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Traffic Around Mars Gets Busy

May 5, 2015 | by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory | Comments

NASA has beefed up a process of traffic monitoring, communication and maneuver planning to ensure that Mars orbiters do not approach each other too closely. Last year's addition of two new spacecraft orbiting Mars brought the census of active Mars orbiters ... 

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Photos of the Day: First Ever Self-Driving Semi-Truck

May 6, 2015 12:32 pm | by Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press and Daimler | Comments

Its name is "Inspiration" and Daimler Trucks says it's the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads — in this case Nevada's highways — not only for testing, but business, too. Daimler Trucks North America LLC debuted the self-driving big rig ... 

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Astronomers Unveil the Farthest Galaxy

May 6, 2015 10:45 am | by Yale University | Comments

An international team of astronomers led by Yale University and the University of California-Santa Cruz have pushed back the cosmic frontier of galaxy exploration to a time when the universe was only 5% of its present age...

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Redesigned Systems May Increase Access to MRI for Patients With Implanted Medical Devices

May 6, 2015 9:21 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | Comments

New technology developed at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may extend the benefits of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to many patients whose access to MRI is currently limited...

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Improving Organic Transistors That Drive Flexible and Conformable Electronics

May 6, 2015 9:19 am | by University of Massachusetts at Amherst | Comments

A revolution is coming in flexible electronic technologies as cheaper, more flexible, organic transistors come on the scene to replace expensive, rigid, silicone-based semiconductors...

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MITEI Releases Report On the Future of Solar Energy

May 5, 2015 4:55 pm | by Melissa Abraham, MIT Energy Initiative | Comments

Solar energy holds the best potential for meeting humanity’s future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions — but to realize this potential will require increased emphasis on developing lower-cost technologies...

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Photos of the Day: NASA Flies 4 Spacecraft in Tight Formation

May 5, 2015 11:31 am | by NASA | Comments

It was unprecedented developing a mission that could fly four identically equipped spacecraft in a tight formation and take measurements 100 times faster than any previous space mission — an achievement enabled in part by four NASA-developed technologies...

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Inked and Irked: Apple Watch Users Report Tattoo Problems

May 5, 2015 9:56 am | by Brandon Bailey, Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writers | Comments

It's an annoying problem for the unlucky few: the Apple Watch's heart rate monitor and even some other features might not work if you have a tattoo on your wrist.  Inked and irked Apple fans have dubbed the issue "TattooGate" on Twitter...

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Google is Starting Small, Thinking Big With 'Project Fi'

May 5, 2015 9:48 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer, Associated Press | Comments

Google wants the wireless services that connect mobile devices to digital content to be cheaper and more reliable.  The reason has as much to do with the pursuit of profit as with trying to make smartphones more useful...

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Combining Computer Vision and Brain Computer Interface For Faster Mine Detection

May 5, 2015 9:06 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have combined sophisticated computer vision algorithms and a brain-computer interface to find mines in sonar images of the ocean floor. The study shows...

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Photos of the Day: An All-Electric, 3D-Printed Shelby Cobra

May 4, 2015 1:57 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Department of Energy unveiled this bad boy back in January to celebrate the Shelby Cobra’s 50th anniversary. The all-electric, 3D-printed Cobra is constructed from carbon fiber-reinforced ABS from the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine at the Oak ... 

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Pilot to Fly Solar Plane Across Pacific for 5 Days, 5 Nights

May 4, 2015 11:55 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | Comments

A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. André Borschberg, 62, is due to fly over the Pacific Ocean for five days and five nights ... 

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Summer Camps with a Mission: To Create Cybersecurity Experts

May 4, 2015 11:18 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | Comments

At Vermont's Norwich University, 20 high school students will build computers they'll be able to take home. At Dakota State University in South Dakota, about 200 students will learn about programming. In Southern California, 250 middle school Girl Scouts will be given ... 

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SpaceX Mile-High Escape Test Will Feature 'Buster' the Dummy

May 4, 2015 10:56 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

SpaceX is just days away from shooting up a crew capsule to test a launch escape system designed to save astronauts' lives. Buster, the dummy, is already strapped in for Wednesday's nearly mile-high ride from Cape Canaveral, Florida. He'll be alone as the mock-up ... 

Google Embeds Engineers as Professors

May 4, 2015 10:13 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | Comments

Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course. First, there was her name: Professor Sabrina. She was an African American woman, kept office hours until ... 

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Algorithm Combines Videos from Unstructured Camera Arrays into Panoramas

May 4, 2015 9:47 am | by Disney Research | Comments

Even non-professionals may someday be able to create high-quality video panoramas using multiple cameras with the help of an algorithm developed by a team of Disney researchers. Their method smooths out the blurring, ghosting and other distortions ... 

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