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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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U.S. to Ask China to Restart Cyber Working Group

June 28, 2014 10:39 pm | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | Comments

The United States wants to restart a cybersecurity working group that China shut down after the U.S. indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking into American companies' computers to steal trade secrets. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel told The Associated Press...

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After Verizon, Germany Mulls Axing Foreign Tech

June 28, 2014 10:37 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

First Verizon got the boot, now the German government is considering pulling the plug on foreign companies that provide hardware for official communication networks. An Interior Ministry spokesman says Germany is examining which devices can be used if it wants to keep critical IT infrastructure safe from cyberthreats...

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FDA Clears Robotic Legs for Some Paralyzed People

June 28, 2014 10:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal health regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind set of robotic leg braces that can help some disabled people walk again. The ReWalk system functions like an exoskeleton for people paralyzed from the waist down, allowing them to stand and walk with assistance from a caretaker...

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Let There Be Light: Magnetically Responsive Liquid Crystals

June 27, 2014 12:51 am | by University of California - Riverside | Comments

Chemists at the University of California, Riverside have constructed liquid crystals with optical properties that can be instantly and reversibly controlled by an external magnetic field. The research paves the way for novel display applications relying on...

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Device Allows Brain to Bypass Spinal Cord

June 27, 2014 12:41 am | by The Ohio State University | Comments

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle. Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first ...

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Sports Drone Set for Take-Off with Stratasys 3D Printing

June 27, 2014 12:35 am | by Stratasys | Comments

Helico is specifically targeting the outdoor 'extreme' sports market and expects AirDog to be of particular interest to recreational participants of freestyle BMX, motocross and skateboarding, as well as water-sports such as surfing, kite-surfing ...

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Photos of the Day: The World's First Auto-Follow Sports Drone

June 27, 2014 12:32 am | by Stratasys | Comments

Aimed primarily at the consumer market, AirDog is an innovative, yet simple-to-use, 'quad-copter' that operates via a wrist-worn tracking device and accommodates a standard GoPro sports camera. The fully 3D printed ...    

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Space-Tested Robot Inspires Medicine and Manufacturing

June 27, 2014 12:27 am | by Melissa Gaskill, NASA | Comments

Humans doing difficult, repetitive tasks or those who need assistance with movement may soon get a helping hand – literally – thanks to robotic technology developed to serve astronauts in space. Robonaut has been ...    

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Ask the Crowd: Robots Learn Faster, Better with Online Helpers

June 27, 2014 12:21 am | by University of Washington | Comments

Sometimes it takes a village to teach a robot. University of Washington computer scientists have shown that crowdsourcing can be a quick and effective way to teach a robot how to complete tasks. Instead of learning from just one human, robots could...

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Packing Hundreds of Sensors into a Single Optical Fiber

June 27, 2014 12:04 am | by The Optical Society | Comments

By fusing together the concepts of active fiber sensors and high-temperature fiber sensors, a team of researchers has created an all-optical high-temperature sensor for gas flow measurements that operates at record-setting temperatures above 800 degrees Celsius...

Cambridge Team Breaks Superconductor World Record

June 27, 2014 12:00 am | by University of Cambridge | Comments

A world record that has stood for more than a decade has been broken by a team of engineers, harnessing the equivalent of three tonnes of force inside a golf ball-sized sample of material that is normally as brittle as fine china. The researchers managed to 'trap' a magnetic field...

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Glitch in Airplane Autopilot Systems

June 26, 2014 4:51 pm | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | Comments

The Netherlands' air safety agency says it has detected a glitch that can cause airplane autopilot systems to respond in a dangerous way when a plane is attempting a steeper than normal landing approach. In a report published Thursday, the Dutch Safety Board, which investigates disasters and potential accidents...

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A Versatile Joystick for Animation Artists

June 26, 2014 10:34 am | by ETH Zurich | Comments

Remember those molecule models made from sticks and balls you could assemble to study complex molecules back in school? Something similar has taken shape in the Interactive Geometry Lab at ETH Zurich. ETH-professor Olga Sorkine-Hornung and her team do not study molecules but ways to manipulate virtual shapes...

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