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Photos of the Day: Medical Imaging Scanner to Detec Spacesuit Flaws

December 9, 2014 10:50 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | Comments

NASA hopes the advanced imaging equipment in the lab, including a CT scanner attached to a robotic arm, can help it create 3D pictures of its spacesuits that can be used to better diagnose malfunctions that might happen in the future ...                      

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Advanced Imaging Equipment to Diagnose Spacesuit Malfunctions

December 9, 2014 10:48 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | Comments

The empty spacesuit that sat on the operating table in a lab at Houston Methodist Hospital's research institute made for an unusual patient. The bulky garment ended up in the state-of-the-art research lab after NASA sought innovative ways to pinpoint problems with its spacesuits in the wake of an Italian astronaut nearly drowning ...                  

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Volvo Introduces the World’s Most Powerful and Cleanest SUV

December 8, 2014 12:56 pm | by Volvo Car Group | Comments

The first Volvo designed from the ground up for plug-in/electrification compatibility, the XC90 T8 delivers all the performance of a luxury SUV, but with emission levels that even small hybrid cars struggle to match. When designing the XC90 T8, Volvo Cars chose not to compromise on performance, driving pleasure, efficiency or even ... 

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Pattern-Recognition Systems Convey What They Learn to Humans

December 8, 2014 11:27 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News | Comments

Computers are good at identifying patterns in huge data sets. Humans, by contrast, are good at inferring patterns from just a few examples. In a paper appearing at the Neural Information Processing Society’s conference next week, MIT researchers present a new system that bridges these two ways of processing information ... 

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Carrying Current with No Energy Loss

December 8, 2014 11:14 am | by Karen McNulty Walsh, DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | Comments

A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, Columbia Engineering, Columbia Physics and Kyoto University has discovered an unusual form of electronic order in a new family of unconventional superconductors ...                 

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The Achilles' Heel of GaN-Based LEDs

December 8, 2014 11:14 am | by Michiteru Kitazaki, Toyohashi University of Technology | Comments

Gallium nitride (GaN) based devices are attractive for harsh environment electronics because of their high chemical and the mechanical stability of GaN itself that has a higher atomic displacement energy than other semiconductor materials ...                           

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Fuel to the Fire? Fuel Exports Soar Under Obama

December 8, 2014 11:08 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | Comments

As the Obama administration makes headway at home in the fight against global warming, it has helped stoke record exports of fossil fuels that are contributing to rising levels of pollution elsewhere. U.S. exports of diesel and gasoline have doubled since President Barack Obama took office, and the carbon embedded in them has meet ... 

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Corrupt Apple Executive Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison

December 8, 2014 10:48 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A former Apple executive who sold some of the iPhone maker's secrets to suppliers will serve a year in prison and repay $4.5 million for his crimes. Paul S. Devine was sentenced in San Jose federal court earlier this week, more than three years after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. The U.S. Attorney's office ... 

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7 Largest U.S. Districts to Teach Computer Science

December 8, 2014 10:42 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | Comments

The seven largest school districts in the U.S. are joining more than 50 others to start offering introductory computer science to all their students, the White House said ...                                             

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Lithography Technique Uses Nanoscale Spheres to Create 3D Structures

December 8, 2014 10:29 am | by North Carolina State University | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new lithography technique that uses nanoscale spheres to create three-dimensional (3-D) structures with biomedical, electronic and photonic applications. The new technique is significantly less expensive than conventional methods and does not rely on ... 

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Photos of the Day: Here's Your New Spacecraft, America

December 5, 2014 12:09 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

NASA's new Orion spacecraft made a "bullseye" splashdown in the Pacific on Friday following a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith height of 3,600 miles and ushered in a new era of human exploration aiming for Mars. The unmanned test flight ended 4½ hours after it began and achieved at least one record: flying farther and ... 

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NIST Study 'Makes the Case' for RFID Forensic Evidence Management

December 5, 2014 11:28 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags--devices that can transmit data over short distances to identify objects, animals or people--have become increasingly popular for tracking everything from automobiles being manufactured on an assembly line to zoo animals in transit to their new homes. Now, thanks to a new NIST report, the next beneficiaries ... 

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Synthetic Pediatric Blood-Brain Barrier on a Small Chip

December 5, 2014 11:03 am | by American Society for Cell Biology | Comments

In the human brain, the BBB is not the Better Business Bureau but the blood brain barrier and the BBB is serious business in human physiology. The human BBB separates circulating blood from the central nervous system, thus protecting the brain from many infections and toxins. But the BBB also blocks the passage of many potentially ... 

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Optical Links to Transfer Data Faster

December 4, 2014 4:51 pm | by Chris Cesare, Stanford Engineering | Comments

The optical link is a tiny slice of silicon etched with a pattern that resembles a bar code. When a beam of light is shined at the link, two different wavelengths (colors) of light split off at right angles to the input, forming a T shape ...                         

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Using Light Instead of Wires inside Computers

December 4, 2014 4:51 pm | by Chris Cesare, Stanford Engineering | Comments

Stanford engineers have designed and built a prism-like device that can split a beam of light into different colors and bend the light at right angles, a development that could eventually lead to computers that use optics, rather than electricity, to carry data ...                       

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