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From Robotics Come Prosthetic Hands That Can Feel

Imagine picking a ripe piece of fruit or buttoning a shirt using a prosthetic hand. Current prosthetics can help the user complete tasks. But what’s on the horizon could nearly mimic the natural sensation of touch. Early prosthetics dates back at least to ancient Egypt, when intricately carved, prosthetic toes could be worn not just […]

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Engineering Awards From a Humble Garage

From a humble garage has come some pretty amazing stuff. Sleek, gorgeous Apple computers got their start in a garage. So did Amazon.com, Google and even the Wonderful World of Disney. And now, the winners of the U.S. Department of Education Wave Energy Prize winners have joined the clan. Portland, Oregon’s Alex Hagmüller and Max […]

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Smart Urban Transportation the Los Angeles Way

Imagine a city as congested as Los Angeles revolutionizing urban transportation tomorrow. For that matter, imagine Angelenos giving up their beloved cars. It’s not as unlikely as it might sound. L.A. city planners have a vision for the future. And it involves a smart, clean, efficient infrastructure for one of the busiest places in America. […]

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Tesla Makes Solar Panels Gorgeous

What if solar power hardware was invisible, more efficient and able to run everything from your home to your car? It’s true. Tesla is changing everything you thought you knew about residential solar panels. Back in Jimmy Carter’s days as President of the United States, solar seemed like a fringe idea. And the bulky panels […]

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Expert Interview Series: Alan Weene of BioNova® Natural Pools About the Appeal of Natural Swimming Pools

Alan Weene is the CTO for BioNova® Natural Pools, the North American leaders in planning and construction of eco-friendly Natural Swimming Pools which use plants instead of chemicals to purify the water. We had a chance to speak with Alan about NSPs and learn more about how they work and what it takes to build […]

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Shipping Containers are Revolutionizing the Urban Garden

So you want to be a farmer? In Brooklyn? Stranger things have happened. Right now, a vertical farming movement is about to make its way through urban areas. With shipping containers as the landscape and a remarkably favorable environment inside, millennials who have a green thumb and a head for business can put them both […]

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Cities and Drones: What the New Report Means for Land Surveyors

The National League of Cities (NLC) “Cities and Drones” municipal report helps clarify the FAA’s new rules about drone operation. It also acts as a baseline for developing city ordinances that affect land surveyors, real estate professionals and other businesses. The report is chock full of insights about the federal rules, says NLC. It can […]

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The Adorable, Autonomous Octobot

What’s the cutest, squiggliest robot in the world? It’s the Octobot, and it’s charting new territory for soft, autonomous robotics. This 3D printed machine merges robotics with a familiar soft robotics theme, the octopus. It looks as simple as a gummy candy. But researchers at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences […]

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Fall-Predicting Technology Keeps Senior Citizens Safer

Numerous broken bones and other injuries happen every year when senior citizens fall in the home. But a connected home with sensor technology could help intervene early enough to prevent tumbles. How early? As much as 3 weeks before they happen. New research shows that big data isn’t just good for marketing and advertising, it […]

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Earthquake Safety Device Developed by NM State University Team

You can’t know when an earthquake will strike, but new technology could keep buildings safer 24/7. Every state has earthquakes, but some are much more prone than others. Where earthquakes are a routine risk, structural safety devices could save countless lives. People lose homes, businesses, friends and family, and it can happen in under a […]

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