Recent tests of a metal-coated graphite power source promise low-cost thrust
and electricity for satellites and other space vehicles. Here's the scenario:
Conventional booster rockets launch the vehicle into low-earth orbit. Deployment of inflatable mirrors then focuses sunlight into a solar engine, heating liquid hydrogen fuel. Escaping through a nozzle, the expanded gas "thrusts" the payload from low-earth to geosynchronous orbit in 30 days or less with twice the efficiency of chemical propulsion systems.
On-orbit, the solar engine stays with the satellite, turning trapped solar heat into electricity. Because it replaces batteries and solar arrays, the "integrated solar upper stage" cuts payload weight and launch costs.
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Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering fields; from medical devices and pharmaceuticals to more cutting-edge areas like tissue, genetic, and neural engineering, US biomedical engineers (BMEs) boast salaries nearly double the annual mean wage and have faster than average job growth.
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