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Schlieren images reveal supersonic shock waves

NASA researchers in California are using a modern version of a 150-year-old German photography technique to capture images of shock waves created by supersonic airplanes. Over the past five years scientists from NASA's Armstrong ...

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New technology may illuminate mystery moon caves

It's widely believed that the moon features networks of caves created when violent lava flows tore under the surface from ancient volcanoes. Some craters may actually be "skylights" where cave ceilings have crumbled.

dateAug 17, 2015 in Engineering
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An insect eye for drones

Is it possible to catch a fly? Small insects seem to possess a sixth sense that allows them to dodge any threats. Yet there is no magic trick, but only a compound eye that is an organ of vision made of thousands of ommatidia. ...

dateAug 12, 2015 in Engineering
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Computer cursors are going 3-D

Researchers at the University of Montreal have developed techniques that enable computer cursors to interact in 3D in single or multiuser, local or remote collaboration scenarios. The system, unveiled today at the SIGGRAPH ...

dateAug 09, 2015 in Engineering
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Making a better nitrate test kit

The dull black plastic of the device on Joshua Pearce's desk belies its usefulness. Pearce picks up the box, which has a switch on the side and a small opening on top. A handful of vials sit in a bag nearby, and each would ...

dateAug 06, 2015 in Engineering
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Ultra-rapid air vehicle proposed in Airbus patent

Two inventors have had a vision of a hypersonic rocket-powered jetliner. A 17-page patent document has described that vision, titled "Ultra-rapid air vehicle and related method for aerial locomotion." Inventors are listed ...

Plastic, sustainable and quick: Road idea seeks takeoff

The word "plastic" has a general—and rather unpopular—connotation of everything that is not green and not sustainable. (Plastics supporters point out that only 4 percent of the world's oil production is used for plastics ...

Robo-whiskers mimic animals exploring their surroundings

Many mammals, including seals and rats, rely on their whiskers to sense their way through dark environments. Inspired by these animals, scientists working at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois' Advanced ...

Throwable tactical camera gets commercial release

Unseen areas are troublesome for police and first responders: Rooms can harbor dangerous gunmen, while collapsed buildings can conceal survivors. Now Bounce Imaging, founded by an MIT alumnus, is giving officers and rescuers ...

Air Force scientists are working on hypersonic air vehicle

Engineers said the US Air Force is getting closer to testing a hypersonic weapon. They are developing a hypersonic weapon based on an experimental scramjet program. What is a scramjet? NASA said in a "scramjet," or Supersonic ...

Inventor Jake Dyson has LED light with cooling solution

Jake Dyson, son of Dyson founder James, has staked out his corner in the engineering innovation world with a focus on LED solutions, the Jake Dyson Light. He has in turn been doing a rethink on the characteristics and function ...

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