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Content posted in December 2012
Video: Transformer Robots Are Not Autonomous Yet
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12/28/2012  27 comments
A hobbyist firm has created a robot that changes from a humanoid into a vehicle and back again. The firm says the robot will autonomous by 2030.
Video: Fish Slime Makes Tough, Silk-Like Fiber
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12/27/2012  15 comments
Researchers have discovered that the defensive slime exuded by hagfishes may be a source of high-performance protein fibers that could replace petrochemical-based polymers, such as nylon and plastic fibers, and fabrics woven from them.
Strong, Flexible Composite Combines Minerals, Thermoplastic
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12/20/2012  23 comments
A strong, flexible mineral/thermoplastic composite that replicates wood's fibrous structure is contending with wood, wood plastic composites, plastics, and metal in a range of potential structural applications.
3D Print Your Own Personal Electronics
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12/14/2012  58 comments
If it's possible to 3D print blood vessels, robots, and guns, then why shouldn't you be able to 3D print your own personal electronics?
KiOR's Non-Food Biofuel Scales Up
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12/12/2012  12 comments
Renewable fuels company KiOR has left the development stage and entered scaled-up production of its biofuel based on non-food biomass.
Titanium-Aluminum Alloy Cuts Aircraft Weight
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12/7/2012  14 comments
A titanium-aluminum alloy with properties similar to conventional nickel superalloys could make jet turbine blades 45 percent lighter.
Harvard Researchers to Develop Green-Energy Storage Battery
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12/6/2012  48 comments
Harvard University researchers are working on a new type of battery based on organic molecules to store renewable energy in an effort to make it more viable for wide-scale use.




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