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  • Autonomous oil spill response vessel makes debut
    The world’s first autonomous vessel designed to tackle oil spills has taken to the water for the first time, in a demonstration on the US east coast. Developed by Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics, the autonomous system was deployed on an igor/Kvi…
    - 3 days ago 23 Aug 19, 10:09am -
  • Smart sensor makes sense of wounds
    Smart sensor technology being developed in Edinburgh could provide a better understanding of wound formation and treatment Wounds can be unpleasant for those that have them and costly to treat, with the NHS spending £4.5-5.1bn each year to manage th…
    - 3 days ago 23 Aug 19, 9:57am -
  • Artificial evolution teaches robots to swarm in the wild
    UK researchers have embedded swarm robots with processing power that enables in situ artificial evolution and independent learning.   Refining the behaviour of robot swarms in this way has previously required external computation, but this limits t…
    - 3 days ago 23 Aug 19, 8:12am -
  • Ultrafast pulsed laser joins ceramics
    Ultrafast pulsed laser welding has been used to join ceramics, an advance that could lead to pacemakers with no metal parts and electronics for space and other harsh environments. Described in Science, the new ceramic welding technology has develop…
    - 3 days ago 23 Aug 19, 7:22am -
  • Castrol Wind Academy aims to plug renewables skills gap
    Lubricants manufacturer Castrol is launching a new Wind Academy in an effort to address the skills gap in the fast-growing wind energy sector. According to the company, almost 80 per cent of stakeholders in the industry are finding suitably trained s…
    - 4 days ago 22 Aug 19, 11:27am -

Science Daily Engineering

  • Study models new method to accelerate nanoparticles
    Researchers have modeled a method to manipulate nanoparticles as an alternative mode of propulsion for tiny spacecraft that require very small levels of thrust. The team simulated a system that uses light to generate an electromagnetic field to move…
    - 3 days ago 23 Aug 19, 1:48pm -
  • Scurrying roaches help researchers steady staggering robots
    To walk or run with finesse, roaches and robots coordinate leg movements via signals sent through centralized systems. Though their moving parts are utterly divergent, researchers have devised handy principles and equations to assess how both beasts…
    - 3 days ago 22 Aug 19, 8:50pm -
  • Artificial muscles bloom, dance, and wave
    Researchers have developed an ultrathin, artificial muscle for soft robotics. The advancement was demonstrated with a robotic blooming flower brooch, dancing robotic butterflies and fluttering tree leaves on a kinetic art piece.
    - 4 days ago 22 Aug 19, 1:40pm -
  • Understanding the animal brain could help robots wash your dishes
    Neuroscientists show how evolution and animal brains can be a rich source of inspiration for machine learning, especially to help AI tackle some enormously difficult problems, like doing the dishes.
    - 4 days ago 21 Aug 19, 9:37pm -
  • Self-folding 'Rollbot' paves the way for fully untethered soft robots
    The majority of soft robots today rely on external power and control, keeping them tethered to off-board systems or rigged with hard components. Now, researchers have developed soft robotic systems, inspired by origami, that can move and change shape…
    - 4 days ago 21 Aug 19, 6:27pm - Engineering Tech

  • Medical drones for accident and emergency
    Remote or computer-controlled aircraft, commonly referred to as "drones" could revolutionize the way in which emergency medical supplies, such as bags of blood plasma, are delivered to areas hit by disaster, accidents or other life-threatening situat…
    - 45 days ago 12 Jul 19, 12:16pm -
  • What will it take to live on the moon?
    With NASA planning to revisit the lunar surface by 2024 and send multiple expeditions by 2028, Rutgers University's Haym Benaroya is optimistic that people will someday live on the moon.
    - 45 days ago 11 Jul 19, 5:10pm -
  • Study provides framework for assessing historic wrought iron structures
    The Institution of Civil Engineers will honor the research of a New York University professor who employed terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) to examine Ireland's historic Guinness Bridge.
    - 45 days ago 11 Jul 19, 4:21pm -
  • New sensor could shake up earthquake response efforts
    Last week's massive southern California earthquakes shut down Ridgecrest Regional Hospital throughout the July 4 holiday weekend while the tiny town of Ridgecrest assessed the damages. A new optical sensor developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Labo…
    - 45 days ago 11 Jul 19, 3:17pm -
  • New high-definition satellite radar can detect bridges at risk of collapse from space
    Researchers from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the University of Bath have developed a satellite-based early warning system that could spot tiny movements in bridges that indicate they could collapse.
    - 47 days ago 9 Jul 19, 5:25pm -