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Cockroach inspired robots can squeeze through cracks

Cockroach inspired robots can squeeze through cracks
Our fear and disgust that cockroaches can quickly squeeze through the tiniest cracks are well-justified, say UC Berkeley scientists. Not only can they squish themselves to get into one-tenth-of-an-inch crevices, but once inside they can run at high speed even when flattened in half.
10th February 2016

UTC Swindon teams up with National Rail for dual celebration

UTC Swindon teams up with National Rail for dual celebration
UTC Swindon and National Rail are joining forces to celebrate National UTC Day and British Science Week on 18th March. To mark the two occasions, year 10 and year 12 students at UTC Swindon will take part in hands-on challenges that test their problem solving, communication, team building and leadership skills.
10th February 2016

Companies partner to meet demand for precision strain gages

Micro-Measurements, a Vishay Precision Group (VPG) brand, has announced that it has established a distribution partnership with South Africa-based Elexsys to meet the country's high demand for precision strain gages in medical, test and measurement, military, force measurement, and energy applications.
10th February 2016


Multi-enterprise collaboration for creating customer value

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the establishment of Industrial Knowledge, a new business unit that will play a key role in accelerating expansion of Yokogawa’s business in asset intensive industries through the provision of cloud-based advanced solutions. Expansion of the advanced solution business, whose goal is to maximise performance for our customers through the attainment of operational excellence, is one of the important strategies set out in Yokogawa’s Transformation 2017 mid-term business plan.
9th February 2016

"Hedgehog": our guide to the solar system

"Hedgehog": our guide to the solar system
Meet Hedgehog, who could become our guide to exploring the small bodies such as asteroids and comets whirling about the solar system. Designed by Stanford’s Marco Pavone, assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics, and Ben Hockman, graduate student in mechanical engineering, this space rover has no wheels for rolling, no arms for grabbing and no legs for stepping.  By Ian Chipman
8th February 2016

NEA Scout: Solar sail deployment for asteroid-surveying

NEA Scout: Solar sail deployment for asteroid-surveying
Progress continues on the journey to Mars as NASA plans to send astronauts deeper into space than ever before, including to an asteroid and ultimately to the surface of Mars. Before humans embark on the journey, the agency will survey an asteroid to learn about the risks and challenges asteroids may pose to future human explorers. Therefore, NASA will perform a reconnaissance flyby of an asteroid with Near-Earth Asteroid Scout, or NEA Scout.
8th February 2016

Plug into simplicity with Barco’s two ClickShare models

Plug into simplicity with Barco’s two ClickShare models
Barco announces an important expansion of its wireless presentation and collaboration portfolio. The CS-100 and CSE-200 join the ClickShare portfolio, offering the freedom to better tailor the ClickShare unit to the meeting room’s – and the participants’ – needs. In this way, Barco’s ClickShare portfolio spans the complete spectrum of meeting rooms, from small huddle rooms to large boardrooms.
5th February 2016

Battery specialist acquired for £7.5m

Following an extensive search and assessment of potential growth acquisitions, US based Battery and Energy Products and Communications Systems company, Ultralife Corporation, has purchased all of the outstanding shares in Staffordshire based battery specialist, Accutronics for £7.575m.
5th February 2016

Droneboarding may be 2016's best new sport

Droneboarding is the newly developed practice of using a drone to drag around someone on a snowboard.
5th February 2016

World's smallest and strongest 3D lattice

World's smallest and strongest 3D lattice
Nanotechnology, the ability to manipulate structures on an atomic level, has the potential to revolutionise our world. From creating artificial skin that allows the user to “feel,” to using nanoscopic algae “backpacks” to deliver chemotherapy treatment, it is a technological field that constantly breaks new ground. 
5th February 2016


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