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Engineering Newswire: Electric scooter unfolds in a second

November 20, 2014 2:10 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Kleefer, a France based company specializing in light electric vehicles for the urban mobility market has partnered with Solvay Engineering Plastics to unveil its unfolding scooter. The foldable scooter was specially designed for intermodal mobility in ...

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Health screening for industrial machines

November 20, 2014 2:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Metal forming machines have to withstand considerable forces and yet remain in operation for a long time. When cold forming parts for automobiles, washing machines, refrigerators and the like, the exerted pressure can easily amount to several ...

Versatile bonding for lightweight components

November 20, 2014 1:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Shedding pounds is all the rage these days and the global trend toward weight reduction has even spread to the automobile industry. Cars are to get even lighter - using new materials such as ultra-high-strength steels or carbon, and carbon-fiber ...

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New technique allows ultrasound to penetrate bone, metal

November 20, 2014 1:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique that allows ultrasound to penetrate bone or metal, using customized structures that offset the distortion usually caused by these so-called "aberrating layers." "We've designed ...

Fundamental research continues to advance cooperative robots

November 20, 2014 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

From disaster recovery to caring for the elderly in the home, scientists and engineers are developing robots that can handle critical tasks in close proximity to humans, safely and with greater resilience than previous generations of intelligent ...

Brain training using sounds can help aging brain ignore distractions

November 20, 2014 1:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As we age, we have an increasingly harder time ignoring distractions. But new research online November 20 in the Cell Press journal Neuron reveals that by learning to make discriminations of a sound amidst progressively more disruptive distractions ...

Research shows how much we ignore online warnings

November 20, 2014 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Say you ignored one of those "this website is not trusted" warnings and it led to your computer being hacked. How would you react? Would you: A. Quickly shut down your computer? B. Yank out the cables? C. Scream in cyber terror? For a group of ...

3-D printer powered up on the International Space Station

November 20, 2014 1:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

This week, NASA took a big step toward changing the way we plan for long-duration space voyages when astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore successfully installed and prepared the first 3-D printer for upcoming manufacturing operations on the ...

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NRL scientists discover novel metamaterial properties within hexagonal boron nitride

November 20, 2014 1:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Manchester, U.K.; Imperial College, London; University of California San Diego; and the National Institute of Material Science (NIMS), Japan, have ...

Spiraling light, nanoparticles, and insights into life's structure

November 20, 2014 11:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As hands come in left and right versions that are mirror images of each other, so do the amino acids and sugars within us. But unlike hands, only the left-oriented amino acids and the right-oriented sugars ever make into life as we know it. Scientists know ...

Two new baryon particles discovered

November 20, 2014 10:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Today an international team of researchers announced the discovery of two new particles in the baryon family, which makes them cousins of the familiar proton and neutron. The LHCb collaboration at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research ...

Pac-Man instead of patch: Using video games to improve lazy eye, depth perception

November 20, 2014 10:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have created video games that add an important element of fun to the repetitive training needed to improve vision in people - including adults - with a lazy eye and poor depth perception. The training tools, including a Pac-Man-style ...

Unravelling the mystery of gamma-ray bursts

November 20, 2014 10:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of scientists hope to trace the origins of gamma-ray bursts with the aid of giant space 'microphones'. Researchers at Cardiff University are trying to work out the possible sounds scientists might expect to hear when the ultra-sensitive LIGO ...

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A path to brighter images and more efficient LCD displays

November 20, 2014 10:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light. Polarizers are indispensable in ...

Image-recognition software greatly improves web searches

November 19, 2014 5:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues have created an artificial intelligence software that uses photos to locate documents on the Internet with far greater accuracy than ever before. The new system, which was tested on photos and is now ...

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