Articles tagged with ‘engineering’

Schematic of the ionic polymer-graphene composite (IPGC) actuator or “motor”. When an electric field is applied, the redistribution of ions causes the structure to bend. Copyright : Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
21 May 2015
Researchers in South Korea have developed an electrode consisting of a single-atom-thick layer of carbon to help make more durable artificial muscles. Ionic polymer metal composites (IPMCs), often referred to as artificial muscles, are electro-active polymer actuators that change in size or...
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The new Compton camera incorporates high-accuracy, three-dimensional, gamma ray position measurement technology developed at Waseda University. Copyright : Waseda University
19 May 2015
Japanese researchers have significantly improved the performance of a gamma ray-imaging “Compton” camera. The new technology has potential applications in scientific research, medical treatment and environmental monitoring, as well as radioactive decontamination work.   Based on a high-sensitivity mobile gamma ray camera...
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A*STAR is working with the LION Corporation, a major manufacturer of detergents, soaps, medications, oral hygiene products and other toiletries. Copyright : A*STAR
19 May 2015
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore is working with a Japanese multinational company to develop safer, anti-odour and anti-bacteria household products that eliminate the use of harmful biocides.   Scientists at A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering...
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Aseptic loosening is most challenging in the femoral component of a knee implant because it interfaces with all of the other components of a knee prosthesis. Image: 123rf.com
3 July 2014
Researchers in Malaysia, Iran and the UK have designed a new biomaterial that could significantly extend the life span of total knee replacements by addressing the most common cause of their failure. Led by Marjan Bahraminasab of Universiti Putra Malaysia, the researchers...
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Image: Professor Ji-Hyun Jang
3 July 2014
Researchers have found a way to successfully synthesise three-dimensional graphene in mass production quantities, opening the door to its eventual use in high performance electric vehicles. Using polymers as a carbon source and metal precursors as a catalyst, a team at the...
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Image: University of Malaysia
2 July 2014
Ocean waves provide concentrated, abundant, inexhaustible and non-polluting renewable energy, but Malaysia’s coastal waves hold only half the power considered viable for competitive electrical generation. Now, a research team, headed by Norhafizan Ahmad of the University of Malaya, has found a practical...
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Artist's impression of the exhaust air-wind energy recovery turbine generator at the outlet of a cooling tower.
27 June 2014
Scientists at the University of Malaya have designed a micro-scale vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT), reminiscent of the stern wheel of an old-fashioned paddle boat, to generate clean electricity by harvesting some of the wind from powered air vents on buildings. Airflow that...
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This robotic system is designed to help surgeons insert a radio frequency ablation needle into a breast tumour as demonstrated on this goat. Image: Fujie Lab, Waseda University
27 June 2014
Japanese researchers are harnessing robotics technology to automate a safe and minimally invasive treatment for breast cancer. Researchers at Waseda University’s Fujie Lab, in cooperation with Kyushu University and Tohoku University, are building a robotic surgical assistant that uses radiofrequency ablation to...
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26 June 2014
Researchers in the Philippines have developed the world’s first music synthesizer to recreate the sounds of five traditional bamboo instruments: the Kolitong (polychordal bamboo tube zither), Diwas (bamboo panpipes), Takumbo (parallel-stringed tube zither), Gabbang (bamboo xylophone) and Bungkaka (bamboo buzzer). A team...
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Barnacles anchor themselves to rock and other surfaces.
16 July 2012
Researchers at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore have found that engineering the texture of metal surfaces may help to eradicate the problem posed by barnacles in the shipping industry.
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