Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Engineers develop advanced biomechanical legs

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Engineers at the U. of Arizona's Robotics and Neural Systems Laboratory recently announced this week that they have "...made the world's most advanced pair of biomechanical legs." The legs, which are plastic, are made using a 3D printer. Kevlar straps connected to motors are used to bend and strengthen ...

Robotic Finger IDs Materials Better Than Human Finger

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have announced the creation of a robotic finger, called BioTac, that is capable of sensing textures and identifying materials with greater accuracy than a human finger. The robotic finger consists of a liquid core wrapped with a soft, flexible skin that ...

New Resource: SpringerMaterials

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

The SpringerMaterials online database is now available to Mason Library users.  It can be accessed through the Libraries' database portal (http://furbo.gmu.edu/dbwiz/alpha.php?start=s).  The SpringerMaterials database is the world's largest resource for physical and chemical information in materials science.  It is based on the Landolt-Bornstein New Series which is a unique, fully evaluated data collection ...

NSF Data Management Plans

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

The Data Services Office is offering two information sessions on creating data management plans for NSF grants.  These first session will be held on Friday, 12/9 at 1:30 PM and the second session will be held on Tuesday, 12/13 at 1:30 PM.  Both sessions will meet in Fenwick Library Rm. A214.  Please ...

Mapping the Brain’s Complexity

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Scientists from University College London (UCL) announced recently that they are getting closer to developing a computer model capable of mapping the functions and connections of nerve cells in the brain.  The letter, which was published in the journal Nature (published online 4/10/11,  doi:10.1038/nature09880), describes a technique developed by the researchers ...

Brain Shrinks Before Alzheimer’s Develops

Friday, April 15th, 2011

A research study published in a recent issue of the journal Neurology has found that MRIs of healthy individuals exhibited shrinkage in the areas affected by Alzheimer's in the decade before the disease was diagnosed.  Healthy subjects in their 70's were studied by researchers at Rush University and Massachusetts General/Harvard Medical School.   Subjects had ...