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Science Connect: Next-Generation Engineering Facilities

April 17, 2015 | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

In the past decade, the expansion of research focus areas in engineering has undergone a transformation. The demands of engineering labs present challenges for institutions because most occupied spaces were conceived during an era with radically different needs and required services.


Blue Origin Completes Third Successful Rocket Landing

April 4, 2016 2:58 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Digital Editor | Comments

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is getting closer to lowering the cost of spaceflight. 


3D-Printed Drone Specializes in Underwater Survival

March 21, 2016 3:11 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Digital Editor | Comments

Meet a new class of water-resistant UAVs. 


ExoMars Posts Mission Video of Early-Morning Liftoff

March 15, 2016 8:07 am | by Ryan Bushey, Digital Editor | Comments

Is there alien life on Mars? A new robotic probe will soon find out.


3-D Material Boasts Controllable Shape, Size

March 11, 2016 11:44 am | by Harvard University | Comments

Harvard researchers have designed a new type of foldable material that is versatile, tunable and self actuated. It can change size, volume and shape; it can fold flat to withstand the weight of an elephant without breaking, and pop right back up to prepare for the next task.

Goodyear Unveils Futuristic Tire Designs

March 8, 2016 9:45 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The tire of the future, according to Goodyear, is spherical, absorbent, and capable of sensing road and weather conditions.


J.J. Abrams Chronicles Google Lunar XPrize in New Doc Series

March 3, 2016 2:51 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

It’s a space race unlike any other—one not between governments with seemingly endless resources, but between entrepreneurs with dreams of a new era of affordable space exploration.


Learn How to Fly a Plane from Expert-pilot Brainwave Patterns

February 29, 2016 9:59 am | by HRL LABORATORIES | Comments

Matthew Phillips and his team of investigators from HRL's Information & System Sciences Laboratory used transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in order to improve learning and skill retention.


Scientists Roughhouse with Google's Humanoid Robot

February 24, 2016 12:31 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The researchers at Boston Dynamics, a robotics company owned by Google, posted a video yesterday...


Check Out This Hypnotic Visual of the Milky Way's Galactic Plane

February 24, 2016 11:39 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

It’s a purple, gaseous stream, dotted with faint wisps of blue along its exterior and splotches of red bleeding through the interior...


Laser Propulsion Could Help Humanity Reach the Stars

February 22, 2016 11:35 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

At about four light-years from the sun, Alpha Centauri is the closest star system to the solar system. While that may seem relatively close, it would still take humanity thousands of years to reach, based on current propulsion technology.


Samsung Unveils New 360-Degree Camera

February 22, 2016 10:58 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Spherical in design, the Gear 360 weighs only 153 g, and is equipped with dual 15-megapixel fisheye lenses. The camera will be compatible with Samsung smartphones, including the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. 


Bendable Phone Skims through Pages like Real Books

February 17, 2016 11:02 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Technology detractors often cite the physicality and heft of a book as a reason for their refusal to embrace Kindle e-readers, iPads, and tablet PCs.


New Smartphone App Can Detect Earthquakes

February 16, 2016 11:11 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

A group of scientists from the University of California at Berkeley launched an Android app on Friday to test a new alert system for oncoming earthquake tremors.


Scientists Are Teaching Drones to Search for Lost Hikers

February 11, 2016 1:24 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Each year thousands of hikers end up lost in the woods. The search and rescue missions prompted by such occurrences require manpower and resources.


Robot Cockroach Could Help with Disaster Recovery

February 9, 2016 11:39 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

University of California, Berkeley biologists found a new use for the cockroach’s creepy crawly abilities.



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