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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.
Video: 3D Printing With Moon Rocks
Engineering Materials 
12/26/2012  20 comments
Washington State University engineers have 3D-printed some simple-shaped objects using a lunar regolith simulant, an artificial version of the mixture of loose dust, rock, and soil that covers solid bedrock.
Injection Molding Goes High Volume
Engineering Materials 
12/21/2012  14 comments
Injection molding processes and techniques are being adapted to the high-volume production needs of automotive, medical, and aerospace applications.
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.
Video: Toshiba Develops Fukushima Robot
Blog 
12/18/2012  6 comments
Toshiba has built a robot to conduct investigative and recovery work in dangerous locations such as damaged nuclear plants.
Video: Robot Swarm Channels Beethoven
Blog 
12/17/2012  11 comments
A swarm of robots uses spatio-temporal routing algorithms to deploy the fewest members and travel the shortest distance possible while playing "Fur Elise."
Comment:Re: Gravity - Ann R. Thryft-12/14/2012
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?
Comment:Re: Gravity - Ann R. Thryft-12/13/2012
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.
Video: DARPA Stair-Climbing Robot Gets Arms
Blog 
12/11/2012  8 comments
A humanoid robot that robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics has been developing for DARPA now has arms. Is this a good thing?
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.
Stanford Engineers Invent All-Carbon Solar Cell
Engineering Materials 
12/6/2012  20 comments
In a major first, researchers at Stanford University have built a prototype of an all-carbon solar cell that includes carbon nanotubes in the photoactive layer and in the electrodes.
Slideshow: Robotic Medical Assistants
Blog 
12/4/2012  17 comments
Medical robots are helping with surgery, diagnostics, and remote presence.


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