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Engineers develop wearable respiration monitor with children's toy


Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a wearable, disposable respiration monitor that provides high-fidelity readings on a continuous basis.
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Getting a grip on human-robot cooperation


New study reveals guiding principles that regulate choice of grasp type during a human-robot exchange of objects.
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Laser-induced graphene gets tough


Rice University lab combines conductive foam with other materials for capable new composites.
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Blockchain: security and traceability for smart manufacturing


Engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) needed a way to secure smart manufacturing systems using the digital thread , so they turned to the new kid on the block ... blockchain, that is.
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This is a neuron on nicotine


When a person takes a puff on a cigarette, nicotine floods into the brain, latching onto receptors on the surface of neurons and producing feelings of happiness. But nicotine does not simply stay on the surface of cells - the drug permeates into neural cells and alters them from the inside out. Now, a team of scientists has developed a protein sensor that glows in the presence of nicotine.
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Advances in stretchable semiconductors


Researchers from the University of Houston have reported significant advances in stretchable electronics, moving the field closer to commercialization. They outlined advances in creating stretchable rubbery semiconductors, including rubbery integrated electronics, logic circuits and arrayed sensory skins fully based on rubber materials.
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Image: dime-sized device; Copyright: Patricio R. Sarzosa, Thayer School of Engineering

Heart's energy to power life-saving devices


The heart's motion is so powerful that it can recharge devices that save our lives, according to new research from Dartmouth College. Using a dime-sized invention developed by engineers at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, the kinetic energy of the heart can be converted into electricity to power a wide-range of implantable devices.
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Invisible tags


A team of physicists headed by Prof. Sebastian Reineke of TU Dresden developed a new method of storing information in fully transparent plastic foils. Their innovative idea was now published in the online journal "Science Advances".
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Image: Surface textures on tool steel fabricated by means of ultrafast laser radiation; Copyright: Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.

Making ultrafast lasers faster


Lasers with ultrashort pulses in the picosecond and femtosecond range are referred to as ultrafast lasers. They are known for their ultra-precise ablation and cutting results. Unfortunately, processing with such lasers takes time. To address this issue, a new research project, funded by the European Commission, aims to make material processing with ultrafast lasers up to a hundred times faster.
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Image: A white box in which many green and blue threads are shown. Representation of the flow of an air conditioner; Copyright: Fraunhofer SCAI

Evaluation of complex engineering data


A further increase in the performance of supercomputers is expected over the next few years. So-called exascale computers will be able to deliver more precise simulations. This leads to considerably more data. Fraunhofer SCAI develops efficient data analysis methods for this purpose, which provide the engineer with detailed insights into the complex technical contexts.
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