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Engineers developing advanced robotic systems that will become surgeon’s right hand

Engineers developing advanced robotic systems that will become surgeon's right hand

In the operating room of the future, robots will be an integral part of the surgical team, working alongside human surgeons to make surgeries safer, faster, more precise and more automated. In the lab of electrical engineering professor Michael Yip at the University of California San Diego, engineers are developing advanced robotic systems that could make this vision a reality. …

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NASA demonstrates electronics for longer Venus surface missions

NASA demonstrates electronics for longer Venus surface missions

Current Venus landers can only operate on the planet’s surface for a few hours due to the extreme atmospheric conditions. The surface temperature on Venus is nearly 860 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hotter than most ovens, and the planet has a high-pressure carbon dioxide atmosphere. Because commercial electronics don’t work in this environment, the electronics on past Venus landers have …

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Nanotube growth moving in the right direction

Nanotube growth moving in the right direction

Understanding how carbon nanotubes (CNT) nucleate, grow and self-organize to form macroscale materials is critical for application-oriented design of next-generation supercapacitors, electronic interconnects, separation membranes and advanced yarns and fabrics. New research by LLNL scientist Eric Meshot and colleagues from Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has demonstrated direct visualization of collective nucleation and self-organization of …

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Sensor technology extends range of movement for prosthetic arms

Sensor technology extends range of movement for prosthetic arms

But the range of movements possible with existing robotic arms is severely limited, leading up to half of amputees using the devices to abandon them out of sheer frustration. Now researchers at Imperial College London have developed sensor technology for use with robotic arms that should ultimately make it possible to carry out a far greater range of actions using …

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Protecting quantum computing networks against hacking threats

Protecting quantum computing networks against hacking threats

“Our team has built the first high-dimensional quantum cloning machine capable of performing quantum hacking to intercept a secure quantum message,” said University of Ottawa Department of Physics professor Ebrahim Karimi, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Structured Light. “Once we were able to analyze the results, we discovered some very important clues to help protect quantum computing networks …

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3D Locations of 23,000 Individual Atoms Seen for the First Time

3D Locations of 23,000 Individual Atoms Seen for the First Time

For the first time, scientists have seen the exact locations of more than 23,000 atoms in a particle that’s small enough to fit inside the wall of a single cell. A team led by Peter Ercius of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Jianwei Miao of UCLA used a scanning electron microscope to examine a particle that was made of iron …

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Tesla’s Name Change Reveals What Almost Everyone Already Knew

Tesla's Name Change Reveals What Almost Everyone Already Knew

Tesla Motors announced Tuesday morning that it had changed its name to Tesla Inc., according to a company filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The move reflects the company’s widening interests. Since its founding in 2003, it has branched out from a focus on manufacturing electric cars and components to producing solar energy technologies and renewable energy storage …

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Indonesian farmers brush up on efficient vegetable production practices combined with modern varieties

Indonesian farmers brush up on efficient vegetable production practices combined with modern varieties

In addition to rice or coffee, many Indonesian farmers grow vegetables such as hot peppers, tomato, cucumber or cabbage. Unfortunately, the quality and yield of these vegetables is often too low. This is why Wageningen University & Research plant scientists started a programme called VegImpact in which they have trained over 10,000 Indonesian farmers in efficient vegetable farming. The farmers …

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TU Delft wins Hyperloop competition

TU Delft wins Hyperloop competition

The Dutch university team’s pod was named ‘most innovative design’ at an earlier stage in the competition, which was first announced by SpaceX in June 2015. This latest phase finally saw student teams testing their designs out on SpaceX’s 1.2km test track, built just outside the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Learn More: www.theengineer.co.uk

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High-energy electrons synced to ultrafast laser pulse to probe how vibrational states of atoms change in time

High-energy electrons synced to ultrafast laser pulse to probe how vibrational states of atoms change in time

Ultrafast excitation and energy transfer at the atomic scale is important in phase transitions, chemical reactions, and macroscopic energy flow. Relevant vibrational time frames occur in femtoseconds (move the decimal point for 1.0 second 15 times to the left). This research established the usefulness of this technique to resolve changing vibrational states, the understanding of which could advance a range …

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