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Black History Month 2014: A Peek Into The Work Of Black Chemists And Engineers [VIDEO]
Feb 21, 2014 10:20 AM E
In honor Black History Month, the American Chemical Society spotlighted and celebrated black chemists and chemical engineers.
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Artificial Muscles Made From Thread And Fishing Line Are 100 Times Stronger Than The Real Thing
Feb 20, 2014 15:36 PM E
Fishing lines and sewing thread have been used to create strong artificial muscles in an inexpensive way.
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New Holographic Memory Device Could Boost Electronics' Storage Capacity, Processing Power
Feb 20, 2014 14:14 PM E
Researchers have created an experimental holographic memory device which they say could have a big impact on new storage devices. Holographic memory is considered by many to be the storage system of the future, but thsu far efforts at creating a holographic storage system have come up short.
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Bats Inspire 'Micro Air Vehicle’: Scientists To Use Mechanics Of Bat Wings To Create Small Flying Machines
Feb 19, 2014 13:09 PM E
Virginia tech researchers were inspired by bats and other flying creatures to design "micro air vehicles" with flapping wings.
Head Injury: With or Without a Football Helmet, It's Almost the Same
Football Helmets, Intended To Prevent Concussions, Protect Brain Only 20 Percent Better Than Wearing Nothing At All
Feb 19, 2014 12:14 PM E
Lead researcher urges football helmet industry not to "put its head in the sand."
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A Robotic Fish Designed To Mimic Abilities Of Amazonian Electric Knifefish
Feb 16, 2014 17:16 PM E
The Amazon's black ghost knifefish is able to swim in many different directions with the help of a special fin. It's also able to use a self-generated electric field to sense its surroundings. Now, researchers are trying to develop a robotic fish that's able to mimic these abilities.
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Responsible Innovation: Resolving the Social and Ethical Implications Of Research
Feb 16, 2014 14:31 PM E
Conducting scientific research responsibly may be difficult sometimes, as consideration for the people the technology affects may be forgotten. Collaborating with social scientists, however, could pave the way for responsible innovation.
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Plastic Shopping Bags Can Be Converted Into Fuel And Other Petroleum Products, Researchers Say
Feb 14, 2014 18:39 PM E
Plastic bags may run your car one day. Researchers from the University of Illinois have created a method for converting plastic bags into diesel, gas and other petroleum products like engine oil. The method, called pyrolysis, consumes far less energy than it produces, making it a viable fuel solution.
One Swab of a Cheek Can Uncover Centuries of Racial Identity
What is Scientific Racism? ID by Genome Could Lead To "Race-Specific" Education
Feb 14, 2014 15:17 PM E
An anthropologist addressing the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science said Friday that classification of students by genetic potential is looming in the future.
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Termite-Inspired Robot Construction Crews Build Complex Structures Without A 'Foreman'
Feb 13, 2014 18:00 PM E
Harvard scientists have created a robotic system inspired by certain termites' methods for building large structures. Harvard's TERMES robots are able to build big, complex structures without a central controller or blueprint. Instead, the robots are able to tell what work their robot counterparts have done on the structure and then build on that.
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Graphene May Be Used To Make Super-Efficient Water Filters
Feb 13, 2014 17:18 PM E
Researchers say that while removing salt from sea water may seem complicated right now, graphene may hold the answer to perfecting the process.
Nuclear Fusion
Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion: How Fuel Created More Energy Than It Contained
Feb 13, 2014 16:07 PM E
Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory accomplished a feat of modern nuclear engineering, creating more energy through nuclear fusion than the original fuel source contained.
Jade Rabbit
'Jade Rabbit' Officially Dead, Chinese State Media Reports Of Its Celebrated Moon Rover
Feb 13, 2014 09:42 AM E
China's much-hyped moon rover, Jade Rabbit, has been out of commission for more than two weeks. On Wednesday, news organizations, citing Chinese state media, said it was done for good.
TeleBot
Real 'RoboCop': Undergrads In Florida Develop A Remote Control Police Officer [VIDEO]
Feb 12, 2014 17:08 PM E
Undergraduate students at Florida International University have been developing a "RoboCop" of their own. Called TeleBot, they say it would allow disabled veterans to gain employment in law enforcement.
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