Researchers demonstrated that the robot, which is maneuvered by a set of magnets, could push around soft materials like gel and stiff materials like chips. Read more »
Two to four satellites will be released each day to cut down on confusion and ensure they are spaced out nicely around the Earth. Read more »
Planetary Ventures LLC will likely be charged with restoring Hangar One and operating the affiliated airfield. Read more »
Images sent back to Earth by NASA’s Mars orbiters show a curious feature: long black lines that scientists believe could have been created by flowing liquid water. While Mars is too cold for the fresh and salt water that fills Earth’s oceans and lakes, water on Mars could contain chemicals that act as an antifreeze, allowing it to stay liquid. Scientists have noticed that the flows happen seasonally. It’s possible that there is no water involved at all, but they aren’t yet sure how that could be explained.
Researchers currently use inkjet printers to create living tissue, but that kills a lot of cells. A new technique allows nearly 100 percent of the cells to survive, instead of 50 to 80 percent. Read more »
A Penn State team discovered that nanomotors made from tiny metal rods can be manipulated by sound waves and magnets, giving them precise control over their actions inside of cells. Read more »
A team of researchers developed a chip that could negate the need for cochlear implant recipients to wear any sort of external hardware. Read more »
Current manufacturing techniques cause graphene to lose its fantastic characteristics when it’s chopped up. U.S. researchers developed a new way to grow it that could change that. Read more »
After 3D Systems lowered its expectations for earnings per share for the last quarter of 2013 this morning, its stocks took a dive, bringing fellow 3D printing companies like Stratasys and Voxeljet down as well. 3D Systems was down 27.4 percent this morning and has since bounced back a little bit to being down 15.07 percent, closing at $64.34. The company lowered its expectations after higher than expected spending on research and development, sales and marketing expenses and acquisition concentration costs.
Swiss researchers tested the prosthetic on a Danish man who lost his hand nine years ago. He was able to feel objects without worrying about crushing them. Read more »
German researchers gave the material a regularly patterned structure to give it more rigidity than a material like foam. Read more »
Can’t wait until mid-February to buy a 3D printer from Dell? ATT is now selling Cube 2 3D printers in its online store for $1,229. While MakerBot has been the main printer company pursuing sales in mainstream outlets, the Cube 2, which is made by 3D Systems, has long had a place in schools and other learning spaces. It’s regarded as an easy-to-use entry level 3D printer.
How do you create a harmonious hackerspace? A co-founder of the Brooklyn-based space thinks they have come up with a pretty good answer. Read more »
The EcoMow powers itself on the same grass that it harvests. While its creators have hit some barriers to entering the consumer market, they might start developing a model for the masses in 2016. Read more »
The leader of the University of Bristol team behind the development said he hopes to see quantum computing devices within a few years that rival modern computers on specialized tasks. Read more »
The tongue is made out of a bundle of sensors, which could help robots act as food quality monitors or explore new environments. Read more »
Cyclists have been some of the earliest people to benefit from 3D printing, which makes it ultra-easy to customize bike parts. 3Ders reports that the U.K.’s Empire Cycles has paired with metal 3D printing expert Renishaw to 3D print mountain bike frames. Made of titanium alloy, the bikes are both strong and lightweight.
The circuit performs 10,000 times better than existing options and builds on an earlier proof-of-concept circuit IBM made in 2011. Read more »
In response to Los Angeles County’s attempt to tax Hawthorne, Calif.-based space firm SpaceX, a bill is now working its way through the state Legislature that would exempt private space companies from paying property taxes on space stations or rockets. The bill passed the Assembly 64-5 and is now on its way to the Senate.
Sixense designed MakeVR with simple CAD modeling in mind. The software is promising, but the STEM platform is what completes the experience. Read more »
The printer, revealed by Mark Forged at the SolidWorks conference in San Diego this week, can also print in fiberglass, nylon and PLA plastic filament. Read more »
Seven out of 11 of the hardware incubator’s inaugural class of hardware startups presented their work. Highway1 is now selecting companies for its second class, which will commence in March. Read more »
The drone closely mimics the landing style of the American kestrel. It could be used for surveillance or to help authorities in the case of a disaster. Read more »
The move challenges rival 3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems, which has been the leader in the full-color space. Read more »
Beginning February 20, MakerBot 3D printers will be available through Dell’s online shop. Dell will stock the full MakerBot printer lineup, including the three new models released at CES and the Replicator 2. Dell will also sell the MakerBot Digitizer 3D scanner and filament. This is the first time Dell has sold a 3D printer in the U.S. MakerBot has slowly been expanding where you can buy its printers, which are also available through Microsoft and Amazon.
The Roswell, New Mexico, police department just dropped $86,000 on 3D scanners that can capture 3D images of a crime scene, which can be used as evidence in court. The images are accurate down to a few millimeters. That’s a much higher resolution than the relatively cheap handheld and desktop scanners that have hit the market lately. Maybe someday the police department will even 3D print a crime scene. Watch the full report from KRQE below.
Google confirmed the acquisition to Re/code, which reports that it will pay $400 million for the London-based company. Read more »
Sols closed a $1.75 million seed financing round this week that will help the startup roll out 3D scanning and printing as tools to create shoe inserts. Read more »
A colony of ants arrived at the International Space Station this month. Researchers are interested in how they react to microgravity, as robots could use similar behavior to better explore difficult places, such as a collapsed building. Read more »
The bot could explore foreign planets or hard-to-reach locations on Earth where researchers can’t predict the type of terrain it will encounter. Read more »
The home 3D printing movement has part of its roots in a machine that could print food, electronics and other unusual materials. Structur3D is considering a standalone printer or retrofit for RepRaps. Read more »
The education center and accelerator, which focuses on exponential technologies with big potential, will begin raising capital in the second quarter of 2014. Read more »
People with cerebral palsy sometimes turn to an ankle brace to provide support for weak ankle and foot muscles, but it can limit their range of motion. New Scientist reports that Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a potential alternative: a pneumatically powered robotic brace that mimics natural human movement while also strengthening the wearer’s muscles.
3D printing isn’t just for tiny trinkets. The 3D printed house will be printed on a 20-foot-tall printer and open to the public. Read more »
University of California-Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers believe the sensors, which are made with carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles, could also be used for biological applications or human-machine interfaces. Read more »
The Rosetta has traveled the solar system for 10 years now, three of which were spent in hibernation to preserve energy. It will deliver a lander to the icy comet later this year. Read more »
Amid the private teams competing for Google’s $30 million prize, Penn State is relying on more than 80 students to help the Lunar Lion team reach the moon in 2015. Read more »
Using a 3D substance would be easier when manufacturing electronics, but the newly studied material has a bad habit of bubbling and turning to powder when exposed to air. Read more »
Moths are excellent at responding to unexpected obstacles while flying, whether it’s a gust of wind or wall. Researchers recorded moths’ flight with a high speed camera and converted what they learned into an algorithm, which they then fed into a drone. New Scientist reports that the 1.1 pound InstantEye drone can withstand winds of more than 54 miles per hour.
Researchers are interested in developing biobots that respond to light or chemicals, which could draw them toward a tumor or other ailment to deliver drugs or surgery. Read more »