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  • Study shows electrically charging planes have reduced risk of being struck by lightning

    Aviation experts estimate that every commercial airplane in the world is struck by lightning at least once per year. Around 90 percent of these strikes are likely triggered by the aircraft itself: In thunderstorm environments, a plane's electrically conductive exterior can act as a lightning rod, sparking a strike that could potentially damage the plane's outer structures and compromise its onboard electronics. […]

  • Researchers develop optical tools to detect metabolic changes linked to disease

    Metabolic changes in cells can occur at the earliest stages of disease. In most cases, knowledge of those signals is limited, since we usually detect disease only after it has done significant damage. Now, a team led by engineers at Tufts University School of Engineering has opened a window into the cell by developing an optical tool that can read metabolism at subcellular resolution, without having to perturb cells with contrast agents, or destroy them to conduct assays. As reported today in Science Advances, the researchers were able to use the method to identify specific metabolic signatures that could arise in diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. […]

  • Flying cars eye takeoff at Geneva Motor Show

    After gracing our screens for decades, flying cars are about to shift gears from dream to reality, with the unveiling of a commercial model in Geneva this week. […]

  • Stretchable health sensor could improve monitoring of chronic conditions

    A new type of flexible, wearable sensor could help people with chronic conditions like diabetes avoid the discomfort of regular pin-prick blood tests by monitoring the chemical composition of their sweat instead. […]

  • Augmented reality takes 3-D printing to next level

    Cornell researchers are taking 3-D printing and 3-D modeling to a new level by using augmented reality (AR) to allow designers to design in physical space while a robotic arm rapidly prints the work. […]

  • What do you get when you cross an airplane with a submarine?

    Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed the first unmanned, fixed-wing aircraft that is capable of traveling both through the air and under the water – transitioning repeatedly between sky and sea. The EagleRay XAV, which was developed with funding and assistance from Teledyne Scientific, holds promise for use in applications such as tracking and observing wildlife. […]

  • Tissue paper sensors show promise for health care, entertainment, robotics

    University of Washington engineers have turned tissue paper – similar to toilet tissue – into a new kind of wearable sensor that can detect a pulse, a blink of an eye and other human movement. The sensor is light, flexible and inexpensive, with potential applications in health care, entertainment and robotics. […]

  • 3-D printing of living cells

    Using a new technique they call "in-air microfluidics," University of Twente scientists succeed in printing 3-D structures with living cells. This special technique enable the fast and 'on-the-fly' production of micro building blocks that are viable and can be used for repairing damaged tissue, for example. The work is presented in Science Advances. […]

  • Researchers develop wireless light switch for targeted cancer therapy

    A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a way to wirelessly deliver light into deep regions of the body to activate light-sensitive drugs for photodynamic therapy (PDT). […]

  • New sensor for measuring electric field strength

    Accurately measuring electric fields is important in a variety of applications, such as weather forecasting, process control on industrial machinery, or ensuring the safety of people working on high-voltage power lines. Yet from a technological perspective, this is no easy task. […]

  • Engineer says new study forces researchers to rethink how elderly break their bones

    To better understand why many elderly people are prone to break a bone in a fall (known as bone fragility fractures), perhaps doctors and researchers should look at the human skeleton in much the same way civil engineers analyze buildings and bridges, according to a new study from a University of Utah mechanical engineering professor. […]

  • Drones learn to navigate autonomously by imitating cars and bicycles

    All today's commercial drones use GPS, which works fine above building roofs and in high altitudes. But what, when the drones have to navigate autonomously at low altitude among tall buildings or in the dense, unstructured city streets with cars, cyclists or pedestrians suddenly crossing their way? Until now, commercial drones are not able to quickly react to such unforeseen events. […]

  • Inverse-design approach leads to metadevices

    Imagine wafer-thin eyeglasses or a smartphone camera so small it is invisible to the naked eye. […]

  • 3-D printing improves cell adhesion and strength of PDMS polymer

    Combining two different polymer forms can switch manufacturing of silicone parts from molding, casting and spin coating of simple forms to 3-D printing of complex geometries with better mechanical characteristics and better biological adhesion, according to a team of Penn State researchers. […]

  • Startup aims to make vision care more accessible in developing world

    Vision impairment is a major global issue. More than 2 billion people worldwide don't have access to corrective lenses. […]

  • Computational method improves the resolution of time-of-flight depth sensors 1,000-fold

    For the past 10 years, the Camera Culture group at MIT's Media Lab has been developing innovative imaging systems—from a camera that can see around corners to one that can read text in closed books—by using "time of flight," an approach that gauges distance by measuring the time it takes light projected into a scene to bounce back to a sensor. […]

  • Humans can feel molecular differences between nearly identical surfaces

    How sensitive is the human sense of touch? Sensitive enough to feel the difference between surfaces that differ by just a single layer of molecules, a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego has shown. […]

  • Volumetric 3-D printing builds on need for speed

    While additive manufacturing (AM), commonly known as 3-D printing, is enabling engineers and scientists to build parts in configurations and designs never before possible, the impact of the technology has been limited by layer-based printing methods, which can take up to hours or days to build three-dimensional parts, depending on their complexity. […]

  • Researchers 3-D print lifelike artificial organ models

    A team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has 3D printed lifelike artificial organ models that mimic the exact anatomical structure, mechanical properties, and look and feel of real organs. These patient-specific organ models, which include integrated soft sensors, can be used for practice surgeries to improve surgical outcomes in thousands of patients worldwide. […]

  • In first, 3-D printed objects connect to WiFi without electronics

    Imagine a bottle of laundry detergent that can sense when you're running low on soap—and automatically connect to the internet to place an order for more. […]


  • Staying ahead of the game

    Manufacturers’ Monthly visited Dana Australia’s headquarters and assembly facility to find out how it has managed to stay profitable through the transition of the automotive industry.  Syed Shah reports. DANA was founded in 1904 and currently employs thousands of people in 33 countries across six continents. It specialises in efficiency, performance and sustainability initiatives for … Continue reading Staying ahead of the game → The post Staying ahead of the game appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Research opens new doors for biosensor technologies

    A new collaboration between mineral exploration company, Archer, and the University of Adelaide will seek to develop and implement graphene and carbon-based materials for use in complex biosensing, targeting applications in human health. The project, undertaken as part of the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme, will utilise Archer’s graphite and graphene materials to develop generic … Continue reading Research opens new doors for biosensor technologies → The post Research opens new doors for biosensor technologies appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Naval Group engages KBR in $50b SEA1000 project

    Naval Group Australia, a subsidiary of French shipbuilding company Naval Group, has partnered with South Australian engineering company, KBR, to develop the concept design for the proposed Future Submarine (SEA1000) construction yard at the Osborne Naval Shipbuilding precinct in South Australia. The submarine construction yard concept design will include the facilities and infrastructure required to … Continue reading Naval Group engages KBR in $50b SEA1000 project → The post Naval Group engages KBR in $50b SEA1000 project appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Boost for startup skills and services from Vic gov

    The Victorian state government has stated that it will invest $2.9 million in educating thousands of Victorian startups though the state’s startup agency, LaunchVic. Sixteen service providers have been selected to run the education programs, with up to 2,000 places available to Victorian startup founders and their staff. The programs will vary in length and … Continue reading Boost for startup skills and services from Vic gov → The post Boost for startup skills and services from Vic gov appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Arbon Equipment announces new showroom and training centre

    Arbon Equipment is expanding its offerings in Australia with an all-new showroom and training centre at Laverton North in Melbourne’s west. As the Australian service and distribution arm of Rite-Hite, a global manufacturer of loading dock and industrial facility equipment, Arbon will broaden its capabilities in 2018. The current 4500 square metre facility in Laverton … Continue reading Arbon Equipment announces new showroom and training centre → The post Arbon Equipment announces new showroom and training centre appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

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