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Do you believe that geoengineering efforts, like ocean fertilization processes, are valuable tactics that will reduce global warming?

An international team of scientists has published the results of a 2004 experiment to fertilize oceans with iron. The ocean fertilization was an effort to reduce the carbon at the water’s surface and potentially...

Tightening or relaxing the tension on a drumhead will change the way the drum sounds. The same goes for drumheads made from graphene, only instead of changing the sound,...

Researchers who are studying a new magnetic effect that converts heat to electricity have discovered how to amplify it a thousand times over, which is the first step toward...

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Navy Tests Hybrid Hydraulic Technologies with Heavy Construction Equipment

Hybrid hydraulic technologies were tested by Navy and Army engineers seeking to achieve greater energy efficiencies and reduce costs among the Department of Defense's heavy construction fleet.

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Robotics Rodeo Showcases New Military Technologies

More than 40 vendors and five universities showcased nearly 75 different technologies during the 2012 Robotics Rodeo at Fort Benning, GA.

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Autonomous Robot Maps Ship Hulls for Mines

For years, the U.S. Navy has employed human divers, equipped with sonar cameras, to search for underwater mines attached to ship hulls. The Navy has also trained dolphins and sea lions to search for bombs on and around vessels.

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Fully Functional Fleet of Battleships Recreated for Museums and Ports

Donn McKinney never served aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, but has had a soft spot for the historic battleship since he was a child. McKinney’s dream is to see the ship in action, and how the vessel served its country from World War II to Operation Desert Storm. With the help of...

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Bioengineers Develop Endurance-Improving Smart Suit

A $2.6 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard will enable bioengineers to develop a smart suit that helps improve physical endurance for soldiers in the field.

The novel wearable system...

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Synthetic Pores Mimic Important Natural Features

Inspired by nature, an international research team has created synthetic pores that mimic the activity of cellular ion channels, which play a vital role in human health by severely restricting the types of materials allowed to enter cells.

The pores the scientists built are permeable to...

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Musical Glove Improves Sensation, Mobility

Georgia Tech researchers have created a wireless, musical glove that may improve sensation and motor skills for people with paralyzing spinal cord injury (SCI).

The device is called Mobile Music Touch (MMT). The glove, which looks like a workout glove with a small box on the back, is used with a piano...

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Is the traditional resume becoming obsolete?

Facebook plans to launch its own jobs board, working with some existing sites to let users search listings. Similar online developments have led job experts to say that the traditional resume is turning into a thing of the past.

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NASA Concept Plane Combines Three Aircraft Design Features

With its pair of jet engines riding on top, it looks like an airplane that has its wings bolted on upside down. But this innovative 1/11th-scale model recently tested by NASA in a California wind tunnel might represent the future of commercial aviation. Nicknamed AMELIA (Advanced Model...

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Research Paves the Way for Accurate Manufacturing of Complex Aerospace Parts

Producing strong, lightweight, and complex parts for car manufacturing and the aerospace industry is set to become cheaper and more accurate thanks to a new technique developed by engineers from the University of Exeter (UK). The research team has developed a new method...

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Army Radar System Will Allow Unmanned Systems to Fly in National Air Space

By March 2014, the MQ-1C Gray Eagle, an Army unmanned aerial system (UAS), will be able to train in the same airspace as the Boeing 747, with the help of the Army-developed Ground Based Sense and Avoid (GBSAA) system.

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Georgia Tech Transforms Trainer Plane Into a Light Attack Aircraft

Researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) are helping convert an aircraft used to train pilots into one with intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), and light attack capabilities. The new aircraft would provide a less expensive alternative to legacy...

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Semiautonomous System Takes the Wheel

A new semiautonomous safety system uses an onboard camera and laser rangefinder to identify hazards in a vehicle’s environment. An engineering team devised an algorithm to analyze the data and identify safe zones — avoiding, for example, barrels in a field, or other cars on a roadway. The system allows a...

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New Device Enables Eye-Controlled Computers

Millions of people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries or amputees could soon interact with their computers and surroundings using just their eyes, thanks to a new device.

Composed from off-the-shelf materials, the new device can work out exactly...

Electrical energy storage is the obstacle preventing more widespread use of renewable energy sources. Due to the unpredictable nature of wind and solar energy, the ability to store this...

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Researchers Develop New Eyes in the Sky

University of Iowa scientists have created a technique to help satellites "see" through the clouds and better estimate the concentration of pollutants, such as soot.

The finding is important, because, like GPS systems, clouds block remote-sensing satellites' ability to detect, and thus calculate, the...

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Will the growing number of personal smartphones and tablets in the workplace (and growing expectations) create greater security problems for organizations?

A recent survey from the network security company Fortinet found that Gen-Y employees in the workplace have an expectation that they will be able to use their own mobile smartphones and...

Racing fans who read NASA Tech Briefs already know about a unique contest being run by circuit protection manufacturer Littelfuse called Speed2Design that gives five lucky engineers the chance to win an all-expenses...

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Picatinny Engineers Design New Laser Weapon

Scientists and engineers at Picatinny Arsenal are developing a device that will shoot lightning bolts down laser beams to destroy its target. The Laser- Induced Plasma Channel, or LIPC, is designed to take out targets that conduct electricity better than the air or ground that surrounds them. How did...

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Lab Develops Air-Cleansing System for Submarines

Creators of a nanotech-based system that captures carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere within a submarine, while providing a more environmentally friendly removal process, have won the Federal Laboratory Consortium Interagency Partnership Award for 2012. The technology — Self Assembled...

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New Tactical Network Set To Begin Fielding

New networking equipment and training that is part of the Army's "Capability Set 13" will begin fielding in October. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, will be the first recipients of more than 15 new systems included in the set. Over the next two years, a total of...

Researchers creating electricity through photovoltaics want to convert as many of the sun’s wavelengths as possible to achieve maximum efficiency. For this reason, they see...

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Researchers Identify Precise Measurement of Radiation Damage

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have for the first time simulated and quantified the early stages of radiation damage that will occur in a given material.

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Algorithm Simulates Particle Collisions on Quantum Computers

Quantum computers are still years away, but a trio of theorists has already figured out at least one talent they may have. According to the theorists, including one from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), physicists might one day use quantum computers to study...

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Software Simulates How Liquid Droplets Behave on Surfaces

It would make life a lot easier if the surfaces of window panes, corrosion coatings, or microfluidic systems could keep themselves free of water and other liquids. A new simulation software has been developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials in Germany...

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NASA 'Webb Cam' Features Double Vision

NASA's special "Webb-cam," the camera in a giant clean room at NASA Goddard, now has "double vision." Two video cameras focus on what's happening with the very first completed instrument that will fly onboard the James Webb Space Telescope.

The James Webb Space Telescope contains four science...

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