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Flower-Shaped Starshade to Find Earth-Like Planets

April 17, 2014 1:28 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them — yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary ...

Bionic Ankle 'Emulates Nature'

April 17, 2014 1:23 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT | News | Comments

These days, Hugh Herr, an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, gets about 100...

Engineering Newswire 86: HeliCat Looks Like Copter, Drives Like Boat

April 17, 2014 10:22 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re using a robot as a portable printer, cruising the water...

Robot Sub Makes First Complete Search for Plane

April 17, 2014 9:30 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the...

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Photos of the Day: DARPA Looks to Build Satellites with Robots

April 16, 2014 11:16 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Phoenix seeks to enable robotics servicing and asset life extension in geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO), while developing new satellite architectures to reduce the cost of space-based systems. Specifically, Phoenix’s goal is to ...  

Phoenix Makes Strides in Satellite Architecture

April 16, 2014 11:15 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

The process of designing, developing, building and deploying satellites is long and expensive. Satellites today cannot follow the terrestrial paradigm of “assemble, repair, upgrade, reuse,” and must be designed to operate without any upgrades or repairs for ...

Using Robots to Study Evolution

April 15, 2014 2:02 pm | by Kathleen Estes, OIST | News | Comments

A new paper by OIST’s Neural Computation Unit has demonstrated the usefulness of robots in studying evolution. Published in PLOS ONE, Stefan Elfwing, a researcher in Professor Kenji Doya’s Unit, has successfully used a colony of ...   

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Drone Hinders Medical Chopper According to Police

April 15, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man is facing charges after deputies say he was flying a video camera-equipped drone that hindered the landing of a medical helicopter at an accident scene. Kele Stanley, of Springfield, said he's been unfairly charged and would have landed it immediately if he ...

Robot Sub Returns to Water After 1st Try Cut Short

April 15, 2014 10:32 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet began its second mission Tuesday after cutting short its first because the ocean waters where it was sent were too deep, officials said. Monday's planned 16-hour search lasted just six and ...

Robotic Submarine Deployed in Search for Missing Plane

April 14, 2014 10:07 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean for the first time Monday after failing to pick up any signals from the missing Malaysian airliner's black boxes for six days, the leader of the search effort said. Meanwhile, officials were ...

3D Printing, Digital Execution & the Manufacturing Renaissance

April 14, 2014 10:00 am | by Kimberly Knickle, IDC Manufacturing Insights | Blogs | Comments

It's a very exciting time for manufacturing - a manufacturing renaissance, when old ideas of manufacturing being about mass production are no longer true, and 3D printing and other technologies are changing the barriers to entry and economies ...

What Engineers Need from Today’s Research Outlets

April 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Gabriela Lupulescu, Product Manager, Knovel | Articles | Comments

Baby Boomers are now retiring at a rate of 8,000 per day according to the AARP, creating demand to fill the newly empty senior engineering positions. However, thanks to the size of the Baby Boomer population, there simply aren’t enough ...

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Photos of the Day: Predicting the Future in 1964

April 14, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The millions of visitors who attended the New York World’s Fair that opened in 1964 were introduced to a range of technological innovations and predictions. Some of those turned out to be right on the money and others, perhaps thankfully, were ...

Visions of 1964 World's Fair Didn't All Come True

April 14, 2014 9:46 am | by Deepti Hajela, Associated Press | News | Comments

Video phone calls? Yeah, we do that. Asking computers for information? Sure, several times a day. Colonies on the moon and jet packs as a mode of everyday transportation. OK, maybe not. The New York World's Fair of 1964 ...    

Improving the Human-Robot Connection

April 11, 2014 11:43 am | by Heather Amos, University of British Columbia | News | Comments

Researchers are programming robots to communicate with people using human-like body language and cues, an important step toward bringing robots into homes. Researchers at the University of British Columbia enlisted the help of ...   

Researchers Create 3D-Printed UAV

April 11, 2014 11:36 am | by The University of Sheffield | News | Comments

Engineers at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the University of Sheffield have successfully printed a 1.5m-wide prototype unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for a research project looking at ...        

Amazon Offers Update on Groceries, Drones

April 11, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the letter released Thursday, Bezos outlined Amazon's offerings, including its fresh grocery business called Prime Fresh, which it has offered for five years in Seattle and expanded to Los Angeles and San Francisco. For $299 a year members get ...

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We’re Not Out of Engineers Yet

April 10, 2014 3:47 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

According to several outlets, a dearth of science and engineering students, coupled with the underqualified workforce unable to fill current need, is leading to the intellectual downfall of the nation. If you strike up a conversation with ...

Engineering Newswire 85: Disposable Drones Printed for Cheap Spying

April 10, 2014 9:55 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re turning seawater into fuel, making disposable drones, and taking a look at a Bionic Kangaroo …                   

Photos of the Day: Bionic Kangaroo Hops Around

April 10, 2014 9:38 am | by Festo | News | Comments

A development team from Festo’s Bionic Learning Network spent two years recreating the jumping behaviour of the natural kangaroo as closely as possible and learning from it. The BionicKangaroo now demonstrates exactly what distinguishes ...

NASA Robots Showcased at 'Robot Block Party'

April 10, 2014 9:36 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The K-Rex is equipped with stereo cameras, a compass, a device to measure the incline of the terrain, differential GPS, an odometer, two inertial measurement units to provide attitude and velocity data for navigation and control, and a ...

Infographic: Make Your Million-Dollar Idea

April 9, 2014 11:41 am | by Kylee Swenson Gordon, Line/Shape/Space | News | Comments

Are you a product designer, inventor, and/or entrepreneur excited to bring an idea to life, yet regularly discouraged by stumbling blocks along the way? It’s not so easy to manufacture a product and bring it to market, is it?   

Robocopter Brings New Capabilities to the Marine Corps

April 9, 2014 11:20 am | by Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

Autonomy options for the Marines have taken a major step forward, as officials at the Office of Naval Research has announced two successful helicopter flight demonstrations with unmanned flight capability at Marine Corps Base Quantico ...

Last of Webb Telescope's Instrument Integration

April 9, 2014 9:46 am | by Laura Betz, NASA | News | Comments

The last piece of the James Webb Space Telescope's heart was installed inside the world's largest clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. What looked like a massive black frame covered with wires and aluminum foil, the heart ...

Photos of the Day: The Heart of a Telescope

April 9, 2014 9:44 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The last piece of the James Webb Space Telescope's heart, weighing about as much as an upright piano (about 430 pounds, or 196 kilograms), was suspended from a moveable counterweight called the Horizontal Integration Tool for ...    

How Trends in Electronics are Affecting Connectors

April 8, 2014 1:07 pm | by Bob Stanton, Director of Technology, Omnetics | Omnetics Connector Corporation | Articles | Comments

Rapidly changing demands and designs in product performance and electrical integrity are having a huge effect on electronic connector systems. New smaller and more portable electronics in aerospace, defense, and other stressful environments ...

A Bird? A Plane? Or Both...

April 7, 2014 1:38 pm | by RMIT University | News | Comments

RMIT University researchers in Melbourne, Australia, are developing bio-inspired unmanned aircraft capable of soaring like birds, boosting energy efficiency and endurance. In collaboration with Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation, the research team ...

Photos of the Day: Inside the Ultimate Workshop

April 7, 2014 10:44 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Autodesk Inc, Epilog Laser, Omax Corporation | News | Comments

This past week I had the opportunity to tour the Autodesk Workshop at Pier 9 in San Francisco. The facility, spanning 27,000 square feet, houses some of the most advanced subtractive, and additive manufacturing tools in the business ...  

Mobile Robots Support Airplane Manufacturers

April 4, 2014 1:26 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

In production facilities, robots, and people will soon be working side-by-side. A new mobile assistant is intended to support technicians in the airplane manufacturing industry when applying sealant, measuring, and testing – without ...

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