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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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Photo of the Day: Bendable Digital Displays

March 30, 2015 4:23 pm | by George Hunka, American Friends of Tel Aviv University | Comments

From smartphones and tablets to computer monitors and interactive TV screens, electronic displays are everywhere. As the demand for instant, constant communication grows, so too does the urgency for more convenient portable devices — especially devices, like computer displays, that can be easily rolled up and put away, rather than requiring a flat surface for storage and transportation ...

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Expanding the Capacity of Fiber Optics

March 30, 2015 12:51 pm | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | Comments

Internet data travels on a laser beam through a fiber optic cable as thin as a human hair. Marvelous as that is, it may not be enough – as the volume of data grows, some researchers are asking, why waste an entire fiber on just a single beam of light? ...

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Shape-Shifting Sensor Reports Conditions from Deep in the Body

March 30, 2015 10:55 am | by Michael Baum, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have devised and demonstrated a new, shape-shifting probe, about one-hundredth as wide as a human hair, which is capable of sensitive, high-resolution remote biological sensing that is not possible with current technology ...

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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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Photos of the Day: Cutting-Edge Mars Landing Technologies

March 26, 2015 10:14 am | by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA | Comments

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have been developing cutting-edge technologies that would enable spacecraft to land at a specific location on Mars -- or any other planetary body -- with more precision than ever before. In collaboration with Masten Space Systems in Mojave, California, they have recently tested these technologies on board a high-tech demonstration vehicle called the ...

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Nano Piano's Lullaby Could Mean Storage Breakthrough

March 26, 2015 9:59 am | by Bill Bowman, MechSE | Comments

A team led by MechSE associate professor Kimani Toussaint has demonstrated the first-ever recording of optically encoded audio onto a nonmagnetic plasmonic nanostructure ...

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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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