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Engineering Lighter and Faster Industrial Robots by Performing Dynamic Analysis

With improved structural design and control mechanisms, industrial robots have become more popular in manufacturing. And here are the reasons why:

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Will we discover alien life by 2025?

This week's Question: During a panel discussion last week, NASA scientists indicated that we may be a generation away from finding alien life — even if that life is a microorganism and not an alien civilization. "We're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, said chief scientist Ellen Stofan.”I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years." NASA scientists have found evidence of water on a number of celestial bodies, including the dwarf planet Ceres and Jupiter’s moon Europa. What do you think? Will we discover alien life by 2025?

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Bridging the Gap: Flight-Based Evaluations Soar to New Heights with Advanced Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is being heralded as a disruptive technology in aerospace, and for good reason – it’s literally changing the way aircrafts are being manufactured. Just ask Area-I, an aerospace engineering company, which has been partnering with Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, an advanced manufacturing services organization, to create PTERA, an unmanned Prototype Technology Evaluation and Research Aircraft that helps fill a technology gap between wind tunnel and manned flight testing. On this Webinar, engineers from both teams will talk about how additive manufacturing helped PTERA get off the ground – literally.

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Engineers Develop 2D Liquid

Soft nanoparticles from a University of Pennsylvania research team stick to the plane where oil and water meet, but do not stick to one another. The interface presents a potentially useful set of properties. The nanoparticles freely move past one another while being confined to the interface, effectively acting as a 2D liquid. Gold nanoparticles were decorated with surfactant, or soap-like, ligands. The ligands have a water-loving head and an oil-loving tail, and the way they are attached to the central particle allows them to contort themselves.The arrangement produces a “flying saucer” shape, with the ligands stretching out more at the interface than above or below. The ligand bumpers keep the particles from clumping together.  The researchers also devised ways of measuring the system's properties. Their data will better inform computer simulations and potentially lead to applications in fields like nanomanufacturing and catalysis. SourceAlso: Learn about a Nanoparticle/Polymer Nanocomposite Bond Coating.

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Prototype Camera Powers Itself

A new prototype video is fully self-powered and can produce an image each second, indefinitely, of a well-lit indoor scene. Columbia University researchers designed a pixel that can not only measure incident light but also convert the incident light into electric power.The simple pixel design uses two transistors. During each image capture cycle, the pixels first record and read out the image, and then harvest energy and charge the sensor’s power supply; the image sensor continuously toggles between image capture and power harvesting modes. When the camera is not used to capture images, it can generate power for other devices, such as a phone or a watch.SourceAlso: Learn about Detection of Dropped Objects in Video.

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External Power Supply Efficiency Regulation Introduction

Presently Energy Efficiency Level V is mandatory in Canada and throughout Europe. In February 2016 Energy Efficiency Level VI will become mandatory in the United States. Attached are the details of the pending change, but in brief, both the standby power draw and efficiency of the operating power supplies must meet minimum levels set in the standard. MEGA is in the process of updating our product line to comply with the coming changes.

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Designing a Phased Array Antenna Using Antenna Magus and CST STUDIO SUITE

Antenna synthesis lets engineers investigate many potential designs and produce antennas that fit the specifications quickly. For effects that cannot be accounted for analytically such as edge effects and mutual coupling, full-wave 3D simulation can complement synthesis tools and allow designs to be checked and fine-tuned. This article explores the synthesis of an antenna array, using a phased array satellite communications antenna as an example.

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