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Vascular Self-Healing System Allows Composite Materials to Repair Multiple Times

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  yesterday

Zothecula (1870348) writes "We've seen numerous examples of self-healing polymers that allow materials to repair themselves after being damaged. One of the more common approaches involves the use of embedded microcapsules that release a healing agent when damaged. Researchers have expanded on this idea to develop a new technique that brings self-healing capabilities to fiber-reinforced composite materials, like those used in airplanes and automobiles."
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Novel Technique Produces Ethanol From Carbon Monoxide

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  2 days ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Ethanol may be touted as a more eco-friendly alternative to fossil fuels, but it's not without its own drawbacks. Most importantly, the corn or other plants required as feedstock often take up field space that could otherwise be put to use growing food crops. Also, as with other plants, the feedstock crops require large amounts of water and fertilizer. Now, however, scientists at Stanford University have devised a method of producing liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas."
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Bio-engineered Vaginas Grown From Patients' Own Cells

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  2 days ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome is a genetic condition in which girls are born either without a vagina, or with one that's underdeveloped. While there are ways of addressing the situation, they're not without their drawbacks. Now, however, four young women have shown great success with implanted vaginal organs that were grown from their own cells."
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Wearable Thermoelectric Generator Could Extend Your Smartwatch's Battery Life

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  2 days ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a lightweight, flexible and high-efficiency thermoelectric generator that can harness your body heat to generate a small amount of electricity. The device could be used to extend the battery life of low-power wearable devices."
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AT Black Knight Transformer Takes to the Air for the First Time

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about a week ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Following on from driving tests that wound up in December last year, the Black Knight Transformer prototype demonstrator has taken to the air for the first time. California-based Advanced Tactics, Inc., announced its vehicle, which combines the capabilities of a helicopter and an off-road vehicle, completed its first flight tests last month, being remotely piloted at an undisclosed location in Southern California."
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Researchers Use Google Glass to Help Parkinson's Sufferers

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about a week ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Researchers at Newcastle University in the UK have conducted a study into how Google Glass can be used to assist sufferers of Parkinson’s disease. The team is working directly with patients to develop straightforward and useful technology that will help sufferers cope with the disease, while aiding them in becoming more independent."
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New US Time Standard Launched With NIST-F2 Atomic Clock

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about a week ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "If you’re someone who is happy to spend an hour setting the clock on the microwave because it has to be just right, then the news out of the US Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is right up your alley. NIST has announced the launch of a new atomic clock as the official standard for civilian time. Called NIST-F2, it is so accurate that it will lose only one second in 300 million years."
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Festo's BionicKangaroo Gets the Hop on Energy-Efficiency

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about two weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Festo’s BionicKangaroo is yet another impressive addition to the company’s already mind-blowing bionic zoo that includes, among other things, bionic seagulls, dragonflies, flying penguins, elephant trunks and a whole selection of robotic marine critters. Just like its animal cousin, the robo-marsupial developed by Fasto’s Bionic Learning Network is able to store energy from the landing phase of a jump and reuse it efficiently on subsequent jumps. The technology developed for the BionicKangaroo may hold the key to more energy-efficient machines based on both pneumatic and electric drive technologies."
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges in 30 Seconds

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about two weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "At Microsoft’s Think Next symposium in Tel Aviv, Israeli startup StoreDot has demonstrated the prototype of a nanodot-based smartphone battery it claims can fully charge in just under 30 seconds. With the company having plans for mass production, this technology could change the way we interact with portable electronics, and perhaps even help realize the dream of a fast-charging electric car."
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3D-Printed UAV Can Go From Not Existing to Flying Within 24 Hours

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about two weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Because 3D printing allows one-off items to be created quickly and cheaply, it should come as no surprise that the technology has already been used to produce unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs. Engineers at the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC), however, have taken things a step farther. They've made a 3D-printed UAV airframe that's designed to minimize the amount of material needed in its construction, and that can be printed and in the air within a single day."
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DARPA Embraces Nature With Establishment of Biological Technologies Office

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about two weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "From robotics to optics and forgery prevention to solar cells, biomimicry has proven fertile ground for researchers. Recognizing nature's potential in the development of new technologies, DARPA has announced the establishment of the Biological Technologies Office (BTO), a new division that aims to "merge biology, engineering, and computer science to harness the power of natural systems for national security.""
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Scientists Confirm the Discovery of the First Ringed Minor Planet

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about two weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "With the use of seven telescopes spread across South America, observers have confirmed the unlikely discovery of a double ring surrounding the minor planet Chariklo, which holds orbit between Saturn and Uranus. Previously rings have only been found around giant planets, the most dramatic of which, Saturn, shines easily visible to the naked eye in the night sky."
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StratoBus Seeks to Occupy the Midpoint Between Airship and Satellite

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about three weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Satellites may be very useful for communications, navigation and other applications, but they're awfully expensive to build and launch, and once they're in orbit ... well, there's no reusing them. That's why a consortium led by Thales Alenia Space is developing the StratoBus. It's a planned autonomous airship that can be launched like a regular blimp, but that will be able to hover at an altitude of 20 km (12 miles) – that's up in the stratosphere, hence the name."
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Nasal Spray Could Provide Highly-Targeted Treatment for Depression

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about three weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "A nasal spray containing a specially-developed protein peptide could form the basis for highly-targeted treatment for depression, new research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has shown. The peptide, when delivered in spray from, was found to relieve symptoms of depression, with the lead researcher hopeful of little to no side-effects."
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JPL Develops Space Flowers to Help Find Earth-Like Planets

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about three weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Apparently NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, thinks that what space exploration in the 21st century needs is spacecraft that are a bit more botanical. The center has released a video showing off its starshade spacecraft that opens up like a blossom. Bearing a resemblance to a cosmic sunflower, it’s designed to help astronomers to directly study exoplanets, including taking the first actual pictures of planets beyond our Solar System."
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Diamond Armor Bullet-Proof Suit Provides Protection for a Cool $3.2 Million

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about three weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "If you're looking to extend your bulletproof wardrobe with something that won't be out of place alongside other garments, then the Diamond Armor suit could be a good fit. Developed by SuitArt, the Diamond Armor is a diamond-studded, bullet-proof, air-conditioned, bespoke-tailored suit costing US$3.2 million, making it the most expensive custom-tailored suit in the world."
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Researchers Develop New Microengine, But Aren't Sure How it Works

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about three weeks ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "If you’re going to do something like building a car that fits on the head of a pin, or make a microscopic medical pump, you need a microscopic engine. A team of researchers from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Germany’s University of Freiburg have developed a micro-engine that burns oxygen and hydrogen, but there’s a small problem; they’re not sure how the thing works."
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Goodyear's New State-of-the-Art Airship Makes its First Flight

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about a month ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "The Goodyear blimp may have been flying around for almost 90 years, but it still manages to turn heads. On Friday, there was another reason to look beyond nostalgia for the days of the great airships of old as Goodyear unveiled its new state-of-the-art blimp to the media, Goodyear associates and dealers at its Wingfoot Lake hangar in Suffield, Ohio. Built in partnership with the Zeppelin company, the new craft that replaces the 45-year old GZ-20 blimp fleet is not only larger and faster, it isn’t even a blimp, but a semi-rigid airship."
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