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Engineer applies robot control theory to improve prosthetic legs

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer's environment and help amputees walk In research available online and in an upcoming print ... - Read More

Bioplastic: Greener than ever

Polylactic acid is a degradable plastic used mostly for packaging To meet the rising demand ETH researchers have developed an eco friendly process to make large amounts of lactic acid from glycerol a waste by ... - Read More

A molecular thread: Flexible metal–organic frameworks with a range of pore sizes are made by threading through molecular ligands

The ability to 'thread' a molecular ligand through a metal organic framework MOF to alter the pore size of the material and yet allow the MOF to retain its crystallinity and principal structural features has ... - Read More

Upsetting the stability of super-small gold clusters generates multifaceted nanocrystals with potent catalytic properties

A*STAR researchers have devised a way to destabilize gold nanoclusters so that they form tiny atomic nuclei that then grow together into perfectly proportioned 12 sided dodecahedron crystals These unique polyhedra have energy rich surfaces ... - Read More

More Hispanics earning bachelor’s degrees in physical sciences and engineering

A new report from the American Institute of Physics AIP Statistical Research Center has found that the number of Hispanic students receiving bachelor's degrees in the physical sciences and engineering has increased over the last ... - Read More

Laser sniffs out toxic gases from afar: System can ID chemicals in atmosphere from a kilometer away

Scientists have developed a way to sniff out tiny amounts of toxic gases a whiff of nerve gas for example or a hint of a chemical spill from up to one kilometer away The new ... - Read More

Research could improve nuclear power plant safety, and stop your kettle furring up

Taking inspiration from nature researchers have created a versatile model to predict how stalagmite like structures form in nuclear processing plants as well as how lime scale builds up in kettles It's a wonderful example ... - Read More

Wireless brain sensor could unchain neuroscience from cables

Neuroscience research has been constrained by the cables required to connect brain sensors to computers for analysis In the journal Neuron scientists in a collaboration led by Brown University describe a wireless brain sensing system ... - Read More

Smart anti-icing system for rotor blades

In very cold climate zones the wind can blow with tremendous force But wind turbines have rarely been built in these regions up to now The risk of ice formation on the rotor blades is ... - Read More

Low-grade waste heat regenerates ammonia battery

An efficient method to harvest low grade waste heat as electricity may be possible using reversible ammonia batteries according to Penn State engineers The use of waste heat for power production would allow additional electricity ... - Read More

Computer model enables design of complex DNA shapes

MIT biological engineers have created a new computer model that allows them to design the most complex three dimensional DNA shapes ever produced including rings bowls and geometric structures such as icosahedrons that resemble viral ... - Read More

World’s fastest 2-D camera, 100 billion frames per second, may enable new scientific discoveries

A team of biomedical engineers at Washington University in St Louis led by Lihong Wang PhD the Gene K Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering has developed the world's fastest receive only 2 D camera ... - Read More

High-tech mirror beams heat away from buildings into space

Stanford engineers have invented a revolutionary coating material that can help cool buildings even on sunny days by radiating heat away from the buildings and sending it directly into space A new ultrathin multilayered material ... - Read More

Saving energy with nanotechnology insulation

Mufit Akinc who has a series of patent plaques hanging high on his office wall knows all about the challenges of moving inventions out of the lab But he's determined to see one of his ... - Read More

Heat-conducting plastic: 10 times better than conventional counterparts

The spaghetti like internal structure of most plastics makes it hard for them to cast away heat but a University of Michigan research team has made a plastic blend that does so 10 times better ... - Read More

New method to determine surface properties at the nanoscale

Engineering researchers at Texas Tech University have developed a method for characterizing the surface properties of materials at different temperatures at the nanoscale Knowing properties of materials at different temperatures is important in engineering said ... - Read More

Inexpensive hydrolysable polymer developed

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign have figured out how to reverse the characteristics of a key bonding material polyurea providing an inexpensive alternative for a broad number of applications such as ... - Read More

Atmospheric carbon dioxide used for energy storage products

Chemists and engineers at Oregon State University have discovered a fascinating new way to take some of the atmospheric carbon dioxide that's causing the greenhouse effect and use it to make an advanced high value ... - Read More

Single-atom gold catalysts may offer path to low-cost production of fuel and chemicals

New catalysts designed and investigated by Tufts University School of Engineering researchers and collaborators from other university and national laboratories have the potential to greatly reduce processing costs in future fuels such as hydrogen The ... - Read More

Sweet smell of success: Researchers boost methyl ketone production in e. coli

Two years ago researchers at the U S Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute JBEI engineered Escherichia coli E coli bacteria to convert glucose into significant quantities of methyl ketones a class of chemical compounds ... - Read More
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