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Photos of the Day: NASA in the 1940s

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

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

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

In New Mexico on the morning of Aug. 18, a high-altitude balloon...

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

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

To err is human, but don't worry about it. NASA has an app for that. It's called IKOS and it's...

Photo of the Day: A 'NIRSpec-tacular View'

August 27, 2014 10:40 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A NASA photographer recently captured a "NIRSpec-tacular" photo of an instrument that will fly...

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Photo of the Day: New Chip Design Mimics the Brain

August 26, 2014 11:05 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA-funded researchers have developed one of the world’s largest and most complex computer chips ever produced—one whose architecture is inspired by the neuronal structure of the brain and requires only a fraction of the electrical power of conventional chips...

Photo of the Day: What Happens When The Boomers Retire?

August 25, 2014 9:56 am | by Adecco | News | Comments

Skilled trades are the foundation on which the U.S. was built. As baby boomers begin to retire from engineering jobs, and younger generations are steering clear of them, the question is: who will replace them?...    

Photo of the Day: Big Guys of the Information Technology World

August 21, 2014 10:01 am | by Quartsoft | News | Comments

There are less than 20 companies in the IT industry that are as big as suns with powerful gravitation making thousands of smaller businesses rotate around them. QuartSoft could not help honoring giant IT companies that made it possible for us to be a part of the informational technology world...

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Photo of the Day: The Rise of the Internet of Things

August 19, 2014 12:29 pm | by Jabil | News | Comments

The past twenty-five years of Internet growth was fueled by human communications. The next twenty-five years of Internet growth will be fueled by machines. By 2020, with more things than people on the Internet, will we still need web browsers?...    

Photos of the Day: NASA Puts 'Swarmies' to the Test

August 19, 2014 10:02 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A small band of NASA engineers and interns is about to begin testing a group of robots and related software that will show whether it's possible for autonomous machines to scurry about an alien world such as the moon searching for and gathering resources just as an ant colony does...

Photos of the Day: Canadarm2 Releases Cygnus to Fly Solo

August 18, 2014 10:25 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Orbital Sciences Cygnus commercial cargo craft completed a month-long delivery mission to the International Space Station Friday when it was released from the grips of the Canadarm2 robotic arm at 6:40 a.m. EDT. Cygnus is now orbiting on its own...

Photos of the Day: A Self-Organizing Thousand-Robot Swarm

August 14, 2014 4:35 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Just as trillions of individual cells can assemble into an intelligent organism, or a thousand starlings can form a great flowing murmuration across the sky, the Kilobots demonstrate how complexity can arise from very simple behaviors ...

Photos of the Day: Three Radars are Better than One

August 13, 2014 7:11 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Putting three radars on a plane to measure rainfall may seem like overkill. But for the Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment field campaign in North Carolina recently, more definitely was better. The three instruments, developed by the High Altitude Radar group...

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Photos of the Day: 'Street View' Goes Undersea

August 13, 2014 9:44 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. government scientists are learning to use specialized fisheye lenses underwater in the Florida Keys this week in hopes of applying "street view" mapping to research and management plans in marine sanctuaries nationwide ...  

Photos of the Day: NASA Satellites Get 2.0 Update

August 12, 2014 10:33 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Who doesn’t love an upgrade? Newer, better and oh so shiny is great, but what’s really fantastic is when a change unlocks new possibilities. That’s the case with NASA’s fix-it investigation on the International Space Station, the Robotic Refueling Mission...

Photo of the Day: Battery Drain: How to Stop It

August 11, 2014 10:56 am | by Roaming Technologies | News | Comments

Despite huge advancements in technology, battery drain is an ongoing problem. Is it ever going to be solved? And, more importantly, what can we do to extend the life of our batteries in the meantime?...        

Photos of the Day: Origami-Inspired Robots Become Transformers

August 8, 2014 10:27 am | by American Association for the Advancement of Science | News | Comments

Inspired by the traditional Japanese art form of Origami or "folding paper," researchers have developed a way to coax flat sheets of composite materials to self-fold into complex robots that crawl and turn. "We demonstrated this process by building a robot that folds itself and walks away without human assistance..."

Photo of the Day: What Engineers Think about Retirement

August 7, 2014 12:05 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | News | Comments

Retirement, that Golden Age of relaxation and hard-earned rest where you get to prop up your feet on the porch and yell at the neighborhood kids to get off your lawn. ECN wanted to know what our engineers had planned for their golden years...

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Photos of the Day: LiDAR Sensor Leads RoboBoat Competition

August 6, 2014 11:10 am | by Velodyne | News | Comments

Outfitted with Velodyne’s HDL-32 LiDAR sensor, the pilot-less Embry-Riddle vessel crossed the finish line ahead of the 12 other teams participating in the 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition, which was sponsored by the ...

Photos of the Day: Reinventing the Bionic Hand

August 5, 2014 11:14 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Lyman Connor, a GE engineer who writes software for turbines and power plants, has always been a tinkerer. Among the tools in his garage is a 3D printer, which he decided to use to build a low-cost bionic hand ...    

Photos of the Day: The World's Fastest Solar-Powered Car Goes Off-Road

August 4, 2014 11:33 am | by Nuon Solar Team | News | Comments

Nuna, the world’s fastest solar-powered car, found itself amidst a parade of zebras and giraffes, and even encountered several cheetahs. In the wild, these cheetahs can run about as fast as Nuna drives during a solar-powered race – approximately ...

Photos of the Day: NASA's IceCube No Longer On Ice

July 31, 2014 1:27 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has chosen a team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to build its first Earth science-related CubeSat mission. The tiny payload, known as IceCube or Earth-1, will demonstrate and validate a new 874-gigahertz submillimeter-wave receiver...

Photo of the Day: Can Your Thermally Conductive Epoxy Do This?

July 30, 2014 11:28 am | by Master Bond | News | Comments

Master Bond’s Supreme 10AOHT-LO features high peel and shear strengths, superior electrical insulation properties and a thermal conductivity of 9-10 BTU/in/ft²/hr/°F. It has a service temperature range of 4K to +400°F. This one part system is resistant to impact, thermal shock, vibration...

Photos of the Day: Next-Generation Microshutter Array

July 30, 2014 1:10 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope...                  

Photo of the Day: 5 Next-Generation Technologies for PNT

July 29, 2014 11:05 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

It is difficult to imagine the modern world without GPS, which provides real-time positioning, navigation and timing data for countless military and civilian uses. Thanks in part to early investments that DARPA made to miniaturize GPS technology, GPS today is ubiquitous...

Photos of the Day: Radar Catches Massive Bug Swarm

July 28, 2014 9:12 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and leave behind slimy messes. They've already been blamed for at least one car crash this week in Wisconsin. The flies hatch and then spend a year burrowed into the sediment...

Photos of the Day: Giant Robotic Creature Is 14-Feet Tall

July 25, 2014 10:42 am | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

The giant creature was designed by artists at the Stan Winston School. Engineers and technicians at Legacy Effects — the studio that brought to life Iron Man, Avatar, Pacific Rim and RoboCop characters worked closely with Stratasys to build ...

Photo of the Day: Industry Trends: Wireless Test Equipment

July 24, 2014 10:58 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Around 240 readers responded to WDD’s survey on wireless test equipment. This infographic showcases the results...                  

Photos of the Day: Underwater X-Ray System Inspects Pipelines

July 23, 2014 10:00 am | by Chris Fox, PD&D | News | Comments

Since bringing an entire pipeline system into a lab for inspection is impossible, engineers have combined the know-how of GE Healthcare, GE Oil & Gas, BP, and the applied marine technology company, Oceaneering International, to safely inspect ...

Photos of the Day: NASA’s Free-Flying Robots Move in Synch

July 22, 2014 10:26 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006. These satellites provide a test bed for ...

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