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posted in July 2012
Water Bugs Inspire Oil-Repellent Coating
News 
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.
Tin Whiskers Again Cited as Potential Problem for Toyotas
News 
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.
Video: Swarming Robots Dazzle Cannes
Blog 
7/25/2012  10 comments
Flying in swarms and equipped with mirrors, 16 of the University of Pennsylvania's tiny flying quadrotor robots dazzled the audience at Cannes by manipulating sound and light and dancing to music.
Slideshow: Rescue Robots Save the Day
Blog 
7/23/2012  24 comments
Like many robots deployed in military applications, robots used for post-disaster search-and-rescue missions will go places humans can't.
Mine-Seeking Underwater Robots Scour Ship Hulls
News 
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.
DuPont Invests in Juno Spacecraft Composite Company
Engineering Materials 
7/17/2012  3 comments
DuPont has invested in a company that makes a carbon nanotube-based composite ESD protection material flying to Jupiter on the Juno spacecraft.
Army Deploys Fuel-Efficient Generators to Afghanistan
News 
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.
Naval Researchers Fight Metal Corrosion
News 
7/12/2012  8 comments
A physical-scale modeling system that combats ship corrosion could save the military $10 million a year.
EV Battery Design Challenges Tackled by ANSYS CAE
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/10/2012  3 comments
ANSYS is developing new battery CAE models as part of a Department of Defense program to bolster engineering simulation tools for the challenges of EV and hybrid battery development.
Send Machines, Not People, to Space
Mechatronics Zone 
7/10/2012  28 comments
If we have an urge to explore outer space, let's leave people on Earth and conduct experiments and gather data at a distance.
Pegasus XL Launch Rocket Flies on Composites
Engineering Materials 
7/9/2012  13 comments
A Pegasus XL air-launched rocket, and the NASA X-ray observatory satellite it has just sent into space, are both made partly from carbon composites.
App Navigates Arlington National Cemetery
News 
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.
Crowdsourcing Will Be Used in Combat Vehicle Design
News 
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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