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Punching Mantis Shrimp Inspires Super-Tough Composites

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  yesterday

Zothecula (1870348) writes "A new lightweight, super strong material has been discovered thanks to one of nature’s most violent sociopaths. The peacock mantis shrimp may look like a colorful, reasonably mild-mannered aquarium dweller, but its claws have the punch of a .22 bullet. A team of researchers led by University of California, Riverside, has developed a carbon composite that imitates the claw’s structure. The result is a promising new material that may one day be used to build cars and airplanes."
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"Going Up" at 45 mph: Hitachi to Deliver World's Fastest Elevator

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  2 days ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Hitachi has announced that it’s installing the world's fastest ultra-high-speed elevators in the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre skyscraper in Guangzhou, China. Making up two out of a total of 95 elevators in the building, Hitachi says the new lifts use a range of technologies to produce record-breaking speeds of 1,200 m/min while still meeting the necessary standards of safety and comfort."
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Nanoelectronic Circuits Reach Speeds of 245 THz

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  2 days ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have designed and manufactured circuits that can reach speeds of up to 245 THz, tens of thousands of times faster than contemporary microprocessors. The results open up possible new design routes for plasmonic-electronics, that combine nano-electronics with the fast operating speed of optics."
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Boeing's Phantom Badger Packs a Lot of Combat Vehicle Into a Small Package

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  3 days ago

Zothecula (1870348) writes "The US military fields some pretty impressive vehicles, but they aren't worth much if they don’t fit on the aircraft intended to transport them. Last month, the US Navy removed one obstacle when it cleared the Boeing Phantom Badger combat support vehicle for transport inside a V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. After a battery of tests, including form-fit checks, pressure tests and structural evaluations of over four G’s, the modular vehicle was a step closer to deployment by the US Marine Corps and US Air Force Special Operations."
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Vascular Self-Healing System Allows Composite Materials to Repair Multiple Times

Zothecula Zothecula writes  |  about a week ago

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  |  about a week 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  |  about two weeks 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  |  about two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 a month 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 a month 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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