The world's largest torque sensor weighs in at about 5 tons and boasts 0.01% accuracy measuring torque up to 7.6 million foot-pounds. The transducer from UK-based Datum Electronics was built for a food industry equipment manufacturer to find problems with production machine problems and avoid breakdowns.
Providing amputees the ability to move prosthetic limbs by thought control isn't sufficient unless those limbs can give some feedback in the form of a sense of touch. And researchers are making progress providing just that with a bi-directional brain-computer interface that has proved it can send sensory signals from a prosthetic to a conscious patient's cerebral cortex as the patient carries out a task.
Engineering roles are being transformed as software is incorporated into earlier stages of the design process, addressing potential problems before fabrication or installation. The result is speedier and faster product delivery, as Germany's Optima Nonwovens is finding in its field of packaging and filling machines for pharmaceutical, nonwovens, consumer and life-science products.
A bike lock containing three pressurized gases sprays a would-be thief who cuts the lock with a scent that causes uncontrollable vomiting and sticks with the thief. The SkunkLock also features a lock mechanism that takes half an hour to pick.
Russia unveiled a terrifying nuclear missile that can thwart anti-missile systems and has 10-ton payload that packs enough punch to wipe out Texas in a single strike. The Mach 20 RS-28 Sarmat, nicknamed Satan 2 by NATO, weighs more than 100 tons and can be launched from silos more than 6,000 miles away from the target, allowing it to traverse either pole and come from unexpected directions.
The startup of Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar Unit 2 provides an example for Japan, which should restart its own safe nuclear reactors while considering the construction of new units, writes The Yomiuri Shimbun editorial board.
The best leaders are curious, humble and willing to speak up when necessary, says Kat Cole, a group president at Focus Brands. At some point in your leadership career, you may need to say "no" to an investor or customer for the good of the company, she says.
Honda has achieved a record for the longest range for a zero-emissions vehicle with a fuel cell. The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell can travel 366 miles before it needs a hydrogen refill, using a more energy-dense and smaller fuel cell stack than the car's preceding model.
Using a new device similar to a fingerprint imager, researchers at Northwestern University have gained a better understanding of how haptic displays work. The knowledge that the vibrations from such displays both levitate and bounce the user's skin off the screen surface creates the possibility of better displays that add different textures to screens.
Some say a revolving door is forming between Washington and Silicon Valley. The New York Times invited commentators with various perspectives to offer their views about the industry's growing influence.
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