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Robot Stick Insect Takes Its First Steps

December 16, 2014 1:40 pm | by Bielefeld University | News | Comments

A research team at Bielefeld University has succeeded in teaching the only robot of its kind in the world how to walk. Its first steps have been recorded in a video. You can watch them in Bielefeld University’s latest posting on ...  


Comparing State Solar Policies to Determine Equation for Solar Market Success

December 16, 2014 1:26 pm | by DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Analysts at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have used statistical analyses and detailed case studies to better understand why solar market policies in certain states are more successful. Their findings indicate ...


HotSpot: Stuffing Bras With Actuators & Sensing Tech

December 16, 2014 1:20 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, researchers are stuffing bras with actuators and sensing technologies; Berkeley engineers are building organic optoelectronic sensors that can be slapped on like a Band-Aid; Wii’s are rehabbing stroke ...  


Carbon-Trapping 'Sponges' Can Cut Greenhouse Gases

December 16, 2014 1:13 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

In the fight against global warming, carbon capture - chemically trapping carbon dioxide before it releases into the atmosphere - is gaining momentum, but standard methods are plagued by toxicity, corrosiveness and inefficiency. Using a bag of ... 


Microwave Imaging of the Breast

December 16, 2014 1:05 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Although currently available diagnostic screening systems for breast cancer like X-ray computed tomography (CT) and mammography are effective at detecting early signs of tumors, they are far from perfect, subjecting patients to ...  


Lithium-Sulfer Batteries with Graphene Wrapper Show Promise

December 16, 2014 12:53 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

What do you get when you wrap a thin sheet of the "wonder material" graphene around a novel multifunctional sulfur electrode that combines an energy storage unit and electron/ion transfer networks? An extremely promising electrode ...  


Today in Engineering History: Estimating Meteoroid Strikes

December 16, 2014 12:50 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

On this day in history, 1962, the Explorer 16 launched to study meteoroid impacts on spacecraft. The second in a series of micrometeoroid satellites orbited by NASA, the Explorer 16 helped estimate the probability of ...    


Lighter Planes Are the Future

December 16, 2014 12:43 pm | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

A global fleet of composite planes could reduce carbon emissions by up to 15 percent, but the lighter planes alone will not enable the aviation industry to meet its emissions targets, according to new research. The study, by the Universities of ...


The Surprising History of Tinsel

December 16, 2014 12:38 pm | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

It's been a holiday decoration staple for decades, and it turns out that silver stuff hanging from your tree has quite a storied past. Tinsel has been made out of everything from real silver, to lead to other dangerously flammable materials ...


Lead Islands in a Sea of Graphene Magnetize the Material of the Future

December 16, 2014 12:26 pm | by FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science & Technology | News | Comments

Researchers in Spain have discovered that if lead atoms are intercalated on a graphene sheet, a powerful magnetic field is generated by the interaction of the electrons' spin with their orbital movement. This property could have implications in ...


Vehicles Powered by Electricity from Renewables Could Save Lives

December 16, 2014 12:23 pm | by University of Minnesota | News | Comments

Driving vehicles that use electricity from renewable energy instead of gasoline could reduce the resulting deaths due to air pollution by 70 percent. This finding comes from a new life cycle analysis of conventional and alternative vehicles and ...


New Algorithm a Christmas Gift to 3D Printing, Environment

December 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by Simon Fraser University | News | Comments

Just in time for Christmas, Simon Fraser University computing science professor Richard Zhang reveals how to print a 3D Christmas tree efficiently and with zero material waste, using the world’s first algorithm for automatically ...


Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 16, 2014 9:03 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear. The Federal Reserve says factory production rose 1.1 percent last month, up from a ...       


Ford Hires Ex-GM Research Head to Analyze Big Data

December 16, 2014 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford has hired a former General Motors chief industry analyst to manage data collection and use it to help predict the future. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker on Monday announced that it has hired Paul Ballew, who ...    


VCC's New FlexVolt Tech Allows Indicators to be Used with Expanded Voltage Range

December 16, 2014 8:46 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

VCC has developed a series of indicators that combine design flexibility and ease of assembly with ruggedness and reliability. The all-in-one CNX 714FV Series 14mm indicator uses FlexVolt Technology ...


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