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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Army Rangers Test New Software-Defined Radio

The U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan recently completed an Operational Assessment of the software-programmable Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) Rifleman Radio, highlighting its ability to share combat- relevant information, voice and data across small units in real time.

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Antennaless RFID Tags Can Track Metal and Liquids

Tracking and identifying metal objects can prove difficult for some radio frequency identification (RFID) systems. A new patent-pending technology developed by a research team at the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at North Dakota State University, however, could solve these...

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Portable System Gives Soldiers Immediate Ballistic Protection

Your unit deployed so rapidly to the remote location that there was no time to set up sandbags and concrete barriers to protect the base camp. Those systems are heavy and time-consuming to erect, and by the time you establish them, today's fluid battlefield might have you up and...

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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...

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...

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Researchers Find New Way to Produce 3D Microchips

Researchers at MIT have come up with a new approach to MEMS design that enables engineers to design 3-D configurations, using existing fabrication processes; with this approach, the researchers built a MEMS device that enables 3-D sensing on a single chip. The tiny silicon device contains...

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Identifying Effective Carbon Capture Technologies

Approximately 75 percent of electricity used in the U.S. is produced by coal-burning power plants that expel carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Berkeley Lab researchers are searching for...

Donald Wegel, Lead Engineer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Maryland are in the...

Using high-precision microscopy and X-ray scattering techniques, University of Oregon researchers have gained new insights into the process of applying green chemistry to...

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Microrocket Propels Itself Through Human Stomach and Other Acidic Environments

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new kind of tiny motor — which they call a “microrocket” — that can propel itself through acidic environments, such as the human stomach, without any external energy source. Joseph Wang...

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Industrial Robot Renders Accurate Human Portraits

A robot installation developed by artists in the Robotlab at the Center for Art and Media ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany - some of whom are now employed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies, and Image Exploitation IOSB - successfully sketches human portraits. “We have used...

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Tongue Drive System Goes Inside the Mouth to Improve Performance

The Tongue Drive System is a wireless device that enables people with high-level spinal cord injuries to operate a computer and maneuver an electrically powered wheelchair by moving their tongues. The latest prototype of the system, developed at Georgia Tech, allows users to wear...

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'Power Felt' Technology Holds Promise in Thermoelectrics

By touching a small piece of Power Felt – a promising new thermoelectric device developed by a team of researchers – body heat can be turned into an electrical current.

Potential uses for Power Felt include lining automobile seats to boost battery power and service electrical needs,...

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Self-Propelled Medical Device Moves Through Bloodstream

For years, scientists had searched for the secret to making tiny implantable devices that could travel through the bloodstream. Engineers at Stanford have demonstrated a wirelessly powered device that can be implanted or injected into the human body and powered using electromagnetic radio...

Power Felt is a new thermoelectric device developed by researchers at the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University. By touching a small...

Graphene has been touted as the next silicon, but it is too conductive to be used in computer chips. A University of Manchester team led by Nobel laureates Professor Andre Geim and Professor Konstantin...

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Computer Scientists Study the Underground World of Plants

Plant and computer scientists can now study the underground world of plants with more accuracy and clarity. The revolutionary technique will improve chances of breeding better crop varieties and increasing yields.

Developed at The University of Nottingham by a team of experts from the...

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New System Allows Robots to Continuously Monitor Environment

A system, being developed by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), allows robots to navigate through constantly changing surroundings. The technology builds and continuously updates a three-dimensional map of an environment using a...

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The Future of Quantum Computing

Using a single phosphorus atom embedded in a silicon crystal, physicists have built a working transistor, laying the groundwork for a quantum computer that is smaller than today's silicon-based machines, and may one day function in nanoscale environments. Quantum computers may make it possible to quickly simulate...

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Stanford Aerospace Engineers Debut Open-Source Fluid Dynamics Software

Stanford University Unstructured is an open-source software package that gives advanced engineering students a crucial leg up on the time-consuming process of writing their own code to optimize aerospace design.

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NASA and Industry Team Up on Lean, Green Aircraft

Leaner, greener flying machines for the year 2025 are on the drawing boards of three industry teams under contract to the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate's Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project. Teams from The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman have...

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Information System Enables Safer Emergency Aircraft Landings

Aviation researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia are developing an information system to help Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) make safer emergency landings and better enable their wider commercial use. Dr. Luis Mejias Alvarez said UAVs could not fly in...

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Next-Generation Battery Technology

Sandia National Laboratory researchers have developed a family of liquid salt electrolytes - known as MetILs - that could lead to better batteries and well as devices that can help incorporate large-scale...

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'Cloaking' Device Could Protect Buildings From Vibrations, Natural Disasters

University of Manchester mathematicians have developed the theory for a ’cloaking’ device which could protect buildings from earthquakes. By cloaking components of structures with pressurised rubber, powerful waves such as those produced by an earthquake would not...

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