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Improving Organic Transistors That Drive Flexible Electronics

May 5, 2015 2:16 pm | by University of Massachusetts at Amherst | News | Comments

A revolution is coming in flexible electronic technologies as cheaper, more flexible, organic transistors come on the scene to replace expensive, rigid, silicone-based semiconductors, but not enough is known about how bending in ...

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3D Infrared Scanner Aids Production Lines

May 5, 2015 2:14 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Aimess Services demonstrated a 3D scanner that can communicate directly with industrial robots, giving them information about the dimension, shape and position of objects on an assembly line ...

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Today in Engineering History: First American Travels to Space

May 5, 2015 2:00 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, May 5, 1961, NASA’s Freedom 7 capsule, powered by a Redstone booster (Mercury-Redstone 3), was launched into space. The capsule carried astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr., making him the first American to ...

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Wearbles Could Help to Convey the Emotions of Others

May 5, 2015 1:25 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

Amiigo, a producer of activity tracking wearables, is joining forces with Alliance Health, an online patient community platform, to conduct a study examining the collective effects of wearables and a patient-oriented social networking platform on heart ...

Is Interest in the Apple Watch Waning?

May 5, 2015 1:25 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

After a much-hyped release during which everyone seemed to be talking about it, the Apple Watch has settled down into the life of an actual product. Despite decent sales, news about the Apple Watch seems to be slowing down ...

MIT Releases Report on the Future of Solar Energy

May 5, 2015 12:25 pm | by Melissa Abraham, MIT Energy Initiative | News | Comments

Solar energy holds the best potential for meeting humanity’s future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions — but to realize this potential will require increased emphasis on developing lower-cost ...

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Software-Guided Supersonic Air Blower Sweeps the Rails Clean

May 5, 2015 12:20 pm | by Greg Petsche, GE Reports | News | Comments

Like an SUV towing a trailer in winter, locomotives can lose their grip on slick rails if they’re pulling too much behind them. Since the weather in mountainous areas can change quickly, railroads play it safe and usually only run ...

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Chest Strap for Long-Term Heart Rate Monitoring

May 5, 2015 12:15 pm | by Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) | News | Comments

The demand for ECG monitoring systems is increasing, and not just because hospitals and rehabilitation clinics are interested in such instruments for the long-term monitoring of patients' hearts and circulatory systems ...

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Boeing Receives $118.1M Contract to Aid U.S. Navy

May 5, 2015 12:10 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Of all of the work contracts the Department of Defense (DoD) awarded Monday, Boeing was the biggest winner ...

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Combining Computer Vision & Brain Computer Interface for Faster Mine Detection

May 5, 2015 12:09 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have combined sophisticated computer vision algorithms and a brain-computer interface to find mines in sonar images of the ocean floor. The study shows that ...

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Bringing High-Energy Particle Detection in from the Cold

May 5, 2015 12:02 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Radiation detectors, which monitor high-energy particles such as those produced by nuclear decay and cosmic radiation, are being used increasingly in medical imaging, petroleum well logging, astronomy and national security ...

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New Chip Architecture May Provide Foundation for Quantum Computer

May 5, 2015 11:45 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Quantum computers are in theory capable of simulating the interactions of molecules at a level of detail far beyond the capabilities of even the largest supercomputers today. Such simulations could revolutionize chemistry ...

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New Methods for Realistic Surface Rendering

May 5, 2015 11:37 am | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

Overturning cars, flying missiles, and airplanes speeding across the screen - on modern computers, 3D objects can be calculated in a flash. However, many surfaces still look unnatural. Whether it is skin, stone or wax ...

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'Microcombing' Creates Stronger, More Conductive Carbon Nanotube Films

May 5, 2015 11:29 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and China's Suzhou Institute of Nano-Science and Nano-Biotics have developed an inexpensive technique called "microcombing" to align carbon nanotubes (CNTs), which can be ...

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Designing a Squishier Robot

May 5, 2015 11:26 am | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

For decades, robots have advanced the efficiency of human activity. Typically, however, robots are formed from bulky, stiff materials and require connections to external power sources; these features limit their dexterity and ...

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