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Engineering Newswire: Half-drone, half-satellite StratoBus prototype

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 1:40pm

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re creating nanoscale fingerprints, building a fully-functional desktop human, and building a fleet of half drone, half satellite StratoBuses. This episode features:

Desktop human 'body': A new project from the Los Alamos National Laboratory is on the brink of revolutionizing the way new drugs and toxic agents are screened on desktop surrogate human organs.Using highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, the ATHENA project team is developing four human organ constructs, a lung that breathes, a heart that pumps, a liver that metabolizes and a kidney that excretes, each based on a miniaturized platform.

Half-drone, half-satellite: A project known as StratoBus has emerged from Thales in France. StratoBus totes the potential of precise, autonomous observation and communications assistance, and the first prototype from Thales is expected in the next five years.

See: Photos of the Day: The half-drone, half-satellite StratoBus

Nanoscale fingerprints: With all the advances in technology, counterfeiting of high-end electronics is continuing to grow, so a group of South Korean researchers have created unique patterns from tiny, randomly scattered silver nanowires. These nanoscale fingerprints have an average length of 10 to 50 micrometers, and have the potential to be used, not only on high-end electronics, but also used on drugs, credit cards, and bank notes.

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