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NASA Developing Legs for Space Station's Robonaut

December 10, 2013 9:09 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA engineers are developing climbing legs for the International Space Station's robotic crewmember Robonaut 2, marking another milestone in space humanoid robotics. The legless R2, currently attached to a support post, is ...   

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Photos of the Day: Robonaut Gets His Space Legs

December 10, 2013 9:07 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s Robonaut 2 with the newly developed climbing legs, designed to give the robot mobility in zero gravity. With legs, R2 will be able to assist astronauts with both hands while keeping at least one leg anchored to the station structure ...

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Fort Cove Gets New Geothermal Plant

December 10, 2013 5:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two companies are being recognized by a trade association for overcoming obstacles to build an expensive geothermal power plant in Utah. The Geothermal Energy Association is giving an award to developer ENEL Green Power ...    

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Heart-Hacking is Possible Paranoia

December 9, 2013 5:22 pm | by Julia Blaikie, WDD | Blogs | Comments

Wireless connectivity brings major advancements to the medical sphere – but some, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, worry the risks outweigh the advantages ...             

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Shutting the Door on Shodan

December 9, 2013 5:17 pm | by Alan Grau, Icon Labs | Articles | Comments

Shodan, “The scariest search engine on the Internet” according to CNN Money, is a search engine scouring the Internet looking for servers, webcams, printers, routers and all the other devices that are connected to and make up the Internet of ...

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Hollow Shaft Angular Gearbox

December 9, 2013 5:10 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

B&R's selection of angular planetary gearboxes has been expanded to include the new 8GA75 model for flange sizes 60 to 142 mm. The hollow shaft differentiates these new gearboxes from the well-known 8GA60 series with ...

Standard-Setting Absolute Linear Encoder

December 9, 2013 4:34 pm | by PD&D Staff | Heidenhain Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

HEIDENHAIN’s LC 200 linear encoders are now available with a Mitsubishi interface. An absolute type encoder, the LC 200 offers its advantages for measuring lengths of up to 28 meters, such as ensuring that the ...

Dynamic Brushless DC Motors

December 9, 2013 4:27 pm | by PD&D Staff | Maxon Precision Motors | Product Releases | Comments

The newly redesigned EC-i motors from maxon motors are available in 40 mm diameter and in two lengths, namely 26 mm (50 Watt) and 36 mm (70 Watt). The modular system with gearheads, encoders, and controllers from ...

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Kickstarter of the Week: Mini Satellite Is Propelled by Water

December 9, 2013 3:32 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, we are propelling a tiny solar-powered satellite into space using only water for fuel. The spacecraft could someday average over 1 billion miles per gallon. The engine produces thrust through ...

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Propelled by Water, Powered by Sun

December 9, 2013 1:08 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

A solar-powered spacecraft could someday average over 1 billion miles per gallon using only water for fuel, thanks to a new technology being developed at the University of Michigan’s Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory. The ...

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Chinese-Brazilian Satellite Fails to Enter Orbit

December 9, 2013 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A satellite jointly developed by China and Brazil failed to enter orbit after the rocket carrying it malfunctioned after launch on Monday, state media reported. The high-resolution remote-sensing Ziyuan I-03 satellite was launched ...    

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Solar Cell Degradation Observed Directly for the First Time

December 9, 2013 1:03 pm | by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron | News | Comments

With the help of DESY’s X-ray light source PETRA III, researchers of Technische Universität München have, for the first time, watched organic solar cells degrade in real time. This work could open new approaches to increasing the stability of this highly promising type of ...

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Triboelectric Generators Capture Wasted Power

December 9, 2013 12:58 pm | by John Toon, Georgia Tech | News | Comments

With one stomp of his foot, Zhong Lin Wang illuminates a thousand LED bulbs – with no batteries or power cord. The current comes from essentially the same source as that tiny spark that jumps from a fingertip to a doorknob when you walk across carpet on a cold, dry day. Wang and his research team have learned to ...

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Polymers Can Be Semimetals

December 9, 2013 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Traditional plastics, or polymers, are electrical insulators. In the seventies a new class of polymers that conduct electricity like semiconductors and metals was discovered by Alan J.Heeger, Alan G. MacDiarmid and Hideki Shirakawa. Now Xavier Crispin has led a project where ...

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Morphing Material Has Mighty Potential

December 9, 2013 12:26 pm | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Heating a sheet of plastic may not bring it to life – but it sure looks like it does in new experiments at Rice University. The materials created by Rice polymer scientist Rafael Verduzco and his colleagues start as flat slabs, but they morph into shapes that can be ...

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