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Successful Test Flights for Mars Landing Technology

March 26, 2015 | by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA | Comments

It's tricky to get a spacecraft to land exactly where you want. That's why the area where the Mars rover Curiosity team had targeted to land was an ellipse that may seem large, measuring 12 miles by 4 miles (20 by 7 kilometers) ...

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Wearable Device Helps Vision-Impaired Avoid Collision

March 27, 2015 4:47 pm | by Mary Leach, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | Comments

Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Schepens Eye Research Institute used an obstacle course to evaluate a wearable collision warning device they developed for patients with peripheral vision loss. They found the device may help patients with a wide range of vision loss avoid collisions with high-level obstacles ...

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Photo of the Day: DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel

March 27, 2015 10:26 am | by DARPA | Comments

DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program seeks to develop a new type of unmanned surface vessel that could independently track adversaries’ ultra-quiet diesel-electric submarines over thousands of miles. One of the challenges that the ACTUV program is addressing is development of autonomous behaviors for complying with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, known as ...

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3 Astronauts Are Taking a One Year Trip to the International Space Station

March 27, 2015 10:04 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are to blast off early Saturday to begin a year away from Earth. Of the three-man team, American Scott Kelly and Russian Mikhail Kornienko are to stay at the International Space Station until March ... 

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Analysis Sees Many Promising Pathways for Solar Photovoltaic Power

March 27, 2015 9:57 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

In a broad new assessment of the status and prospects of solar photovoltaic technology, MIT researchers say that it is “one of the few renewable, low-carbon resources with both the scalability and the technological maturity to meet ever-growing global demand for ... 

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The Importance of Ethernet Communication in Industrial Systems

March 27, 2015 9:14 am | by ICP DAS USA | Comments

Industrial Ethernet (IE) refers to using standard Ethernet protocols in an industrial environment. IE systems use the same physical layer that already exists in most environments and can easily be expanded upon, reducing the need to add another network. Industrial ... 

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IEEE ICC 2015 Explores “Smart City & Smart World” Innovations from June 8 – 12 in London’s Tech City

March 26, 2015 2:19 pm | by IEEE International Conference | Comments

The 2015 IEEE International Conference on Communications will host its next annual event from 8-12 June 2015 at the ExCel London convention centre in London, UK. In addition to experiencing the numerous local iconic attractions like Canary Wharf, The Olympic Park and Museum of London, attendees will also have the ability to explore London’s Tech City, the fastest growing technology cluster in Europe and the ...

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Robots on Reins Could Be the 'Eyes' of Firefighters

March 26, 2015 10:21 am | by Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council | Comments

Firefighters moving through smoke-filled buildings could save vital seconds and find it easier to identify objects and obstacles, thanks to revolutionary reins that enable robots to act like guide dogs. The small mobile robot - equipped ...

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Tern Continues Progress toward Enabling Small Ships to Host Their Own Unmanned Air Systems

March 26, 2015 9:55 am | by DARPA | Comments

DARPA has awarded prime contracts for Phase 2 of Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). The goal of Tern is to give forward-deployed small ships the ability to serve as mobile launch and recovery sites for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (UAS) ...

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Research Holds Great Promise for Advancing Sustainable Energy

March 25, 2015 11:19 am | by Yankee Public Relations | Comments

New research published by Rutgers University chemists has documented significant progress confronting one of the main challenges inhibiting widespread utilization of sustainable power: Creating a cost-effective process to store energy so it can be used later. "We have developed a ... 

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NASA-Funded Mission Studies the Sun in Soft X-Rays

March 25, 2015 11:11 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

At any given moment, our sun emits a range of light waves far more expansive than what our eyes alone can see: from visible light to extreme ultraviolet to soft and hard X-rays. Different wavelengths can have different effects at Earth and, what's more, when observed ... 

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Photo of the Day: Smartphones and Wearables Top Shopping Lists in 2015

March 25, 2015 11:04 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

FatWallet.com, where millions of online deal hunters go to stack coupons with cash back, announced results from its annual Electronics Shopping Survey. The study revealed 75% of consumers will buy new electronics this year (up 4% from 2014) and 36% will spend ... 

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New Manufacturing Process Could Yield Better Solar Cells, Faster Chips

March 25, 2015 10:37 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | Comments

Computer chips, solar cells and other electronic devices have traditionally been based on silicon, the most famous of the semiconductors, that special class of materials whose unique electronic properties can be manipulated to turn electricity on and off the way ... 

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Michael Stonebraker Wins $1 Million Turing Award

March 25, 2015 9:21 am | by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL | Comments

Michael Stonebraker, a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) who has revolutionized the field of database management systems (DBMSs) and founded multiple successful database companies, has won the Association for Computing ... 

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New Kind of “Tandem” Solar Cell Developed

March 25, 2015 9:17 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Researchers at MIT and Stanford University have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun’s energy. The development could lead to photovoltaic cells that ... 

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Photo of the Day: NASA Satellites Catch a 'Growth Spurt' from a Newborn Protostar

March 24, 2015 11:36 am | by NASA | Comments

Using data from orbiting observatories, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and from ground-based facilities, an international team of astronomers has discovered an outburst from a star thought to be in the earliest phase of its development. The eruption, scientists say, reveals ... 

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