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Photos of the Day: NASA in the 1940s

August 21, 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: 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...

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...

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...

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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....

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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....

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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....

Photos of the Day: NASA’s ISSpresso machine weighs 44 lbs.

July 1, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Certified for safety and approved by NASA, ISSpresso initially will fly with 20 coffee capsules. Extra packets will follow for the six-member crew, if the trial run goes well. The 44-pound machine — a compact 14 inches by 17 inches — will be housed ...

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Photos of the Day: Flying saucer lands safely

June 30, 2014 3:28 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This test was the first of three planned for the LDSD project, developed to evaluate new landing technologies for future Mars missions. While this initial test was designed to determine the flying ability of the vehicle, it also deployed two new landing technologies as a bonus....

Photos of the Day: Woman or machine?

June 26, 2014 8:39 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The latest creations from Japanese android expert Hiroshi Ishiguro are Otonaroid, Kodomoroid and Telenoid, a hairless mannequin head with pointed arms that serves as a cuddly companion. Otonaroid and Kodomoroidwill act as guides at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation....

Photos of the Day: The F-35B VTOL aircraft

June 24, 2014 2:27 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The F-35B, intended for the Marines, follows in the tradition of other vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, the most famous being the British Harrier Jump Jet. With the ability to take off from a short — or nonexistent — ramp, VTOL systems like the F-35B offer a degree of flexibility to military planners....

Photos of the Day: Harley-Davidson's electric motorcycle

June 20, 2014 2:47 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Innovation, meet heritage. Today, Harley-Davidson reveals Project LiveWire – the first Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle. In keeping with the company's customer-led product development approach, starting next week select consumers across the country will be able to ride and provide feedback on the bike....

Photos of the Day: Building a chocolate drone

June 18, 2014 12:32 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

An intrepid DIYer built a quadcopter made of at least 40% chocolate. The best part is: This chocodrone actually flies! The unnamed artiste filmed the creation process – and the ensuing flight – using a GoPro Hero 3. She coats the wings in a thick layer of cocoa and uses molded chocolate for the lower frame....

Photos of the Day: Robocop was 3D-printed

June 17, 2014 9:38 am | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

Using Stratasys' high resolution Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing technology, Legacy Effects produced every aspect of the RoboCop suit - from helmet, to boots - as master mold patterns. These pieces were then molded and cast into ...

Photos of the Day: Inside the Space Station's Destiny Laboratory

June 12, 2014 1:42 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This view in the International Space Station, photographed by an Expedition 40 crew member, shows how it looks inside the space station while the crew is asleep. The dots near the hatch point to a Soyuz spacecraft docked to the station in case the crew was to encounter an emergency....

Photos of the Day: SID Display Week 2014

June 11, 2014 1:29 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

SID Display Week is the industry’s annual celebration of all things optoelectronics, and this year the wagon train rolled in to sunny San Diego. (I was suffering. Seriously.) Here’s a handful of highlights from SID 2014, including a laptop utilizing QDEF quantum dot technology, Color IQ TVs, and E-Ink applications....

Photos of the Day: Porsche 918 Spyder

June 5, 2014 11:37 am | by Porsche | Blogs | Comments

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a high-end vehicle created in the Porsche tradition of motorsports. It offers a naturally aspirated V8-enginer with the torque of two electric vehicles. It has a top speed of 93-mph running soley on electric and offers a fuel consumption of 3.1 - 3.0 liters per 100km. 

Photos of the Day: This flying car will hit the sky in 2016

June 4, 2014 12:47 pm | News | Comments

Terrafugia, a company whose name comes from the latin for "Escape the Earth," has been developing a street-legal airplane. If you'll stop to think for a minute, a street-legal airplane is a flying car. This company is making a flying car. They've promised it will hit the market in 2016. The first prototype the company offered was called The Transition, which runs on premium unleaded automotive gas.

Photos of the Day: Solar Impulse 2 takes flight

June 3, 2014 3:57 pm | by Solar Impulse | Blogs | Comments

Solar Impulse 2, a.k.a. the "Round-the-World" solar airplane, is a single-seater airplane made from carbon fiber with 17,000 solar cells that supple four electric 17.5 CV (each) with energy. Those solar cells recharge the lithium batteries that allow the plane to fly at night.

Photos of the Day: ISEE-3 Reboot project breathes life into 1978 NASA mission

June 2, 2014 3:24 pm | by ECN Staff | Blogs | Comments

The ISEE-3 Reboot project has brought together a group of civilians and engineers from NASA with the joint goal of rebooting the original 1978 mission of the explorer. The spacecraft was launched on August 12, 1978 as one of three crafts designed to study Earth's magnetic field and the solar wind. It was the first craft to visit a comet, passing within 7,800 km of the nucleus of Comet Giacobini-Zinner.

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