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February 8, 2013
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  • Engineers, scientists collaborate on design of underwater hotel
    A team of engineers and scientists from the Faculty of Ocean Engineering and Ship Technology in Poland with a background in designing underwater vehicles and equipment for seabed exploration is working with Deep Ocean Technology to build an underwater hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The hotel, which will be made up of two discs, one above the water and one below the surface, has a modular-based design that enables it to be expanded or even moved to a new location. DesignBuildSource.com.au (Australia) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Bioengineering tackles erosion
    Biotechnical engineering is beginning to take the place of merely laying down concrete in some communities as they go about controlling erosion and addressing other environmental challenges. It's part of a change in strategy in flood control toward the idea that working with nature can prove more effective than working against it. Earth Island Journal online (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prosthesis brings partial sight to the blind
    Sixty electrodes implanted in the eye's retina and glasses with a special mini-camera are bringing hope to some who are blind. The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System was developed by Second Sight Medical Products and is currently providing varying degrees of partial vision for 60 patients afflicted with a disease in which retinal photoreceptors degenerate. The Argus system works like these photoreceptors, converting light into electrochemical impulses that the brain then decodes into images. Discovery/Agence France-Presse (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Curiosity completes minidrill test
    Curiosity has proven it can drill holes on the surface of Mars, having completed its first minidrill test of the equipment designed to pulverize rock into sample-size particles. The rover created a hole 0.8 inches deep into a rock scientists call "John Klein" and which was chosen because it appears to have once been subjected to water. Space.com (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cutting-tool concepts a fit for Industry 4.0
    Some answers to the question of how cutting tools will fit into the world of Industry 4.0, the new manufacturing concept with Web-based networking, became evident at the 10th Tool Conference in Schmalkalden, Germany. One example was a mechatronic tool designed for retrograde machining of large boreholes. GFE unveiled the device, explaining that it uses telemetry to acquire its ongoing status while cutting, incorporating the “Internet of things” in which all participants communicate as they would on the Web. American Machinist (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Robots go soft with a worm
    Soft robotics has taken a step forward, of sorts, with a worm. The device wriggles about mimicking the movements of an earthworm, resembling not so much a hard, metallic conventional robot as a living thing. The Meshworm -- developed by MIT, Harvard and Seoul National University researchers -- consists of a mesh tube wrapped in a special memory alloy wire that expands and contracts. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New lightweight robots seen as boon to smaller Australian industry
    New lightweight assistive robots could be just what Australian small and medium-sized enterprises need to help revive the nation's manufacturing sector. This new generation of machines can be used in one of three broadly defined ways: as "intelligent tools" that function in coordination with human workers, to augment the abilities of human workers and as field tools to assist human workers in hazardous environments. SmartCompany.com.au (Australia) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ASME Energy Forum
      
    The ASME Energy Forum, a year-long multimedia series, kicks off with a live, free webinar on Feb. 14 at 2:00 p.m. called, "Tapping the Power of Flowing Water." The series will explore the technical aspects and workings of a broad range of energy sources and related technologies -- from solar power and hydrokinetics to fuel cell vehicles and wind farms. Register at go.asme.org/energyforum LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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