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Space station inspired robot to help heal sick children
The same companies which developed the robotic arms that helped astronauts build the International Space Station have now created a new research platform. Called KidsArm, this robot allows surgeons to quickly navigate to surgical sites in the body. It has an advanced imaging and control system that makes it extremely precise, and it is designed to explore the potential for automating certain demanding tasks in minimally invasive pediatric surgery.
Matter & Energy News -- ScienceDaily, Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:42:20 GMT

GPIM spacecraft to validate use of 'green' propellant
Milestone progress is being made in readying NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) for launch in 2016, a smallsat designed to test the unique attributes of a high-performance, non-toxic, "green" fuel on orbit.
Matter & Energy News -- ScienceDaily, Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:42:20 GMT

Water leads to chemical that gunks up biofuels production
Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps form an impurity which, in turn, slows down key chemical reactions.
Matter & Energy News -- ScienceDaily, Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:42:20 GMT

UH professor named fellow by International Astrobiology Society
(University of Houston) George E. Fox, a John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston, was named a fellow in the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life. Currently, Fox's group is seeking to develop a detailed timeline of major events in ribosome history. His research is supported by the NASA Exobiology program and NASA's Astrobiology Institute Center for Ribosome Adaptation and Evolution at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
EurekAlert! - Technology, Engineering and Computer Science, Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:42:20 GMT

Water leads to chemical that gunks up biofuels production
(DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps form an impurity which, in turn, slows down key chemical reactions.
EurekAlert! - Technology, Engineering and Computer Science, Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:42:20 GMT

New CloudLab will help researchers test new cloud architectures
(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) A $10 million National Science Foundation grant to create CloudLab will be distributed to partner institutions in addition to University of Massachusetts Amherst, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Clemson University, Raytheon BBN Technologies and US Ignite. CloudLab will consist of 5,000 linked cores, or computers, that will be free for research and classroom use and should be up and running by spring 2015.
EurekAlert! - Technology, Engineering and Computer Science, Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:42:20 GMT

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