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Optimum Inertial Design for Self-Propulsion

July 29, 2014 1:39 pm | by Springer | News | Comments

Scale plays a major role in locomotion. Swimming microorganisms, such as bacteria and spermatozoa, are subjected to relatively small inertial forces compared to the viscous forces exerted by the surrounding fluid. Such low-level inertia ...

Printing the Metals of the Future

July 29, 2014 1:14 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

3-D printers can create all kinds of things, from eyeglasses to implantable medical devices,...

Amazon Offers 3D Printed Products

July 29, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon said Monday that it has started selling 3-D printed customizable objects like iPhone...

ORD Solutions Exceeds 400% of Crowdfunding Goal

July 28, 2014 2:34 pm | by ORD Solutions | News | Comments

RoVa3D: The first 5 material/color liquid cooled 3D printer was launched on June 23, 2014, and...

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Photos of the Day: 3D Printing Antique Instrument Parts

July 28, 2014 10:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sina Shahbazmohamadi, an engineer and the University of Connecticut's director for advanced 3D imaging, looks at a CT scan at UConn's Depot Campus in Mansfield, Conn., showing a mouthpiece for a 19th-century saxophone built by ...   

CT Scans, 3D Printing Unlock Secrets of Antique Instruments

July 28, 2014 10:42 am | by Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, says his medical practice showed him how computerized tomography could make precise 3-D images of body parts. As a student of music history, he ...   

Photos of the Day: The Black Hornet Pocket Helicopter

July 25, 2014 1:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg | News | Comments

It weighs 16 g, can fly for up to 20 minutes, and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet, a mini helicopter which uses embedded cameras and a digital data link to provide real-time video for ground troops ...

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Engineering Newswire 100: Darth Vader Car Built on a Corvette Chassis

July 24, 2014 11:36 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building the world’s largest 3D printer, making eSkin digital tattoos, using your car to track your heart, and turning Darth Vader’s mask into a Corvette ...               

NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites

July 23, 2014 4:48 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet ...     

Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-Free Travel

July 23, 2014 4:10 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

'Ray' the robotic parking valet at Dusseldorf Airport in Germany lets travelers to avoid the hassle of finding a parking spot before heading to the check-in desk ...             

Photos of the Day: Giant Robotic Creature Is 14-Feet Tall

July 23, 2014 12:58 pm | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

The giant creature was designed by artists at the Stan Winston School. Engineers and technicians at Legacy Effects — the studio that brought to life Iron Man, Avatar, Pacific Rim and RoboCop characters worked closely with Stratasys to build ...

Stratasys 3D Prints Giant Creature for Comic-Con

July 23, 2014 12:57 pm | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

Stratasys Ltd. has announced it has collaborated with the Stan Winston School of Character Arts,  Legacy Effects, Condé Nast Entertainment and WIRED to create a 14-foot tall giant creature which will be showcased at the Comic-Con International ...

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The Robot Says You Flunked: Algorithms vs. Judgment

July 22, 2014 3:37 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

Harvard and MIT have teamed to develop an artificial-intelligence system that grades essay questions on exams. The way it works is this. First, a human grader manually grades a hundred essays, and feeds the essays and the grades to the ...

Astronauts to Test Free-Flying 'Housekeeper' Robots

July 21, 2014 10:02 am | by Maria Alberty, NASA's Ames Research Center | News | Comments

Aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.'s second contracted commercial resupply mission to the space station, which arrived to the orbital laboratory July 16,  NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, sent two Google prototype ... 

Photos of the Day: NASA’s Free-Flying Robots Move in Synch

July 21, 2014 10:00 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006. These satellites provide a test bed for ...

Getting a Grip on Robotic Grasp

July 18, 2014 11:05 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers ...    

Treating Pipelines Like Patients

July 17, 2014 4:45 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Articles | Comments

Engineering these days has a tendency to cross disciplines more than ever. Decades ago, companies started using medical technologies (radiography to be exact) to inspect solid structures and mechanical parts ...      

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Photos of the Day: Underwater X-Ray System Inspects Pipelines

July 17, 2014 4:44 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | News | Comments

Since bringing an entire pipeline system into a lab for inspection is impossible, engineers have combined the know-how of GE Healthcare, GE Oil & Gas, BP, and the applied marine technology company, Oceaneering International, to safely inspect ...

Robot-Assisted Surgery Controls Disease for 10 Years

July 17, 2014 11:29 am | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

Robot-assisted surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is effective in controlling the disease for 10 years, according to a new study led by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. The study also suggested that traditional methods of ... 

Darpa Robots to Face Final Challenge

July 15, 2014 5:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's third and final challenge among 24 or so U.S. and international human-robot teams will take place in California next June, ending with a $2 million prize and robots that for the first time may ...

Stratasys Completes Acquisition of Solid Concepts

July 15, 2014 11:11 am | by Stratasys | News | Comments

Stratasys announced the acquisitions of Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies on April 2, 2014, and will combine Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies with RedEye, its existing digital manufacturing service business, to establish ...

Hurco Files CNC-Based 3D Printing U.S. Patent Application

July 15, 2014 10:49 am | by Hurco | News | Comments

Hurco Companies, Inc. has announced the company recently filed a U.S. patent application for new technology combining 3D printing and CNC machining. "We designed an additive manufacturing adapter that, in combination with proprietary ...

Photos of the Day: Homeland Security's Robotic Tuna

July 15, 2014 9:46 am | by U.S. Department of Homeland Security | News | Comments

Inspired by the real tuna, BIOSwimmer is a UUV designed for high maneuverability in harsh environments, with a flexible aft section and appropriately placed sets of pectoral and other fins. For those cluttered and hard-to-reach underwater ...

Protecting our Harbors & Ships with the BIOSwimmer

July 15, 2014 9:44 am | by U.S. Department of Homeland Security | News | Comments

No question about it… they’re very good at what they do. But they don’t take well to orders, especially those to carry out inspection work in oily or dangerous environments, or in any kind of harsh environment, for that matter. Still, they’re one of ...

3D Printed Anatomy to Mark a New Era for Medical Training

July 14, 2014 2:17 pm | by Monash University | News | Comments

The creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing say it will revolutionise medical education and training, especially in countries where cadaver use is problematical.The ‘3D Printed Anatomy Series’, developed ...

Squishy Robots to Switch Between Hard & Soft States

July 14, 2014 11:10 am | by Helen Knight, MIT News | News | Comments

In the movie “Terminator 2,” the shape-shifting T-1000 robot morphs into a liquid state to squeeze through tight spaces or to repair itself when harmed. Now a phase-changing material built from wax and foam, and capable of switching between ...

Your Next Opponent in Angry Birds Could Be a Robot

July 11, 2014 12:33 pm | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

With the help of a smart tablet and Angry Birds, children can now do something typically reserved for engineers and computer scientists: program a robot to learn new skills. The Georgia Institute of Technology project is designed to serve as a ...

Robot Writes Torah at Berlin's Jewish Museum

July 11, 2014 10:36 am | by Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The robot's quill runs across the paper scroll, from right to left, scribbling down ancient Hebrew letters with black ink. It is penning down the Torah, the Jews' holy scripture, and it is doing it much faster than a rabbi could because it doesn't need ...

Drones Could Automatically Aid in Photography

July 11, 2014 10:08 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Lighting is crucial to the art of photography. But lights are cumbersome and time-consuming to set up, and outside the studio, it can be prohibitively difficult to position them where, ideally, they ought to go. Researchers at MIT ...   

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