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Researchers design the building blocks of synthetic muscle using computational method

Muscle is made up of molecular motors called myosin that form complex combinations to perform specific functions, such as powering muscle contraction. Synthetic myosin could one day be used in regenerative medicine and robotics. Credit: Paul Egan/College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University Each time you flex your bicep, millions of molecular motors work together in a complex process inside your muscle. These motors—called myosin—are chemically-powered proteins. Combinations of them perform different muscular functions like maintaining a heartbeat or bearing weight. …

Researchers develop spectroscopic ‘science camera’ system for smartphones

Top view and side view of the compact spectrometer for the smartphone science camera, comprised of an image sensor chip with a linear variable filter attached over the surface. Credit: Micro and Nanotechnology Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The latest versions of most smartphones contain at least two and sometimes three built-in cameras. Researchers at the University of Illinois would like to sell mobile device manufactures on the idea of adding yet another image sensor as a built-in capability…

Artificial ‘skin’ gives robotic hand a sense of touch

Researchers from the University of Houston have reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold. Credit: University of Houston A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of…

New manufacturing process for SiC power devices opens market to more competition

Silicon carbide power devices, like the one shown here, are more efficient than their silicon counterparts. Credit: NC State University Researchers from North Carolina State University are rolling out a new manufacturing process and chip design for silicon carbide (SiC) power devices, which can be used to more efficiently regulate power in technologies that use electronics. The process – called PRESiCE – was developed with support from the PowerAmerica Institute funded by the Department of Energy to make it easier…

Better, cheaper bio-ink may be used to create artificial organs

UBC Okanagan’s Keekyoung Kim has great hopes for the bio-ink he is researching in his lab. Credit: UBC Okanagan A new bio-ink that may support a more efficient and inexpensive fabrication of human tissues and organs has been created by researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Keekyoung Kim, an assistant professor at UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering, says this development can accelerate advances in regenerative medicine. Using techniques like 3D printing, scientists are creating bio-material products that function alongside living…

Move Photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes and WiFi – WinX MediaTrans

As iPhone 8/X was released on Sept.12, we are already geared up to witness this and anticipating the new version of this phone would bring a radical change to the company. The 10th anniversary of the device surely will be mesmerizing and we have already started our preparations for optimum usage of the new phone. There are numerous preparations that are needed to be done before moving to a new mobile device. There is to and fro transfer of photos,…

The next tech transportation race

In this Aug. 15, 2017 photo, computer scientist Mohamed Saad Ibn Seddik, of Sea Machines Robotics, uses a laptop to guide a boat outfitted with sensors and self-navigating software and capable of autonomous navigation in Boston Harbor. The boat still needs human oversight, but some of the world’s biggest maritime firms have committed to designing ships that won’t need any captains or crews – at least not on board. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Self-driving cars may not hit the road in…

Localizing Slack – Several People Are Coding

Localization is so easy! …said no one ever. This week, we launched French, German, and Spanish localization in Slack. I’d like to share some of the lessons learned, tooling, and processes we put in place to complete this project and build localization into our ongoing workflow. Handling Strings The first step in localizing Slack was to prepare the strings in our codebase for localization. While mobile platforms provide clear frameworks for localization that keep strings separate from code, our web…