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‘Iron Sun’ key explanation of how stars transmit energy

January 6, 2015 7:31 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Working at temperatures matching the interior of the sun, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine have been able to determine experimentally, for the first time in history, iron’s role in inhibiting energy transmission from the center of the sun to near the edge of...

NASA detects record-breaking outburst from Milky Way’s black hole

January 5, 2015 5:29 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Astronomers have observed the largest X-ray flare ever detected from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. This event, detected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, raises questions about the behavior of this giant black hole and its surrounding environment.

Student scientists ready to launch experiments to ISS

January 5, 2015 2:29 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Students will look to the skies this week when SpaceX's fifth commercial resupply services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station lifts off at 6:18 a.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 6, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft will carry scientific research...

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NASA explores inflatable spacecraft technology

January 5, 2015 9:04 am | by BROCK VERGAKIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Devising a way to one day land astronauts on Mars is a complex problem and NASA scientists think something as simple as a child's toy design may help solve the problem. Safely landing a large spacecraft on the Red planet is just one of many engineering challenges the agency faces as it eyes an ambitious goal of sending humans into deep space later this century.

US says NKorea sanctions step 1 in Sony response

January 5, 2015 9:02 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States says its new round of sanctions against North Korea is just the opening salvo in its response to an unprecedented cyberattack on Sony. Yet there may be little else the U.S. can do to further isolate a country that already has few friends in the world.Even the latest...

N. Korea blasts US for sanctions over Sony attack

January 5, 2015 8:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea on Sunday criticized the United States for slapping sanctions on Pyongyang officials and organizations for a cyberattack on Sony Pictures — the latest fallout from a Hollywood movie depicting the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un...

11 Technologies that could shape the future

January 2, 2015 10:41 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

When GE opened its first research center in 1900, it employed three people and fit inside a barn behind the chief engineer’s house in Schenectady, N.Y. It burned down a year later. The lab then relocated to “safer premises” and become a dynamo...  

Second missile defense radar deployed to Japan

January 2, 2015 10:33 am | by U.S. Department of Defense | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense and Japanese Ministry of Defense announced last week (Dec. 26) the deployment of a second Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance (AN/TPY-2) radar in Japan to Kyogamisaki to enhance sensor coverage for ballistic missile defense of Japan and the U.S. homeland.

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Boeing completes successful 1st flight in KC-46 program

January 2, 2015 10:26 am | by Daryl Mayer, 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs | News | Comments

The KC-46 Pegasus development program completed its first flight of Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) aircraft #1 Dec. 28. EMD #1 is a provisioned 767-2C freighter and the critical building block for the KC-46 missionized aerial refueler. The maiden flight...

NACA's space legacy: The Cold War and beyond

January 2, 2015 10:19 am | by Mark Wright, NASA | News | Comments

Engineers from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), who joined NASA after its creation, tested, developed, and recommended one of the most vital technologies that the United States needed in order to successfully launch the Saturn rockets in the 1960s.

Poland to search for its famous WWII submarine

January 2, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Polish teams will search this year for the Polish submarine ORP Orzel, which disappeared in the North Sea in May 1940 during a mission with the Allies in World War II. The two searches will be conducted by the Culture Ministry and the Maritime Museum in the Baltic port of Gdansk.

Key decisions on drones likely from congress

December 29, 2014 2:42 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year. Federal Aviation Administration officials have said ...

Photos of the Day: 15 best drone images from 2014

December 29, 2014 1:01 pm | by Dronestagram | News | Comments

The drone enthusiast community has been very inspired this year. With thousands of stunning pictures published on our platform, the future of photography is in good hands. Here are the best photos that drones took in 2014 all over the world....

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Army takes another step toward self-sustainment

December 29, 2014 10:29 am | by Jeff Sisto, NSRDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

The Army took another step toward increasing self sustainment, while saving energy at its contingency bases overseas.Army researchers recently completed Demonstration 1, the first in a series of demonstrations looking at energy-saving technologies, which will ...

Giant blimp to patrol skies for missile threat

December 29, 2014 10:21 am | by C. Todd Lopez | News | Comments

The army plans to launch the first of two tethered aerostats from a ground base just north of Baltimore in late December, 2014.The aerostat, part of the "Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor" system, referred to as JLENS for short ...

The 20 greatest engineering feats of 2014

December 29, 2014 9:58 am | by Amanda Orson, Director of Communications, EngineerJobs.com | Blogs | Comments

As we’ve done in 2012 and 2013 we’re bringing you what we think were this year’s biggest engineering feats. But, as our writer Kal astutely pointed out, “2014 is, like, a whole year. A lot of stuff happened.” So we’ve expanded from our previous lists of ...

Drones afoot: It’s going to be a very unmanned 2015

December 29, 2014 7:37 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Drones, drones, and more drones. It’s going to be a very merry, very unmanned 2015. OK, and there’s probably a few other technologies on the verge of a breakout year. ECN has spilled voluminous quantities of ink (digital and otherwise) trumpeting ...

Drones become popular holiday gifts

December 23, 2014 4:38 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season. Drones — flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers — have "taken off" as popular gifts as novices have become just as interested in ...

Engineering Update #91: Controlling a robotic arm with your thoughts

December 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

You might remember a few years ago when scientists discovered that, by inserting an implant in the brain of a quadriplegic woman, she was able to control a robot arm with just her thoughts. By implanting 96 contact points on the part of the brain that ...

EMI-protected ethernet switch includes 6-port arrangement

December 22, 2014 2:33 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced the newest addition to its groundbreaking family of ultra-small form factor (USFF) network switches, the Parvus DuraNET 20-12 6-port 10/100 Ethernet switch ...

Photos of the Day: Holiday lights from space

December 22, 2014 1:10 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Nighttime lights in the suburbs and outskirts of cities in the United States can be between 30 percent and 50 percent brighter in December, when compared to the rest of the year. Here, a house in Virginia is decorated for the holiday season....

Engineering Newswire: The Navy's newest hovercraft

December 18, 2014 12:42 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Production has started on the navy’s newest hovercraft. Designed to haul vehicles, equipment, and supplies at land and at sea, the ship to shore connectors are slated for completion in 2017. The new crafts will be able to carry 60 tons of cargo, 14 more than ...

Lighter planes are the future

December 17, 2014 8:49 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

A global fleet of composite planes could reduce carbon emissions by up to 15 percent, but the lighter planes alone will not enable the aviation industry to meet its emissions targets, according to new research. The study, by the Universities of ...

How many American homes can Boeing's new jet power?

December 16, 2014 1:47 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

There are many luxuries that separate first class fliers from their fellow travelers going coach in the back of the plane, but in-flight entertainment isn’t one of them. The personal multiple-choice video screen standard on most long-haul flights has ...

Photos of the Day: Low-cost alternatives to the F-35

December 16, 2014 10:07 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | News | Comments

Canada (and a host of other allied nations) are wavering in their support in the F-35, and some, like our neighbors to the north, are actively considering alternatives, including the Eurofigher Typhoon (seen above), Dassault Rafale and Boeing Super Hornet. None of these ...

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