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Honey, I Shrunk the World

September 16, 2014 9:52 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The oil embargo of 1973 was a dark and miserable period when American towns banned Christmas lights to save electricity, billboards urged citizens to “turn off the damn lights,” and filling stations dispensed gasoline ...    

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New Designs Need More Information, Not Less

September 16, 2014 9:43 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

While trying to streamline product development, the activities that generate the most information are the ones that seem to be the most common targets of time and effort and resource reduction. We should try to maximize those activities ...

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Will Tomorrow's Robots Move Like Snakes?

September 16, 2014 9:42 am | by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL | News | Comments

Over the last few years, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab have developed biologically inspired robots designed to fly like falcons, perch like pigeons, and swim like swordfish ...    

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The History of 3D Printing

September 16, 2014 9:28 am | by Dana Goldberg, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

What’s 30 years old but looks brand new? Believe it or not, it’s 3D printing. Yep, additive manufacturing technology has been around since the Reagan era. Here’s a brief tour through the history of 3D printing ...     

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New Motion Controller Boosts Machining Speed, Accuracy

September 16, 2014 9:24 am | by PD&D Staff | Delta Tau Data Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Delta Tau has launched its new Power PMAC  NC motion controller aimed at improving machining speed, accuracy and surface finish by using advanced servo and kinematic algorithms. With a state-of-the-art CPU and ...

Elusive Quantum Transformations Found Near Absolute Zero

September 16, 2014 9:19 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Heat drives classical phase transitions - think solid, liquid, and gas - but much stranger things can happen when the temperature drops. If phase transitions occur at the coldest temperatures imaginable, where quantum mechanics ...  

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J.W. Winco Stainless Steel Leveling Feet

September 16, 2014 9:18 am | by PD&D Staff | J.W. Winco, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

J.W. Winco has annouced GN 440.5 stainless steel leveling feet with tapped socket, plain, with elastomer base cap or vulcanized rubber pad, in inch and metric sizes. Leveling feet have a tapped socket of ...

3D Printed Fossils & Rocks Could Transform Geology

September 16, 2014 9:07 am | by Iowa State University | News | Comments

Franek Hasiuk grabbed a little red ball and said it's not every day you pick up Mars. But there it was, a Mars model about the size of a golf ball and just detailed enough to show Olympus Mons, a Martian volcano nearly 14 miles high and ...

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Customized Direct Drive Motors from Applimotion

September 16, 2014 9:06 am | by PD&D Staff | Applimotion Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Applimotion has announced ULT, UTH, and UTS motor kits that can be integrated into a customized assembly with high resolution encoders and precision bearings. This allows the customer to control the function and ...

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Mitsubishi to Build New Car Plant in Indonesia

September 16, 2014 6:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Tuesday it will build a new car factory in Indonesia as part of a plan to raise its production capacity in the country from 160,000 to 240,000 vehicles per year. Chief Executive Osamu Masuko said the ...  

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'Squid Skin' Project Yields Vivid Color

September 15, 2014 5:32 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

The new full-color display technology uses aluminum nanoparticles to create the vivid red, blue and green hues found in today's top-of-the-line LCD televisions and monitors. The technology is described in a new study that will be ...  

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Novel Method Developed for Working with Nanotubes

September 15, 2014 5:12 pm | by Northeastern University | News | Comments

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team of researchers led by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has devel­oped a novel method for con­trol­lably con­structing pre­cise inter-​​nanotube junc­tions and a variety of nanocarbon struc­tures in carbon nan­otube arrays. The method ...

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New Technique for Controlling the Surface Tension of Liquid Metals

September 15, 2014 5:00 pm | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique for controlling the surface tension of liquid metals by applying very low voltages, opening the door to a new generation of reconfigurable electronic circuits, antennas ...

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Isola Announces Compliance With European Space Agency Base-Material Standard

September 15, 2014 4:47 pm | by Isola | Isola Group | News | Comments

Isola has announced that its European subsidiary, Isola GmbH, complies with the European Space Agency's (ESA) specification for a cleaner class of base materials. Isola worked in collaboration with the ESA and its suppliers in order to reach ... 

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'Minecraft' Could Boost Microsoft's Mobile Reach

September 15, 2014 4:37 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the ...

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