacific Ocean has already spread its clouds and showers over the Philippines, as seen in NASA satellite imagery. NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image as it flew over Tropical Storm Son-tinh today, Oct. 24.

U.S. military hypersonic aircraft trial set for 2013

October 25, 2012 9:31 am | by Mary Slosson, Reuters | News | Comments

The last of four unmanned experimental U.S. military aircraft designed to fly at six times the speed of sound is expected to be tested next year, the program manager said on Wednesday, months after its predecessor broke up during a trial. The third test flight of the craft, known as the Waverider or X-51A, broke apart over the Pacific Ocean seconds into a test flight in August.

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Revealing a mini-supermassive black hole

October 25, 2012 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

One of the lowest mass supermassive black holes ever observed in the middle of a galaxy has been identified, thanks to NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and several other observatories. The host galaxy is of a type not expected to harbor supermassive black holes...

Leaner Navy looking at future technology, fleet size and sequestration

October 24, 2012 9:11 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, headlined the opening of the ONR (Office of Naval Research) Naval S&T (science and technology) Partnership Conference and ASNE Expo Oct. 22, 2012, and highlighted the importance of innovative S&T programs being developed by the Navy.

Small unmanned aircraft systems log 168 flight hours in the Antarctic

October 23, 2012 1:39 pm | News | Comments

AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems announced that its Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System logged 168 flight hours in the frigid, harsh climate of Antarctica, supporting meteorological research by the University of Colorado's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

Wideband miniature transformers meet NASA low outgassing specifications

October 23, 2012 11:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

For aerospace and other ultra-critical applications requiring miniature ferrite-core transformers, Coilcraft CPS has introduced the new AE458RFW Series.  These robust, open design surface mount transformers are specially designed and tested to meet or exceed NASA’s demanding low-outgassing specifications

Declassified documents describe real-life flying saucer

October 23, 2012 11:32 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

X-Files fans, conspiracy theorists, and the tinfoil hat crowd were right all along! Sorta… In the 1950s, the US government really was building a flying saucer. But it didn’t involve little green men, human-alien hybrids, or David Duchovny; this isn’t what you’d call a "smoking gun."

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Italian court ruling sends chill through science community

October 23, 2012 9:03 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

Scientists reacted with alarm to the manslaughter conviction of six earthquake experts in Italy for failing to give adequate warning of the 2009 earthquake in the city of L'Aquila that killed 308 people. Scientists warned that researchers in areas involving unpredictable natural threats, like volcanology

The best solution for dealing with space junk

October 19, 2012 2:26 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

There is a lot of junk in space. There’s American junk, Russian junk, Chinese junk, and corporate junk. There are satellite pieces and discarded rocket parts and metal bits. Basically, all the junk is just floating around clonking into other junk and causing general mayhem when they get a bit too close to the stuff that’s not junk.

Wind shear adversely affects Tropical Storm Maria

October 19, 2012 9:58 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Tropical Storm Maria is moving away from Japan and strong wind shear is pushing its rainfall east of the storm's center, according to NASA satellite imagery. On Oct. 18 at 0845 UTC (4:45 a.m. EDT), NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite saw that rain associated with...

Search for alien life about to step up a gear

October 19, 2012 9:25 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

It remains in the realm of science fiction for now but the discovery of a new planet just four light years away will reignite a race to find a twin of planet Earth that may host extraterrestrial life. The step change comes as the most powerful telescopes ever built are about to enter into service

Rover Curiosity eats first Martian dirt

October 19, 2012 9:24 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity tasted Martian dirt for the first time on Thursday, testing equipment needed to assess if the planet most like Earth in the solar system has or ever had the ingredients for microbial life.The sampling of about a baby aspirin's worth of Martian sand was slightly delayed while scientists puzzled

2000W compact pure sine wave inverter features 90-140VDC or 180-275VDC inputs

October 18, 2012 12:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer introduces the AEP-2000 Series of 2000W, rugged,  high efficiency, pure sine wave inverters. The “clean” pure sine wave output of the AEP-2000 Series, with less than 3% total harmonic distortion, is ideal for powering sensitive loads and for improving AC equipment performance.

New military apparel repels chemical and biological agents

October 18, 2012 9:58 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists and collaborators are developing a new military uniform material that repels chemical and biological agents using a novel carbon nanotube fabric. The material will be designed to undergo a rapid transition from a breathable state to a protective state.

Could NASA help paraplegics walk?

October 18, 2012 9:37 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

NASA has been known to make pretty large contributions to society. But they might have outdone themselves on this one. The agency is currently in the research and development phase for a powered armor suit that could one day allow paraplegics to walk. The suit, called X1, is a robotic exoskeleton designed to be worn over the body to assist in leg movements.

Skydiver's feat could influence spacesuit design

October 18, 2012 8:42 am | by MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Now that the dust has settled in the New Mexico desert where supersonic skydiver "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner landed safely on his feet, researchers are exhilarated over the possibility his exploit could someday help save the lives of pilots and space travelers in a disaster. Baumgartner's death-defying jump Sunday from a balloon 24 miles above Earth

Earth-sized planet found just outside solar system

October 17, 2012 9:02 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

 European astronomers say that just outside our solar system they've found a planet that's the closest you can get to Earth in location and size.It is the type of planet they've been searching for across the Milky Way galaxy and they found it circling a star right next door — 25 trillion miles away. But the Earth-like planet is so hot its surface may be like molten 

F-35 to make Hollywood debut in Superman flick

October 16, 2012 5:32 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to Wired, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — the oft-delayed, oft-maligned, “backbone of America’s tactical aviation fleet” — is set to make its big-screen debut in the Superman reboot, Man of Steel. To be sure, this won’t be the first time the JSF has appeared onscreen. A computer-generated F-35 battled The Hulk in this summer’s blockbuster hit, The Avengers.

The sound in Saturn's rings

October 16, 2012 4:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Due to their special properties, dust acoustic waves can propagate inside these plasmas like sound waves in air, and can be studied with the naked eye or with standard video cameras. Physicists have published a model with which they describe how large amplitude dust acoustic waves in dusty plasmas behave.

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