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Slideshow: Anatomy of a Composite-Heavy Jetliner
Engineering Materials 
5/31/2013  21 comments
The airframe of Airbus's A350 XWB consists of a bigger proportion of carbon-fiber-reinforced composite structures than any other commercial jet to date: over 53 percent by weight.
Bioplastic's Algae Content Raised to 51% for Injection Molding
Engineering Materials 
5/29/2013  19 comments
Bioplastic manufacturing leader Cereplast has increased the post-industrial biomatter content of its second injection-molding grade of algae-based resin to 51%.
NASA Tests Biofuel, Reports Reduced Emissions
Engineering Materials 
5/28/2013  7 comments
Initial reports from NASA's first round of flight tests of a jet biofuel based on camelina plants show fewer emissions than from conventional jet fuel.
Slideshow: Composites Help Disintegrate Spacecraft Fuel Tanks
Engineering Materials 
5/22/2013  9 comments
Carbon fiber composites are being used in a satellite fuel tank designed to burn up on re-entry.
Slideshow: Feds Study Human Brain; DARPA Wants to Make Robots Autonomous
Blog 
5/20/2013  15 comments
The government wants to study your brain, and DARPA wants to use similar information to give robots true autonomy beyond any artificial intelligence developed to date. Sound like science fiction? It's not.
Video: Worm Hooks Inspire Better Bandages
Engineering Materials 
5/17/2013  16 comments
Inspired by the hooks a parasitic worm uses to penetrate its host's intestines, the Karp Lab has invented a flexible adhesive patch covered with microneedles that adheres well to wet, soft tissues, but doesn't cause damage when removed.
Video: Seahorse Armor Inspires Robot Design
Engineering Materials 
5/16/2013  5 comments
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego are designing a robotic arm that takes inspiration from the loose, flexible, yet very strong structure of the armored plates on a seahorse's tail.
How to Make Light Go Faster
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2013  21 comments
Researchers at the Missouri University of Science & Technology have designed a new nanoscale material that can transmit light faster than the 186,000 miles per second it usually takes to travel through air.
Green Power Breaks Records in the West
Engineering Materials 
5/10/2013  74 comments
It has often been said that as California goes, so goes the nation. This spring, the state's wind power is setting energy generation records and solar energy generation is expected to rise sharply during the second half of 2013.
Slideshow: Next-Gen Wave Glider Robot Propelled by Solar
Engineering Materials 
5/7/2013  21 comments
The latest model of Liquid Robotics' Wave Glider autonomous, unmanned marine vehicle (UMV), the SV3, is reportedly the world's first hybrid wave- and solar-power-propelled unmanned ocean robot.
Slideshow: Architects Make Curves With Carbon Composites
Engineering Materials 
5/3/2013  47 comments
Composites are helping architects make highly unusual curved and freeform shapes in large buildings in the Middle East.
Video: NASA Working on Lunar Mining Robot
Blog 
5/2/2013  22 comments
NASA is working on a robot for lunar mining operations to produce rocket propellant, water, air, or construction materials for astronauts.


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