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3-D Printing Blasts Off, Explodes Into the Future

February 13, 2015 | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

In 2013, battle lines were drawn. Two stark competitors were looking to speed repairs and cut costs on parts for gas turbines. First to the drawing board was GE, who started using 3-D printing technology at its Global Research Center in Niskayuna, N.Y., to produce more than 85,000 fuel nozzles for its anticipated LEAP engine technology.

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Calling an Old Antibiotic to the Plate

July 30, 2015 7:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Polymyxin B is an old antibiotic stepping into the modern day limelight. Discovered in the 1950s, and used in the early 1960s, the antibiotic has high rates of nephrotoxicity, or kidney toxicity. As alternative antibiotics became available, its use was diminished. Left on the backburner, it was only being called upon as a last resort in medical situations.

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Bedfellows: Humans and Neanderthals

July 30, 2015 3:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Early modern humans and Neanderthals were close bedfellows. Fossil evidence from one of the earliest modern humans in Europe shows the specimen shared between 6 and 9% of its genome with Neanderthals, the highest amount of any human sequenced to date, according to recent findings.

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Mars Orbiter Makes Moves for 2016 Landing

July 30, 2015 12:50 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Launched in August 2005, and arriving at the Red Planet in March 2006, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been orbiting the planet, collecting high-resolution imaging, spectral data and atmospheric and subsurface profiles. In its time, the spacecraft has returned several times more data about Mars than all other deep-space missions combined. NASA is currently conducting 16 deep-space missions.

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Fossil Discovery Highlights Alaskan Marine Reptile

July 30, 2015 8:39 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

For Patrick Druckenmiller, the Earth sciences curator at the Univ. of Alaska Museum, the discovery of an ancient marine reptile fossil in the Alaskan mountains illustrates the perfect marriage between nonprofessional and professional paleontologists when it comes to fossil discovery.

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Machine Learning’s Impact on Solar Energy

July 29, 2015 1:00 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

In 2013, solar was the second-largest source of new electricity generating capacity in the U.S., exceeded only by natural gas. A USA SunShot Vision Study suggests solar power could provide as much as 14% of U.S. electricity demand by 2030, and 27% by 2050. There are currently two main customers for renewable energy forecasting technologies: utility companies and independent system operators (ISOs).

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Microsoft Needs a “Splash” with Windows 10

July 29, 2015 8:50 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Global rollouts of Microsoft’s new operating system (OS) Windows 10 begin at midnight and, with the release, the company is “opting for significance over stability,” according to Kevin Paul Scott, co-founder of brand consulting firm ADDO Worldwide.

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Combined Orthogonal Mobility & Mass Evaluation Technology (CoMet): A Triple S Approach

July 29, 2015 8:00 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

Every Wednesday, R&D Magazine will feature a R&D 100 Flashback, chosen from our R&D 100 roster of past winners who have presented an innovative technology or product. This week’s flashback is Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Combined Orthogonal Mobility & Mass Evaluation Technology (CoMet), which won in 2013.

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Four-pronged Flu Prevention

July 29, 2015 7:30 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

Influenza is a viral infection that lasts for about a week and affects the nose, throat, bronchi and lungs. It is characterized by sudden onset of high fever, aching muscles, headache and severe malaise, non-productive cough, sore throat and rhinitis. The virus can be easily transmitted from person-to-person, but is also classified as a zoonotic virus, as it can affect animals and be transmitted from animals to people, as well.

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AI Researchers Warn Against “Arms Race”

July 28, 2015 6:00 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Stephen Hawking, Noam Chomsky, Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak are among the many signatories of a letter warning against the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and weapons, something the Future of Life Institute sees as feasible within years.

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The Top Three Reasons Why New Products Fail

July 28, 2015 4:00 pm | by Victor Covone | Comments

No one said launching a new product was easy. It requires a great idea, innovation, marketing, a competitive edge and, ultimately, getting others to care about the problem you’re trying to solve. This plays out weekly on Shark Tank—a flood of people enter the tank believing they have the next great idea.

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Quality Standards for Pharma

July 28, 2015 2:30 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

When you go to your local Walmart, CVS or Wallgreens to pick up cold medicine (or any other health product), do you ever think of the quality of the product? More than likely you grab the product off the shelf and hurry home to remedy your illness or whatever health ailment you might face. Little do we think of the testing behind the medications prescribed to us that improve the quality of our lives.

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Cosmic Winds Shape Galaxy Evolution

July 28, 2015 1:00 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The cloudy oval nucleus of NGC 4921, a spiral galaxy, morphs into a spiraling cinnamon swirl as it extends outwards. The brown turns to blue wisps and the faint arms loop around, fading against a background of stars and other galaxies. NGC 4921 is located in the Coma cluster, 300 million light years from Earth, and is the closest high-mass cluster to our solar system.

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Largest Radio Telescope Set for 2016 Completion

July 28, 2015 10:00 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In the mountains of China’s Guizhou Province, workers began constructing the panels of the world’s largest radio telescope, with a dish the size of 30 football fields and shaped like a bowl. According to the Xinhua News Agency, last week technicians began assembling the telescope’s reflector, which is 500 m in diameter and made up of 4,450 panels.

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WTO to Eliminate Tariffs on Over 200 IT Products

July 27, 2015 8:45 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Fifty-four World Trade Organization (WTO) members recently reached an agreement to expand the scope of the organization’s Information Technology Agreement (ITA), effectively phasing out hundreds of tariffs on information technology exports worldwide.

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High-Elevation Fires on the Rise in Sierra Nevada

July 27, 2015 5:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In August 2013, a forest fire blazed through California’s Sierra Nevada. It burned approximately 257,314 acres, and suppression costs alone numbered around $127 million. According the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s estimates, the Rim Fire released 11,352,608 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is akin to annual greenhouse emissions form 2.3 million cars, or annual carbon dioxide emissions from 3.2 coal fired power plants.

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