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Photos of the Day: Origami-Inspired Robots Become Transformers

August 8, 2014 10:27 am | by American Association for the Advancement of Science | Comments

Inspired by the traditional Japanese art form of Origami or "folding paper," researchers have developed a way to coax flat sheets of composite materials to self-fold into complex robots that crawl and turn. "We demonstrated this process by building a robot that folds itself and walks away without human assistance..."

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Robots to See Through Solid Walls with Wi-Fi

August 7, 2014 4:23 pm | by UC Santa Barbara | Comments

Wi-Fi makes all kinds of things possible. We can send and receive messages, make phone calls, browse the Internet, even play games with people who are miles away, all without the cords and wires to tie us down. At UC Santa Barbara, researchers are now using ...

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NASA Engineer Set to Complete First 3D Printed Space Cameras

August 7, 2014 4:15 pm | by NASA | Comments

By the end of September, NASA aerospace engineer Jason Budinoff is expected to complete the first imaging telescopes ever assembled almost exclusively from 3-D-manufactured components.“As far as I know, we are the first to ...     

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Sweat Sensors Sniff Out Fatigue, Stress, Even Fear

August 7, 2014 4:02 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Sweat can be a smelly messenger, but one that also carries a trove of valuable information about how our bodies are feeling. Scientists at several labs are now trying to pick its lock with nanotechnology, including know-how transferred from ...

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Outdoor Enthusiasts Use Gadgets to Stay Plugged In

August 7, 2014 3:48 pm | by Brady McCombs, Associated Press | Comments

It used to be that outdoor enthusiasts went into the wilderness to unplug. Now, most want to stay plugged in to their electronic devices as long as they can. As a result, companies are catering to hikers, bikers, skiers and paddle boarders by making an expanding number of products that protect smartphones...

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Diamonds are a Quantum Computer’s Best Friend

August 7, 2014 3:13 pm | by Vienna University of Technology | Comments

The Quantum Computer is the Holy Grail of quantum technology. Its computing power would eclipse even the fastest classical computers we have today. A team of researchers from TU Wien the National Institute for Informatics and NTT Basic Research Labs in Japan has now proposed...

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Small, Origami Pop-Up Robots Function Autonomously

August 7, 2014 2:23 pm | by American Association for the Advancement of Science | Comments

Inspired by the traditional Japanese art form of Origami or "folding paper," researchers have developed a way to coax flat sheets of composite materials to self-fold into complex robots that crawl and turn. "We demonstrated this process by building a robot that folds itself and walks away without human assistance..."

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Dynawave Announces AS9100 Certification

August 7, 2014 2:06 pm | by Dynawave Cable Incorporated | Comments

Dynawave Cable Incorporated announced certification to the AS9100 quality management system by accredited audit firm UL DQS Inc.AS9100 Certification is a prestigious status requiring companies to demonstrate practices and capabilities which meet the demanding, complex and unique requirements of the defense...

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Measurement Specialties Vibration Facility Receives ISO 17025 Accredited Certification

August 7, 2014 2:03 pm | by Measurement Specialties | Comments

Measurement Specialties announced that its vibration sensor calibration laboratory in China has achieved ISO 17025 certification from the China National Accreditation Service. In addition to being ISO 9001 and ANSI Z540-1 compliant, all Measurement Specialties plug & play vibration sensors...

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Tianma Microelectronics Acquires Full Ownership in Multiple Fabrication Lines

August 7, 2014 1:56 pm | by Tianma Microelectronics | Comments

In a move to strengthen its position as a leading supplier in the LCD marketplace, Tianma Microelectronics Co., Ltd., Shenzhen, China, has completed the acquisition of its five production lines in Japan, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Wuhan, and increased its investment in its Chengdu facility..

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Pioneering New Standard to Address Cybersecurity Concerns of Telecom Networks

August 7, 2014 12:17 pm | by TIA | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association announced that its TR-42.1 Engineering Committee on Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling is developing an American National Standards Institute-accredited standard, known as TIA-5017, to address the physical network security...

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Photo of the Day: What Engineers Think about Retirement

August 7, 2014 12:05 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Comments

Retirement, that Golden Age of relaxation and hard-earned rest where you get to prop up your feet on the porch and yell at the neighborhood kids to get off your lawn. ECN wanted to know what our engineers had planned for their golden years...

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Petition: Strapping iPads to Tortoises Is Cruel

August 7, 2014 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Colorado art museum is standing by an upcoming exhibit featuring three tortoises with iPads mounted on their backs, despite calls from animal-rights activists to call off the exhibit as animal abuse. The Aspen Art Museum released a statement Wednesday...

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U.S. Navy Practices Retrieving Orion Spacecraft

August 7, 2014 11:29 am | by Matt Hamilton, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Navy and NASA completed the second round of practice recoveries of the Orion spacecraft, which is designed to bring humans to the moon, asteroids and, eventually, to Mars.The tests took place off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, where the Orion will splash down...

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Review: Amazon Phone Better for Info Than Shopping

August 6, 2014 2:51 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

My buying habits have yet to change in my nearly three weeks with Amazon's shopping-centric Fire phone. Rather, I've found the phone's Firefly scanning feature to be far more useful as an information-gathering tool. The idea behind Firefly is a smart one: Use it to keep track of what you see and hear around you...

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