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From the Deep Sea to Deep Space: Sea Urchin’s Teeth Inspire New Design for Space Exploration Device

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The sea urchin’s intricate mouth and teeth are the model for a claw-like device developed by a team of engineers and marine biologists at the University of California, San Diego to sample sediments on other planets, such as Mars. The researchers detail their work in a recent issue of the Journal of Visualized Experiments.

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Speedy Bridge Repair

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A team of researchers led by University of Utah civil and environmental engineering professor Chris Pantelides has developed a new process of fixing damaged bridge columns that takes as little as a few days.

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Wasatch Photonics Launches Label-Free Angiography Technique Based on Optical Coherence Tomography at the ARVO 2016 Annual Meeting

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Wasatch Photonics Inc., a leading provider for gratings, spectrometer and optical coherence tomography instrumentation, announced Monday (March 21), the launch of a new imaging device, WP MicroAngio, for high- resolution angiographic imaging for research and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) applications.

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In the War Against Dust, a New Tool Inspired by Geckos

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Micrometric and sub-micrometric contaminant particles — what most of us call “dust” — can cause big problems for art conservators, the electronics industry, aerospace engineers, and others. These nanoparticles can prevent a cellphone from working or rob the vitality of a painting’s colors.

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Pinellas County a Model for Mosquito-Borne Disease Surveillance, Scientists Unravel the Genetic Evolution of Zika Virus, Worm Infection Counters Inflammatory Bowel Disease and more in the Infectious Diseases News Source

Pinellas County a Model for Mosquito-Borne Disease Surveillance, Scientists Unravel the Genetic Evolution of Zika Virus, Worm Infection Counters Inflammatory Bowel Disease and more in the Infectious Diseases News Source

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'Walk-DMC' Aims to Improve Surgery Outcomes for Children with Cerebral Palsy

A University of Washington mechanical engineer has developed a new assessment of motor control in children with cerebral palsy called Walk-DMC, which could help predict which patients are — or are not — likely to benefit from invasive surgical interventions.

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University of North Florida Professors Awarded NIH Grant for Unique Adaptive Toy Project

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Faculty in the School of Engineering and the Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences at UNF were awarded a National Institutes of Health grant for over $85,000 for a course that develops adaptive battery-powered toy cars for children with developmental disabilities.

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Magnifying Smartphone Screen Apps For Visually Impaired, Online Anti-Bullying Programs, A One Atom Engine and more in the Technology News Source

Magnifying Smartphone Screen Apps For Visually Impaired, Online Anti-Bullying Programs, A One Atom Engine and more in the Technology News Source

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The Pellet Stove Design Challenge: We Have a Winner!

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At Brookhaven Lab last week, seven finalists competed to be designated the top-performing pellet stove. The three-day Pellet Stove Design Challenge, organized by the Alliance for Green Heat, featured stove demonstrations and testing as well as presentations and round-table discussions on a variety of issues.

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Antenna Design Turns Entire Vehicles Into Broadcasting Equipment

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High-frequency antennas transmit radio waves across vast distances and even over mountain ranges using very little energy, making them ideal for military communications. These devices, however, have one big problem: They need to be huge to operate efficiently. Instead of adding more bulk, UW-Madison engineers are working to increase the effective size of antennas by turning the military vehicles that carry them into transmitters — using the structures that support the antennas themselves to help broadcast signals.

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Iowa State Engineers Develop Micro-Sized, Liquid-Metal Particles for Heat-Free Soldering

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Martin Thuo of Iowa State and the Ames Laboratory has led development of liquid-metal particles that can be used for heat-free soldering and other applications. Thuo has helped launch a startup company to develop and market the technology.

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Cleaning Up Hybrid Battery Electrodes Improves Capacity and Lifespan

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Hybrid batteries that charge faster than conventional ones could have significantly better electrical capacity and long-term stability when prepared with a gentle-sounding way of making electrodes. Called ion soft-landing, the high-precision technique resulted in electrodes that could store a third more energy and had twice the lifespan compared to those prepared by a conventional method, the researchers report today in Nature Communications.

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Columbia Engineering-Led Team Advances Single Molecule Electronic DNA Sequencing

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Columbia Engineering-led team reports achieving real-time single molecule electronic DNA sequencing at single-base resolution using a protein nanopore array. The team includes researchers from Columbia University, Genia Technologies (Roche), Harvard University, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The work sets the stage for revolutionary, cost-effective genetic diagnostic platforms with unprecedented potential for precision medicine. (PNAS, 4/18/2016)

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WVU's Dan Carder Among Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World

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West Virginia University engineer Dan Carder, who led the research team that broke open the Volkswagen emissions scandal, has been named to the 2016 Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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Engineers Collaborate on $4.75 Million Blueberry Harvesting Project

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The United States produced more than 500 million pounds of blueberries with a farm gate value of $860 million in 2011, making the it the largest blueberry-producing country, accounting for almost two-thirds of the world’s production.4/21/2016UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Industrial engineers from Penn State are part of a nine-university, four-year, $4.

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University of California, Irvine researchers have invented nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times, moving us closer to a battery that would never require replacement. The breakthrough work could lead to commercial batteries with greatly lengthened lifespans for computers, smartphones, appliances, cars and spacecraft.

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New Material Combines Useful, Typically Incompatible Properties

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Most materials, too, are capable of being only one thing at a time, but a team of engineers and physicists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have created an entirely new material in which completely contradictory properties can coexist.

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With Simple Process, UW–Madison Engineers Fabricate Fastest Flexible Silicon Transistor

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One secret to creating the world's fastest silicon-based flexible transistors: a very, very tiny knife. Working in collaboration with colleagues around the country, University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have pioneered a unique method that could allow manufacturers to easily and cheaply fabricate high-performance transistors with wireless capabilities on huge rolls of flexible plastic.

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A One-Atom Engine, 'Odd Couple' Monolayer Semiconductors, A Computer Program That Helps Stabilize Fusion Plasmas and more at the Newswise Physics Channel

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