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  • X-ray eyes in the sky: New method for 3-D through-wall imaging that utilizes drones and WiFi

    Researchers at UC Santa Barbara professor Yasamin Mostofi's lab have given the first demonstration of three-dimensional imaging of objects through walls using ordinary wireless signal. The technique, which involves two drones working in tandem, could have a variety of applications, such as emergency search-and-rescue, archaeological discovery and structural monitoring. […]

  • Printed sensors monitor tire wear in real time

    Electrical engineers at Duke University have invented an inexpensive printed sensor that can monitor the tread of car tires in real time, warning drivers when the rubber meeting the road has grown dangerously thin. […]

  • Today in 1922, Illinois professor showed how movies could talk

    Today in 1922, an Illinois professor showed how movies could talk. […]

  • Researchers debut battery-less pacemaker

    A wireless, battery-less pacemaker that can be implanted directly into a patient's heart is being introduced by researchers from Rice University and their colleagues at the Texas Heart Institute (THI) at the IEEE's International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in Honolulu June 4-9. […]

  • Combining MRI and optical microscopy promising for brain research

    Functional magnetic resonance imaging reveals changes in blood-oxygen levels in different parts of the brain, but the data show nothing about what is actually happening in and between brain cells, information needed to better understand brain circuitry and function. […]

  • Wearable system helps visually impaired users navigate

    Computer scientists have been working for decades on automatic navigation systems to aid the visually impaired, but it's been difficult to come up with anything as reliable and easy to use as the white cane, the type of metal-tipped cane that visually impaired people frequently use to identify clear walking paths. […]

  • Drone vs. truck deliveries: Which create less carbon pollution?

    Delivering packages with drones can reduce carbon dioxide emissions in certain circumstances as compared to truck deliveries, a new study from University of Washington transportation engineers finds. […]

  • Tactile feedback adds 'muscle sense' to prosthetic hand

    Engineers working to add "muscle sense" to prosthetic limbs found that tactile feedback on the skin allowed blindfolded test subjects to more than double their ability to discern the size of objects grasped with a prosthetic hand. The results will be presented next month in Germany by researchers from Rice University and the Research Center "E.Piaggio" of the University of Pisa and the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). […]

  • Chinese online retailer developing one-ton delivery drones

    China's biggest online retailer, JD.com Inc., announced plans Monday to develop drone aircraft capable of carrying a ton or more for long-distance deliveries. […]

  • Self-ventilating workout suit keeps athletes cool and dry

    A team of MIT researchers has designed a breathable workout suit with ventilating flaps that open and close in response to an athlete's body heat and sweat. These flaps, which range from thumbnail- to finger-sized, are lined with live microbial cells that shrink and expand in response to changes in humidity. The cells act as tiny sensors and actuators, driving the flaps to open when an athlete works up a sweat, and pulling them closed when the body has cooled off. […]

  • Robotic 'exoskeleton' prevents elderly falls: study

    Scientists unveiled a lightweight, robotic, outer "skeleton" Thursday that can detect when someone loses their balance, correct their gait, and prevent their fall. […]

  • 3-D-printed 'bionic skin' could give robots the sense of touch

    Engineering researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a revolutionary process for 3D printing stretchable electronic sensory devices that could give robots the ability to feel their environment. The discovery is also a major step forward in printing electronics on real human skin. […]

  • New 3-D printing method promises vastly superior medical implants for millions

    For the millions of people every year who have or need medical devices implanted, a new advancement in 3D printing technology developed at the University of Florida promises significantly quicker implantation of devices that are stronger, less expensive, more flexible and more comfortable than anything currently available. […]

  • Laser, sound waves provide live views of organs in action

    Biomedical engineers are now able to take a live, holistic look at the inner workings of a small animal with enough resolution to see active organs, flowing blood, circulating melanoma cells and firing neural networks. […]

  • Study researches 'gorilla arm' fatigue in mid-air computer usage

    Researchers at Purdue University's C Design Lab are studying arm and muscle fatigue connected to advancements in the use of hand gestures for mid-air computer interaction. […]

  • Brain-imaging system uses 'multi-pupil' prism arrays

    A specialized type of adaptive-optics technology that has been demonstrated by taking high-resolution time-lapse images of functioning brain cells might be used to better understand how the brain works. […]

  • Ditch the Stradivarius? New violins sound better: study

    Despite the lofty reputation of old violins by Italian masters such as Antonio Stradivari, blindfolded listeners in concert halls in New York and Paris say they preferred the sound of newer instruments. […]

  • Researchers create touchpads with a can of spray paint

    Touch sensing is most common on small, flat surfaces such as smartphone or tablet screens. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, however, can turn surfaces of a wide variety of shapes and sizes into touchpads using tools as simple as a can of spray paint. […]

  • Shape-changing fog screen invented

    There is something spooky about being able to see and talk to the pirate Blackbeard while one walks down a dark alley and then stepping right through him as he disappears into thin air. Such entertainment experiences are now possible thanks to a shape-changing fog screen that has been developed at the University of Sussex. […]

  • Engineering research focuses on bringing efficiency to network processes

    It is human nature to seek to spend the least amount of energy, time and cost on any given task to achieve a desirable result, whether that is working out at the gym, finding the best path to travel to work or buying cereal at the grocery. […]

 

  • Carr: ‘Australia has capacity to rebuild automotive industry’

    Shadow industry minister Kim Carr insists Australia can revive its automotive industry – but warns it will look very different. A special guest at the Manufacturing Matters conference held at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday, the senator took several questions from an audience made up of industry leaders and thinkers. One member of the audience … Continue reading Carr: ‘Australia has capacity to rebuild automotive industry’ → The post Carr: ‘Australia has capacity to rebuild automotive industry’ appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Submarine jobs at stake as DCNS backtracks on promises

    Future submarine building jobs are at stake in SA, after French company DCNS retracted its statement that 90 per cent of the construction of its next fleet would occur in Australia. Speaking to a Senate committee on Tuesday night, DCNS said it had no formal agreement with Adelaide company ASC (which had been promised the … Continue reading Submarine jobs at stake as DCNS backtracks on promises → The post Submarine jobs at stake as DCNS backtracks on promises appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Plans for biorefinery in Queensland

    The Queensland Government has announced plans for a biorefinery by US Biotechnology company, Amyris.  The biorefinery could create upwards of 70 jobs and further boost Queensland’s reputation globally as a leading biofutures location, according to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. “Amyris is seeking to replicate its successful biorefinery in Brazil and sees Queensland as an ideal … Continue reading Plans for biorefinery in Queensland → The post Plans for biorefinery in Queensland appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Salary increase for FMCG manufacturing workers

    Australian salaries are set to increase by 2.8 per cent this year, according to the Australian Institute of Management (AIM)’s annual salary survey. “Businesses this year forecast they will increase salaries by 2.8 per cent, which is in real terms basically zero, if you take into account inflation,” Sam Bell, general manager of AIM’s corporate … Continue reading Salary increase for FMCG manufacturing workers → The post Salary increase for FMCG manufacturing workers appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • BAE Systems hosts future defence prospects

    One hundred Hunter Valley students are learning about the defence industry at a two-day careers event in Newcastle this week that includes a tour of BAE Systems Australia’s Williamtown facility. On Thursday and Friday, students are learning more about the company’s work on the Hawk Lead in fighter and how the company will play an integral … Continue reading BAE Systems hosts future defence prospects → The post BAE Systems hosts future defence prospects appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

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