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Video: Robot Has Roach-Like Reflexes
Blog 
6/28/2012  30 comments
A fast-moving robot can perform acrobat-like flips mimicking the movements of cockroaches and geckos, which could help it become a model for small, highly mobile search-and-rescue robots to assist first responders.
Video: Swimming Robot Mimics Humans
Blog 
6/27/2012  24 comments
A swimming robot that faithfully mimics human motions better than previous attempts could help produce more streamlined swimsuits, improve the performance of competitive swimmers, or serve as an aid in physical therapy.
Slideshow: Nautical Robots Rule the Waves
Blog 
6/25/2012  21 comments
A large number of robots have been designed to operate in or near water, whether fresh water or the salty seas.
Comment:Re: CORNING - Ann R. Thryft-6/21/2012
Body Armor Is Inspired by Shrimp
Engineering Materials 
6/21/2012  17 comments
The mantis shrimp's club-like arms have a unique structure that makes them strong, tough, and lightweight. The structure could be adapted to make better body armor for soldiers, as well as stronger, more rugged military vehicle frames.
Comment:Re: CORNING - Ann R. Thryft-6/20/2012
Video: Robots Recognize Human Gestures
Blog 
6/20/2012  14 comments
Researchers at Singapore's A*Star Institute for Infocomm Research have created gesture recognition software that lets robots recognize human gestures correctly and quickly, with minimal training.
Airbus Delays Repair of Cracked A380 Wings
Engineering Materials 
6/19/2012  37 comments
Airbus has reportedly delayed making long-term repairs to the composite/metal wings of its A380 jet, which have developed hairline cracks due to materials and fastener mismatches.
Comment:Re: CORNING - Ann R. Thryft-6/18/2012
Test Flights Start for Titanium-Blade Engine
News 
6/18/2012  5 comments
Pratt & Whitney recently started flight tests of its PurePower PW1200G engine family. Like other engines in the PurePower Geared Turbofan engine program, the PW1217G's fan blades incorporate titanium, not composites.
Plastics, Adhesives & Coatings Miniaturize Products
Engineering Materials 
6/15/2012  12 comments
A wide array of materials aid engineers in the miniaturization of medical and consumer electronics and solar power equipment.
Virgin's SpaceShipTwo Gets Green Light for Powered Tests
Blog 
6/14/2012  13 comments
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo commercial spaceship, made primarily of carbon composites, has gotten an FAA experimental launch permit for rocket-powered, suborbital test flights.
Corning's Paper-Thin, Flexible Display Glass
Engineering Materials 
6/13/2012  15 comments
Corning says its 100-micron Willow Glass is the first display material that can be made in high-volume roll-to-roll manufacturing processes for consumer electronics.
Open-Source Software Extends Robots' Reach
Blog 
6/8/2012  21 comments
A new foundation will support the development of open-source robotics software to bring more sophisticated abilities like motion planning to industrial robots.
All-Plastic Electronics Power Flexible Color Display
Engineering Materials 
6/7/2012  32 comments
A flexible color display developed for an e-reader being tested in Russian schools is daylight readable, and has applications that go beyond conventional e-readers.
Metals Still Rule in Lightweighting
Engineering Materials 
6/6/2012  17 comments
The biggest transportation lightweighting role in the near term will be played by high-performance metals such as aluminum and advanced high-strength steel, according to LUX Research.
Sustainable Packaging on Menu for European Consortium
News 
6/4/2012  25 comments
The ISA-Pack consortium is developing innovative, sustainabale packaging films to reduce food spoilage and packaging waste.
Comment:Re: BOTS - Ann R. Thryft-6/1/2012
Lamborghini Uses Carbon-Fiber Seats in Latest Roadster
News 
6/1/2012  26 comments
The Lamborghini Aventador J roadster not only uses carbon-fiber composites throughout the car, but also features a new interior upholstery material called CarbonSkin.


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