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Soft Robot “Walks” on Any Terrain
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Using Microwaves to Produce High-Quality Graphene
Transducer-Actuator Systems for On-Machine Measurements and Automatic Part Alignment
Wide-Area Surveillance Using HD LWIR Uncooled Sensors
Heavy Lift Wing in Ground (WIG) Cargo Flying Boat
Technique Provides Security for Multi-Robot Systems
Bringing New Vision to Laser Material Processing Systems
NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space
Converting from Hydraulic Cylinders to Electric Actuators
Automating Optimization and Design Tasks Across Disciplines

Genetically Engineering Algae for Biodiesel

John Morgan, an associate professor of chemical engineering at Purdue University, is leading a portion of a federally funded effort based at Iowa State University aimed at creating genetically engineered algae for biodiesel production.

Posted in: GDM, News, News, Alternative Fuels, Biomass, Energy, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases
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Bionic Coating for Fuel-Efficient Ships

The water fern salvinia molesta is extremely hydrophobic, surrounding itself by a flimsy skirt of air that prevents the plant from coming into contact with liquid. This inconspicuous plant could allow ships to have a 10 percent decrease in fuel consumption.

Posted in: GDM, News, News, Energy, Energy Efficiency
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LED Backlight Driver

Endicott Research Group (Endicott, NY) has introduced a new LED driver that can simultaneously and efficiently power up to 8 strings of high brightness LEDs (HBLEDs) and provides a total 50W of power.

Posted in: GDM, Products, Products, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Lighting
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Will digital actors ever replace humans in Hollywood?

This week's question concerns the concept of "digital actors." They've appeared in "Avatar," "The Matrix," and "The Lord of the Rings," to name a few. And with the recent surge of 3D technology in filmmaking, it appears that digital actors will be working a lot more in Hollywood.

What do you think? Will digital actors ever replace humans in Hollywood?

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Zinc-Doped Tricalcium Phosphate Ceramic for Surgical Implants

This material exhibits an osteogenesis-promoting effect without toxicity, making it suitable as a surgical implant.

A ceramic body consisting of the phases of tricalcium phosphate and/or hydroxyapatite provides biocompatibility with hard tissues. When such a ceramic body is implanted in a bone, direct connection is formed between the bone and the ceramic body without intervention of any fibrous connective tissues. This zinc-containing or zinc-doped ceramic material mainly consists of tricalcium phosphate and is suitable as a ceramic material for biomedical use. In particular, the material provides surgical implant materials for hard tissue consisting of zinc-doped tricalcium phosphate to promote bone formation by releasing zinc in the body.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials, Bio-Medical, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Prostheses and implants, Biomaterials, Calcium, Ceramics, Materials properties, Zinc alloys
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Micro-Electrode Visual Inspection System Utilizing Image Processing Tools

This system eliminates the need for manual inspections using microscopes.

A system was devised to aid in the inspection of micro-electrode assemblies utilized in clinical lab instruments to conduct impedance measurements on living cells in a 384 bottomless well casing with the electrode layer bonded to the housing, creating the closed-cell, real-time data acquisition instrument for assay tests.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Imaging, Bio-Medical, Medical, Electronic equipment, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Electronic equipment, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Inspections, Test equipment and instrumentation, Mining vehicles and equipment
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Power-Assist Control Interface for Wheelchairs

This technology monitors input and effort, and instantly adapts the device to real-world conditions.

A computer-controlled, programmable control interface allows safe, intuitive manual control for motorized wheelchairs that operate in variable terrain. The key feature of this technology is its proprietary computer program that enables an operator to manage a load as if it were light and on a smooth level surface, no matter what the real-world load or grade is. Operation is completely intuitive and does not require manipulation of throttle and/or brakes.


Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Bio-Medical, Medical, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware, Electronic control systems, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware, Electronic control systems, Terrain, Medical equipment and supplies
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Neuroprosthetics and Solutions for Restoring Sensorimotor Functions

A new class of prosthetic devices looks, feels, and functions like natural limbs.

Advances in body armor and life-saving technology have increased survival rates of severely injured military personnel. Unfortunately, the survivors of improvised explosive devices are often left with amputations and/or spinal cord injuries. The increase in amputations and paralysis among military personnel requires significant advances in prosthetics and functional electrical stimulation (FES) systems so that the soldiers can return to the field or to productive civilian lives.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, TSP, Briefs, TSP, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials, Bio-Medical, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical
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Implantable Microsystems for Anatomical Rewiring of Brain Circuitry

This implantable device technology improves long-term functional recovery after a traumatic brain injury.

It has been demonstrated that after a stroke-like lesion in the cerebral cortex of non-human primates, the remaining intact tissue undergoes extensive neuro-physiological and neuroanatomical remodeling. The ability of cortical areas remote from the infarct to form new cortico-cortical connections over long distances between the frontal and parietal lobes has been demonstrated. It is likely that these novel connections play a role in functional recovery after cortical injury.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, TSP, Briefs, TSP, Bio-Medical, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Diseases, Nervous system, Prostheses and implants, Head injuries
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Use of Recombinant Factor VIIa for Control of Combat-Related Hemorrhage

Recombinant rFVIIa may have a damage-control role, quickly arresting blood loss until the casualty can be evacuated to a hospital.

Blood loss is a major cause of death among combat casualties, accounting for nearly half of all deaths on the battlefield. The great majority of these deaths is due to intracavitary hemorrhage that cannot be controlled by traditional methods such as tourniquets or pressure dressings. Surgery remains the best method for controlling this type of hemorrhage and preventing death, although methods are needed to control bleeding until patients can get surgical intervention.

Posted in: MDB, Briefs, TSP, Bio-Medical, Drug Delivery, Medical, Fluids and secretions, Medical equipment and supplies, Injuries, Military vehicles and equipment, Rescue and emergency vehicles and equipment
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