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New Material Coating Mimics Nature's Lotus Effect

April 21, 2014 1:05 pm | by Lynn Nystrom, Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Ever stop to consider why lotus plant leaves always look clean? The hydrophobic – water repelling – characteristic of the leaf, termed the "Lotus effect," helps the plant survive in muddy swamps, repelling dirt, and producing beautiful flowers. Of late, engineers have been ...

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Engineering Update: NASA to Send Flying Saucers to Mars

April 21, 2014 12:59 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Future voyages to Mars would need to address the physiological strain on the astronauts, the length of the trip, itself, and ferrying the necessary payload to sustain human life for a protracted mission. The first two problems could be insurmountable, but ...

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Photos of the Day: Testing Fluid Flow on the ISS

April 21, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

David Kelso, Ph.D., a researcher at Northwestern University, had been working for several years to develop a simple, inexpensive device that could be used in resource-limited settings to test for ...        

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Space-Tested Concept Advances Infectious Disease Diagnoses

April 21, 2014 12:43 pm | by Laura Niles, NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

A new medical-testing device is being prepped to enter the battle against infectious disease. This instrument could improve diagnosis of certain diseases in remote areas, thanks in part to knowledge gained from a series of investigations aboard the International Space Station on the ...

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MRI, on a Molecular Scale

April 21, 2014 12:34 pm | by Peter Reuell, Harvard University | News | Comments

A team of researchers have developed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system that can produce nano-scale images, and may one day allow researchers to peer into the atomic structure of ...          

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Envisioning an Analog Path to Simulating Human Brain

April 21, 2014 12:20 pm | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In the field of neuromorphic engineering, researchers study computing techniques that could someday mimic human cognition. Electrical engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology recently published a “roadmap” that details innovative analog-based techniques that could ...

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Programming Computational Wind Tunnels to Save Millions

April 21, 2014 12:13 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

It famously took Thomas Edison thousands of attempts to settle on a practical design for the incandescent light bulb. If each crack at a solution had cost him hundreds of millions of dollars, however, he might not have been so keen on using a build ‘em and bust ‘em approach. The companies designing turbines for jet engines ...

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Electromagnetic Navy Railgun to Deploy at Sea

April 21, 2014 12:05 pm | by U.S. Navy | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy plans to install and test a prototype electromagnetic railgun aboard a joint high speed vessel in fiscal year 2016. This test will mark the first time an electromagnetic railgun (EM railgun) has been ...     

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DDR4 Embedded Infrastructure

April 21, 2014 11:57 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Virtium, a provider of embedded SSD and industrial memory modules, has announced its embedded infrastructure market support for ...

Security and Connectivity in Hazardous Locations

April 21, 2014 11:16 am | by PD&D Staff | Phoenix Contact | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact’s FL mGuard RS2000 and RS4000 family of security and connectivity devices now has ...

Inductive Sensor

April 21, 2014 11:12 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group has announced the ME Series Linear Position Sensors for embedded use in measuring ...

Photos of the Day: You Won’t Believe What This Machine Can See

April 21, 2014 10:06 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Two days before Christmas 1895, shortly after Wilhelm Röentgen discovered X-rays by experimenting with a cathode tube in his laboratory, he invited his wife to experience the phenomenon. Anna Bertha Ludwig put her left hand inside his apparatus and became the first human to ...

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NASA's Space Station Robonaut Finally Getting Legs

April 21, 2014 9:55 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs.For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot — now stuck on a pedestal — is going ...  

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Engineer Vital to Moon Landing Succes Dies

April 21, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. As NASA describes on its website, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Houbolt was ...

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Largest U.S. Solar Farm on Superfund Site Is Online

April 21, 2014 9:43 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's largest solar farm built atop a federal Superfund site is now generating power on a tract of land in Indianapolis tainted by a long-shuttered plant's wood-treating operations.The 43-acre Maywood Solar Farm went ...   

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