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Flower-Shaped Starshade to Find Earth-Like Planets

April 17, 2014 1:28 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them — yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary ...

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Bionic Ankle 'Emulates Nature'

April 17, 2014 1:23 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT | News | Comments

These days, Hugh Herr, an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, gets about 100 emails daily from people across the world interested in his bionic limbs. Messages pour in from amputees seeking prostheses and ...   

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Electrically Controlled Polymer Changes Its Optical Properties

April 17, 2014 1:18 pm | by Wlodzimierz Kutner, Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences | News | Comments

Electrically controlled glasses with continuously adjustable transparency, new polarisation filters, and even chemosensors capable of detecting single molecules of specific chemicals could be fabricated thanks to ...      

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Surprising Material Could Play Role in Saving Energy

April 17, 2014 1:17 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

One strategy for addressing the world's energy crisis is to stop wasting so much energy when producing and using it, which can happen in coal-fired power plants or transportation. Nearly two-thirds of energy input is lost as waste heat ...

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Information Storage for the Next Generation of Plastic Computers

April 17, 2014 1:15 pm | by Gary Galluzzo, University of Iowa | News | Comments

Although it is relatively cheap and easy to encode information in light for fiber optic transmission, storing information is most efficiently done using magnetism, which ensures information will survive for years without ...     

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SpaceX Will Try to Launch Station Cargo Friday

April 17, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to the International Space Station. NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the delivery mission. Stormy weather, however, is ...  

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Toxic Water Overflows Waste Container at Fukushima Plant

April 17, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Around 1.1 tons of radioactive water overflowed Wednesday from a container during cleansing of a water treatment system at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power said. The water did not ...

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Researchers Observe Quantum Superconductor-Metal Transition & Superconducting Glass

April 17, 2014 1:00 pm | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | News | Comments

Graphene allows to gradually change the density of conduction electrons in it by changing the voltage on the electrostatic gate, and thus the strength of Josephson junctions between tin nanodiscs. Phase correlations among nanodiscs are destroyed ...

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Researchers Capture Ultrafast Snapshots of Light-Driven Superconductivity

April 17, 2014 12:59 pm | by Justin Eure, Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

A new study pins down a major factor behind the appearance of superconductivity—the ability to conduct electricity with 100 percent efficiency—in a promising copper-oxide material. Researchers used carefully timed pairs of laser pulses at ...

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Wireless Power Transfer Achieved at 5-Meter Distance

April 17, 2014 12:52 pm | by Lan Yoon, KAIST | News | Comments

The way electronic devices receive their power has changed tremendously over the past few decades, from wired to non-wired. Users today enjoy all kinds of wireless electronic gadgets including cell phones, mobile displays, tablet PCs, and even batteries. The Internet has also ...

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Low Backlash Slip Clutches for Limited Space Requirements

April 17, 2014 12:04 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Sterling Instrument (AS9100 Registered Manufacturer) offers a new, low backlash variant on its existing line of multi-plate in-line slip clutches. Both versions feature ...            

QBC Provides Complete Bearings Solutions

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

QBC offers a wide selection of all types of bearings, as well as over 400 products from BEGA Special Tools designed to improve the life and performance of bearings and other power transmission components. Even a ...      

3D Systems to Acquire Robtec

April 17, 2014 10:29 am | by 3D Systems | News | Comments

3D Systems has announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Robtec. Headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Robtec is the largest Latin-American additive manufacturing service bureau and ...      

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Engineering Newswire 86: HeliCat Looks Like Copter, Drives Like Boat

April 17, 2014 10:22 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re using a robot as a portable printer, cruising the water with the HeliCat, and rediscovering physics with electron beams ...              

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Freight Train Industry to Miss Safety Deadline

April 17, 2014 9:39 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad industry said Wednesday ...   

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