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3D Printing Helps Scale Nano-Materials in Unprecedented Way
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7/27/2016  Post a comment
Engineers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have achieved the ability to scale nanotechnology for the development of super-strong, lightweight metal materials.
Vitamin B-Inspired Molecules Form Basis for Alt-Energy Storage
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7/27/2016  Post a comment
Harvard researchers have identified a new class of high-performing organic molecules in the development of redox flow batteries for alternative-energy storage.
Don't Cut That Grass! It Could One Day Power Your Home
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7/26/2016  1 comment
Researchers in the United Kingdom have found a sustainable way to derive hydrogen from grass to develop biofuel.
Loss and Success: One Engineer’s Story
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7/26/2016  1 comment
Without failure and loss, there is no success. Sadly, some failures and losses are greater than others. That’s certainly true of engineer and Space Race astronaut Gus Grissom.
Synthetic Coral Could Remove Toxins from Oceans
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7/26/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in China have developed a new material that mimics coral that could help remove toxic heavy metals like mercury from the ocean.
Is Pokémon Go the Tipping Point for AR?
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7/25/2016  3 comments
The popularity of Pokemon Go may be break open a new rush of augmented reality products.
Researchers Discover New Potential in Light Harvesting, Optoelectronics
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7/25/2016  Post a comment
Engineers in Australia have discovered a mechanism that could allow for the design of new composite materials for light harvesting and optoelectronics.
New Modeling Technique Makes Carbon Nanostructures Better and Cheaper
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7/25/2016  Post a comment
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
'Smart,' Sensor-Infused Thread Can Gather Diagnostic Data from Human Tissue
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7/22/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
The 15 Best Artificial Intelligence Movies
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7/21/2016  14 comments
Take a look at some of the best movies that include self-aware machines.
Nature's Way to Relieve Stress Inspires Designs for Nearly Indestructible Bridges
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7/21/2016  4 comments
An engineer in the United Kingdom has found inspiration in nature for the design of bridges that are far stronger and more durable than current designs.
Design Tool Zaps the Weight Out of Objects
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7/21/2016  Post a comment
Inspire 2016 from solidThinking helps design engineers find the right product shape to reduce weight, maintain strength, and make the product easier to manufacture.
Movement of Bacteria Used to Build Microscopic Wind Farm
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7/21/2016  Post a comment
Recent wind-energy research has set its sights on scaling up, with the development of some of the largest-ever wind turbine technology to take advantage of this type of energy on a grand scale.
Users Are Bored with Wearables Due to Lack of Accuracy
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7/20/2016  6 comments
Design flaws like lack of accurate information are causing early adopters of wearables to abandon the technology.
A Different Kind of Collaborative Robot Works Down on the Farm
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7/20/2016  Post a comment
In the last few years, agriculrural robots have started appearing in fields and vineyards all over the world. While some are semi- or fully autonomous harvesting or weeding trucks or tractor attachments, others are designed as a different kind of collaborative robot that works right alongside people.
Zephyr OS, a ‘Secure IoT RTOS,’ You Say?
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7/20/2016  3 comments
It’s worth saying a word or two about IoT, if only because the air is so thick with nonsense on the subject that is it difficult to make meaningful progress without some clarification.
New MCU Designs Embrace the Platform Approach
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7/20/2016  Post a comment
MCUs are once again overloading on performance and memory to speed your designs. This time they're adopting a platform-oriented approach that completely integrates the system's hardware and software.
SoftBank’s ARM Buy Sends Ripples Through IoT, Semiconductor Industries
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7/19/2016  Post a comment
On the heels of Brexit and with plans stated to double UK staff and accelerate innovation, Japan's SoftBank will spend $32 billion to buy Cambridge-based ARM in a move that will have significant impact on the microprocessor industry and the Internet of Things for decades to come.
AI Beats Elite Fighter Pilots, Can Run on a Raspberry Pi
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7/19/2016  Post a comment
ALPHA is an AI capable of beating experts at a flight simulation. And it does so with no more computing power than a Raspberry Pi.
Wireless Safety Hits the Automation Network
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7/19/2016  Post a comment
In a shift that may be surprising to long-time control engineers, safety for automation systems in plants may go wireless.
SolarSkin Gives Residential Rooftop Solar Panels a More Attractive Look
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7/19/2016  Post a comment
A company called Sistine Solar makes rooftop solar installations more attractive with the design of solar panels that blend into their environment.
Nanogenerator Powers Implantable Heart Monitor in Live Animal
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7/18/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have demonstrated an implantable triboelectric nanogenerator (iTENG) for biomechanical energy harvesting in a living adult swine.
Flying Robot Will Check Out Building Health
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7/18/2016  Post a comment
A flying robot developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will help inspect buildings and other infrastructure like bridges and dams, so human engineers won't have to do the dangerous parts of the job.
DFMA Cuts Billions in Manufacturing Costs
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7/18/2016  Post a comment
Design for Manufacturing and Assembly software is a combination of Design for Manufacturing and Design for Assembly software. These software tools help to bring design and manufacturing together with the goal of reducing costs, improving quality, and promoting collaboration.
Take a Look at the Source Code That Landed Man on the Moon
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7/15/2016  24 comments
The source code for the guidance computer behind the Apollo 11 moon landing has been posted online -- and it looks like the programmers behind it had a healthy sense of humor.
Coconuts Inspire Materials to Make Earthquake-Proof Buildings
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7/15/2016  Post a comment
A German researcher is using the strength of coconut shells as inspiration for the design of concrete for earthquake-proof buildings.
Nanosculptures Can Create Longer-Lasting Battery Electrodes
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7/15/2016  Post a comment
Scientists now have a key to working with liquid metals to create nanosculptures they said could create longer-lasting battery electrodes as well as improve other energy-related applications.
Cyborg Bot Uses Rat Heart-Muscle Cells for Actuation
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7/15/2016  Post a comment
A Harvard researcher has designed a bio-inspired swimming robot that uses rat cells for movement.
Your Cybersecurity May Impact Your Customer’s Safety
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7/14/2016  2 comments
Plant cybersecurity comes with a number of challenges, from protecting a network that might extend into the supply chain, to buying cyber insurance.
Mimicking Rose Petals Could Create a Better Solar Panel
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7/14/2016  1 comment
Researchers in Germany have emulated the epidermis of a rose petal in a transparent layer and integrated it into a solar cell to make it more efficient.
1 Smart Attack Can Spawn a Zillion Dumb Attacks
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7/13/2016  Post a comment
The advantages of plant connectivity are prompting manufacturers to network out to their customers and suppliers, but that makes everyone vulnerable to attack.
SmartFlower Makes Solar Energy Easy in All-In-One System
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7/13/2016  3 comments
SmartFlower is an all-in-one solar power system that can store, harvest, and generate solar power.
Crawling the Dark Places for Data
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7/12/2016  4 comments
Dark Data lives inside company systems. It's the data that is hard to find if you're not on the team that created it.
WaterCube Creates Drinking Water from Air Using Solar Energy
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7/12/2016  3 comments
A Dutch inventor has invented WaterCube, which creates clean drinking water from the air using solar energy.
Researchers Produce Low-Cost Super-Strong Titanium Alloy
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7/12/2016  Post a comment
Given the urgent need for improved fuel economy in the transportation sector, there has been a renewed interest in titanium as a structural material.
US Will Be at the Forefront in Disruption of Manufacturing
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7/11/2016  4 comments
At the 2016 Siemens Automation Summit, Siemens executive Klaus Heimrich painted a digitized picture of the future, where the US will lead the world in changing design and manufacturing.
Ion ‘Traffic Jams’ Are to Blame for Inefficient Batteries
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7/11/2016  2 comments
A newly-discovered phenomenon that explains why batteries lose efficiency has paved the way for better battery architectures and materials in the future.
The First 3D Printer for Microfluidic Devices Allows One-Step Prototyping
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7/11/2016  Post a comment
Dolomite Microfluidics has created the first fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer that allows virtually anyone to make rapid prototypes of fluidically sealed devices.
Salamander Robot Walks Like the Real Thing
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7/11/2016  Post a comment
A team of Swiss researchers has created a salamander-inspired robot that's shaped like the real thing, and walks like one, too.
Power Behind the Protocols: Batteries and the IIoT
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7/8/2016  6 comments
Lithium batteries have become more advanced as remote wireless technologies and low-power communication protocols rapidly expand across industrial automation.
Great Cow BASIC Is Your Alternative to Programming PIC Chips in “C
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7/8/2016  4 comments
How to use Great Cow Basic, an alternative coding language that is easy to learn and can program PIC chips as effectively as Embedded C.
Companies Unveil World's Longest Wind Turbine Blade
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7/8/2016  1 comment
Adwen and LM Wind Power have teamed up to develop the longest wind turbine blade in the world, at 88.4 meters
The 5 Important Signposts on the Wireless Design-to-Manufacturing Road
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7/7/2016  Post a comment
When it comes to designing a wireless product, there are a few key steps along the path from inception to the final manufacturing and marketing of your product.
Hyproline Project Demonstrates High-Performance Metal 3D Printing
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7/7/2016  Post a comment
An EU-backed coalition has developed a solution for 3D printing precision metal parts produced in small series with increased accuracy, less waste, and fewer rejects.
Mistbox Makes Your AC Sweat Its Way to Better Efficiency
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7/7/2016  5 comments
A new smart-home device takes inspiration from human perspiration to help people get more efficiency out of residential air conditioning units
'Artificial Eye' Sensor Can See in the Dark
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7/6/2016  Post a comment
Using an all-optical approach inspired by the eyes of fish, University of Wisconsin in Madison researchers have developed an image sensor capable of seeing in near pitch-black darkness.
G Marking for Low-Voltage Electrical Products: What You Should Know
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7/6/2016  Post a comment
G marking is similar in design to European Union notified body schemes that require a higher degree of third-party oversight from accredited labs and their notified bodies. After primary focus on select product types, attention has been turned to some low-voltage electrical products as mandatory G marking items, as of July 1, 2016.
Will IoT's Promise for Smart Airline Baggage Soar or Crash?
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7/5/2016  Post a comment
With all the IoT hype, it's easy to be skeptical about how successful initiatives will be. But it's also easy to see how a technology solution for applications such as smart baggage management could have a revolutionary impact on airline travel.
New Technology, Flexibility Drives Robotics Use in Asia-PAC
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7/5/2016  Post a comment
While much of the growth can be attributed to China's growing automotive manufacturing base, there is evidence of growth in other areas of industrial robotics, including food and beverage, industrial machinery, materials handling, electronics and semiconductor manufacturing and oil and gas.
Solar Paper Is Ultra-Thin for Charging on the Go
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7/5/2016  Post a comment
As battery researchers work on improving the life of future batteries being developed for mobile devices, others are working on portable ways to charge devices on the go when their power sources go flat.
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Engineers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have achieved the ability to scale nanotechnology for the development of super-strong, lightweight metal materials.
Harvard researchers have identified a new class of high-performing organic molecules in the development of redox flow batteries for alternative-energy storage.
Researchers in the United Kingdom have found a sustainable way to derive hydrogen from grass to develop biofuel.
Without failure and loss, there is no success. Sadly, some failures and losses are greater than others. That’s certainly true of engineer and Space Race astronaut Gus Grissom.
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
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