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Muscle-Powered Bio-Bots Walk on Command

July 2, 2014 1:51 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Comments

A new generation of miniature biological robots is flexing its muscle. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated a class of walking “bio-bots” powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses...

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NASA Launches Carbon Satellite after 2009 Failure

July 2, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A rocket carrying a NASA satellite lit up the pre-dawn skies Wednesday on a mission to track the chief culprit behind global warming. The Delta 2 rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base along the central California coast and sped toward low-Earth orbit...

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US Board: NSA's Internet Monitoring Is Legal

July 2, 2014 12:12 pm | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

The National Security Agency programs that collect huge volumes of Internet data within the United States are constitutional and employ "reasonable" safeguards designed to protect the rights of Americans, an independent privacy and civil liberties board has found...

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Review: Android Wear Is about Simplifying Future

July 2, 2014 10:31 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

In its first iteration, Google's Android Wear software for computerized wristwatches isn't so much about innovation as it is an effort at simplification. Available in two smartwatches out within the next week, Android Wear is rather limited in what it can do. Even last year's smartwatches do some things that Android Wear can't...

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Audit Shows Problems at Samsung Suppliers in China

July 2, 2014 10:13 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung said Tuesday an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours. Samsung Electronics Co. released the findings covering 100 of the company's Chinese suppliers...  

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Drone Access to US Skies Faces Significant Hurdles

July 2, 2014 9:56 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

The federal effort to provide drones regular access to U.S. skies faces significant hurdles and will not meet a September 2015 deadline set by Congress, a government watchdog said Monday. Despite years of research, the Federal Aviation Administration hasn't figured out...  

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Engineers Create Internet-of-Things Solutions in Newest Challenge

July 2, 2014 9:26 am | by element14 | Comments

element14, along with partners EnOcean, Tektronix, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation, has announced the launch of the new “Forget Me Not” design challenge, a global design competition which will encourage participating engineers to develop pioneering applications in the field of home monitoring and automation...

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NREL Supercomputer Tackles Grid Challenges

July 2, 2014 9:21 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Comments

"Big data" is playing an increasingly big role in the renewable energy industry and the transformation of the nation's electrical grid, and no single entity provides a better tool for such data than the Energy Department's Energy Systems Integration Facility located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory...

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Infographic: My Boss Is Going to Get Somebody Killed

July 1, 2014 1:24 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern or worry. PD&D recently asked engineers ...

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New Electronic Switch Could Lead to Flexible Electronics

July 1, 2014 9:16 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford School of Engineering | Comments

three Stanford researchers believe that they've discovered just such a flexible, switchable material. It is a crystal that can form a paper-like sheet just three atoms thick...                         

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Football Mouthguard Senses Head Impacts

July 1, 2014 9:10 am | by Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service | Comments

A group of bioengineers at Stanford is working to understand the head trauma that footballers experience during a game and is making steps toward developing technology that reports dangerous hits in real time...          

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NASA Scrubs Launch of Global Warming Satellite

July 1, 2014 9:05 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The planned launch of a rocket carrying a NASA satellite designed to track global warming has been postponed.NASA writes in a tweet that the countdown was stopped at 46 seconds because of a failure in the launch pad water flow...             

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Scientists Develop Force Sensor from Carbon Nanotubes

June 30, 2014 10:27 am | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | Comments

A group of researchers from Russia, Belarus and Spain, including MIPT professor Yury Lozovik, have developed a microscopic force sensor based on carbon nanotubes. The device is described in an article published in the journal Computational Materials Science and is also available as a preprint...

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Bending the Rules

June 30, 2014 10:22 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | Comments

For his doctoral dissertation in the Goldman Superconductivity Research Group at the University of Minnesota, Yu Chen, now a postdoctoral researcher at UC Santa Barbara, developed a novel way to fabricate superconducting nanocircuitry. However, the extremely small zinc nanowires he designed did some unexpected — and sort of funky — things...

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Google Glass Taking Fans Closer to the Action

June 30, 2014 10:18 am | by Jay Cohen, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Your favorite team is playing for the title, and you are in the middle of the field. Google Glass is slowly becoming more common in sports as teams and broadcasters try to bring fans closer to the action. The American football team Philadelphia Eagles will test the Internet-connected eyewear for in-game use...

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