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Plastics in Motion: Exploring the World of Polymers

September 11, 2014 11:33 am | by SLAC Office of Communications | News | Comments

Plastics are made of polymers, which are a challenge for scientists to study. Their chain-like strands of thousands of atoms are tangled up in a spaghetti-like jumble, their motion can be measured at many time scales and they are ...  

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Engineer Aims to Connect the World With Ant-Sized Radios

September 11, 2014 11:24 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

A Stanford University engineering team has built a radio the size of an ant, a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna — no batteries required ... 

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DARPA Awards $2.9M for Development of Soft Exosuit

September 11, 2014 11:07 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced today that it was awarded a first-phase $2.9 million follow-on contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further develop a ...

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Innovative, Multifunction Water Filtration Membrane

September 11, 2014 10:59 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

A young startup at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has developed a first-of-its-kind multifunction water filtration membrane. With its expected cost savings and superior performance, the new invention has the potential to ...   

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Space Station Expedition 40 Crew Returns to Earth

September 11, 2014 10:28 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth Wednesday after 169 days of science and technology research in space, including a record 82 hours of research in a single week, which happened in July ...   

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The 'Era of Connection' Is Coming & Design Will Never Be the Same

September 11, 2014 10:23 am | by Phil Bernstein, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

The word “revolution” is especially apt today. Now, more than ever, the world is changing. How people design and make things is not just evolving, but being completely disrupted again. We’re on the cusp of a new (and very real) revolution ...

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NASA Research Aids Response to California Napa Quake

September 11, 2014 10:16 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has been monitoring active earthquake faults in California using a variety of remote sensing and ground-based techniques. The JPL-developed UAVSAR, in use since 2009, is an L-band Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar instrument that ...

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First 500 GHz Photon Switch Built

September 11, 2014 10:13 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

The work took nearly four years to complete and it opens a fundamentally new direction in photonics - with far-reaching potential consequences for the control of photons in optical fiber channels. Researchers at the University of ...  

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5 Smart Things Coming to Your Car

September 11, 2014 10:10 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Cellphones that warn drivers when people are crossing in front of them. Bicycles and cars that communicate with traffic lights. Sensors in cars that quickly alert other drivers to black ice, potholes or other hazards. A low-priced camera system ...

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Optimizing Engineering Change Control

September 11, 2014 10:07 am | by Ron Rapczynski, Quality Control, NK Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Managing changes to products and/or processes has been, and will always continue to be, a challenge for companies. There are many reasons for this. In order to fully and effectively implement a change often involves the coordination of ...

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'Electronic Skin' Could Improve Early Breast Cancer Detection

September 11, 2014 10:05 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

For detecting cancer, manual breast exams seem low-tech compared to other methods such as MRI. But scientists are now developing an "electronic skin" that "feels" and images small lumps that fingers can miss. Knowing the size and ...  

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IoT, Robotic Manufacturing & the End of the World

September 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence from an unexpected area ...

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More Efficient Fuel Cells for Vehicles

September 11, 2014 9:58 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers have been trying to increase the efficiency of solid oxide fuel cells by lowering the temperatures at which they run. More efficient fuel cells might gain wider use in vehicles or as quiet, pollution-free, neighborhood electricity ...

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Few Critics as Nevada Mulls Tesla Tax Breaks

September 11, 2014 9:57 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers' money, but they clearly were in the minority as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they hope to approve in the days ahead to ...

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Silicon Valley Struggles to Speak FDA's Language

September 11, 2014 9:54 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar — Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so ...

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