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Paper-Thin E-Skin Responds to Touch

A UC Berkeley research team led by Ali Javey, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, has created the first user-interactive sensor network on flexible plastic. The new electronic skin, or e-skin, responds to touch by instantly lighting up. The more intense the pressure, the...

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Computer-Designed Algorithms Control Network Congestion

TCP, the transmission control protocol, is one of the core protocols governing the Internet. One of TCP’s main functions is to prevent network congestion by regulating the rate at which computers send data.

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NASA Engineer Advances Nanotechnology for Tiny Satellites

A NASA engineer has achieved a milestone in his quest to advance an emerging super-black nanotechnology that promises to make spacecraft instruments more sensitive without enlarging their size.

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Will You Ever Make Payments Using Facial Recognition Technology?

Technologies like Google Wallet allow users to walk into a store and pay for goods with the swipe of a smartphone. Now, some companies, including the Finland-based startup Unqul, are creating payment systems that use facial recognition to handle all kinds of transactions. Instead...

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Energy Department, Navy, and Industry Join to Make Jet Fuel from Switchgrass

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is partnering with Cobalt Technologies, U.S. Navy, and Show Me Energy Cooperative to demonstrate that jet fuel can be made economically and in large quantities from a renewable biomass feedstock such...

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Modular Plane Provides Glimpse of Tomorrow’s Aircraft

The Clip-Air project envisions an airplane consisting of a single flying wing onto which capsules carrying passengers or freight can be attached. More than a new type of flying device, its innovative concept could revolutionize the airports of the future. Go to the train station to take the...

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Understanding Dark Lightning Radiation Could Protect Crew and Passengers

Scientists now know that thunderstorms, working as powerful natural terrestrial particle accelerators, produce intense flashes of ionizing radiation called "dark lightning." To further their understanding of this phenomenon, researchers at the U.S. Naval Research...

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Supercomputers Help Microfluidics Researchers Make Waves

In May 2013, researchers from UCLA, Iowa State and Princeton found a new way of sculpting tailor-made fluid flows by placing tiny pillars in microfluidic channels. By altering the speed of the fluid and stacking many pillars with different widths, placements, and orientations in the...

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Researchers Use Thermocell to Harvest 'Waste Heat'

A small team of Monash University researchers working under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) has developed an ionic liquid-based thermocell.

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Repairing Turbines With Robots

The blades in compressors and turbines are subject to particularly high levels of stress and strain. The job of the blades is to convert fluid energy into mechanical energy. They ensure that aircraft engines generate the required thrust and that power plant generators produce sufficient electricity.

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Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc. (X-ES) (Middleton, WI) has introduced the XChange3013 and XChange3018 3U VPX switches and routers. The XChange3018 is the first VPX Ethernet switch to support 10...

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Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has announced the SystemFlow Simulator for its Talon(R) analog and digital recording systems. The SystemFlow Simulator includes a virtual recorder server application that...

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Water is one of the most crucial provisions an astronaut will need to live and work in space. Whether orbiting Earth, working at a lunar base, or traveling to Mars, astronauts...

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Small electrodes placed on or inside the brain allow patients to interact with computers or control robotic limbs simply by thinking about how to execute those actions. This...

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Oven Industries’ (Mechanicsburg, PA) 5R7-001 temperature controller creates a seamless transition between heating and cooling devices. With a bi- directional or unidirectional H-bridge configuration, the temperature...

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Photofabrication Engineering (PEI) (Milford, MA) has expanded its manufacturing capabilities for custom-designed, photochemically-etched surface-mount and insert-mount lead frames for integrated circuit...

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New technology under development at The Ohio State University is paving the way for low-cost electronic devices that work in direct contact with living tissue inside the body. The first...

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Researchers Build 3D Structures from Liquid Metal

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed three-dimensional (3D) printing technology and techniques to create free-standing structures made of liquid metal at room temperature.

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Do You Believe Humanoid Robots Can Effectively Aid Humans with Difficult and Dangerous Tasks?

A Pentagon-financed humanoid robot named Atlas made its debut last week. The hydraulically-powered robot, with its oversized chest and powerful long arms, is seen as a new tool that can help humans in natural and man-made disasters. Similarly, an...

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Software Helps Army Analyze Weapon Performance

Military analysts now have a tool that brings together unprecedented modeling and simulation features to help them better choose, or build weapons to overpower future threats. Such features allow military researchers to analyze, for example, how a grenade, artillery round or any other weapon...

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Simulation Helps Solve Mysteries of Water

Simulation Helps Solve Mysteries of Water A research team from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the University of Edinburgh and IBM's TJ Watson Research Center achieved a major breakthrough in the modeling of water that could shed light on its mysterious properties.

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Building More Sustainable Aircraft with Analysis Software

By the year 2020, the European aviation industry wants to reduce emissions of gases harmful to the climate – carbon dioxide by 50 percent and nitrogen oxide by 80 percent – and also improve the lifecycles of the aircrafts themselves. “Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)” is the term...

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Cry Analyzer Seeks Clues to Babies’ Health

A team of researchers from Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island has developed a new computer-based tool to perform finely tuned acoustic analyses of babies’ cries. The team hopes their baby cry analyzer will lead to new ways for researchers and clinicians to use cry in...

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Researchers Create Lighter, Stronger Metallic 'Bubble Wrap'

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new metallic bubble wrap that is lighter, stronger and more flexible than sheet metal and more heat- and chemical-resistant than plastic or other polymer-based bubble wraps. Potential applications include automobile body...

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NASA’s Polar Rover Passes First Greenland Test

Defying 30 mph gusts and temperatures down to -22 °F, NASA’s new polar rover recently demonstrated that it could operate completely autonomously in one of Earth’s harshest environments.

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New System Transforms Communications for Airline Pilots

Under the leadership of the German Aerospace Center, a new system that will lead pilots into the digital world of the 21st century has been tested in flight trials. A single device transmits communications with the ground and via satellite, digitally at high speed. Detailed information,...

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Network of Cameras Tracks People in Complex Indoor Settings

Carnegie Mellon University has developed a method for tracking the locations of multiple individuals in complex, indoor settings using a network of video cameras. The method was able to automatically follow the movements of 13 people within a nursing home, even though individuals...

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Prototype Harnesses Energy from Ocean Currents

Researchers at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), within the framework of PROCODAC-GESMEY project, have participated in the construction of the prototype of a device to harness energy from ocean currents.

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Is Twitter More Valuable Than Newswires?

A University of Edinburgh study, supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, found that news agencies continue to have an edge over Twitter in breaking news first. Over an 11-week period, researchers compared millions of tweets to the output from major news websites. The study...

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