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Content posted in November 2012
Safety, Powertrain Will Drive Need for Automotive Semiconductors
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11/30/2012  18 comments
Active safety will continue to drive the need for faster processors and cheaper memories, Delphi Automotive chief technology officer Jeff Owens told Design News Radio.
Update on Thought-Controlled Robots
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11/27/2012  14 comments
By focusing their attention on patterns shown on a PC screen, users can control which actions they want a robot to perform, where the robot moves, and how it interacts with its environment.
Aluminum Aerospace Coating May Replace Toxic Chromates
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11/15/2012  12 comments
A research team has developed an environmentally friendly, self-healing coating for the aluminum used in defense and aerospace applications.
Video: Robots Set to Explore Fukushima
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11/9/2012  13 comments
The Japanese government is readying its Sakura robot to explore the disabled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear reactor buildings.
Underwater Robot Tracks Sand Tiger Sharks
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11/1/2012  18 comments
An underwater robot is stalking sand tiger sharks tagged with transmitters to help University of Delaware researchers understand shark migration patterns and behavior as it happens.




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