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Photo Essay: Testing A New Engine In The Tunnels Of Dread

April 14, 2015 3:24 pm | by GE Reports staff | News | Comments

Since the locomotive can be connected to the Industrial Internet, they also test its software during various modes of operation like long-distance and heavy-haul service.

High School Rocket Scientists Blast Off With NASA

April 10, 2015 12:06 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

“NASA doesn’t spare us at all,” says Brian Hastings, Spring Grove Area High School physics...

Material Used In Skateboards Could Make Planes Use Less Power

April 9, 2015 3:18 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A hard material called silicon carbide was originally used for abrasives like sandpaper and...

Energy Department To Spend $200 Million On New Supercomputer

April 9, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The goal is to build a supercomputer that will help the U.S. compete internationally with other...

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Engineering Newswire: Bulletproof Laptop Bag Could Save Your Life

April 6, 2015 3:03 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at sending gas-sensing capsules to your gut, stopping speeding projectiles with a laptop bag and 3D printing a flowery pavilion with a unique cement.

Reshaping Aircraft In Flight Could Make Planes Fly Better

April 2, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Once refined, the technology could allow aircraft designers to make smaller and lighter tails that produce less drag, which could translate into more efficient flight, lower fuel burn and save airlines millions of dollars.

Today In Engineering History: Eiffel Tower Opens In Paris

March 31, 2015 3:03 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

The 984 feet tall tower would become the world’s tallest man-made structure. Although Eiffel received much criticism that his tower would be structurally unsound, he managed to finish construction under budget in two years.

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Trains With Brains Will Haul Ore Through Earth’s Closest Thing To Mars

March 26, 2015 9:24 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The locomotives come equipped with some 250 sensors that monitor speed, temperature and other conditions.

Meet Sawyer, The One-Armed Collaborative Robot

March 25, 2015 9:48 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Over the next five years we expect rapid adoption of collaborative robots in most major manufacturing markets. The adoption may be slow at first, as this is a new technology for many manufacturers and requires a new way of thinking about robots.

Jet Engine That Supercharged Aviation Now Powering World’s Fastest Ship

March 24, 2015 9:42 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The latest version of the LM2500 can produce up to 34 megawatts each and ramp up from zero to full power in just 10 minutes. Here are some of its applications.

New Power Tech Will Help Exelon Save Millions Of Gallons Of Water A Day

March 23, 2015 9:38 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Instead of water, each of the two plants will use two powerful air-cooled "Harriet" gas turbines and one air-cooled steam turbine developed by GE. “The technology uses the same cooling principle as the radiator in your car."          

Engineering Newswire: Master Sword-Makers' Secrets Revealed

March 16, 2015 10:21 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at taking aim with a next generation smart gun, moving forward with Musk’s Hyperloop plans and revealing the secrets of master sword makers.          

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Study: Sound Waves Could Locate Dangerous Structural Problems

March 13, 2015 2:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scottish researchers recently developed a system that could enable the discovery of dangerous structural weaknesses using only sound waves.                                                                                                           

Editor’s Picks: This Week in Long-Form

March 13, 2015 2:42 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Blogs | Comments

In this new weekly series titled “Editor’s Picks,” I’ll be sharing with you my list of the Internet’s top reads, and I encourage you to take a look.                                                                                                                                                                       

NASA Testing Giant Rocket That Gets Us Closer To Mars

March 11, 2015 2:19 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

NASA is testing their new solid rocket boosters. It may sound like just another routine NASA experiment, but there's a very good reason to pay attention: this is the rocket that could take us to Mars.        

Lost Film About The Jet Engine’s Top Secret Origins Found In GE Archives

March 9, 2015 3:25 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In 1942, a group of GE engineers working in secret for ten months built America’s first jet engine. Their mission was to win the war, but they ended up shrinking the world. “They called us the Hush-Hush Boys,” Joseph Sorota, a veteran of the project told...

Exploring A Longer Life Cycle For Batteries

March 9, 2015 10:00 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

Lithium-ion batteries are common in consumer electronics. They are one of the most popular types of rechargeable batteries for portable electronics, with a high energy density, no memory effect and only a slow loss of charge when not in use. Beyond consumer electronics, lithium-ion batteries...

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3 Reasons Apple's Watch Will Or Won't Change The Game

March 6, 2015 5:12 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

No one can argue that many Apple devices have changed the way people live their lives. The company's iTunes, iPhone and iPad have shaken up music, phone and computer markets worldwide. Is the Apple Watch going to be able to do the same? The stakes are big for Apple CEO Tim...

New Silicon Valley Startup, Stanford Hospital Will Test Digital Device Claims

March 5, 2015 2:01 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A century ago, Sigmund Freud developed the radical idea that there is a lot more going on inside our heads that we know. Today, many doctors (and patients) still stick by his groundbreaking theory. But it comes with a problem. As neuroscientist Eric Kandel notes in his book...

Engineers Rigged This Dreamliner Jet Engine With Parts Made From Amazing Ceramics

March 4, 2015 3:06 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Engineers at jet engine proving grounds in Ohio are using a jet engine GE developed for Boeing’s Dreamliner to test engine parts made from a new ceramic super-material. The material could help pave the way to more fuel efficient planes. The temperatures inside...

Manufacturing Snapshot of the Week: Mobile World Congress

March 4, 2015 3:02 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Check out one of our favorite images from the world's largest annual mobile technology gathering.                         

Next Google Maps Adventure: Soaring Through Amazon Jungle

March 2, 2015 12:43 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle. The images released Monday are the latest addition to the diverse collection of photos supplementing Google's widely used digital maps. The maps' "Street View" option mostly provides panoramic...

Hands On With The Very First Mac

February 27, 2015 3:20 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Daniel Kottke, an early Apple engineer, shows off some of the prototypes he assembled of the very first Macintosh computer.                    

Metalworkers Take 3D Printing To The Next Level

February 27, 2015 2:55 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Japan is as technology rich as it is hydrocarbon poor. The country’s proven oil reserves stand at a measly 44 million barrels. (The U.S. holds nearly a thousand times more, or 36 billion.) The Niigata Prefecture, located some 200 miles northwest of Tokyo, is one of the few places in the...

Flightless Jet Engine Will Keep 900-Year-Old Eastern European City Warm

February 25, 2015 2:50 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The picturesque Romanian city of Oradea dates back at least 900 years. Some locals joke their heating system is just as old. Large portions of the city, which sits near Romania’s western border with Hungary, have relied on a district heating plant that opened in 1966, one year after...

Ex-Im Bank Keeps Heartland Town Open For Business

February 24, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The light filters inside St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, Pa., through a set of precious Tiffany windows framing its spacious nave. This life-size kaleidoscope of colors harkens back to a time over a century ago, when Franklin was at the epicenter of America’s first oil...

Highlights From The History Of Flight

February 23, 2015 9:59 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The airplane was still barely a teenager when the United States entered World War I, and the U.S. Army’s fledgling aeronautical division wanted to make its airplanes fly higher without losing power. Sanford Moss, a GE engineer and one of the brightest minds in the steam turbine business, had an idea. He and his team designed a device...

Apple Goes Full Speed Ahead On Electric Car

February 20, 2015 3:14 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Apple is said to push production of an electric car that would hit the market in 2020. Bloomberg’s Jeff Greene reports on Apple’s progress and examines interest in the electric car market. He speaks on “In The Loop.”      

Meet Harriet, The World's Most Powerful Gas Turbine

February 19, 2015 10:16 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Eric King has made many an extreme machine cry uncle over his long career as a testing engineer. But nothing comes close to his current charge, Harriet, the world’s largest and most powerful gas turbine. “What we are doing is akin to the hardest military boot camp,” King says. “There is nothing like this anywhere in the world. We can simulate conditions ranging from...

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