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Photos of the Day: NASA in the 1940s

August 28, 2014 4:19 pm | by NASA | 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....

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New Research Geared to Keep Women from Fleeing IT Profession

August 28, 2014 4:13 pm | by Baylor University | Comments

For years, employers and experts have been trying to reverse the exodus of women from information technology positions. They’re failing. Studies show that women are significantly underrepresented in the IT field, and the number of women who’ve graduated with degrees in computer and information science...

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Quantum Physics Enables Revolutionary Imaging Method

August 28, 2014 3:51 pm | by University of Vienna | Comments

Researchers have developed a fundamentally new quantum imaging technique with strikingly counterintuitive features. For the first time, an image has been obtained without ever detecting the light that was used to illuminate the imaged object, while the light revealing the image never touches the imaged object...

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Inter-Dependent Networks Stress Test

August 28, 2014 3:44 pm | by Springer | Comments

A new study relies on a complex systems modeling approach to analyze inter-dependent networks and improve their reliability in the event of failure Energy production systems are good examples of complex systems. Their infrastructure equipment requires ancillary sub-systems structured like a network—including water for cooling...

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Obama Highlights New Program Aimed at Developing Novel Therapies

August 28, 2014 1:45 pm | by DARPA | Comments

The body’s peripheral nervous system constantly monitors the status of internal organs and helps regulate biological responses to infection, injury or other imbalances. When this regulatory process goes awry due to injury or illness, peripheral nerve signals can actually exacerbate a condition, causing pain, inflammation or immune dysfunction...

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Classroom Contest Yields Publishable Results

August 28, 2014 1:39 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Students’ designs for cellular-networking protocols help define the limits of protocol performance. In the 21st century, design contests have emerged as a way to make rapid progress on tough computational problems. The million-dollar Netflix Prize, which sought to improve Netflix’s movie recommendation algorithm...

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'Smart Skin' Will Enable Aircraft to Feel

August 28, 2014 1:12 pm | by BAE Systems | Comments

Work is underway at BAE Systems to give aircraft human-like ‘skin’, enabling the detection of injury or damage and the ability to ‘feel’ the world around them. Engineers at our Advanced Technology Centre are investigating a ‘smart skin’ concept which could be embedded with tens of thousands of micro-sensors...

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Stanford Eye Implant Could Lead to Better Glaucoma Treatments

August 28, 2014 1:07 pm | by Stanford University | Comments

Lowering internal eye pressure is currently the only way to treat glaucoma. A tiny eye implant developed by Stephen Quake's lab could pair with a smartphone to improve the way doctors measure and lower a patient's eye pressure. For the 2.2 million Americans battling glaucoma, the main course of action for staving off blindness involves...

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Novel 'Butterfly' Molecule Could Build New Sensors, Photoenergy Conversion Devices

August 28, 2014 12:21 pm | by Florida State University | Comments

Exciting new work has led to a novel molecular system that can take your temperature, emit white light, and convert photon energy directly to mechanical motions. And, the molecule looks like a butterfly. Biwu Ma, associate professor, created the molecule in a lab about a decade ago, but has continued to discover that his creation...

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Rubber Meets the Road with New Carbon, Battery Technologies

August 28, 2014 12:18 pm | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Comments

Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind and solar, say researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. By modifying the microstructural characteristics of carbon black, a substance recovered from discarded tires...

NASA Demonstrates New Tech for Acquiring Measurements of Earth

August 28, 2014 12:09 pm | by NASA | Comments

NASA’s Earth-observing satellites have long collected radiance measurements of the Earth. But recent technology advances could lead to future measurements with higher levels of accuracy than what is currently available to researchers ... 

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Photos of the Day: New Earth-Observing Instrument Makes Successful Balloon Flight

August 28, 2014 12:04 pm | by NASA | Comments

In New Mexico on the morning of Aug. 18, a high-altitude balloon successfully carried the HyperSpectral Imager for Climate Science instrument to an altitude of 123,000 feet, above most of the Earth’s atmosphere, to reach space-like conditions ...

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Photos of the Day: NASA App Finds Errors in Software Logic

August 28, 2014 10:15 am | by NASA | Comments

To err is human, but don't worry about it. NASA has an app for that. It's called IKOS and it's actually much more sophisticated than a mobile device app. In fact, it's a fully developed program that finds errors in the logic of software that is still under development. IKOS is short for Inference Kernel for Open Static Analyzers...

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IKOS Debugger Zaps Error Rate for Aviation Software Developers

August 28, 2014 10:15 am | by NASA | Comments

To err is human, but don't worry about it. NASA has an app for that. It's called IKOS and it's actually much more sophisticated than a mobile device app. In fact, it's a fully developed program that finds errors in the logic of software that is still under development. IKOS is short for Inference Kernel for Open Static Analyzers...

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Apple Loses Bid to Block Sales of 9 Samsung Phones

August 28, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone. Wednesday's rebuff comes nearly four months after a jury awarded Apple Inc. $119 million in damages for Samsung's infringements on technology used in the trend-setting iPhone...

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