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Scientists put a (nano) spring in their step

A team of Clemson University researchers has invented a way to make beds of tiny, shock-absorbing carbon springs which possibly could be used to protect delicate objects from damaging impacts.

Posted: Aug 13th, 2008

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Nanoscale catalysts turn waste material into ethanol

By combining gasification with high-tech nanoscale porous catalysts, researchers hope to create ethanol from a wide range of biomass, including distiller's grain left over from ethanol production, corn stover from the field, grass, wood pulp, animal waste, and garbage.

Posted: Aug 13th, 2008

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2028 vision for mechanical engineering - bio- and nanotechnology will dominate

Mechanical engineers over the next two decades will be called upon to develop technologies that foster a cleaner, healthier, safer and sustainable global environment. According to the ASME report, 2028 Vision for Mechanical Engineering, mechanical engineers will need to collaborate with partners worldwide in order to apply innovative solutions and best practices to improve quality of life for all people.

Posted: Aug 12th, 2008

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