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  • Move over, Mario: Researchers use Wii games to help Parkinson's patients

    A pair of Purdue University professors are using the popular Nintendo Wii gaming system to help people with Parkinson's disease. Jessica Huber and Jeff Haddad from the College of Health and Human Sciences are studying how playing specially created games can improve a patient's movement, speech and overall quality of life. […]

  • Engineers explore origami to create folding spacecraft

    An ancient art form has taken on new shape at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. […]

  • NASA tests first 3-D printed rocket engine part made with two different alloys

    Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, tested NASA's first 3-D printed rocket engine prototype part made of two different metal alloys through an innovative advanced manufacturing process. NASA has been making and evaluating durable 3-D printed rocket parts made of one metal, but the technique of 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, with more than one metal is more difficult. […]

  • New technique spots warning signs of extreme events

    Many extreme events—from a rogue wave that rises up from calm waters, to an instability inside a gas turbine, to the sudden extinction of a previously hardy wildlife species—seem to occur without warning. It's often impossible to predict when such bursts of instability will strike, particularly in systems with a complex and ever-changing mix of players and pieces. […]

  • Study suggests risks vary widely in drone-human impacts

    New Virginia Tech research suggests there's wide variation in the risk that unmanned aircraft pose to people on the ground. […]

  • New self-powered paper patch could help diabetics measure glucose during exercise

    A new paper-based sensor patch developed by researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York could allow diabetics to effectively measure glucose levels during exercise. […]

  • New device reveals spinning head of sperm and gives scientists clearest view of its 3-D motion

    Scientists have been observing sperm cells since the invention of the optical microscope. But surprisingly little has been known about sperm swimming patterns in 3-D – information that could help and improve scientists' understanding of the biophysics of sperm locomotion, which can shed light on key physical attributes of healthy and defect sperm. […]

  • Researchers design the building blocks of synthetic muscle using computational method

    Each time you flex your bicep, millions of molecular motors work together in a complex process inside your muscle. These motors—called myosin—are chemically-powered proteins. Combinations of them perform different muscular functions like maintaining a heartbeat or bearing weight.&nbs […]

  • Researchers develop spectroscopic 'science camera' system for smartphones

    The latest versions of most smartphones contain at least two and sometimes three built-in cameras. Researchers at the University of Illinois would like to sell mobile device manufactures on the idea of adding yet another image sensor as a built-in capability for health diagnostic, environmental monitoring, and general-purpose color sensing applications. […]

  • Artificial 'skin' gives robotic hand a sense of touch

    A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices. […]

  • New manufacturing process for SiC power devices opens market to more competition

    Researchers from North Carolina State University are rolling out a new manufacturing process and chip design for silicon carbide (SiC) power devices, which can be used to more efficiently regulate power in technologies that use electronics. The process - called PRESiCE - was developed with support from the PowerAmerica Institute funded by the Department of Energy to make it easier for companies to enter the SiC marketplace and develop new products. […]

  • Low-cost wearables manufactured by hybrid 3-D printing

    Human skin must flex and stretch to accommodate the body's every move. Anything worn tight on the body must also be able to flex around muscles and joints, which helps explain why synthetic fabrics like spandex are popular in active wear. Wearable electronic devices that aim to track and measure the body's movements must possess similar properties, yet integrating rigid electrical components on or within skin-mimicking matrix materials has proven to be challenging. Such components cannot stretch and dissipate forces like soft materials can, and this mismatch in flexibility concentrates stress at the junction between the hard and soft elements, frequently causing wearable devices to fail. […]

  • PupilScreen aims to allow parents, coaches, medics to detect concussion, TBIs with a phone

    University of Washington researchers are developing the first smartphone app that is capable of objectively detecting concussion and other traumatic brain injuries in the field: on the sidelines of a sports game, on a battlefield or in the home of an elderly person prone to falls. […]

  • New technology could revolutionise smartphone use

    An innovative technology, created by researchers at the University of St Andrews, can allow your smartphone to carry out a range of tasks just by recognising the surface it is sitting on. […]

  • High-frequency chip brings researchers closer to next generation technology

    novel, high-frequency electronic chip potentially capable of transmitting tens of gigabits of data per second—a rate that is orders of magnitude above the fastest internet speeds available today—has been developed by engineers at the University of California, Davis. […]

  • How acoustics can be an early warning system for bridges

    Jinying Zhu's emerging technology is on the ball, off the chain and poised to make bridges safe by sound. […]

  • Team sets new record for magnetic tape storage—makes tape competitive for cloud storage

    Research scientists have achieved a new world record in tape storage – their fifth since 2006. The new record of 201 Gb/in2 (gigabits per square inch) in areal density was achieved on a prototype sputtered magnetic tape developed by Sony Storage Media Solutions. The scientists presented the achievement today at the 28th Magnetic Recording Conference (TMRC 2017) here. […]

  • Cicada wings may inspire new surface technologies

    Researchers are looking to insects - specifically cicadas - for insight into the design of artificial surfaces with de-icing, self-cleaning and anti-fogging abilities. […]

  • Team finds reason behind defects in 3-D printing

    High-speed images of a common laser-based metal 3-D printing process, coupled with newly updated computer models, have revealed the mechanisms behind material redistribution, a phenomenon that leads to defects in printed metal parts, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers reported. […]

  • Biofeedback technology helping improve balance in Parkinson's patients

    University of Houston researchers in the Department of Health and Human Performance are helping patients with Parkinson's disease regain stable balance and confidence in performing daily activities in their own homes. A research team is developing the Smarter Balance System (SBS), a smartphone-based biofeedback rehabilitation system that guides patients through a series of balance exercises using wearable technology. […]

 

  • Adelaide IOT tech firm seeking new CEO amid reshuffle

    Adelaide-based Internet of Things (IoT) technology company, Xped, is seeking a new CEO amid an organisational restructure. As part of the re-organisation, Athan Lekkas will step down from the helm in six months but will remain a director. Managing director Martin Despain and director Dr Wenjun Sheng will resign from the board but will remain at the … Continue reading Adelaide IOT tech firm seeking new CEO amid reshuffle → The post Adelaide IOT tech firm seeking new CEO amid reshuffle appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Investigation launched after massive car factory blaze in Brisbane

    An investigation is underway to determine the cause of a fire that engulfed a car parts factory in Brisbane. More than 20 fire crews were reportedly called to All Crash Parts, in Pritchard Street, Virginia, at 3.30pm on Sunday. An emergency situation was declared by the police, who had set up an exclusion zone put … Continue reading Investigation launched after massive car factory blaze in Brisbane → The post Investigation launched after massive car factory blaze in Brisbane appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Mission manufacturing: Taking Australia to the stars

    It has been 50 years since Australia sent its first satellite into orbit. Steven Impey explores the possibilities an Australian space agency could present the industry. In the not too distant future, the results from an extensive review of Australia’s civil space industry will give a clearer picture to how the country’s first sovereign space … Continue reading Mission manufacturing: Taking Australia to the stars → The post Mission manufacturing: Taking Australia to the stars appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Confirmed space agency to boost Australian industry

    The Turnbull Government will establish a national space agency to ensure the growth of Australia’s domestic space industry. Acting minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the establishment of a space agency is one of the key issues being examined by the Expert Reference Group appointed to review Australia’s space industry capability. “The … Continue reading Confirmed space agency to boost Australian industry → The post Confirmed space agency to boost Australian industry appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Australia commissions its first air warfare destroyer

    The Australian government has announced the commissioning of the first Australian-built Air Warfare Destroyer, HMAS Hobart. According to the Department of Defence, the warship brings together the best of Australian and global technology to be one of the world’s most potent and lethal warships.  She will provide air defence for accompanying ships, in addition to land … Continue reading Australia commissions its first air warfare destroyer → The post Australia commissions its first air warfare destroyer appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

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