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Ann R. Thryft
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posted in November 2012

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Just How Toxic Are Carbon Nanotubes?
Engineering Materials 
11/29/2012  32 comments
Researchers at Texas Tech University have come up with a new method for detecting extremely small CNTs in soils, which will help determine their toxicity.
Wind Power Operating, Maintenance Costs Drop 38 Percent
Engineering Materials 
11/28/2012  41 comments
The costs of wind power are falling, not only for turbine cost and performance, but also for operating and maintaining onshore wind farms. In just the last four years, operation and maintenance costs have dropped 38 percent.
Update on Thought-Controlled Robots
11/27/2012  14 comments
By focusing their attention on patterns shown on a PC screen, users can control which actions they want a robot to perform, where the robot moves, and how it interacts with its environment.
BASF, TenCate Join Forces on Car Composites
Engineering Materials 
11/26/2012  11 comments
BASF and TenCate Advanced Composites have joined forces to develop and produce glass and carbon continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics for high-volume car production.
NASA 3D Prints Rocket Engine Parts
Engineering Materials 
11/21/2012  24 comments
NASA is using 3D printing to build engine parts for its next-generation heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System.
Slideshow: Great Space Rovers
11/20/2012  31 comments
The Canadian Space Agency, makers of the International Space Station's 30-year robotic Canadarm project, is working on lunar and Mars robot rovers.
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Video: Robot Turns Your Dreams Into Art
11/16/2012  16 comments
Ever wondered what your nightly tossing, turning, and snoring would look like if turned into art by a robot? Winners of a chance to stay at a European hotel chain will find out when their sleep pattern data is captured by sensors and painted by an ABB robot.
Aluminum Aerospace Coating May Replace Toxic Chromates
11/15/2012  12 comments
A research team has developed an environmentally friendly, self-healing coating for the aluminum used in defense and aerospace applications.
3-Island Pacific Nation Goes 100 Percent Renewable
Engineering Materials 
11/14/2012  19 comments
A new system will make residents of a small Pacific nation dependent on solar power and biofuel from local coconuts for electricity.
Slideshow: Service Robots Can Do Most Anything
11/12/2012  41 comments
The range of services that robots can perform is extremely broad -- from assisting the elderly to cleaning polluted water to repairing spacecraft.
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Comment:Re: Cost - Ann R. Thryft-11/9/2012
Video: Robots Set to Explore Fukushima
11/9/2012  13 comments
The Japanese government is readying its Sakura robot to explore the disabled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear reactor buildings.
Aerospace Fasteners Mix It Up
Engineering Materials 
11/8/2012  8 comments
Fasteners and fastening systems for spacecraft and commercial aircraft are getting stronger, more reliable, and more varied.
First Civil Jet Flies on 100 Percent Non-Food Biofuel
Engineering Materials 
11/7/2012  28 comments
The first civil jet to fly on 100 percent biofuel that meets petroleum jet fuel specifications took to the skies Oct. 29 in a test flight in Ottawa, Ontario.
European Commission Limits Food-Based Biofuel
Engineering Materials 
11/2/2012  21 comments
The European Commission wants to limit the use of food crops as a source of biofuel and instead promote non-food sources, such as algae, straw, and various types of waste.
Underwater Robot Tracks Sand Tiger Sharks
11/1/2012  18 comments
An underwater robot is stalking sand tiger sharks tagged with transmitters to help University of Delaware researchers understand shark migration patterns and behavior as it happens.

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