Soft, Energy-Efficient Robotic Wings
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Posted April 1, 2015 by in News
Dielectric elastomers are novel materials for making actuators or motors with soft and lightweight properties that can undergo large active deformations with high-energy conversion efficiencies. This ...
           
More Efficient Turning for Electric Vehicles
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Posted March 31, 2015 by in News
The project “Intelligent Assisted Steering System with Optimum Energy Efficiency for Electric Vehicles (e²-Lenk)” subsidized by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) focu...
           
High-Precision Radar for the Steel Industry
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Posted March 30, 2015 by in News
Steel is the most important material in vehicle and machinery construction. Large quantities of offcuts and scraps are left over from rolling and milling crude steel into strip steel. New radar from F...
           
Novel Sensor System Provides Continuous Smart Monitoring of Machinery and Plant Equipment
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Posted March 27, 2015 by in News
A new method of continuously monitoring the status of machinery is currently being developed by a research team led by Professor Andreas Schütze of Saarland University. The mobile tablet-based system...
           
Rare-Earth Innovation to Improve Nylon Manufacturing
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Posted March 26, 2015 by in News
The Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by the Ames Labratory, has created a new chemical process that makes use of the widely available rare-earth metal ceriu...
           
Sensor Cable Monitors Fences of All Kinds and Can Even Detect Low-Level Drone Fly-Bys
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Posted March 25, 2015 by in News
Fenced-in areas, such as airports, nuclear power stations, industrial sites, or private plots of land, can now be monitored thanks to novel sensor technology that has been developed by a team of exper...
           
Airships: The Future of Aviation?
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Posted March 24, 2015 by in News
Researchers from the University of Lincoln, UK, have completed a three year investigation into stratospheric passenger airships as part of a multi-national engineering project designed to provide a fu...
           
The Welding System of the Future is Self-Learning
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Posted March 23, 2015 by in News
Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) is developing an entirely new kind of welding system, one which solves quality and productivity problems related to automated and mechanised welding. The sy...
           
Scientists Invent New Way to Control Light, Critical for Next Gen of Super Computing
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Posted March 20, 2015 by in News
A device resembling a plastic honeycomb yet infinitely smaller than a bee’s stinger can steer light beams around tighter curves than ever before possible, while keeping the integrity and intensity o...
           
Electronic Waste has Energy Value
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Posted March 19, 2015 by in News
Using discarded electronic boards, the UPV/EHU researcher Andoni Salbidegoitia has, in collaboration with international researchers, developed a system for obtaining clean hydrogen that can be used as...
           
Towards ‘Printed’ Organic Solar Cells and LEDs
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Posted March 18, 2015 by in News
Flexible optoelectronic devices that can be produced roll-to-roll – much like newspapers are printed – are a highly promising path to cheaper devices such as solar cells and LED lighting panels. S...
           
Winter Hack: Textured Rubber That Grips Slick, Icy Surfaces
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Posted March 17, 2015 by in News
Winter storms dumped records amounts of snow on the East Coast and other regions of the country this February, leaving treacherous, icy sidewalks and roads in their wake. Now researchers from Canada a...
           
Maps Predict Strength of Structures
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Posted March 16, 2015 by in News
Mother-of-pearl, the iridescent layer in the shells of some mollusks, inspired a Rice University study that will help scientists and engineers judge the ultimate strength, stiffness and toughness of c...
           
Address Long-standing Mysteries Behind Anti-wear Motor Oil Additive
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Posted March 13, 2015 by in News
The pistons in your car engine rub up against their cylinder walls thousands of times a minute; without lubrication in the form of motor oil, they and other parts of the engine would quickly wear away...
           
Flight and Nuclear Safety Boosted by Sound Research
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Posted March 12, 2015 by in News
A system for using sound waves to spot potentially dangerous cracks in pipes, aircraft engines and nuclear power plants has been developed by a University of Strathclyde academic. A study found that t...
           
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