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NASA Teams with Uber on Safety of Future Urban Airspace

NASA has teamed with Uber Technologies to further explore concepts and technologies related to urban air mobility (UAM) to ensure a safe and efficient system for future air transportation in populated areas. Uber will share its plans for implementing an urban aviation rideshare network, and NASA will use its airspace management computer modeling and simulation to assess the impacts of small aircraft in crowded environments.

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Nuclear Radiation Detecting Device Could Produce New Homeland Security Tool

A Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory research team has developed an exceptional next-generation material for nuclear radiation detection that could provide a significantly less expensive alternative to the detectors now in commercial use. Specifically, the high-performance material is used in a device that can detect gamma rays, weak signals given off by nuclear materials, and can easily identify individual radioactive isotopes. It has been more than 30 years since a material with this performance was developed, with the new material having the advantage of inexpensive production.

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Navy Researchers Work to Lighten, Strengthen Warfighter Armor

A multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory pushed grain size engineering to the limit and recently discovered previously unseen behaviors in nanocrystalline ceramics that could lead to the design of better performing ceramic armor. The discovery, a continuation of NRL research published in 2014, was made possible by a cutting-edge nanosintering technique, which is the process of essentially bonding nano-sized particles together.

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Artificial Intelligence Helps Soldiers Learn Faster

New technology allows U.S. soldiers to learn 13-times faster than conventional methods, and Army researchers said this may help save lives.

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Adaptive Materials Could Help Protect Rotorcraft

Engineers developed a technique that causes a composite material to become stiffer and stronger on-demand when exposed to ultraviolet light. This on-demand control of composite behavior could enable a variety of new capabilities for future Army rotorcraft design, performance, and maintenance.

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Answering Your Questions: Is This the End of VME?

A reader asked our expert: What technology will spell the beginning of the end for the VME embedded computing platform?
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Air Force Tests 3D Printing for Hypersonic Flight Vehicles

The Air Force is testing materials produced through ceramic additive manufacturing to advance their potential future use in hypersonic flight vehicles. The Air Force and its commercial partner are testing additively manufactured silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) materials that could withstand temperatures of about 3200 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Micro-Displays and Augmented Reality Improve Situational Awareness

Several new technologies are being developed that, once combined, will give soldiers an unprecedented overview of the battlefield. Those technologies involve the marriage of micro-displays with augmented reality.

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AUVSI Unveils XPONENTIAL 2018 Keynote Speakers

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) announced the keynote speakers who will guide discussions about the benefits and future of unmanned systems at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018, being held from April 30 to May 3 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The experts will present keynotes devoted to themes critical to the advancement and growth of unmanned systems.

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XPONENTIAL 2018 Heads to Colorado

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is bringing this year's XPONENTIAL 2018 to the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. The event, which runs from April 30 - May 3, will feature more than 200 presentations and panel discussions focused on all aspects of the unmanned vehicle and robotics market. Over 725 exhibitors representing more than 20 different industries will be showcasing their latest technology to an estimated 7,000 attendees from all over the world.

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