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Safety sensors and switches sales revenues estimated to cross $3 billion mark by 2020

March 25, 2015 9:27 am | by IndustryARC | Comments

Safety sensors and systems as part of different equipment play a vital role to ensure safety of employees and workers in factories and production units across industry verticals. These products act as a bridge between human and machine interaction....

Snake robots learn to turn by following the lead of real sidewinders

March 25, 2015 9:03 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

March 24, 2015 Atlanta, GA Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University who develop snake-like robots have picked up a few tricks from real sidewinder rattlesnakes on how to make rapid and even sharp turns with their undulating, modular device.

Tiny bio-robot is a germ suited-up with graphene quantum dots

March 25, 2015 9:01 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

As nanotechnology makes possible a world of machines too tiny to see, researchers are finding ways to combine living organisms with nonliving machinery to solve a variety of problems. Like other first-generation bio-robots, the new nanobot engineered at the University of Illinois at Chicago is a...

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UW scientists build a nanolaser using a single atomic sheet

March 24, 2015 11:58 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Washington scientists have built a new nanometer-sized laser -- using the thinnest semiconductor available today -- that is energy efficient, easy to build and compatible with existing electronics. Lasers play essential roles in countless technologies....

Building shape inspires new material discovery

March 24, 2015 11:51 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists inspired by the radical shape of a Canberra building have created a new type of material which enables scientists to put a perfect bend in light. The creation of a so-called topological insulator could transform the telecommunications industry's drive....

OU engineering researcher reshapes military communications

March 24, 2015 11:45 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Military operations rely heavily on communications tools to connect soldiers in the field with operations at base. But the large, shiny, metal "whip" antennae widely used in the military become cumbersome and limit mobility while also drawing undue attention....

Colliding stars explain enigmatic 17th century explosion

March 24, 2015 11:41 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New observations made with APEX and other telescopes reveal that the star that European astronomers saw appear in the sky in 1670 was not a nova, but a much rarer, violent breed of stellar collision. It was spectacular enough to be easily seen with the naked eye....

Are you willing to pay to watch video clips online?

March 24, 2015 11:36 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Would you pay to see some of the Internet's best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet and mobile devices, is betting on it. Instead of free-for-all distribution supported solely by advertising, Vessel will charge $3 per month....

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Test trial to use computer servers to heat homes

March 24, 2015 11:28 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An energy company is joining forces with a tech startup to harness computing power to heat homes in the Netherlands. Eneco, a Dutch-based energy company with more than 2 million customers, said Tuesday it is installing "e-Radiators" - computer servers ...

Metals used in high-tech products face future supply risks

March 24, 2015 8:03 am | by Yale University | Comments

Yale researchers assessed the “criticality” of all 62 metals on the Periodic Table of Elements, providing key insights into which materials might become more difficult to find in the coming decades, which ones will exact the highest environmental costs — and which ones simply cannot be replaced as ...

Educating engineers to meet grand challenges

March 24, 2015 8:02 am | by Duke University | Comments

Duke Engineering is co-leading a national initiative that promises to transform engineering education—and change the world. In a letter of commitment presented to President Barack Obama today, Duke and more than 120 other U.S....

NASA announces teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

March 24, 2015 8:02 am | by NASA | Comments

Nearly 100 high school and college teams from around the world will race against each other during NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 17-18 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Participating teams are from 15 states and Puerto Rico, as well as international teams...

Black holes and the dark sector explained by quantum gravity

March 23, 2015 3:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Ask any theoretical physicist on what are the most profound mysteries in physics and you will be surprised if she mentions anything other than Quantum Gravity and the Dark Sector. Questions such as how do we reconcile GR and Quantum Theory? What is Dark Matter?

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Utilisation of smartwatches in situations requiring alert

March 23, 2015 1:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

VTT Technical Research of Centre Ltd has developed various kinds of software for smartwatches that utilise speech recognition in social communication and show smart traffic data on the watch display. Now, you no longer need to take a peek around a bend ...

US engineering schools to educate 20,000 students to tackle grand challenges

March 23, 2015 1:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a letter of commitment presented to President Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair today, more than 120 U.S. engineering schools announced plans to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some ...

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