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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2007 | Tami Abdollah and Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writers
Three workers were killed and three others were badly hurt Thursday afternoon in an explosion on the edge of Kern County's Mojave airport during the test of a propellant system for a pioneering private spaceship. The blast occurred at a private test site run by Scaled Composites, a company founded by high-profile aviation entrepreneur Burt Rutan. In June 2004, the firm became the first business to launch a reusable manned rocket into space, a craft known as SpaceShip One.
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April 22, 2014 | Patt Morrison
"Fracking" - now there's a word that just begs for a bumper sticker. Short for "hydraulic fracturing" - the process of breaking open rock with high-pressure liquids to get at otherwise untappable oil and natural gas - fracking conjures up a welcome energy boom for some, ecological disaster for others. Mark Zoback - Stanford geophysicist since 1984, member of the National Academy of Engineering's Deepwater Horizon investigation committee, personal "decarbonizer," fracking expert - sees the problems and the potential for California.
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BUSINESS
May 16, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
After two incidents in which engines shut down in mid-flight, Boeing Co. and General Electric Co. have warned 10 airlines of a possible mechanical problem with 777 passenger jets. The companies have traced the problem to a faulty part in the transfer gearbox that causes an automatic shutdown in the 777's GE-made engines. There are 26 airplanes in service with the engines and another 14 were in production at Boeing's facilities in Everett, Wash. The problem is due to a bad batch of parts made from September 2012 to March 2013 by GE supplier Avio of Italy.
OPINION
April 20, 2014 | By Michael S. Teitelbaum
We've all heard the dire pronouncements: U.S. science and technology is losing ground to its global competitors because of a nationwide shortage of scientists and engineers, due primarily to the many failures of K-12 education. But are these gloomy assertions accurate? Nearly all of the independent scholars and analysts who have examined the claims of widespread shortages have found little or no evidence to support them. Salaries in these occupations are generally flat, and unemployment rates are about the same or higher than in others requiring advanced education.
BUSINESS
May 30, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Toyota Motor Corp. is replacing faulty engines on a "small number" of 2007 Tundra large pickups. The 5.7-liter V-8 engines have been replaced on about 20 of the pickups, a spokesman said. Camshafts used in the engines were improperly processed by a supplier and can snap, causing the engine to fail, the spokesman said.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Ever wonder what kind of random hobbies you'd take up if you were a billionaire? Well, for Amazon.com  founder and CEO Jeff Bezos -- worth $18.4 billion according to Forbes -- it's about tracking down old rocket engines. Did we mention they're buried in the ocean? The 48-year-old self-made billionaire said Wednesday on his blog, appropriately called Bezos Expeditions , that he was “excited to report” that his team of “undersea pros” had found the engines that helped launch the Apollo 11 mission.
NATIONAL
November 2, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The number of engine malfunctions on the Coast Guard's workhorse helicopter has increased dramatically as efforts to install safer motors have fallen behind schedule, according to a report by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general, Clark Kent Ervin. The Dolphin helicopters, or HH-65s, are used for search and rescue, port security, enforcement of treaties, drug interdiction and marine safety.
NEWS
July 21, 1989 | From United Press International
A Continental Airlines Boeing 727 jetliner returned to Newark International Airport shortly after takeoff Thursday and made a safe landing after an engine failed, authorities said. No injuries were reported.
NEWS
July 8, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
An engine that blew apart in Saturday's Florida accident involving a Delta Air Lines plane was virtually identical to another engine that failed during a TWA flight the same day, forcing an emergency landing in Omaha, Neb. Mark Sullivan, a spokesman for engine maker Pratt & Whitney, described the engines as "very close," both belonging to the JT8D-200 series. In Pensacola, an engine on Delta Flight 1288 blew apart Saturday as the MD-88 was preparing to take off. Two people were killed.
BUSINESS
October 4, 1989 | From United Press International
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., a major Japanese defense contractor, said it has signed an agreement with Pratt & Whitney to participate in the production of the U.S. company's new high bypass ratio turbofan engine for commercial aircraft. The agreement calls for the Japanese company to manufacture some of the turbine blades and turbine disks for PW4000 engines, Mitsubishi said.
SCIENCE
April 14, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Fruit flies seem to have a preternatural ability to evade annoyed swatters. Now, laser-wielding scientists have discovered the secret of these winged escape artists: They execute speedy hairpin turns by banking in the same way that fighter jets do. The aerial skills of Drosophila hydei , described this month in the journal Science, could provide insight into the complex neural circuitry that makes such impressive maneuvers possible - and perhaps...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Louis Sahagun
Faced with losing an ambitious $1-billion plan to revamp the Los Angeles River, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday raised the stakes by offering to split the cost with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The corps, which manages the river as a flood control channel, last year recommended a $453-million package of parks, bike paths and other enhancements to make the river more inviting to Angelenos. It recently informed the mayor's office that it was sticking with that plan rather than pursuing the $1-billion version, known as Alternative 20, that Garcetti backs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Allen E. Puckett, one of the engineers who after World War II built Los Angeles-based Hughes Aircraft Co. into the nation's leading defense electronics firm - dominant in the markets for air defense, radar systems, tactical missiles and satellites - has died. He was 94. One of the nation's top technologists and defense executives during the Cold War, Puckett died March 31 at his home in Pacific Palisades after suffering a stroke. His wife, Marilyn, confirmed his death. "Allen Puckett was one of the guiding spirits of Hughes Aircraft," said Malcolm Currie, a former deputy defense secretary who later followed in Puckett's footsteps as another president of the company.
AUTOS
April 10, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors announced Thursday it will take a $1.3-billion write-down to cover the cost of repairs related to faulty ignition switch recalls, and placed two engineers at the center of the recall scandal on paid leave. The company also said it will replace a second part in the affected cars. GM Chief Executive Mary Barra confirmed Thursday that engineers Ray DeGiorgio and Gary Altman were put on leave following a briefing from Anton Valukas, the former U.S. attorney overseeing an independent investigation into circumstances leading to a safety recall of 2.6 million GM cars because of a faulty ignition switch.
AUTOS
April 10, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors has placed two engineers at the center of its delayed recall scandal on paid leave. GM Chief Executive Mary Barra confirmed Thursday that engineers Ray DeGiorgio and Gary Altman were put on leave following a briefing from Anton Valukas, the former U.S. attorney overseeing an independent investigation into circumstances leading to a safety recall of 2.6 million older GM cars because of a faulty ignition switch. “This is an interim step as we seek the truth about what happened,” Barra said.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Say hello to Robin Seggelmann. The name may not ring a bell, but his handiwork has gained worldwide notoriety. Seggelman, it seems, is the poor soul who wrote the flawed piece of code that has come to be known as the Heartbleed bug. According to his profile on the LinuxTag conference website, Seggelmann is a " researcher for the transport protocols of the Internet. Occasionally his work find its way into standards of the Internet Engineering Taskorce (IETF). In a manner of speaking he helps writing the technical 'laws' of the Internet.
BUSINESS
April 9, 1987
International Aero Engine, the airplane engine manufacturing group that includes Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce, said that it has scrapped plans to build the revolutionary engine, leaving the market clear for competing models by General Electric Co. IAE said it could not build the engine, known as the Superfan, to meet a 1992 deadline from a key customer, Airbus Industrie.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
After years of eliminating jobs in Southern California, aerospace giant Boeing Co. announced plans to increase its engineering workforce in Long Beach and Seal Beach by 1,000 positions. It is a rare and welcome development for the Southland's beleaguered aerospace industry, which has been stung by layoffs and assembly line closures for decades. "I couldn't be happier for the region," Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said. "We want to continue to carry on our aviation tradition here.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Aerospace giant Boeing Co., which for years has been cutting its workforce in Southern California, announced that it plans to increase its engineering workforce in Long Beach and Seal Beach by 1,000 positions over the next two years. It is a surprising announcement from the plane maker, which has 1,800 commercial engineers in Long Beach and Seal Beach. The company said earlier in the week that it would shutter its C-17 production line three months earlier than planned in mid-2015.
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