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Engineering Update #91: Controlling a robotic arm with your thoughts

December 22, 2014 | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

You might remember a few years ago when scientists discovered that, by inserting an implant in the brain of a quadriplegic woman, she was able to control a robot arm with just her thoughts. By implanting 96 contact points on the part of the brain that ...

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Drones become popular holiday gifts

December 23, 2014 4:38 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season. Drones — flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers — have "taken off" as popular gifts as novices have become just as interested in ...

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Hands on: Crafting ultrathin color coatings

December 23, 2014 4:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a sub-basement deep below the Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering at Harvard University, Mikhail Kats gets dressed. Mesh shoe covers, a face mask, a hair net, a pale gray jumpsuit, knee-high fabric boots, vinyl gloves, safety goggles ...

Have a safe and happy New Year!

December 23, 2014 3:30 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Your friends at ECN and Advantage Business Media would like to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and a safe and happy New Year! We have lots to look forward to in 2015 — the second annual ECN IMPACT Awards, the very first Young Mind Awards ...

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Piezoelectricity in a 2-D semiconductor

December 23, 2014 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A door has been opened to low-power off/on switches in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and nanoelectronic devices, as well as ultrasensitive bio-sensors, with the first observation of piezoelectricity in a free standing two-dimensional semiconductor by ...

NREL receives Editors' Choice Awards for supercomputer research

December 23, 2014 2:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two prestigious scientific magazines have awarded the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with Editors' Choice awards for the Peregrine high-performance computer and the groundbreaking research it made possible....

Using light to understand the brain

December 23, 2014 2:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UCL researchers have developed an innovative way to understand how the brain works by using flashes of light, allowing them to both 'read' and 'write' brain signals. The new technique, described in Nature Methods, combines two cutting-edge technologies for ...

The accurate elastodynamic equations for inhomogeneous media

December 23, 2014 2:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The elastodynamic equations for inhomogeneous media are crucial to the seismology, the NDT of composites, the elastic metamaterials, etc. Recently, Dr. XIANG Zhihai from the Applied Mechanics Laboratory, Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University ...

Reproducing the mechanical property of granular materials

December 23, 2014 2:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Mechanical property of granular materials in landslide is of great significance. A recent research demonstrates that the numerical triaxial apparatus based on discrete element method is able to simulate and reproduce the triaxial tests in laboratory, which is ...

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Watts up -- Planes go hybrid-electric

December 23, 2014 2:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Cambridge, in association with Boeing, have successfully tested the first aircraft to be powered by a parallel hybrid-electric propulsion system, where an electric motor and petrol engine work together to drive the ...

'Mind the gap' between atomically thin materials

December 23, 2014 1:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When it comes to engineering single-layer atomic structures, "minding the gap" will help researchers create artificial electronic materials one atomic layer at a time, according to a team of materials scientists. The gap is a miniscule vacuum that researchers ...

How electrons split: New evidence of exotic behaviors

December 23, 2014 1:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electrons may be seen as small magnets that also carry a negative electrical charge. On a fundamental level, these two properties are indivisible. However, in certain materials where the electrons are constrained in a quasi one-dimensional ...

Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas celebrates 40-year milestone with Texas Instruments

December 23, 2014 1:26 pm | News | Comments

Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas and supplier Texas Instruments Inc. are celebrating their 40-year business relationship. Together, Avnet and TI have innovated support models that give design chain and supply chain customers better access to ...

CES: A doorway to the future of the smarthome and Internet of Things

December 23, 2014 1:21 pm | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder of GreenPeak Technologies | Blogs | Comments

This year’s CES will be marked by a big change – this is the year that it seems everyone is excited by potential of the Internet of Things. CES has recognized this movement by essentially concentrating all the activities in this space and dedicating the Sands Expo facility ...

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Smartphone thumb skills are altering our brains

December 23, 2014 1:03 pm | by University of Zurich | News | Comments

Every region of the body -- from the toes to the jaw and tongue -- has a particular processing area in our emotional center in the brain, the somatosensory cortex. These areas are flexible and can change. In the case of violinists, for instance, the area ...

2 astronauts will expand envelope with 1-year spaceflight

December 23, 2014 12:58 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The two men assigned to a one-year spaceflight said Thursday that their upcoming mission will allow the world to push deeper into space. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will rocket into orbit from Kazakhstan in ...

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