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Now oN .com Automation & Control With overpopulation and a decaying environment, the world needs more food, faster. Robots come to the rescue, delivering tireless efficiency to the farmland. One example is an autonomous micro planter that looks like a mechanical spider, crawling and planting various kinds of seed in ideal locations for that particular crop. http://bit.ly/TogRqN Engineering Materials Researchers at Texas Tech University have come up with a new method for detecting CNTs in soils, which will help determine their toxicity. CNTs are so small that mean outer diameters of 13nm to 16nm are common in multi-walled tubes. http://bit.ly/V6aDLC Design Hardware & Software Battlestar Galactica calls for environments that are out of this world. These worlds can cost millions of dollars to manufacture, and they also constrict the imagination of writers because, well ... they have to be physical. So, in order to produce the next installment of Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, NBC Universal decided to attempt a pioneering feat: Create these worlds digitally. http://bit.ly/SwlK28 Mechatronics Zone By focusing their attention on patterns created by flickering lights on a PC screen, which are associated with specific actions, users can control which actions they want a robot to perform, where the robot moves, and how it interacts with its environment. http://bit.ly/Yuliqi Steer-By-Wire to Reach Production Vehicles Taking a page from the world of aviation, Nissan Motor Co. plans to enter the "bywire" world and control the steering of a future Infiniti vehicle with electronic signals. http://bit.ly/TwakN6 NASA 3D Prints Rocket Engine Parts Three-dimensional printing is being used to make metal parts for aircraft and space vehicles, as well as industrial uses. Now NASA is building engine parts with this technique for its next-generation heavy-lift rocket. http://bit.ly/11jWDUo Slideshow: Chrysler Rolls Out All-Electric Fiat Chrysler Group LLC rolled out a batterypowered, mini-compact hatchback. The Fiat 500e is the first electric vehicle introduced by Chrysler since the company discontinued production of the Dodge EPIC minivan in 1999, and the first electric production car in its 87-year history. http://bit.ly/UbDCwN Slideshow: Great Space Rovers The Canadian Space Agency is working on lunar and Mars robot rovers. It recently unveiled five rover prototypes and put them through their paces on the agency's testing terrain, which simulates the surfaces of Mars and the moon. http://bit.ly/ R1GuSv CoNNeCt with Us Design News' System & Product Design Engineering group: http//bitly.com/designnewsLI Design News' general Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/designnews http://on.fb.me/fanpagedn Get Design News' RSS feeds at: www.designnews.com/rss_simple.asp and sign up for email newsletters at: http://www.designnews.com/register.asp Design News | JaNuary 2013 | www.d esign n ews.com –9– oNliNe ResouRce centeR WHitE PAPER Thermally Conductive Adhesives Keep Things Cool Through heat dissipation, thermally conductive adhesives and potting compounds play a pivotal role in the protection of today's electronic circuitry. Master Bond's white paper examines the challenges design engineers face as chip makers up the ante on microprocessor power and density, and how thermally conductive adhesives and potting compounds can manage heat while solving other application issues. http://dn.hotims.com/45098-500 WEBCASt Mechatronics Solutions: Aerospace & Defense This webcast will look at how mechatronics and motion systems are making an impact in the design of aerospace and defense applications. We'll also look at how new technology and mechatronic concepts are being applied to achieve new levels of performance in these demanding environments. http://dn.hotims.com/45098-501 APPliCAtiON NOtE Maxon Motors Fly Into Outer Space on Board the 'Dragon' Spacecraft The flawless launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on May 22, 2012 is another successful step for maxon motor ag in the use of high-precision motors in the astronautics industry. The crucial tasks of the maxon motors in the SpaceX mission included orienting the solar arrays of the Dragon spacecraft toward the sun to provide the power supply. http://dn.hotims.com/45098-502

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