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Content posted in July 2012
Pepper Spray Catches Your Attacker on Video
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7/31/2012  36 comments
Using a healthy dose of modern-day electronics, engineers have created a pepper spray gun that automatically measures, shoots, and stops attackers, even when used by novices.
Water Bugs Inspire Oil-Repellent Coating
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7/31/2012  13 comments
Taking inspiration from water strider insects that skate between air and water, Chinese researchers have created a metallic device that skates between oil and water, coated with an oil-repelling oxide.
Ski Goggles Display Speed, Capture Video
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7/30/2012  15 comments
Skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers now have a real-time way of tracking their performance and capturing video, thanks to a new head-up display designed to fit inside a set of snow goggles.
Video: Intelligent Headlights Outsmart Snow & Rain
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7/26/2012  45 comments
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have shown they can direct light between water droplets during snow or rain.
Tin Whiskers Again Cited as Potential Problem for Toyotas
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7/25/2012  55 comments
The debate over the role of tin whiskers in Toyota's unintended acceleration case has returned, and government administrators are expected to answer more questions on the subject this week.
Fuel Efficiency Focus for Mobile Hydraulics
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7/25/2012  3 comments
Reducing energy costs is a major opportunity for designers of mobile hydraulic systems, and it works hand-in-hand with advances in electrohydraulic control.
Mine-Seeking Underwater Robots Scour Ship Hulls
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7/20/2012  19 comments
MIT researchers have improved the navigation and ability to detect small mines on the hulls of ships for its Autonomous Underwater Hull Inspection Vehicle.
Video: Grippers Emulate Gecko, Bird
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7/20/2012  15 comments
Two grippers from Festo use biomimicry inspired by a gecko's feet and a bird's beak for different energy-efficient methods of picking up objects.
Porous Metal Spine Implant Heals Bone
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7/19/2012  14 comments
A lumbar spine implant made with Zimmer's tantalum-based Trabecular Metal Technology, a highly porous metallic substance with characteristics similar to the spongy type of bone, helps foster new bone growth to speed healing.
3M & Gossamer Debut World's Largest LAT Solar Collector
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7/17/2012  16 comments
The world's largest aperture parabolic trough solar collector has an aperture size of 7.3m and a concentration factor of more than 100x.
Automakers Lay Foundation for Semi-Autonomous Driving
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7/16/2012  38 comments
Concerns over distraction in the vehicle may be hastening the auto industry's move toward semi-autonomous driving.
Lego-Like Industrial Package Reduces Pallets, Shrinkwrap
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7/16/2012  13 comments
Winner of a gold award in the 2012 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, the CUBE is a Lego-like system that goes from manufacturer's pallet to retail display floor with almost no reconfiguration or changes.
Slideshow: Vending Machine Slings Pizza
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7/13/2012  44 comments
A vending machine may soon be delivering pizza to a location near you.
Army Deploys Fuel-Efficient Generators to Afghanistan
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7/13/2012  6 comments
The new power generators cut fuel consumption and create more efficient ways of bringing power to soldiers in the field.
Could Toyota Engineers Have Anticipated Floor Mat Issues?
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7/12/2012  81 comments
Another recall of Toyota's vehicles has sparked debate over how far engineers should go in designing for misuse of products.
Naval Researchers Fight Metal Corrosion
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7/12/2012  8 comments
A physical-scale modeling system that combats ship corrosion could save the military $10 million a year.
App Navigates Arlington National Cemetery
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7/6/2012  6 comments
The Army has developed an iPhone and Android app that links geospatial mapping of the cemetery's gravesites with tombstones photos and digital records of the people buried there.
Energy Storage Could Make Electric Trains More Efficient
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7/5/2012  30 comments
Utility companies have long known how to capture the braking energy from electric trains, but they've usually found it difficult to get any large-scale benefits from such projects -- until now.
Crowdsourcing Will Be Used in Combat Vehicle Design
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7/3/2012  4 comments
The Department of Defense is incorporating crowdsourcing into the design process for a potentially amphibious vehicle.




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