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The Future of Design

CAD software vendors will tell you that they continue to focus on improving the user experience – and they do tell you that in our annual roundtable of executives from leading software companies.

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NASA Rocks With Internet Radio Station

NASA is speaking the language of tech-savvy young adults with the launch of its custom-produced Internet music radio station called Third Rock – America’s Space Station.

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The Path of Least Emissions

According to new research from the University at Buffalo, it's possible for drivers to cut their tailpipe emissions without significantly slowing travel time.

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App of the Month

The number of apps for mobile devices like smart phones and tablets grows daily. We’ve chosen engineering apps that might make life easier when you’re on the go.

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NASA Awards Historic Green Aviation Prize

NASA has awarded the largest prize in aviation history, created to inspire the development of more fuel-efficient aircraft and spark the start of a new electric airplane industry. The CAFE Green Flight Challenge, sponsored by Google, was managed by the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation under an agreement with NASA.

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NASA to Demonstrate Communications Via Laser Beam

It currently takes 90 minutes to transmit high-resolution images from Mars, but NASA would like to dramatically reduce that time to just minutes. A new optical communications system that NASA will demonstrate in 2016 will allow the streaming of high-definition video from distances beyond the Moon.

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Webb Telescope Technologies Already Helping Human Eyes

Even while construction of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is underway on the most advanced infrared vision of any space observatory, its technologies are already proving useful to human eye health here on Earth. The JWST program has enabled a number of improvements in measurement technology for human eyes, diagnosis of ocular diseases, and potentially improved surgery.

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