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Engineering Update #99: An exoskeleton without a power source

February 26, 2015 | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Most wearable exoskeletons are heavy duty contraptions with ravenous power requirements. Lockheed Martin’s Human Universal Load Carrier, or HULC, was a battery, hydraulic-powered load carriage platform designed to carry up to 200 pounds....

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F-35's helmet-mounted display system will cost a small fortune

February 26, 2015 4:47 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You’ve probably heard that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will cost a few shekels. But we don’t usually talk about the other money pit sucking up taxpayer dollars — the F-35’s helmet-mounted display system (HMDS), pegged at an absurd $770,000 apiece....

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Why this student became a biomedical engineer instead of a doctor

February 26, 2015 3:04 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Divya Baji, a final year PhD student at the Centre for Doctoral Training, Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, University of Leeds working on a project to develop a novel methodology  to test the performance of bone and cartilage substitutions in a natural knee joint using a knee simulator.

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New flow battery to keep big cities lit, green, and safe

February 26, 2015 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Ensuring the power grid keeps the lights on in large cities could be easier with a new battery design that packs far more energy than any other battery of its kind and size. The new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery, described in Nature Communications ...

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Warming up the world of superconductors

February 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A superconductor that works at room temperature was long thought impossible, but scientists at USC may have discovered a family of materials that could make it reality. A team led by Vitaly Kresin, professor of physics at USC, found that aluminum "superatoms" ...

ORNL signs agreement with Whirlpool Corp. to develop new energy-efficient refrigerator

February 26, 2015 2:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Whirlpool Corporation are collaborating to design a refrigerator that could cut energy use by up to 40 percent compared with current models. The goal of the cooperative research ...

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Surface-mount isolators support 80W for infrastructure applications

February 26, 2015 2:00 pm | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for twenty new surface mount isolators from RFCI. Available at popular base station frequencies from 728 to 2690MHz, these pin-style, surface mount isolators offer 500W peak forward power handling and 20-80W reverse power handling depending on ...

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Black hole collisions provide new insight about the most energetic event in the universe

February 26, 2015 2:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research by an astrophysicist at The University of Texas at Dallas provides revelations about the most energetic event in the universe -- the merging of two spinning, orbiting black holes into a much larger black hole....

Engineering Newswire: Bicycle hybrid reaches 100 MPH

February 26, 2015 1:45 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

The Raht Racer is calling itself the fastest pedal ride in the world, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph. The vehicle even has air-conditioning, a rear seat and trunk, and is safer than a motorcycle, with a reinforced carbon fiber body, roll cage frame ...

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Yale physicists find a new form of quantum friction

February 26, 2015 1:07 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

Physicists at Yale University have observed a new form of quantum friction that could serve as a basis for robust information storage in quantum computers in the future. The researchers are building upon decades of research, experimentally demonstrating a procedure theorized nearly 30 years ago....

New research predicts when, how materials will act

February 26, 2015 1:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In science, it's commonly known that materials can change in a number of ways when subjected to different temperatures, pressures or other environmental forces. A material might melt or snap in half. And for engineers, knowing when ...

Hollywood sign among historic LA sites in new Web database

February 26, 2015 1:00 pm | by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

From towering basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain's hillside home to downtown's towering art-deco high-rise buildings, Los Angeles is putting all its landmarks online. Planning and preservation officials gathered Tuesday on the observation tower ...

Motorola aims new phone at first-time smartphone buyers

February 26, 2015 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola is updating its low-cost smartphone, the Moto E, as it targets first-time smartphone buyers worldwide. Among the improvements over last year's model: The camera now has auto-focusing, whereas the older model had a fixed-focus lens that didn't ...

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Life-saving train design is rarely used

February 26, 2015 12:37 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the collision between a Southern California commuter train and a truck abandoned on the tracks was this: No one died and only eight people on board were admitted to hospitals....

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PSMA announces APEC 2015 Industry Session on nanotechnology

February 26, 2015 12:31 pm | News | Comments

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Nanotechnology Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2015 titled, “Nanotechnology — State and Federal Activities.” The session will take place on March 18, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m....

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Power Quality Training for Electrical Professionals

February 26, 2015 12:26 pm | Events

This 2-day learning event offers a combination of classroom style seminars with live demonstrations in real world settings. This seminar, presented by the Power Quality Specialists at Allied Industrial Marketing, Inc., provides an in-depth study of both Power Factor and Harmonics....

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