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Content posted in September 2012
Study: Wind Could Power World Energy Needs
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9/28/2012  50 comments
Researchers at Stanford University's School of Engineering and the University of Delaware claim there's enough wind over land and at sea combined to produce at least half the world's power demand by 2030.
Engineers 'Hone' In on Solution for Tiny V-8 Engine
News 
9/27/2012  34 comments
It's one thing to build a scale model of a car. It's another to power it with a quarter-scale V-8 engine.
Toyota's Latest Robot Lends a Hand
News 
9/25/2012  11 comments
The robot is meant to help elderly people or those with limited arm or leg mobility perform everyday tasks more efficiently and easily in the home.
Video: Robotic Plane Flies Indoors Without GPS
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9/14/2012  20 comments
MIT’s Robust Robotics Group flew a fixed-wing vehicle around the parking garage under a university building, navigating pillars safely, with only the use of onboard sensors to direct the path of the plane.
Automakers Drive Carbon Composites
News 
9/11/2012  16 comments
The lightweight material isn't ready for high-volume automotive manufacturing, but three consortia are working to fast-track material and process development.
Bayer's Medical-Grade Plastics Aid Surgeons
Product News 
9/6/2012  6 comments
Bayer unveiled three new materials. One offers flame-retardant properties. Another offers improved ductility. The third helps deliver information during knee replacements.
Robotic Camera Mimics Human Eye Movements
News 
9/4/2012  13 comments
Compliance researchers developed a mechanism to orient a camera using muscle-like cellular actuators that move more similarly to an eye.




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