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Assembly Lines Can Float Along Using These Levitating Rollers

March 25, 2015 3:31 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A hovering magnet from Festo demonstrates technology that could be integrated into factories monitored by the the Internet of Things. During a press conference on March 25, Georg Berner, Head of Strategic Corporate Development, Group ...


Bionic Bugs Could Be the Future of Factories

March 25, 2015 3:02 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Manufacturers of the future could see digital ants and butterflies on the factory floor. In a press conference on March 25, German automation company Festo presented several new technologies designed to ...


Sensor Cable Monitors Fences, Detects Drones

March 25, 2015 2:42 pm | by University Saarland | News | Comments

Fenced-in areas, such as airports, nuclear power stations, industrial sites, or private plots of land, can now be monitored thanks to novel sensor technology that has been developed by a team of experimental physicists, led by Professor ...


Lockheed Acquires High-Speed Wind Tunnel, Plans Upgrades

March 25, 2015 2:38 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin has purchased a wind tunnel that is one of only two of its kind in the United States, and is planning key improvements to the facility. Since 1958, Lockheed Martin and its heritage companies have used the High Speed Wind ...


Goodbye to Sunburn Thanks to Sunburn Indicator

March 25, 2015 2:35 pm | by Queen's University Belfast | News | Comments

Sunbathers could soon tell when to take shelter in the shade thanks to an early warning sunburn indicator, developed by Queen's University Belfast. Researchers at Queen's have developed a strip of plastic, containing 'smart' ink, which ...


Robots on Reins Could Be the 'Eyes' of Firefighters

March 25, 2015 2:31 pm | by Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

Firefighters moving through smoke-filled buildings could save vital seconds and find it easier to identify objects and obstacles, thanks to revolutionary reins that enable robots to act like guide dogs. The small mobile robot - equipped ...


MESA Complex Starts Largest Production Series in Its History

March 25, 2015 2:25 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories has begun making silicon wafers for three nuclear weapon modernization programs, the largest production series in the history of its Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications complex. MESA’s silicon ...


Today in Engineering History: First NASA X-15 Flight Reaches Mach 2.0

March 25, 2015 2:12 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1960, NASA Flight Research Center test pilot, Joe Walker, flew the first NASA flight in a North American X-15 rocket aircraft. During the flight, the aircraft reached Mach 2.0 at 48,630 feet. The X-15 rocket-powered ...


Enabling Small Ships to Host Their Own Unmanned Air Systems

March 25, 2015 1:03 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA has awarded prime contracts for Phase 2 of Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). The goal of Tern is to give forward-deployed small ships the ability to serve as mobile launch and ...


Ideas Wanted for Processing Paradigms That Accelerate Computer Simulations

March 25, 2015 12:59 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

Whether designed to predict the spread of an epidemic, understand the potential impacts of climate change, or model the acoustical signature of a newly designed ship hull, computer simulations are an essential tool of scientific discovery ...


Mobile Battery Life Can Be Prolonged with System Settings

March 25, 2015 12:53 pm | by University of Helsinki | News | Comments

Mobile devices have a large number of different adjustable system settings whose energy impact can be difficult to understand for the average user, and even for the expert. Some system settings have a direct and significant correlation with ...


How Do You Punish a Robot?

March 25, 2015 12:49 pm | by Mari Peltonen , University of Helsinki | News | Comments

Who’s responsible if a care robot or another intelligent machine makes a fatal mistake? Cognitive sciences are taking a new look at robotics, from the perspective of moral psychology. Nearly all of us have devices in our pockets, making ...


NASA-Funded Mission Studies the Sun in Soft X-Rays

March 25, 2015 12:42 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

At any given moment, our sun emits a range of light waves far more expansive than what our eyes alone can see: from visible light to extreme ultraviolet to soft and hard X-rays. Different wavelengths can have different effects at Earth ...


Ohmite Lands European Manufacturing Company

March 25, 2015 12:40 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

In an effort to grow its manufacturing presence, the Chicago-based Ohmite Manufacturing Company has acquiring the English Arcol UK, Ltd...


The Changing Face of Factories

March 25, 2015 11:55 am | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

Are a third or fourth industrial revolution on the horizon, ready to change manufacturing as much as the discovery of electricity once did? The third industrial revolution is said to have started with the digital revolution ...


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