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Photos of the Day: Growing plants in space

October 17, 2014 12:12 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

 The Seedling Growth-2 mission is the second in a series of NASA-ESA collaborative plant biology experiments using the European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS) facility aboard the space station.  The investigation launched to the station aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Sept. 21, 2014. Station crew will start the first experimental run of the study on October 17.

Photos of the Day: Lamborghini's new hybrid supercar

October 8, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

European carmakers were hoping to impress with new models at last...

Photos of the Day: SkyOrbiter UAVs give internet to everyone

September 30, 2014 9:30 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The SkyOrbiter HA75 UAV operates at 22,000 meters with a 75 meter wingspan. And it can fly for 5...

Photos of the Day: Robots given unprecedented dexterity

September 23, 2014 4:12 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Armed with the GelSight sensor, a robot can grasp a freely hanging USB cable and plug it...

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Photos of the Day: The Parrot Rolling-spider mini drone

September 22, 2014 2:32 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

This mini drone has an autopilot based on a 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer and features a pressure sensor for the flight altitude. An ultrasonic sensor is included for precision flying near the ground, and its vertical camera at 60 fps ...

Photos of the Day: The A-10 Thunderbolt II

September 18, 2014 9:03 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Proponents of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have been trying, for years, to retire the A-10 “Warthog” and replace it with the former. The A-10 excels at close-air support, and critics worry that a “Swiss Army Knife” like the F-35 — a jack of all trades....

Photos of the Day: Vintage artifacts of a bygone era

September 16, 2014 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This Sept. 8, 2014 photo provided by the Green-Wood Historic Fund shows a detail from an amusment park shooting range built by William Mangels in an exhibit of his creations at the the Green-Wood Cemetery, where he is buried, in the Brooklyn ...

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Photos of the Day: Nevada kick-starts special session over Tesla deal

September 11, 2014 2:11 pm | by SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers' money, but they clearly were in the minority as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they hope to approve in the days ahead....

Photos of the Day: Apple Watch looks to be another winner

September 10, 2014 12:36 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As computerized wristwatches go, the upcoming Apple Watch looks impressive. I like that it will come in two sizes, so the watch won't feel giant on smaller hands, as some competing watches do. I also like that Apple will offer a variety of straps....

Photos of the Day: The world's fastest electric motorcycle

September 5, 2014 2:01 pm | by KillaCycle Racing | News | Comments

Land speed record holder Eva Håkansson and her home-built electric streamliner sidecar motorcycle “KillaJoule” set several historical records at Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials last week. With a top speed of 241.901 mph (389.219 km/h) and a two-way average of 240.726 mph ...

Photos of the Day: Samsung phones impress, but new apps key

September 4, 2014 12:53 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After years of promoting its phones as "the next big thing," Samsung is realizing that bigger isn't necessarily better. Two new Galaxy Note smartphones from Samsung are about the same size as last year's Note 3. What's different: A side screen on one of them and sharper cameras on both....

Photos of the Day: A vintage look at the Navy's Blue Angels

September 2, 2014 3:06 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

In her blog, Managing Editor Kasey Panetta gave a great overview of the Navy’s Blue Angels, the military’s premier flight demonstration squadron. Since 1946, the group has thrilled crowds with its spectacular aerial maneuvers. Here's a look at the early years of the squadron....

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Photos of the Day: NASA in the 1940s

August 25, 2014 8:27 am | by NASA | News | Comments

An engine mechanic checks instrumentation prior to an investigation of engine operating characteristics and thrust control of a large turboprop engine with counter-rotating propellers under high-altitude flight conditions in the 20-foot-dianieter test section....

Photos of the Day: Your new home on Mars

August 22, 2014 12:12 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Mars One is looking to send humans to Mars in 2025. Next year, the first batch of applicants (yes, willing applicants) will be selected to begin their training, which will continue up until the 2024 launch date. Nearly a decade of training is hardly the commitment....

Photos of the Day: A spectacular landscape of star formation

August 20, 2014 8:50 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NGC 3603 is a very bright star cluster and is famed for having the highest concentration of massive stars that have been discovered in our galaxy so far. At the centre lies a Wolf–Rayet multiple star system, known as HD 97950. Wolf–Rayet stars are at an advanced stage of stellar evolution....

Photos of the Day: 3D-printed blades for jet engine turbines

August 18, 2014 1:21 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Engineers at the Italian aerospace company Avio have developed a breakthrough process for 3D printing light-weight metal blades for jet engine turbines. The method builds the blades from a titanium powder fused with a beam of electrons....

Photos of the Day: A self-organizing thousand-robot swarm

August 15, 2014 12:03 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Just as trillions of individual cells can assemble into an intelligent organism, or a thousand starlings can form a great flowing murmuration across the sky, the Kilobots demonstrate how complexity can arise from very simple behaviors performed en masse....

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Photos of the Day: Elon Musk's Hyperloop transport

August 13, 2014 11:31 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Elon Musk originally envisioned the Hyperloop as a tube transport system capable of shooting passengers from San Francisco to L.A. in 35 minutes. And now, according to CBS, the system is finally overcoming funding roadblocks and beginning construction....

Photos of the Day: A self-folding origami robot

August 12, 2014 12:09 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

This tiny robot from Harvard microrobotics engineers Sam Felton and Robert Wood is a self-assembling plastic robot that is capable of walking — it’s really more of a scooting motion — away in four minutes. The robot starts as a completely flat, vaguely crab-shaped (technically butterfly-shaped) piece of shape memory plastic....

Photos of the Day: The world’s first 3D-printed saxophone

August 6, 2014 12:53 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

A saxophone is an incredibly complex compilation of materials and design. This prototype includes 41 components, plus the springs for all the keys, which were added by hand along with any screws. This prototype includes 41 components, plus the springs for all the keys....

Photos of the Day: Supermileage car gets 383 MPG

August 5, 2014 12:15 pm | by Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies | News | Comments

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies hosted two Concordia University students, along with their award-winning SAE Supermileage vehicle, at this year’s Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars (CAR MBS) in Traverse City, Michigan....

Photos of the Day: eVe — Australia's record-breaking solar-powered car

August 4, 2014 8:31 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The eVe, from the Sunswift project, a group of students from the University of New South Wales, Australia, has officially broken the world speed record for an electric vehicle. The Sunswift vehicle averaged 62 mph over 311 miles at the Australian Automotive research Center in Victoria....

Photos of the Day: The PD-100 Black Hornet pocket helicopter

July 25, 2014 12:45 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

It weighs 16 g, can fly for up to 20 minutes, and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet, a mini helicopter which uses embedded cameras and a digital data link to provide real-time video for ground troops....

Photos of the Day: Giant robotic creature is 14-feet tall

July 24, 2014 8:44 am | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

The giant creature was designed by artists at the Stan Winston School. Engineers and technicians at Legacy Effects — the studio that brought to life Iron Man, Avatar, Pacific Rim and RoboCop characters — worked closely with Stratasys to build dozens of 3D-printed parts to create the character....

Photos of the Day: Homeland Security's robotic tuna

July 15, 2014 10:23 am | by U.S. Department of Homeland Security | News | Comments

Inspired by the real tuna, BIOSwimmer is a UUV designed for high maneuverability in harsh environments, with a flexible aft section and appropriately placed sets of pectoral and other fins. For those cluttered and hard-to-reach underwater places where inspection is necessary, the tuna-inspired frame is an optimal design....

Photos of the Day: The Navy’s robo-tuna

July 11, 2014 12:57 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Navy’s robo-tuna, designed by Boston Engineering, is a 4-foot long unmanned undersea vehicle designed to blend in with marine life and perform military functions. This "biometric" autonomous vehicle moves just like a fish, flipping its tail to propel itself....

Photos of the Day: 'Dropship' quadcopter to lower Rover onto Mars

July 9, 2014 12:50 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

The 'dropship' quadcopter and mockup rover are used for testing the ESA's latest StarTiger project, Dropter. The dropship has to steer itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface. Starting from scratch for the eight-month project, the Dropter team was challenged to produce vision-based navigation and hazard detection and avoidance for the dropship....

Photos of the Day: A dragon motorcycle

July 7, 2014 12:54 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Orange County Choppers (OCC) partnered with 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys to design a bike in the shape of a Chinese dragon. It includes a 3D-printed head, tail, and spikes made out of PC-ABS. The body, arms, and legs were machined out of a high density foam....

Photos of the Day: A shark-detecting buoy

July 2, 2014 2:11 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Clever Buoy emits sonar into the surrounding water, and a processor in the buoy analyzes the signals, searching for shark-like signatures. The device is able to distinguish between sharks and friendlier animals like dolphins by analyzing how the object moves through the water....

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