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3-D Printing Blasts Off, Explodes Into the Future

February 13, 2015 | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

In 2013, battle lines were drawn. Two stark competitors were looking to speed repairs and cut costs on parts for gas turbines. First to the drawing board was GE, who started using 3-D printing technology at its Global Research Center in Niskayuna, N.Y., to produce more than 85,000 fuel nozzles for its anticipated LEAP engine technology.

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Male Black Widows Make a Tangled Web of Relationships

July 15, 2015 2:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Against the advice of most couple’s therapists, a little bit of home wrecking may just deter other suitors from encroaching on a female. If you’re a black widow, that is. Researchers from Simon Fraser Univ.’s Dept. of Biological Sciences found male western black widow spiders – Latrodectus Hesperus – destroy females’ webs during courtship in order to deter other males.

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First round-the-world solar flight delayed until 2016

July 15, 2015 1:37 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

With a wingspan bigger than a Boeing 747, but weighing only a little more than a car, the Solar Impulse 2 team announced Wednesday their attempt to complete the first round-the-world solar flight will be delayed until 2016.

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Newlight Technologies' AirCarbon: Harnessing Carbon Emissions

July 15, 2015 8:30 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

Every Wednesday, R&D Magazine will feature a R&D 100 Flashback, chosen from our R&D 100 archive of winners. This week’s flashback is Newlight Technologies’ AirCarbon, which won in 2013. A carbon-negative plastic has been sought-after for many years. While a material that pulls carbon out of the air had been produced, the cost to process it was three times higher than the cost to produce plastic from oil.

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Personal Observations Cited by Global Warming Skeptics

July 14, 2015 3:45 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Americans’ views regarding global warming tend to correlate to personal experiences with weather, and global warming skeptics are increasingly likely to cite personal weather observations as the reason behind their views, according to a recent study from the Univ. of Michigan.

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BIM: Essential for Quick Completion of Residential, Commercial Building Projects

July 14, 2015 2:02 pm | by Bhagwati Pathak, CAD Services | Comments

The 21st century has witnessed a large amount of technological advancements which are accountable for bringing tremendous comfort to human life. There's no denying the fact technology has truly become the part and parcel of our daily life. In today’s time we can't imagine ourselves without cell phones, as they are the most suitable tools used for interpersonal communication.

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Traces from Martian Gem May Point to Ancient Life

July 14, 2015 12:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

A window into the Red Planet’s past and whether it once harbored life could well have been found as Univ. of Glasgow researchers recently discovered evidence of the existence of opals on Mars contained in a meteorite millions of years old.

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North Carolina Readies for Wind Power

July 13, 2015 3:33 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

A ceremonial groundbreaking on North Carolina’s first wind power project, which will create roughly 250 jobs and build 104 wind turbines on 22,000 acres, is slated for Tuesday, July 14. It’s a great example of how the maturing technology is enabling development that only a few years ago wouldn’t have been considered.

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Microrobots To Take On Blocked Arteries

July 13, 2015 8:06 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

It may be nothing like the a battle between Optimus Prime and Megatron, but mechanical engineers at Drexel Univ. are designing microrobots that will battle with blocked arteries. Part of a surgical toolkit assembled by South Korea’s DGIST, the microrobots are chains of three or more iron oxide beads, linked by chemical bonds and magnetic force, that shimmy and wriggle via an external magnetic field which causes the bead to rotate.

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Design for First 3D-Printed Vehicle Fleet Released

July 10, 2015 1:20 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Taking to the pavement in a sleek 3D-printed vehicle may be just around the corner. This week, Local Motors, a technology company that designs, builds and sells vehicles, announced the winning design for a competition aimed at finding a design to serve as a model for the first fleet of 3D-printed vehicles, which the company plans to debut in the first quarter of 2016.

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Improving Weighing Performance During Typhoons

July 8, 2015 8:29 am | by Mettler Toledo | Comments

Environmental disturbances cause issues with balance stability around the world. Peak typhoon season in particular creates significant weighing challenges for balance users—measurement issues standard balance filters simply can’t compensate for. Mettler Toledo set out to find a solution for these adverse effects on weighing that could be utilized during such disturbances.

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R&D 100 Flashback: Xerox’s Xerox CiPress 325 Production Inkjet System, A Waterless Way to Print

July 8, 2015 8:13 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

Every Wednesday, R&D Magazine will feature a R&D 100 Flashback, chosen from our R&D 100 archive of winners. This week’s flashback is Xerox Corp.’s Xerox CiPress 325 Production Inkjet System, which won in 2013. Many high-speed printing technologies rely on the use of water-based inks, which are resource-intensive to produce and complicate the printing through the necessary drying process.

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Full Conference Program Announced for 2015 R&D 100 Awards & Technology Conference

July 7, 2015 11:48 am | by Advantage Business Media | Comments

Advantage Business Media’s R&D Magazine, sponsor of the R&D 100 Awards, today announced the full conference agenda for the R&D 100 Technology Conference to be held November 12-13, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Pinpointing the Onset of Metastasis

June 24, 2015 1:43 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

Within the oncology community, a debate is raging about two controversial topics. The first is overdiagnosis. According to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal, some leading cancer experts say that zealous screening is finding ever-smaller abnormalities that are being labeled cancer or precancer with little or no justification.

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Liquid Gold

June 18, 2015 12:30 pm | by George Karlin-Neumann, the Digital Biology Center at Bio-Rad Laboratories | Comments

Blood is the great aggregator of the body’s physiology. Many tumors slough off fragments of DNA into the bloodstream, which can be detected with a minimally invasive blood draw using advanced DNA tests—also known as a liquid biopsy. One of the challenges preventing liquid biopsy from becoming a clinical reality has been reliably finding the cancerous DNA in the vast sea of healthy DNA.

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More Than Just a Pretty Face

June 10, 2015 11:30 am | by Tim Studt | Comments

The developers of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) describe their project as “a new and liberating lab typology that promotes collaboration and medical discovery, attracting the best researchers from around the world.” With design by global design and consulting firm Woods Bagot, SAHMRI was the first project completed within the new South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct.

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