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Pain of Artificial Legs Could Be Eased by Real-Time Monitoring

July 23, 2013 1:19 pm | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

When Ron Bailey lost his right leg below the knee 10 years ago after a head-on collision, he was fitted with a prosthetic leg and began learning to use it in his daily life as a real estate agent in Federal Way, Wash. For a couple of years after the amputation, Bailey, 66, said the remaining part of his leg shrank, which is common after the surgery.

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Two-in-One Solution for Low-Cost Polymer LEDs and Solar Cells

July 23, 2013 1:11 pm | by UNIST | News | Comments

Considerable improvement in device performance of polymer-based optoelectronic devices is reported today by researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea. The new plasmonic material, can be applied to both polymer light-emitting diodes and polymer solar cells, with world-record high performance, through a simple and cheap process.

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NASA Wants Spacesuit Repair Kit on Russian Launch

July 23, 2013 1:01 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA is rushing to get spacesuit repair tools on a launch to the International Space Station this weekend. Last week, an Italian astronaut almost drowned in his flooded helmet while performing a spacewalk.        

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Perfecting Digital Imaging

July 23, 2013 12:58 pm | by Manny Morone, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

Computer graphics and digital video lag behind reality; despite advances, the best software and video cameras still cannot seem to get computer-generated images and digital film to look exactly the way our eyes expect them to.    

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Chips that Mimic the Brain

July 23, 2013 12:53 pm | by Giacomo Indiveri, University of Zurich | News | Comments

No computer works as efficiently as the human brain – so much so that building an artificial brain is the goal of many scientists. Neuroinformatics researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich have now made a breakthrough in this direction by understanding how to configure so-called neuromorphic chips to imitate the brain's information processing abilities in real-time.

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Composite Clad Metal Wire

July 23, 2013 12:44 pm | by PD&D Staff | Anomet Products Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Precious metal clad gold wire and silver wire offers superior form-ability, ductility, solderability, and design flexibility than plated wire for use in a wide range of electronic connectors and medical devices is available from Anomet Products.

Edge Rate Edge Card Sockets

July 23, 2013 12:41 pm | by PD&D Staff | Samtec | Product Releases | Comments

Samtec has announced high-speed edge card sockets that features Edge Rate contacts and a variety of orientations and ruggedizing options for increased design flexibility. Samtec’s Edge Rate contact system increases wear life and minimizes the effects of broadside coupling, which decreases crosstalk for superior signal integrity performance and impedance control.

HDI Advance 3D Scanner

July 23, 2013 12:38 pm | by PD&D Staff | Lmi | Product Releases | Comments

LMI Technologies has announced the official release of the next generation of the HDI Advance 3D scanning system. This is the first HDI product launch since the acquisition of 3D3 Solutions earlier this year.           

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Images of Earth from Distant Spacecraft

July 23, 2013 9:56 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the color images of Earth and the moon from its perch in the Saturn system nearly 900 million miles away. MESSENGER, the first probe to orbit Mercury, took a black-and-white image from a distance of 61 million miles as part of a campaign to search for natural satellites of the planet.

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Photos of the Day: Earth from 898 Million Miles Away

July 23, 2013 9:54 am | by NASA | News | Comments

In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame. Earth, which is 898 million miles away in this image, appears as a blue dot at center right; the moon can be seen as a fainter protrusion off its right side.

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NTU & Rolls-Royce in $75 Million Tie-Up

July 23, 2013 9:42 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Eight years after their first research partnership, Nanyang Technological University and Rolls-Royce are taking their research alliance to greater heights with a new multi-million dollar collaboration. The centrepiece is the Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab, which was launched today at a joint investment of S$75 million by NTU, Rolls-Royce and the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office, Singapore.

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Off-Grid Sterilization with ‘Solar Steam’

July 23, 2013 9:32 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University nanotechnology researchers have unveiled a solar-powered sterilization system that could be a boon for more than 2.5 billion people who lack adequate sanitation. The “solar steam” sterilization system uses nanomaterials to convert as much as 80 percent of the energy in sunlight into germ-killing heat.

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Internal Tagging Technique for 3D-Printed Objects

July 23, 2013 9:24 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

The age of 3D printing, when every object so created can be personalized, will increase the need for tags to keep track of everything. Happily, the same 3D printing process used to produce an object can simultaneously generate an internal, invisible tag, say scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research.

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Safety Bar Malfunction May Have Led to Death at Amusement Park

July 23, 2013 9:11 am | by Jamie Stengle, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a dozen people reported being injured in the last five years while riding the Texas roller coaster from which a woman fell to her death last week, though the most serious injuries appear to be a concussion and muscles strains due to jostling, state records show. 

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Airport Reopens After Jet's Belly-Flop Landing

July 23, 2013 9:05 am | by Verena Dobnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City's LaGuardia Airport fully reopened Tuesday, a day after the collapse of a plane's front landing gear sent it skidding along the tarmac and temporarily closed the airport. The nose gear of Southwest Airlines flight 345 arriving from Nashville, Tenn., collapsed Monday right after the plane touched down on the runway, officials said.

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