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Science Connect: Next-Generation Engineering Facilities

April 17, 2015 | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

In the past decade, the expansion of research focus areas in engineering has undergone a transformation. The demands of engineering labs present challenges for institutions because most occupied spaces were conceived during an era with radically different needs and required services.


Scientists Are Teaching Drones to Search for Lost Hikers

February 11, 2016 1:24 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Each year thousands of hikers end up lost in the woods. The search and rescue missions prompted by such occurrences require manpower and resources.


Robot Cockroach Could Help with Disaster Recovery

February 9, 2016 11:39 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

University of California, Berkeley biologists found a new use for the cockroach’s creepy crawly abilities.


Turning on a Tesla with an Apple Watch

February 8, 2016 12:54 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Tesla Model S owners can now access a new feature in their electric cars.


Blue Origin Releases Video of Rocket Landing from Vehicle’s POV

February 8, 2016 11:30 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The video is sped up to last six seconds, and shows the rocket’s booster firing as it approaches the ground.  

Soft Robot Challenge Aims to Advance Field

February 4, 2016 2:37 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The octopus is a fascinating creature. It’s perhaps one of the most alien-looking lifeforms that calls the Earth home. They can flush their skin a variety of colors, and contort their bodies to fit through holes as small as one inch in diameter. It’s that latter flexibility that’s made the octopus a model for soft robots.


Dutch Police are Training Birds of Prey to Intercept Drones

February 2, 2016 9:21 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

There’s a slew of methods companies, research institutions, and governments are using to counter the proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).


Blue Origin Takes New Shepard Out for Second Successful Spin

January 25, 2016 12:39 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft made headlines in November when it launched 329,839 ft into the sky and flawlessly landed right-side up on Texan ground. Over the weekend, Blue Origin took New Shepard for another successful spin, demonstrating the spacecraft’s reusability.  


New Duck-Billed Dino Described

January 25, 2016 8:43 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Around 85 million years ago, North America was halved by 1,000 mi of ocean, which connected the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Sea. The continent was divided into two landmasses: Laramidia and Appalachia. Appalachia stretched from around Alabama up into Canada.


'Squishy' Robot Fingers Aid Deep Sea Exploration

January 20, 2016 11:31 am | by Wyss Institute | Comments

A team of scientists has developed soft robotic grippers that improve the ability to collect delicate underwater specimens.


Researchers Develop a Firefighting Drone

January 19, 2016 1:18 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The quadcopter whines in midair, situated inside a room.  A jutting obstacle blocks its path to the room’s other side, only allowing a slim margin for the quadcopter to pass through. But the drone looks too big. It hovers near a wall before the tight gap, and flips on its top, rolling along the wall until it passes to the other side.


U.S. Navy Outfits Two Vessels with 3-D Printers

December 30, 2015 1:11 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The ocean can be a desolate place. If equipment breaks or spare parts are needed, there’s not exactly a Home Depot or a Lowe’s in the neighborhood.


FAA Approves Terrafugia's Flying Car for Test Flights

December 17, 2015 12:05 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Each day, humanity inches closer to the vision of the future presented by “The Jetsons.” Okay, maybe not exactly that cartoon future, but something resembling it.


Snake-Arm Robot Welds with Lasers

December 16, 2015 2:45 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Previous studies have suggested the fear of snakes started when mammals developed perceptive abilities capable of focusing on threatening things. Regardless of whether one’s fear approaches phobia—ophidiophobia—or just a passing revulsion, it may be an echo of an ancient mammalian fear pre-wired into the brain.


Google Unveils New Name, Mission for Life Sciences Division

December 15, 2015 2:28 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Google posted a video on Tuesday December 7 touting a new name and mission for the conglomerate’s life sciences division.


New stretchable, wearable sensor made with chewing gum

December 3, 2015 7:32 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Body sensors, which were once restricted to doctors’ offices, have come a long way. They now allow any wearer to easily track heart rate, steps and sleep cycles around the clock. Soon, they could become even more versatile, with the help of chewing gum. Scientists report in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces a unique sensing device made of gum and carbon nanotubes that can move with your most bendable parts and track your breathing.



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