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Pilot To Fly Solar Plane Across Pacific For Five Days, Five Nights

May 3, 2015 6:08 am | by Louise Watt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The aircraft will climb to the altitude of Mount Everest, almost 9,000 meters (29,500 feet), during the day to get more sunlight, recharge the batteries and store more energy. At nighttime, the plane will fly lower, at a minimum of 1,000 meters (3,000 feet).

Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Jeff Bezos’ Spaceship Lifts Off

April 30, 2015 4:30 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This launch is particularly exciting to the public, because Blue Origin’s primary goal is to...

Water Plant Blasted From Granite Gets A Nanotech Makeover

April 30, 2015 3:17 pm | by GE Reports Staff | News | Comments

When finished, the plant will become the world’s largest water treatment facility with such “...

This Is How You Hand-Make A Rolls-Royce

April 30, 2015 2:52 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Rolls-Royce is an icon of luxury. Here's a look at the Rolls factory in Goodwood, England...

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Internet Billionaires Face Off In Renewed Texas Space Race

April 27, 2015 10:20 am | by Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX and Blue Origin are among several U.S. companies engaged in the private space business. Both have lofty aspirations: launching a new era of commercial space operations, in part by cutting costs through reusable rockets.

These Bright Lights Could Show You The Quickest Way Around Town

April 22, 2015 9:37 am | by Ki Mae Heussner, GE Reports | News | Comments

New “intelligent” LED streetlights combined with sensors generating oodles of data and cloud analytics could soon start delivering genuine street smarts and savings.

Japan's Maglev Train Breaks Own Speed Record

April 21, 2015 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record at 603 kph.

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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 instructor and head coach of the team. “We essentially had to go through all the steps that anyone who tries to sell a product or tool to NASA would.”

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 still gives many skateboards their rough grip. It can work at temperatures that are twice the boiling point of water where ordinary silicon chips falter.

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 next-generation computing efforts and ensure the United States' economic and national security, agency officials said.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.          

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...

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...

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