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Engineering Update Episode #117: Brick-laying robot can build a house in two days

July 2, 2015 | Videos | Comments

This new robot can lay 1,000 bricks an hour. With a building plan programmed in, a 3D CAD design calculates the location of each brick, then uses its telescopic arm to set them in place and secures them with mortar—all from one set position.

 

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Surface mount electrolytic capacitors guaranteed to operate for 2,000 hours at 105°C.

July 2, 2015 3:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Nichicon Corporation has released a new line of surface mount electrolytic capacitors called the “UCH series.” This high-capacity, low impedance series is guaranteed to operate for 2,000 hours at 105°C...

Capacitors provide a low ESR at cold temperatures

July 2, 2015 3:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Nichicon Corporation has released a new line of surface mount electrolytic capacitors called the “UCH series.” The use of a new low-resistance electrolyte and a new internal structure provides a low ESR at cold temperatures that is needed in today’s harsh automotive environment....

Freezing single atoms to absolute zero with microwaves brings quantum technology closer

July 2, 2015 12:30 pm | by University of Sussex | News | Comments

Physicists at the University of Sussex have found a way of using everyday technology found in kitchen microwaves and mobile telephones to bring quantum physics closer to helping solve enormous scientific problems that the most powerful of today's supercomputers cannot even begin to embark upon...

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Meeting to cover cleanup plan for former nuke missile site

July 2, 2015 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to hold a public meeting about a proposal to use vegetable oil to stimulate the growth of naturally occurring bacteria that would clean up groundwater at a former nuclear missile site...

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Quantum-dot spectrometer is small enough to function within a smartphone

July 2, 2015 12:11 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Instruments that measure the properties of light, known as spectrometers, are widely used in physical, chemical, and biological research. These devices are usually too large to be portable, but MIT scientists have now shown they can create spectrometers small enough...

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Extreme lab at European X-ray laser XFEL is a go

July 2, 2015 12:05 pm | by Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) | News | Comments

The European Nanomedicine Characterization Laboratory (EU-NCL), which was launched on 1 June 2015, has a clear-cut goal: to help bring more nanomedicine candidates into the clinic and on the market, for the benefit of patients and the European pharmaceutical industry...

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This what happens when a corporation invests in STEM

July 2, 2015 12:04 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The TI University Program was created in 1982 and has since become global in scope reaching more than 500,000 students around the world every year....

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Federal funding for science & engineering at universities down 6%

July 2, 2015 11:47 am | by The National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Federal agencies obligated $29 billion to 995 science and engineering academic institutions in fiscal year 2013, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES)...

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Nanospiked bacteria are the brightest hard X-Ray emitters

July 2, 2015 11:39 am | by Tata Institute of Fundamental Research | News | Comments

In a step that overturns traditional assumptions and practice, researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhi Nagar have fashioned bacteria to emit intense, hard x-ray radiation...

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Lockheed tests electronic warfare pod in anechoic chamber

July 2, 2015 11:33 am | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin is testing an electronic warfare pod in the company's advanced anechoic chamber. The pod is designed to fit a variety of platforms, and is a self-contained electronic warfare package, encompassing an entire suite of capabilities...

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DC-DC converters operate over 4:1 input range

July 2, 2015 11:30 am | by TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the TDK-Lambda 30W CCG30G series of DC-DC converters. Operating over a 4:1 input range, these highly efficient products are enclosed in a 1 inch by 1 inch six-sided shielded metal case. Applications include data-communications, tele-communications, pro...

Power switch optimized for USB and hot-swap applications

July 2, 2015 11:30 am | by Diodes, Inc. | Diodes, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Optimized for USB and other hot-swap applications, the AP21410/AP21510 single-channel current limited power switches introduced by Diodes Incorporated are targeted at manufacturers of laptop computers, tablets and Chromebooks™, especially those deploying the new Type-C USB port. This family of power switches incorporates 0.4A current limiting, while operating ...

We're not alone -- but the Universe may be less crowded than we think

July 2, 2015 11:25 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the Universe then might be expected, suggests a new study based on simulations conducted using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, with resulting data....

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Dark matter map begins to reveal the Universe's early history

July 2, 2015 11:23 am | by National Institutes of Natural Sciences | News | Comments

Researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), the University of Tokyo and other institutions have begun a wide-area survey of the distribution of dark matter in the universe using Hyper Suprime-Cam...

Working out in artificial gravity

July 2, 2015 11:20 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have a number of exercise options, including a mechanical bicycle bolted to the floor, a weightlifting machine strapped to the wall, and a strap-down treadmill...

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