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Content posted in April 2012
Win a Trip to the Indy 500
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4/27/2012  6 comments
Your dream of hanging with the pit crew at Indy has arrived, thanks to Littelfuse Inc.
Video: 'Batman Hook' Elevates BYU Students
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4/27/2012  13 comments
Engineering students at Brigham Young University have built a "Batman-like" ascension hook as part of an Air Force Research Lab competition.
Shockwaves Caused Crash of DARPA Hypersonic Aircraft
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4/26/2012  15 comments
Stronger than expected shockwaves on the outer shell of a hypersonic vehicle designed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) caused it to crash during a test flight last year.
Grid Storage a Key to Success of Renewables
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4/25/2012  25 comments
The market demand for grid storage of electrical power will skyrocket over the next five years, spiking from about $2.8 billion in 2012 to $113.5 billion in 2017, according to a new study.
NASA Tests Unmanned Flight With Next-Gen Air Traffic Technology
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4/25/2012  7 comments
NASA has completed its first test of the Next-Gen air traffic control system in a commercial-sized, unmanned aircraft.
Air Force Designs Unmanned Lightweight Aircraft for NASA
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4/24/2012  10 comments
The Air Force Research Laboratory is developing a new unmanned airplane to test the effect of air flow on flexible wings.
Stratasys & Objet Merge in 3D Printer Partnership
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4/24/2012  17 comments
Citing complementary product lines, 3D printer players Stratasys and Objet merge to create a combined company with the scale to take on the growing market.
DARPA to Design Atomic Sensor System as GPS Alternative
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4/23/2012  7 comments
The Department of Defense wants to design a new miniature atomic sensor system for missiles and other military technology platforms to eliminate their dependence on GPS.
Boeing Completes Flight Using Biofuel
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4/20/2012  40 comments
A 787 Dreamliner flight across the Pacific Ocean used a combination of biofuel and jet fuel.
Touchpads Put In-Car Entertainment at Your Fingertips
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4/19/2012  26 comments
A tiny touchpad in the armrest or steering wheel of future vehicles could enable drivers to more easily communicate with a car's audio, radio, phone, or navigation system, thus reducing driver distraction.
DARPA Wants Your Danger-Seeking Robot
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4/18/2012  13 comments
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is offering $2 million to engineers who can design and build a robot to perform a series of disaster-response tasks that are too dangerous for humans.
Navy Eyes Unmanned Vehicles for Dangerous Missions
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4/17/2012  14 comments
Textron said the Common Unmanned Surface Vessel is the first designed from the ground up to be operated remotely to perform risky Navy activities without endangering lives.
Bio-Based Vinyls May Cost Less
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4/17/2012  26 comments
Vinyl compounds that incorporate bio-based plasticizers to make them flexible are equal or better in performance to their traditional counterparts based on petrochemicals, but may be more cost-effective.
Navy Developing Shipshape Titanium Welding
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4/16/2012  11 comments
Researchers are exploring the use of titanium in shipbuilding through a Navy-funded project that leverages a welding technique called "friction stir welding."
Boeing's 737 Max Targets Fuel Efficiency
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4/13/2012  17 comments
Boeing’s next-generation airliner has several design features geared toward fuel efficiency, including an extended tail cone and updates to flight and electronics controls.
Innovative Fasteners Beat the Heat
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4/12/2012  11 comments
Coupling thinner alloys without shearing is a big win for automotive and aerospace apps.
iPad Waterproofed for Naval Ocean Optics Experiment
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4/12/2012  7 comments
A Navy scientist found a way to use an iPad under the ocean’s surface as part of a recent optics experiment conducted by the Naval Research Lab’s (NRL’s) Oceanography Division.
Boeing Space Capsule Passes Parachute Drop Test
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4/11/2012  15 comments
A Boeing commercial spacecraft that may bring people and cargo to the International Space Station made it through its first test.
CAD Primed for Plastic Parts Design
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4/11/2012  13 comments
Recognizing their growing and more sophisticated use, SolidWorks and Autodesk have rounded out their portfolios with tools aimed at optimizing the design and manufacturing of plastic parts.
CFD Tool Adds Moving Object Simulation
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4/10/2012  9 comments
With its latest STAR-CCM+ v7 release, cd-Adapco joins the ranks of CAD and CAE vendors bolstering tighter connections between the two design tool platforms.
Robotic Bugs Tested for Tactical Operations
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4/6/2012  30 comments
The US government is about to begin testing two small tactical robots with motions based on the movements of a flea and a cockroach.
Amphibious Plane Skis on Composites
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4/4/2012  26 comments
Composites form the structure of the AKOYA skiplane, which can land on water, dry land, or snow.
Safety Standard Could Disrupt MEMS in Automotive
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4/2/2012  5 comments
A panel of experts agree it is likely to be mundane legal mandates, such as environmental pollution and safety, that will keep demand for automotive MEMS sensors climbing for the foreseeable future.




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