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MakerCon: Makers Are the New Explorers of the Universe

MakerCon: Makers Are the New Explorers of the Universe | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
In only two short weeks, MakerCon is set to commence at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood City, CA. While I'm excited about everything happening at this event—running Tuesday-Wednesday, May 1...
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New Tesla Museum Gets $1 Million Donation from Elon Musk - Industry Tap

New Tesla Museum Gets $1 Million Donation from Elon Musk - Industry Tap | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

Elon Musk has donated $1 million in an effort to help build a Tesla Museum in Long Island, New York.

While the museum needs approximately $8 million in funding, Musk’s donation certainly helps the cause and he claims that he will build a Tesla charging station in the museum’s parking lot for visitors.

Essentially, one day you will be able to drive to the Tesla museum in your Tesla, check out all the Tesla stuff in the venue, then leave on a full charge from Tesla charging technology! ..Read More....

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Video: Walmart to American Inventors: Pitch Us Your Products

In a "Shark Tank"-like scenario, retail giant gives some inventors the chance of a lifetime.


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University nanotechnology spinout developing revolutionary battery technology

University nanotechnology spinout developing revolutionary battery technology | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

A University of Central Florida (UCF) spinout company is at the forefront of perfecting specialized nanotechnology designed to extend the longevity of batteries and superconductors. Batteries will be lighter, stay charged longer and need to be replaced less frequently—and that’s a win for our smart phones and our environment...Read More....

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Issue #8 • July 2014 - RocketSTEM

Issue #8 • July 2014 - RocketSTEM | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
Inspiration for the next generation of explorers


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NIST Shows Ultrasonically Propelled Nanorods Spin Dizzyingly Fast

NIST Shows Ultrasonically Propelled Nanorods Spin Dizzyingly Fast | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

Vibrate a solution of rod-shaped metal nanoparticles in water with ultrasound and they'll spin around their long axes like tiny drill bits. Why? No one yet knows exactly. But researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have clocked their speed—and it's fast. At up to 150,000 revolutions per minute, these nanomotors rotate 10 times faster than any nanoscale object submerged in liquid ever reported.

The discovery of this dizzying rate has opened up the possibility that they could be used not only for moving around inside the body—the impetus for the research—but also for high-speed machining and mixing...Read More....


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Carbon Nanotubes May Replace Platinum To Produce Hydrogen | New Energy and Fuel

Carbon Nanotubes May Replace Platinum To Produce Hydrogen | New Energy and Fuel | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
Rutgers researchers have developed a technology using carbon nanotubes in place of platinum to produce hydrogen.
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Lettuce See the Future: Japanese Farmer Builds High-Tech Indoor Veggie Factory

Lettuce See the Future: Japanese Farmer Builds High-Tech Indoor Veggie Factory | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

Humans have spent the last 10,000 years mastering agriculture. But a freak summer storm or bad drought can still mar many a well-planted harvest. Not anymore, says Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, who has moved industrial-scale farming under the roof...Read More....

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is the global footprint of this lettuce lower than the outdoor grown, transported and distributed one? ...

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Self-assembly machines - a vision for the future of manufacturing

Self-assembly machines - a vision for the future of manufacturing | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

Industrial production processes, by and large, rely on robotic assembly lines that place, package, and connect a variety of disparate components. While the manufacturing world is dominated by robots, there are applications where the established processes of serial 'pick and place' and manipulation of single objects reach scaling limits in terms of throughput, alignment precision, and the minimal component dimension they can handle effectively...Read More....

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IBM makes the world’s smallest stop-motion film

IBM makes the world’s smallest stop-motion film | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
IBM Research uses scanning tunneling microscope to direct its cast of 240 atoms to make “A Boy and His Atom”.

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This is really important and cool- with large implications!

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Manufacturing Open Innovation Challenge

Manufacturing Open Innovation Challenge | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

Electrolux, the global leader in home domestic and professional appliances, opens a challenge to industries, start-ups, research centres, and universities inviting them to send their innovative ideas for new products and solutions in fabric care and small domestic appliances.

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Robert Cooper creates chocolate and wafer Airfix models

Robert Cooper creates chocolate and wafer Airfix models | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
Central Saint Martins graduate Robert Cooper has created chocolate and wafer snacks that can be built into Airfix-style models.
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Universal Calorie Counter Within Reach? These Researchers are Cracking the Code

Universal Calorie Counter Within Reach? These Researchers are Cracking the Code | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

A few years ago, Matt Webster decided to dispatch with the annual birthday surprise dilemma and asked his wife whether she’d like as a gift an activity monitor. She was not impressed.

The problem wasn’t him asking, but the technology itself. “If it doesn’t automatically track the calories I eat, then I don’t want it,” she told him.

Although there is no such automated device on the market, Webster, who works as a senior scientist at GE’s labs in upstate New York, was not deterred. His specialty is diagnostics and biomedical research and he decided to build a device that could count calories in any food. “I thought that this was crazy and impossible, but I took it as a challenge,” he says.

Webster started by chomping through a massive food library compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The database holds nutritional information for 6,500 foods. “I wanted to boil it down to a simple recipe that determined calories from a small handful of data points,” Webster says. “Perhaps I could measure those data points with sensors and use them to calculate the calories in any food.”..Read More....

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Advanced nanometer-scale manufacturing technologies #DigInfo

“ Challenges for the ultimate added value: Advanced nanometer-scale manufacturing technologies (http://www.diginfo.tv/v/14-0030-f-en.php) 12/2/2014 Yan Laborat...”


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NIST Announces New Competition for Advanced Manufacturing Planning Awards

NIST Announces New Competition for Advanced Manufacturing Planning Awards | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)today announced a new competition for planning awards to support industry-driven consortia in developing research plans and charting collaborative actions to solve high-priority technology challenges and accelerate the growth of advanced manufacturing in the United States.  NIST's AdvancedManufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program anticipates awarding a total of $5.6 million in two-year grants during the young program's second competition. Awards will range between about $250,000 and $500,000, subject to the availability of funds. Applications are due Oct. 31, 2014, and selections will be announced during the first half of 2015.

Teaming and partnerships that include broad participation by companies of all sizes, universities and government agencies, driven by industry, are encouraged. Nonprofit U.S. organizations as well as accredited institutions of higher education and state, tribal and local governments are eligible to apply for the program...Read More....



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Scientists test a nanoparticle 'alarm clock' to awaken immune systems put to sleep by cancer

Nanowerk is the leading nanotechnology portal, committed to educate, inform and inspire about nanotechnologies, nanosciences, and other emerging technologies


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Lithium-doped graphene approaches the limits of transparency and conductivity

Lithium-doped graphene approaches the limits of transparency and conductivity | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

Transparent conductive coatings pervade modern technology. They are a critical component of optoelectronic devices such as smartphone and tablet displays as well as solar cells. The most widely used standard coating is indium tin oxide (ITO), although the use of carbon nanomaterials – carbon nanotubes and graphene – is on the rise.The search for novel transparent electrode materials with good stability, high transparency and excellent conductivity is driven by the required trade-off between transparency and conductivity: Metals are very conductive but not transparent; plastics are quite transparent but not conductive. However, many optoelectronic applications ideally require electrodes with both, high transparency and high conductivity. ..Read More...



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Which One Rocks – AC or DC?

Which One Rocks – AC or DC? | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
In the old war of currents between Edison and Tesla, Tesla’s alternating current proved to be the winner in grid distribution. We wonder if it will prevail when it comes to local and regional distribution. The new distribution extends deeper than the power grid; it goes down into the hearts of datacenters and high performance computing. In this edition of Engineering Live, host and Editor-in-Chief, David Mantey, will lead an expert panel in a discussion centered around the old war between AC and DC to discuss the future and next generation solutions including: • When you're off the grid, is alternating current or direct current the better solution? • How will the power landscape change if the world runs out of cheap energy? • What is the best way to store solar energy?



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Chipping In: Tech from GE Labs Could Make Planes, Trains and Automobiles Use Less Power

Chipping In: Tech from GE Labs Could Make Planes, Trains and Automobiles Use Less Power | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
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Nano-sized silicon oxide electrode for the next generation lithium ion batteries

Nano-sized silicon oxide electrode for the next generation lithium ion batteries | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
The lithium ion battery market has been growing steadily and has been seeking an approach to increase battery capacity while retaining its capacity for long recharging process.Structuring materials for electrode at the nanometre-length scale has been known to be an effective way to meet this demand; however, such nanomaterials would essentially need to be produced by high throughput processing in order to transfer these technologies to industry. ..Read More....
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▶ FABTECH 2014 Atlanta - YouTube - Advanced Manufacturing Mega Show!

The future - your future - is on full display at FABTECH, November 11-13, 2014 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. From the latest trends and en...
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Motorized Miniature Screw-Actuator Provides 20 nm Resolution, Based on Piezo Effect

Motorized Miniature Screw-Actuator Provides 20 nm Resolution, Based on Piezo Effect | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

Precision Motion specialist Physik Instrumente (PI) has introduced two new, vacuum compatible versions of its compact N-470 PiezoMike precision screw-type actuator family...Read More....

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Nanotechnology coating signals when equipment is too hot to handle

Nanotechnology coating signals when equipment is too hot to handle | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) researchers have developed a paint for use in coatings and packaging that changes color when exposed to high temperatures, delivering a visual warning to people handling material or equipment with the potential to malfunction, explode, or cause burns when overheated. The technology was commissioned and funded by the U.S. Army Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal in response to dangerous conditions in the desert during the war in Iraq, for example, where soldiers reported temperatures near munitions that had sometimes exceeded 190 degrees F, far in excess of the shells’ design limits...Read More....

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What is a National Innovation System and Why Does it Matter?

What is a National Innovation System and Why Does it Matter? | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
There is a disturbing turn to “neo-Ludditism” in America as public interest groups, the media, and the public adopt an anti-innovation attitude.
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The author, Robert Atkinson, is President of an US Foundation (http://www.itif.org/) about Information Technology and Innovation.

His post is very US-centric but interesting ... the TRIANGLE!: 1) business environment, 2) trade, tax and regulatory environment, 3) innovation policy environment... as three basic condition to let innovation grow and develop.

business environment factors along one side of the triangle, the trade, tax and regulatory environment along another, and the innovation policy environment along the third. Success requires correctly structuring all three sides of this triangle - See more at: http://www.ideaslaboratory.com/2014/07/03/what-is-a-national-innovation-system-and-why-does-it-matter/#sthash.FoySoQVj.dpuf
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"Graphene Think Piece" - by The Graphene Special Interest Group via NanoWerk

"Graphene Think Piece" - by The Graphene Special Interest Group via NanoWerk | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

The Graphene Special Interest Group (GrapheneSIG) has published a Graphene Think Piece(registration required). The document was initiated by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to "inform a view on where and how the UK might best gain economic value from graphene related activities. ..Read More....


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Great resource guide to the Nano World of Graphene

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Great resource guide to the Nano World of Graphene

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Future is Bright for Rochester Photonics Industry

Future is Bright for Rochester Photonics Industry | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
Rochester, New York is bursting with energy, photonic energy! The New York (NYSTAR) MEP Center, aka High Tech Rochester, is a key player in the revitalizing this industry, along with various economic and business development entities in the Rochester regi
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