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Novel Computational Approach Aims to Improve Prosthetics and Aid Troops

Metabolic energy expenditure is a critical measure of human motion, and ascertaining detailed information about how the human body moves can result in a wide array of scientific, clinical, and engineering applications. These include exoskeletons...

A Safer, Cheaper Way to Track Defects in Aircraft Structures

It’s important for engineers to closely monitor the safety and durability of the composite materials used in aircraft and spacecraft, which are subject to myriad physical stresses. An aircraft flying at 30,000 feet or a spacecraft in orbit are...

New Book on Syntactic Foams Co-Edited by Nikhil Gupta

Metal Matrix Syntactic Foams: Processing, Microstructure, Properties and Applications Edited by Nikhil Gupta and Pradeep K. Rohatgi DEStech Publications, Inc., 2014 ISBN: 978-1-932078-83-1 Focusing on a specialized type of composite foam material...

Sophomores Take on Upper Classes at NASA Lunar Robot Competition

You may never have given much thought to regolith, the layer of powdery substance that covers virtually the entire surface of the moon, much of Mars, and some asteroids—unless, that is, you work for NASA or happen to be an engineering student...

Academic Publisher Appoints Kurt Becker to Editor Positions

Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global scientific, technical, and medical publisher, has selected Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs Kurt H. Becker for two...

Understanding Collective Animal Behavior May Be in the Eye of the Computer

No machine is better at recognizing patterns in nature than the human brain. It takes mere seconds to recognize the order in a flock of birds flying in formation, schooling fish, or an army of a million marching ants. But computer analyses of...

Robotic Fish Research Swims into New Ethorobotics Waters

Researchers at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) have published findings that further illuminate the emerging field of ethorobotics — the study of bioinspired robots interacting with live animal counterparts. Maurizio...

Learning to Fight the Modern Fire in a Modern Way

Until this week, revolutionary firefighting research faced a hurdle higher than the scientific discoveries themselves: How to inform the nation’s 1.1 million firefighters – 70 percent of whom are part-time volunteers – about...

Brooklyn Atlantis: A Robot Captures Life, Litter in the Gowanus With the Help of Citizen Scientists

As Maurizio Porfiri and Oded Nov lowered their submersible robot, Brooklyn Atlantis 1, into the water, the two professors and their four students, Jarred Humphrey, Vladislav Kopman, Jeffrey Laut, and William Quigley, held their breaths. It wasn...

Nikhil Gupta Explains the Science Behind Helmet Safety at the 2012 Olympics

This summer, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) will make an appearance of sorts at the London 2012 Olympic Games, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Nikhil Gupta, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. NBC Learn and the...