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Muscle-powered bio-bots walk on command

July 1, 2014 1:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated a class of walking "bio-bots" powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses, giving researchers unprecedented command over their function. The group published its work in the online early edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science....

New Wayne State research to improve energy efficiency and lessen environmental pollutants

July 1, 2014 1:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A Wayne State University professor has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the agency's most prestigious award for up-and-coming researchers in science and engineering. The five-year, nearly $406,000 grant was awarded to Eranda Nikolla, Ph.D....

Scientists engineer nanoparticles to prevent bone cancer, strengthen bones

July 1, 2014 1:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A research collaboration between Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) has utilized nanomedicine technologies to develop a drug-delivery system that can precisely target and attack cancer cells in the bone, as well as increase bone strength and volume to prevent bone cancer progression....

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Waste heat could be new source of clean energy

July 1, 2014 12:52 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

About two-thirds of all the energy we use in computers, in cars, in making products such as steel—is lost as heat. That energy does not do anything useful, and yet we are paying for it all the same. MechSE Assistant Professor Sanjiv Sinha, with the help of...

Nanotechnology for a sustainable future, new book offers insights

July 1, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nanotechnology offers solutions to pressing global issues, but they also have the potential to lead to unexpected risks and unintended consequences. A newly released book, Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety: Risk, Regulation and Management, offers insights into how these new technologies may be applied....

Stanford engineers envision an electronic switch just 3 atoms thick

July 1, 2014 12:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Do not fold, spindle or mutilate. Those instructions were once printed on punch cards that fed data to mainframe computers. Today's smart phones process more data, but they still weren't built for being shoved into back pockets. In the quest to build gadgets that can survive such abuse, engineers have been testing electronic systems....

Photobomb elimination: An innovative approach for image-completion software

July 1, 2014 12:16 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

With image-editing software like Adobe Photoshop, adding a missing face into a group photo is rather simple. Removals, however—perhaps omitting a photobomber from the same image—are much less straightforward. Content must be created; a gap must be filled....

Photos of the Day: NASA’s ISSpresso machine weighs 44 lbs.

July 1, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Certified for safety and approved by NASA, ISSpresso initially will fly with 20 coffee capsules. Extra packets will follow for the six-member crew, if the trial run goes well. The 44-pound machine — a compact 14 inches by 17 inches — will be housed ...

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Spansion joins ZigBee Alliance

July 1, 2014 10:09 am | Comments

Spansion Inc. announced it joined the ZigBee Alliance. Through active participation in the ZigBee Alliance, Spansion will continue to contribute to open standards and technology collaboration to accelerate the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT)....

Infographic: Tech conferences around the world Summer/Fall 2014

July 1, 2014 10:06 am | Comments

Check out this infographic for tech conferences happening across the industry (and around the world) for Summer and Fall 2014. Includes several recent conferences along with shows happening as early as October and as late as December....

EU slashes mobile data roaming fees by 55 percent

June 30, 2014 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The European Union says the surcharges for surfing the Internet on mobile devices while traveling across the 28-nation bloc will be more than halved. The European Commission says the new cap on the so-called roaming fees will be effective starting Tuesday, just in time for the summer holiday travel season....

Caterpillar, Argonne undertake cooperative virtual engine design, control project

June 30, 2014 4:14 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

Internal combustion engines are poised for dramatic breakthroughs in improving efficiency with lower emissions, thanks in part to low-temperature combustion regimes. Such regimes show great efficiency and emissions potential, but they present optimization and control challenges....

Photos of the Day: Flying saucer lands safely

June 30, 2014 3:28 pm | by NASA | Comments

This test was the first of three planned for the LDSD project, developed to evaluate new landing technologies for future Mars missions. While this initial test was designed to determine the flying ability of the vehicle, it also deployed two new landing technologies as a bonus....

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19th century math tactic gets a makeover -- and yields answers up to 200 times faster

June 30, 2014 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A relic from long before the age of supercomputers, the 169-year-old math strategy called the Jacobi iterative method is widely dismissed today as too slow to be useful. But thanks to a curious, numbers-savvy Johns Hopkins engineering student and his professor, it may soon get a new lease on life....

Researchers create quantum dots with single-atom precision

June 30, 2014 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of physicists from the Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik (PDI) in Berlin, Germany, NTT Basic Research Laboratories in Atsugi, Japan, and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has used a scanning tunneling microscope to create quantum dots with identical, deterministic sizes....

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