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Content posted in December 2012
Video: Transformer Robots Are Not Autonomous Yet
News 
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
News 
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
News 
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.
Siemens's Next-Gen, High-End Simatic Controllers
Product News 
12/20/2012  4 comments
Siemens plans to roll out its new Simatic S7-1500 to the market in phases, with three CPU types aimed at mid-range performance. They are expected to reach manufacturers in the US early next year.
Rockwell Offers New Bundle of Machine Control Design Tools
Product News 
12/18/2012  12 comments
Rockwell Automation has released an integrated bundle of machine control tools that offers an all-in-one solution for designers of machine control applications.
Siemens's Plant Management Software
Product News 
12/17/2012  1 comment
The Siemens Industry Automation Division has expanded its Comos software solution for plant engineering and operation to include enhanced functionality for modern plant management.
3D Print Your Own Personal Electronics
News 
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?
ABB Paves Way for Solar, Wind Supergrids
Product News 
12/14/2012  7 comments
The automation company ABB has designed the first circuit breaker for HVDC, paving the way for uninterrupted power flow over longer distances.
Cisco Expands Intelligent Automation for the Cloud
Product News 
12/13/2012  7 comments
Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud 3.1 includes new features that make it easier to add security to a cloud-based network without a lot of hands-on administration.
Finding Alternatives to Traditional Hose Clamps
Product News 
12/12/2012  7 comments
Fluid handling tools must be user-friendly for furthering company efficiency and customer satisfaction.
KiOR's Non-Food Biofuel Scales Up
News 
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.
Rockwell Automation Bolsters Mid-Range Machine-Builders Control Platform
Product News 
12/11/2012  2 comments
Rockwell Automation's CompactLogix platform uses a common control engine and development environment to offer machine and equipment builders a compact, less expensive design environment.
Single-Chip Motor Controller Enables Quieter, Smaller Precision Automation
Product News 
12/10/2012  13 comments
STMicroelectronics has released a new single-chip motion controller that engineers can use to design a variety of equipment with quieter, smaller, and lighter precision movement and position systems.
Titanium-Aluminum Alloy Cuts Aircraft Weight
News 
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
News 
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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