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February 7, 2013
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • New engine gets up to 90 mpg on nearly any fuel
    A new internal combustion engine can get 70 to 90 miles per gallon and run on a wide variety of fuels, including vegetable oil, says its inventor, Mark Holtzapple, Texas A&M professor and head of the Department of Chemical Engineering. The engine is being developed by Holtzapple's independent company, StarRotor. "We probably will go after stationary applications and maybe military applications first. Eventually we are hoping to see it in cars," Holtzapple said. The Battalion (Texas A&M University) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Moth-guided robot may point way to hazard containment
    A moth walking on the surface of a polystyrene ball that acts like a computer mouse has successfully guided a two-wheeled robot. The Japanese researchers who carried out the experiment hope it could lead to the creation of autonomous robots that can be used to find the source of chemical leaks and spills. The New Zealand Herald (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovations & Trends 
  • Boeing reportedly works on temporary battery fix for Dreamliner
    Boeing is preparing battery design changes to get its grounded 787 Dreamliner back in the air, while it also works on a permanent solution to the battery problems, industry and government officials briefed on the matter said. U.S. and Japanese aviation authorities would have to approve Boeing's interim modifications to the way the 787s use lithium-ion batteries. The Wall Street Journal (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tiny video camera coming for Raspberry Pi
    The new video camera from Raspberry Pi weighs in at next to nothing and is due for release later this year. The camera, with a planned price of $25, has a fixed-focus, 5-megapixel sensor and can take HD video. TechCrunch (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Samsung plans tablet-equipped fridge
    Consumers are about to get some help in the kitchen from their refrigerators as Samsung prepares to introduce a model with an embedded tablet this year. The fridge will offer such helpful services as ordering groceries and tracking ingredients and will complement Samsung's Internet-connected washing machine and other appliances. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GE, NFL partner to develop imaging systems to ID head trauma
    The National Football League has entered a four-year, $50 million partnership with General Electric for the creation of imaging technology that would improve diagnosis of concussions. The initiative also aims to promote better protection of the brain for players, and the efforts could result in new technologies within a few years. The first part of the project will devote $30 million over four years to the development of imaging systems to identify head trauma. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Robots introduce kids to science, engineering
    Children are learning about science, technology, engineering and math with kits from Barobo, Modular Robotics and LEGO that help them build robots. The key to success is to reduce the process of making functional robots to a few steps that are still instructive. "Robotics plays a great role in STEM education as it is something kids can see, feel, touch, control and imagine," said Barobo President Graham Ryland. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Global Window 
  • Slide show: Meet "Rex," the $1M bionic man
    The results of a $1 million project to build "Rex," a bionic man were unveiled in a series of photos on Wednesday at the Science Museum. Replete with prosthetic limbs, the machine that has a human form modeled on researcher Bertolt Meyer, a "lifelong user of prosthetic technology," also has a functioning blood circulatory system and artificial organs. The bionic humanoid will be on display beginning Feb. 7. CBS News (2/6) , Device Magazine (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Development 
  • Training, other steps ensure best use of value stream mapping
    Waste and loss within an operation can be visually tracked with value stream mapping. But to take full advantage of what it has to offer, it's important among other measures to select and train an inclusive, cross-functional team and physically track the path of material flow. IndustryWeek (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASME News 
  • ASME president’s trip to China emphasizes STEM
    Marc W. Goldsmith, ASME president, and a group of Society volunteers and staff traveled to China in December to meet with representatives from the United Kingdom's Institute of Mechanical Engineering and with the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society to discuss the future of mechanical engineering education in China. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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