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Engineering Update: A Cheap 3D-Printed Drone

September 19, 2014 2:04 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of the Engineering Update:  A Cheap 3D-Printed Drone:  Researchers at the University of Virginia have created a military-grade 3D-printed UAV with off-the-shelf parts, an Android brain, and the ability to tote a ...

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Superabsorbing Ring Could Produce Ultimate Camera Pixel

September 19, 2014 1:51 pm | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

A quantum effect in which excited atoms team up to emit an enhanced pulse of light can be turned on its head to create 'superabsorbing' systems that could make the 'ultimate camera pixel'. 'Superradiance', a phenomenon ...    

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4 Design Fails of the Week

September 19, 2014 1:45 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

This week in recalls, multiple alarms are failing to sound, oil cooler lines are leaking, and swing suspension fittings are breaking ...                  

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Seeing Through the Fog of War

September 19, 2014 1:41 pm | by DARPA | Videos | Comments

Degraded visibility — which encompasses diverse environmental conditions including severe weather, dust kicked up during takeoff and landing and poor visual contrast among different parts of terrain — often puts both the safety and ...  

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Reflected Smartphone Transmissions Enable Gesture Control

September 19, 2014 1:32 pm | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

With almost all of the U.S. population armed with cellphones – and close to 80 percent carrying a smartphone – mobile phones have become second-nature for most people. The SideSwipe system uses the phone’s wireless transmissions to ...  

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Soft Robotics Toolkit Features Everything a Robot-Maker Needs

September 19, 2014 1:22 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate ...

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Graphene Sensor Tracks Down Cancer Biomarkers

September 19, 2014 1:15 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

An ultrasensitive biosensor made from the wonder material graphene has been used to detect molecules that indicate an increased risk of developing cancer. The biosensor has been shown to be more than five times more sensitive ...   

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Quick-Change Materials to Speed Up Computers

September 19, 2014 1:10 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Faster, smaller, greener computers, capable of processing information up to 1,000 times faster than currently available models, could be made possible by replacing silicon with materials that can switch back and forth between ...   

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Departments of the Navy, Energy & Agriculture Invest in 3 Biorefineries

September 19, 2014 1:01 pm | by U.S. Department of Energy | News | Comments

As part of a 2011 Presidential directive, the Departments of Navy, Energy, and Agriculture announced today that three companies have been awarded contracts to construct and commission biorefineries capable of producing "drop-in" ...  

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C&K Components Develops Momentary Action Tactile Switches

September 19, 2014 12:55 pm | by PD&D Staff | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has developed a series of surface mount, ultra-low profile, top-actuated tactile switches with extended operating lifecycles up to 500,000. The switches measure just 3.7 x 3.7 mm with a board-mounted profile of ...

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22 mm Servomotors with Planetary Gearboxes

September 19, 2014 12:35 pm | by PD&D Staff | Koford Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

Koford Engineering has introduced 22 mm servomotors with planetary gearboxes and optical encoders to provide a precision motion control package. The motors are of a slotless design with zero cog and a mechanical time constant ...

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3U VPX 2 Slot Enclosure with INTEL I7

September 19, 2014 11:28 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Combined with PCI Systems’ IGUANA OpenVPX 3U switch module or Juniper Networks LN-1000 rugged router, the HAWK is a very small but fully ruggedized networking platform. Combined with the 3U VPX Intel I7 CPU module it can be ...

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3D Printer Headed to Space Station

September 19, 2014 11:02 am | by NASA | News | Comments

It’s not quite the replicator of Star Trek fame — but it’s seemingly a step in that direction. The first 3D printer is soon to fly into Earth orbit, finding a home aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The size of a small microwave ...

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The History of the Electric Car

September 19, 2014 10:55 am | by Rebecca Matulka, energy.gov | News | Comments

Not an invention of modern times, the electric car has a long and storied history. Travel back in time as we explore the history of the electric car. Introduced more than 100 years ago, electric cars are seeing a rise in popularity today for ...

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Component Reliability in the Automotive Industry

September 19, 2014 10:22 am | by Ed Nakauchi, Technical Consultant, Orbel Corporation | News | Comments

Today’s cars are incorporating more and more electronics into vehicles, from engine control units to anti-collision controls to driver information to entertainment systems that enhance the overall driving experience with Bluetooth ...  

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