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Graphene Supercapacitor Holds Promise for Portable Electronics

Researchers at UCLA have used a standard LightScribe DVD optical drive to produce electrodes that not only maintain high conductivity but also provide higher and more accessible surface area than conventional ECs that use activated carbon electrodes.

The process is based on coating...

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Standard Hand Gestures Guide Robot Planes

Researchers at MIT are working on a system that would enable robot planes to follow standard hand gestures. The team recorded a series of videos in which several people performed a set of 24 gestures commonly used by aircraft-carrier deck personnel.

The MIT researchers’ software represented the...

News: Transportation
University Team’s Unmanned Aircraft Jetting Toward Commercialization

Propulsion by a novel jet engine is the innovation behind a University of Colorado Boulder-developed aircraft that’s accelerating toward commercialization. Jet engine technology can be small, fuel-efficient, and cost-effective, at least with Assistant Professor Ryan...

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NASA Engine Icing Research Project on Track for Launch

NASA scientists are making progress in their preparations to mount a detailed research campaign aimed at solving a modern-day aviation mystery involving the unlikely combination of fire and ice inside a running jet engine. The investigation deals with the seemingly strange notion that ice...

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Future Aircraft Could Capture and Re-Use Their Own Power

Tomorrow's aircraft could contribute to their power needs by harnessing energy from the wheel rotation of their landing gear to generate electricity. They could use this to power their taxiing to and from airport buildings, reducing the need to use their jet engines. This would save on...

News: Energy

University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are building a forest of tiny nanowire trees in order to cleanly capture solar energy and harvest it for hydrogen fuel generation....

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Humanoid Robot Fights Shipboard Fires

The firefighting robot, called the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR), is being designed to move autonomously throughout the ship, interact with people, and fight fires, handling many of the dangerous firefighting tasks that are normally performed by humans. The humanoid robot should be able to...

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Inspired by Nature, New Technique Shapes Thin Gel Sheets

Inspired by nature’s ability to shape a petal, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a new tool for manufacturing three-dimensional shapes easily and cheaply, to aid advances in biomedicine, robotics, and tunable micro-optics.

Researchers developed a...

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When it comes to finding the truth, can technology surpass humans?

In a study of 40 videotaped conversations, an automated system developed by University at Buffalo researchers correctly identified whether interview subjects were lying or telling the truth 82.5 percent of the time. The automated system tracks eye movement. The system...

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'Cheetah' Sets Speed Record for Legged Robots

A “Cheetah” robot gallops at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour (mph), setting a new land speed record for legged robots. The previous record was 13.1 mph, set in 1989.

The use of ground robots in military explosive-ordinance-disposal missions already saves many lives and prevents thousands of...

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External Station Experiment Refuels Satellites in Orbit

NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) began operations on the International Space Station with the Canadian Dextre robot and RRM tools, marking important milestones in satellite-servicing technology and the use of the space station robotic capabilities.

A joint effort between NASA and...

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Program Simulates Evacuation Scenarios for Major Events

Predicting how large numbers of visitors to major events will behave is difficult, even using evidence based on past experience. To prevent disasters, police, rescue services, and event organizers have to be able to identify dangerous bottlenecks, hidden obstacles, and unexpected escape...

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New Tool Analyzes Solar Cell Materials

To make a silicon solar cell, you start with a slice of highly purified silicon crystal, and then process it through several stages involving gradual heating and cooling. But figuring out the tradeoffs involved in selecting the purity level of the starting silicon wafer — and then exactly how much to heat...

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Researchers Simulate Burning and Detonation of Transportable Explosives

All across America, trucks and tractor-trailers are transporting industrial explosives such as munitions, rocket motors, and dynamite on nearly every artery of the country’s interstate and highway system. America’s track record in transporting these materials is about as...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Touted as possible first responders, insect cyborgs could be the research community's next big breakthrough. Researchers from Case Western Reserve University have discovered that an insect's...

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Heart-Powered Pacemaker Harvests Energy from Heartbeat Reverberation

Engineering researchers at the University of Michigan designed a device that harvests energy from the reverberation of heartbeats through the chest and converts it to electricity to run a pacemaker or an implanted defibrillator. These mini-medical machines send electrical...

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Self-Healing Hydrogels Bind in Seconds

University of California, San Diego bioengineers have developed a self-healing hydrogel that binds in seconds, like Velcro, and forms a bond strong enough to withstand repeated stretching. The material has numerous potential applications, including medical sutures, targeted drug delivery, industrial...

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Are there risks in 'hacking' our own biology?

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (TDCS), a deep brain stimulation technique, uses electrodes to direct tiny painless currents across the brain. The currents are thought to improve the firing of neurons and the forming of connections that enable learning. The technique has shown potential in...

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Create Without the Wait: Design and Render, Design and Simulate

What if design engineers could work with and interact with assemblies with real-time feedback on the structural dynamics acting on the components? What if physics simulations, which currently take hours or days to compute, had so much processing power available that they can be...

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NVIDIA and Dell Propel Trek to Racing Success

The universal challenges faced by bike manufacturer Trek in creating a new-generation racing bike apply to many companies today: Create products that are sturdy yet use lightweight materials, spot design defects earlier in the design phase, and reduce time from sketch to physical prototype. Trek used...

News: Energy

Offshore wind is an enormous potential resource for the United States - with strong, consistent winds located in the Atlantic, Pacific, the Great Lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico. As part of a planned...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Electro-Optic Segment- Segment Sensors for Radio and Optical Telescopes

A document discusses an electro-optic sensor that consists of a collimator, attached to one segment, and a quad diode, attached to an adjacent segment. Relative segment-segment motion causes the beam from the collimator to move across the quad diode, thus generating a...

Articles: Automotive

The Ford Focus Electric is the industry’s first car to feature 100 percent sustainable clean technologies in interior materials, including seat fabrics with Unifi’s REPREVE®-branded fiber made...

Articles: Photonics/Optics

Lensed and tapered specialty fibers are designed to optimize coupling between the fiber and various optical components such as edge-emitting laser...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Innovation, demand, and falling prices have resulted in high quality large format commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) LCD displays moving from the living room to high availability, mission...

Products: Photonics/Optics

The ELIO® AQ metal adapter from Souriau (York, PA) enables a standard ELIO® optical contact to be inserted into the size-8 Quadrax cavity of several connector types. The ELIO® AQ adapter is already available for connectors...

Articles: Imaging

There are a number of drawbacks to traditional two-dimensional environments. In 2D, images appear flat and only offer one perspective. In 3D, images have depth and offer multiple...

Articles: Imaging

Auto-fluorescent proteins have become an indispensible tool for cell biology research over the past decade. Originating from sea creatures such as jellyfish and sea...

Who's Who: Aerospace

Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Maryland are in the early stages of designing a sample-collecting comet harpoon. NASA Goddard’s...

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