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Researchers Develop Super-Strong Robot Muscle

Researchers Develop Super-Strong Robot Muscle | MishMash | Scoop.it

Researchers from the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Faculty of Engineering has created efficient artificial, or “robotic” muscles, which could carry a weight 80 times its own and able to extend to five times its original length when carrying the load – a first in robotics.


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This Material Will Power the Future — If Somebody Can Profit From It

This Material Will Power the Future — If Somebody Can Profit From It | MishMash | Scoop.it

Since 2010, graphene has been on the fast track. It is being groomed for a role in materials that typically take years and sometimes decades before they develop into products that transform the way people do things in everyday life. On a recent visit to the University of Manchester, which remains the center of the graphene “revolution,” physicists and engineers are trying hard to move their home-developed technology off the lab bench and into commercial products. To do it, they’ll have to develop a graphene “killer app” that possesses distinct advantages over existing technologies — and doesn’t cost too much to manufacture.


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Roger Ellman's curator insight, April 5, 2013 4:51 AM

It is worth reading any detailed article on the progress of developing Graphene applications and this one is another to check off the list. Graphene is going to be VERY important....soon.

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The Third Industrial Revolution

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From the year 2000 to 2010 the number of manufacturing jobs in America fell by about a third. The rise of outsourcing and offshoring and the growth of sophisticated supply chains has enabled companies the world over to use China, India and other lower-wage countries as workshops. Now, the global financial crisis has people thinking it is time their countries returned to making stuff in order to create jobs and prevent more manufacturing skills from being lost. These factors, and technologies like robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence could help bring about a Third Industrial Revolution.


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Stanford scientists develop new type of solar structure that cools buildings in full sunlight

Stanford scientists develop new type of solar structure that cools buildings in full sunlight | MishMash | Scoop.it

Homes and buildings chilled without air conditioners. Car interiors that don't heat up in the summer sun. Tapping the frigid expanses of outer space to cool the planet. Science fiction, you say? Well, maybe not any more.
A team of researchers at Stanford has designed an entirely new form of cooling structure that cools even when the sun is shining. Such a structure could vastly improve the daylight cooling of buildings, cars and other structures by reflecting sunlight back into the chilly vacuum of space.


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Chris Smith's comment, May 23, 2013 6:42 PM
Awesome.
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Researchers create CMOS-compatible, 30nm programmable graphene transistor

Researchers create CMOS-compatible, 30nm programmable graphene transistor | MishMash | Scoop.it

Electronic engineers at Japan’s GNC and AIST research centers have successfully created graphene transistors that are constructed and operated in a way that redefines 50 years of transistor development. These graphene transistors can be built using conventional CMOS processes, and could potentially be many times smaller, hundreds of times faster, and consume much less power than silicon transistors.


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