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Photos of the Day: Giant robotic creature is 14-feet tall

July 24, 2014 | by Stratasys Ltd. | Comments

The giant creature was designed by artists at the Stan Winston School. Engineers and technicians at Legacy Effects — the studio that brought to life Iron Man, Avatar, Pacific Rim and RoboCop characters — worked closely with Stratasys to build dozens of 3D-printed parts to create the character....

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K-12 teachers gain experience with nanotechnology research

July 29, 2014 11:49 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

Nanotechnology, as a word, tends to enter the vocabulary late. High-school students have “heard the term and have a sense of it being about very tiny things,” said Terry Koker, a chemistry teacher at Mahomet-Seymour High School. “But that’s about the extent of what their prior knowledge is.”

Prolonged electrical stimulation causes no damage to sacral nerve roots in rabbits

July 29, 2014 11:44 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Previous studies have shown that, anode block electrical stimulation of the sacral nerve root can produce physiological urination and reconstruct urinary bladder function in rabbits. However, whether long-term anode block electrical stimulation causes damage to the sacral nerve root remains unclear....

New gadget helps the vision-impaired to read graphs

July 29, 2014 11:39 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

People who are blind can now read more than just words, such as graphs and graphics, following the development of an affordable digital reading system by Curtin University researchers. Opening up new career paths and educational opportunities for people with vision impairment....

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A new brain-based marker of stress susceptibility

July 29, 2014 11:37 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Some people can handle stressful situations better than others, and it's not all in their genes: Even identical twins show differences in how they respond. Researchers have identified a specific electrical pattern in the brains of genetically identical mice that predicts how well individual animals will fare in stressful situations....

Optimum inertial self-propulsion design for snowman-like nanorobot

July 29, 2014 11:35 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scale plays a major role in locomotion. Swimming microorganisms, such as bacteria and spermatozoa, are subjected to relatively small inertial forces compared to the viscous forces exerted by the surrounding fluid. Such low-level inertia makes self-propulsion a major challenge....

Gun law forces Beretta out of Maryland

July 29, 2014 8:53 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Beretta U.S.A. announced that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee. The well-known gun maker said it will move to a new production facility it is building in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin that is set to open in mid-2015....

Engineers developing safer, more accurate tracer round

July 29, 2014 8:20 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., are researching a way to develop a new type of tracer round that not only would perform its function during the day as well as night, but also improve shooter accuracy and keep Soldiers safer by reducing their visual signature.

China investigating Microsoft in monopoly case

July 29, 2014 8:15 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

China's anti-monopoly agency has announced an investigation of Microsoft Corp., stepping up pressure on foreign technology companies. The agency said Tuesday it opened a case in June after complaints that Microsoft violated an anti-monopoly law by failing to publish all documentation related to...

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Physicists unlock nature of high-temperature superconductivity

July 28, 2014 4:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists have identified the "quantum glue" that underlies a promising type of superconductivity -- a crucial step towards the creation of energy superhighways that conduct electricity without current loss. The research, published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is a collaboration....

Researchers discover cool-burning flames in space, could lead to better engines on earth

July 28, 2014 4:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of international researchers has discovered a new type of cool burning flames that could lead to cleaner, more efficient engines for cars. The discovery was made during a series of experiments on the International Space Station by a team led by Forman Williams, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering....

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Superconductivity could form at high temperatures in layered 2D crystals

July 28, 2014 3:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An elusive state of matter called superconductivity could be realized in stacks of sheetlike crystals just a few atoms thick, a trio of physicists has determined. Superconductivity, the flow of electrical current without resistance, is usually found in materials chilled to the most frigid temperatures....

US increases duties for Chinese solar PV components and extends to Taiwanese products

July 28, 2014 3:19 pm | by DisplaySearch | Comments

The US Department of Commerce DOC released its preliminary findings in its anti-dumping (AD) investigation concerning Chinese and Taiwanese solar PV components, confirming that the DOC found evidence of dumping. Preliminary rates were set forth that vary by both country and specific company....

Glow in space is evidence of a hot bubble in our galaxy

July 28, 2014 2:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When we look up to the heavens on a clear night, we see an immense dark sky with uncountable stars. With a small telescope we can also see galaxies, nebulae, and the disks of planets. If you look at the sky with an X-ray detector, you would see many of these same familiar objects....

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Wyss Institute's technology translation engine launches 'Organs-on-Chips' company

July 28, 2014 2:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University today announced that its human 'Organs-on-Chips' technology will be commercialized by a newly formed private company to accelerate development of pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetic, and personalized medicine products....

Serial time-encoded amplified microscopy for ultrafast imaging based on multi-wavelength laser

July 28, 2014 2:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Ultrafast real-time optical imaging is an effective and important tool for studying dynamical events, such as shock waves, neural activity, laser surgery and chemical dynamics in living cells. Limited by the frame rate, conventional imaging system such as charge-coupled device (CCD) ...

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