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Energy use in buildings: Innovative, lower cost sensors and controls yield better energy efficiency
Buildings are responsible for about 40 percent of the energy consumed in the United States. Studies indicate that advanced sensors and controls have the potential to reduce the energy consumption of buildings by 20-30 percent.
The better to see you with: Prosthetic leg would keep an eye on path ahead
A mechanical engineer and his team have developed a computer-controlled camera that enables their robotic ankle to see where it is going.
New research predicts when, how materials will act
A material might melt or snap in half. And for engineers, knowing when and why that might happen is crucial information. Now, a researcher has laid out an overarching theory that explains why certain materials act the way they do.
Building tailor-made DNA nanotubes step by step
Researchers have developed a new, low-cost method to build DNA nanotubes block by block -- a breakthrough that could help pave the way for scaffolds made from DNA strands to be used in applications such as optical and electronic devices or smart drug-delivery systems.
Research shows benefits of silicon carbide for sensors in harsh environments
The use of silicon carbide as a semiconductor for mechanical and electrical sensor devices is showing promise for improved operations and safety in harsh working environments, according to new research.
Mixing plant waste and plastic to obtain building materials
A new company has intertwined the science of chemical engineering and technology to recycle all kinds of useless plastics and tequila agave bagasse similar to wood, but with greater resistance used as formwork in the construction industry or in the manufacture of benches, tables and chairs.
Buildings with ''rocking'' technology would be more earthquake-resilient
Buildings that rock during an earthquake and return to plumb would withstand seismic shaking better than structural designs commonly used in vulnerable zones of California and elsewhere. A researcher''s modeling suggests optimal sizes for damping devices and steel yielding devices that dissipate the...
Distortions glimpsed in atomic structure of materials
Researchers are using a technique they developed to observe minute distortions in the atomic structure of complex materials, shedding light on what causes these distortions and opening the door to studies on how such atomic-scale variations can influence a material''s properties.
Novel non-stick material joins portfolio of slippery surface technologies
The technology leverages the molecular structure of polymers, which makes them highly capable of taking up and storing considerable volumes of lubricating liquids in their molecular structure, like sponges. This allows for absorption of a large reservoir of lubricant, which can then travel to the su...
Novel bio-inspired robotic sock promotes blood circulation and prevents blood clots in legsStories 1 - 10 of 157
Innovative robotic sock, which mimics tentacle movements of corals, can benefit bedridden or immobile patients.