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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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A Continuous Motion Handle Applicator With Speeds Up To 600 Bottles Per Minute | Packaging World

A Continuous Motion Handle Applicator With Speeds Up To 600 Bottles Per Minute | Packaging World | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
Roberts PolyPro’s continuous motion handle applicator offers higher throughput with a lower cost. At up to 600 bottles-per-minute, this innovative...



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Graphene rubber bands could stretch limits of current healthcare, new research finds

Graphene rubber bands could stretch limits of current healthcare, new research finds | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

Monitoring of human bodily motion requires wearable sensors that can detect position, velocity and acceleration. They should be cheap, lightweight, mechanically compliant and display reasonable sensitivity at high strains and strain rates. No reported material has simultaneously demonstrated all the above requirements. This work describes a simple method to infuse liquid-exfoliated graphene into natural rubber to create conducting composites...Read More....

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Apprenticeships - Help to solve the growing Skills Gap

Apprenticeships - Help to solve the growing Skills Gap | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
Apprenticeships can help businesses across all sectors by offering a route to harness fresh new talent. Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money all at the same time.


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DLVR Digital Pressure Sensors

DLVR Digital Pressure Sensors | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

The DLVR Series mini digital output pressure sensor is based on All Sensors' CoBeam2 TM Technology. This reduces package stress susceptibility, resulting in improved overall long term stability. The technology also vastly improves position sensitivity compared to single die devices.

The supply voltage options ease integration of the sensors into a wide range of process control and measurement systems, allowing direct connection to serial communications channels. For battery-powered systems, the sensors can enter very low-power modes between readings to minimize load to power supply.

These calibrated and compensated sensors provide an accurate, stable output over a wide temperature range. This series is intended for use with non-corrosive, non-ionic working fluids such as air, dry gases and the like. A protective parylene coating is optionally available for moisture/harsh media protection...Read More....


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Therapy for Ultraviolet Laser Beams: Hydrogen-treated Fibers

Therapy for Ultraviolet Laser Beams: Hydrogen-treated Fibers | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

To make a better optical fiber for transmitting laser beams, the first idea that comes to mind is probably not a nice long hydrogen bath.  And yet, scientists have known for years that hydrogen can alter the performance of optical fibers, which are often used to transmit or even generate laser light in optical devices. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have put this hydrogen “cure” to practical use, making optical fibers that transmit stable, high-power ultraviolet laser light for hundreds of hours. NIST scientists expect these hydrogen-treated fibers, described in Optics Express,* to reduce errors in logic operations in their quantum computing experiments...Read More....


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On the edge of graphene

On the edge of graphene | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory in the U.K. have discovered that the conductivity at the edges of graphene devices is different to the central material. The group used local scanning electrical techniques to examine the local nanoscale electronic properties of epitaxial graphene, in particular the differences between the edges and central parts of graphene Hall bar devices.


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Wearable graphene nanoelectronic sensors for disease monitoring

Wearable graphene nanoelectronic sensors for disease monitoring | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

A new wearable vapor sensor being developed at the University of Michigan could one day offer continuous disease monitoring for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia or lung disease ("Graphene nanoelectronic heterodyne sensor for rapid and sensitive vapour detection"). ..Read More....

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Artificial retina: Physicists develop an interface to the optical nerve

Artificial retina: Physicists develop an interface to the optical nerve | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
Graphene has excellent biocompatibility thanks to its great flexibility and chemical durability, and its conducting properties suggest uses for prosthetic devices in humans. Physicists are now developing key components of an artificial retina made of graphene. These retina implants may one day serve as optical prostheses for blind people whose optical nerves are still intact.



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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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Artist Concept: Space Launch System Takes Flight

Artist Concept: Space Launch System Takes Flight | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

Artist concept of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) 70-metric-ton configuration launching to space. SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built for deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars. The first SLS mission -- Exploration Mission 1 -- will launch an uncrewed Orion spacecraft to a stable orbit beyond the moon and bring it back to Earth to demonstrate the integrated system performance of the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft’s re-entry and landing prior to a crewed flight.



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Hack Your Fridge With FirstBuild’s Smart Pitcher

Hack Your Fridge With FirstBuild’s Smart Pitcher | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

Earlier this year, engineer Taylor Dawson visited his brother in Arizona after a business trip. Dawson, a GE Appliances product manager, had just signed on with FirstBuild, GE’s collaboration with open-source innovator Local Motors that aims to create innovative new refrigerators and other appliances and bring them to market quickly. His brother had never heard of it, but said, “I’ve got to show you something.”

Dawson’s brother took him to the refrigerator, which has an industrial power supply on top. Two wires ran from the power source inside the fridge and into a little heater in the dairy bin. 

“He says, ‘This is my butter conditioner. It keeps my butter at the perfect temperature for spreading,’” Dawson recalled. “He took the butter out and he spread some for me just to show me how perfect it was.” ..Read More....




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IBM plans 'Innovation Center' for the Triangle: What we know - Triangle Business Journal

IBM plans 'Innovation Center' for the Triangle: What we know - Triangle Business Journal | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
IBM (NYSE: IBM) still isn’t releasing information on its planned Innovation Center – a facility that, according to Research Triangle Park site lead Bob Greenberg, will open in the Triangle.



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air-breathing carbon fiber spacecraft to travel the universe at mach 25 - designboom | architecture & design magazine

air-breathing carbon fiber spacecraft to travel the universe at mach 25 - designboom | architecture & design magazine | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
traveling to the edge of the universe by plane might be possible thanks to synergistic air-breathing rocket engines and an un-piloted, reusable spacecraft.



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A Robotic Companion for the Elderly?

A Robotic Companion for the Elderly? | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
Who’s going to check on mom? In the coming years, the answer may increasingly be a robotic — rather than human — caregiver.
Finding a reliable, affordable caregiver to check on elderly adults with...



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Attack Ebola on a nanoscale

Attack Ebola on a nanoscale | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 900 lives since February and has infected thousands more. Countries such as Nigeria and Liberia have declared health emergencies, while the World Health Organization began a two-day meeting on Wednesday to discuss ways to battle the outbreak. ..Read More....

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Nanoengineering better materials for the 21st century

Nanoengineering better materials for the 21st century | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
The U.S. Defense Department recently named Jian Luo, professor of nanoengineering and materials science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego as one of 10 new National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows (NSSEFF). The award provides up to $3 million over five years to develop a new materials design tool called interfacial phase diagrams.The NSSEFF program is the largest single principal investigator basic research grant funded within the Department of Defense to support top-tier researchers from U.S. universities to conduct long-term, unclassified, basic research.Interfacial phase diagrams enable scientists to tailor the processing and properties of engineering materials. Luo believes this basic research can also help to design better materials for applications in energy generation and storage. ..Read More....
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Why IBM’s New Brainlike Chip May Be “Historic” | MIT Technology Review

Why IBM’s New Brainlike Chip May Be “Historic” | MIT Technology Review | Innovation in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it
A chip that uses a million digital neurons and 256 million synapses may signal the beginning of a new era of more intelligent computers.


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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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