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Drone Access to US Skies Faces Significant Hurdles

July 2, 2014 9:56 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

The federal effort to provide drones regular access to U.S. skies faces significant hurdles and will not meet a September 2015 deadline set by Congress, a government watchdog said Monday. Despite years of research, the Federal Aviation Administration hasn't figured out...  

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Engineers Create Internet-of-Things Solutions in Newest Challenge

July 2, 2014 9:26 am | by element14 | Comments

element14, along with partners EnOcean, Tektronix, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation, has announced the launch of the new “Forget Me Not” design challenge, a global design competition which will encourage participating engineers to develop pioneering applications in the field of home monitoring and automation...

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NREL Supercomputer Tackles Grid Challenges

July 2, 2014 9:21 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Comments

"Big data" is playing an increasingly big role in the renewable energy industry and the transformation of the nation's electrical grid, and no single entity provides a better tool for such data than the Energy Department's Energy Systems Integration Facility located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory...

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Infographic: My Boss Is Going to Get Somebody Killed

July 1, 2014 1:24 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern or worry. PD&D recently asked engineers ...

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New Electronic Switch Could Lead to Flexible Electronics

July 1, 2014 9:16 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford School of Engineering | Comments

three Stanford researchers believe that they've discovered just such a flexible, switchable material. It is a crystal that can form a paper-like sheet just three atoms thick...                         

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Football Mouthguard Senses Head Impacts

July 1, 2014 9:10 am | by Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service | Comments

A group of bioengineers at Stanford is working to understand the head trauma that footballers experience during a game and is making steps toward developing technology that reports dangerous hits in real time...          

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NASA Scrubs Launch of Global Warming Satellite

July 1, 2014 9:05 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The planned launch of a rocket carrying a NASA satellite designed to track global warming has been postponed.NASA writes in a tweet that the countdown was stopped at 46 seconds because of a failure in the launch pad water flow...             

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Scientists Develop Force Sensor from Carbon Nanotubes

June 30, 2014 10:27 am | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | Comments

A group of researchers from Russia, Belarus and Spain, including MIPT professor Yury Lozovik, have developed a microscopic force sensor based on carbon nanotubes. The device is described in an article published in the journal Computational Materials Science and is also available as a preprint...

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Bending the Rules

June 30, 2014 10:22 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | Comments

For his doctoral dissertation in the Goldman Superconductivity Research Group at the University of Minnesota, Yu Chen, now a postdoctoral researcher at UC Santa Barbara, developed a novel way to fabricate superconducting nanocircuitry. However, the extremely small zinc nanowires he designed did some unexpected — and sort of funky — things...

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Google Glass Taking Fans Closer to the Action

June 30, 2014 10:18 am | by Jay Cohen, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Your favorite team is playing for the title, and you are in the middle of the field. Google Glass is slowly becoming more common in sports as teams and broadcasters try to bring fans closer to the action. The American football team Philadelphia Eagles will test the Internet-connected eyewear for in-game use...

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Photos of the Day: Remotely Operated Robots Compete Underwater

June 28, 2014 11:37 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

About 60 teams from 13 countries and 18 U.S. states participated in the 13th Marine Advanced Technology Education Remotely Operated Vehicle International Competition at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary...     

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Winners Named in Global Underwater Robot Event

June 28, 2014 11:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Student teams controlling underwater robots from the United States, Canada and Russia were the winners Saturday in a global competition at the only federal freshwater marine sanctuary in the United States. The high school and university teams were among 60 from 13 countries...

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Photos of the Day: Mars 'Flying Saucer' Splashes Down After Test

June 28, 2014 11:09 pm | by NASA | Comments

The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) is being tested for slowing big, heavy spacecraft hurtling into the thin Martian atmosphere. A ship was sent to recover a "black box" designed to separate from the LDSD and float. Outfitted with a GPS beacon, the box contains the crucial flight data that scientists are eager to analyze...

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NASA Tests Low Density Supersonic Decelerator

June 28, 2014 10:50 pm | by Christopher Weber, Associated Press | Comments

A saucer-shaped NASA vehicle testing new technology for Mars landings rocketed high over the Pacific on Saturday and deployed a novel inflatable braking system, but its massive parachute failed to fully unfurl as it descended to a splashdown. Control room cheers that greeted successful steps...

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San Francisco Parking App Refuses Shut-Down Order

June 28, 2014 10:43 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | Comments

The company behind a mobile app that allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has rejected an order from the city attorney to stop its operations. MonkeyParking CEO Paolo Dobrowolny said in an email Friday that City Attorney Dennis Herrera...

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