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Is a sleeper ship our best bet to Mars?

At the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (CIMAV), scientists "captured" the energy produced by people walking. The team designed a pill-shaped cylinder adapted to a shoe in order to store the mechanical-vibrational energy that the person generates when walking. Similarly, the London-based company Pavegen produces a technology that harvests mechanical energy of walking feet and converts it to electrical energy via a special floor tile. Both ideas perhaps could lead to cities using the alternative, piezoelectric solutions to create power when and where it is required. What do you think? Read more »

Polonium and settled science

What's up with polonium and its half-life?

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Kickstart a Better Night’s Sleep

Sarah Mangiola

A Colorado Springs startup is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 in order to produce its Sleep Shepard sleep hat.

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Coming Soon - Increasing Automotive Safety and Fuel Efficiency through Wireless Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors

As a leader in the tire pressure monitoring sensor market, Freescale is addressing the combined automotive need for active and predictive safety systems as well as fuel efficiency. During this Webinar, Freescale will present its next-generation solutions' unique capabilities for designers of tire pressure monitoring systems, enabling life-saving safety features and fuel-efficient driving through properly inflated tires.

Imaging System Obtains More Color Information than Human Eye

Researchers at the University of Granada have designed a new imaging system capable of obtaining up to twelve times more color information than the human eye and conventional cameras, which implies a total of 36 color channels. The important scientific development will facilitate the easy capture of multispectral images in real time.The technology could be used in the not-too-distant future to create new assisted vehicle driving systems, to identify counterfeit bills and documents, or to obtain more accurate medical images than those provided by current options. Read more »

Robots Restore Electricity After Power Outages

A team led by Nina Mahmoudian of Michigan Technological University has developed a tabletop model of a robot team that can bring power to places that need it the most.“If we can regain power in communication towers, then we can find the people we need to rescue,” says Mahmoudian, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering–engineering mechanics. “And the human rescuers can communicate with each other.”Unfortunately, cell towers are often located in hard-to-reach places, she says. “If we could deploy robots there, that would be the first step toward recovery.” Read more »

High Precision Multi-channel PXIe Systems Realize More Efficient Wind Tunnel Testing

Wind tunnel testing is widely used in large-scale aerodynamic design projects. Even so, the requirement for large numbers of sensors over large areas of the devices to be tested presents major challenges in data acquisition and retrieval. The article discusses use of multi-channel PXIe systems to achieve fully synchronous, high-efficiency, highly precise measurement solutions. Read more »

Earthquakeproofing for Concrete Bridges

Stephen Mraz

Engineers at Washington University have developed a design for the framework of columns and beams that support reinforced concrete bridges so they will better resist earthquakes and be erected faster and less expensively.

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Coming Soon - PDM Solutions for Small SolidWorks Teams

Product data management (PDM) software can be overkill for small CAD teams. But without PDM you face the risks of losing track of your CAD models, overwriting models, and having users working on the wrong version of a model. So how can your team move from email and FTP to a PDM system that makes sense for SolidWorks users?

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