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Flies' eyes could enhance robot vision

Robots with flies' eyes could take advantage of the insect’s vision system to better locate the edges and boundaries of objects. This ability could help robots perform a variety of tasks more quickly and ...

May 09, 2008 feature
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Goodbye, Bunny Ears: Future Antennas May be Flat

The long, wiry antennas that protrude from airplanes, cars, cell phones – and even the bunny ears on some TVs – may one day become novelty items. Researchers are developing a smart-skin antenna that is ...

Apr 24, 2008 feature
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Rain Power: Harvesting Energy from the Sky

Researchers who study energy harvesting see energy all around us – we just need to find a way to capture that energy. One of the latest energy harvesting techniques is converting the mechanical energy from ...

Jan 22, 2008 feature
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Superconducting motor to increase power density

The field of electric motors has recently entered a new era. The electric motors that you see today in everything from washing machines, toys, and fans use the same basic principles as motors from 50 years ...

May 24, 2007 feature
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Future of war demands futuristic flying machines

While no one can predict where, when or why countries will fight future wars, experts are already creating war technology that may play a deciding factor in the outcome. Perhaps it’s a bit bold to say scientists can write ...

Apr 03, 2007 feature
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Chain Mail Fabric a Perfect Fit

Contemporaries of the ancient Greeks might find something familiar within the walls of the Micro and Nanotechnology Lab at the University of Illinois. In constructing a new type of smart fabric, researchers ...

Feb 23, 2007 feature
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Handheld windmills serve as electric generators

It’s not quite nanotechnology, but these inches-long windmills can generate small amounts of electric energy to power a variety of low-voltage applications. Since they’re made entirely of plastic, they ...

Feb 12, 2007 feature
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Inflatable Habitats for Polar and Space Colonists

Humanity has long since established a foothold in the Artic and Antarctic, but extensive colonization of these regions may soon become economically viable. If we can learn to build self-sufficient habitats ...

Jan 29, 2007 feature
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Future space devices inspired by spider legs

Are spiders ideal space travelers? Not quite, but according to a new study, their legs may be. Scientists Carlo Menon and Cristian Lira have designed and built lightweight, bendable joints based on the micro-hydraulic ...

Sep 07, 2006 feature
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