mechanics

Why Saliva Forms Beads on a String

Why Saliva Forms Beads on a String

A team made up of scientists from several institutions recently found the cause for the “beads-on-a-string” phenomenon, mostly known in saliva. When people stretch a glob of saliva between their thumb and forefinger, they see string of beads form, before ...

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Human-Electric Hybrid Car

Human-Electric Hybrid Car

HumanCar Inc. recently presented an innovative hybrid vehicle. Unlike most vehicles that have two power sources, this one combines electric power…with human power! Using mechanical cranks, up to four people can power it and steer it around. The manufacturer hopes ...

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SPARKy Springy Prosthetic Legs

SPARKy Springy Prosthetic Legs

Researchers at Arizona State University have developed the SPARKy prosthetic leg, a device that uses energy stored in a spring while walking to help users live more active lives. The lightweight prosthetic provides a much wider range of motion than ...

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Festo’s Bionic Arm

Festo’s Bionic Arm

Festo, a German-based company, has developed a novel mechanical arm, using advanced techniques in automated movement. Their “Airic’s Arm” was created after a close study of the “design principles of nature”, and the scientists believe the achieved model comes as ...

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Improved e-Jet Printing

Improved e-Jet Printing

Scientists at the University of Illinois have developed a technology that provides higher resolution and more versatility in e-jet printing. As opposed to conventional ink-jet printers, where heat or mechanical vibrations are used to mobilize the ink stream, e-jet printers ...

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PICO Enables Two-Way Man-Machine Interaction

PICO Enables Two-Way Man-Machine Interaction

Digital interactive displays, which respond to human touch, have been evolving rapidly in the last few years. Dr. James Patten who works in the field of industrial design advanced the idea of interactive displays to a new level by developing ...

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