Industry Tap http://www.industrytap.com Tap Into News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:54:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 US Navy Vet Uses a 3D-Printer and Hardware Parts To Create Cheap, $100 Prosthetic Hand! http://www.industrytap.com/us-navy-vet-uses-3d-printer-hardware-parts-create-cheap-100-prosthetic-hand/22138 http://www.industrytap.com/us-navy-vet-uses-3d-printer-hardware-parts-create-cheap-100-prosthetic-hand/22138#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:54:38 +0000 http://www.industrytap.com/?p=22138 Prosthetic limbs will generally run you thousands of dollars but one man needing an artificial hand built his own by utilizing parts from Home Depot, for under $100. Howard Kamarata, a United States Navy veteran, and his friend and engineer Casey Barrett, researched prosthetics and 3D printing extensively before deciding they could indeed make a […]

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Solar Sponge Converts Sunlight into Steam at an Amazing 85% Efficiency http://www.industrytap.com/solar-sponge-converts-sunlight-steam-amazing-85-efficiency/21860 http://www.industrytap.com/solar-sponge-converts-sunlight-steam-amazing-85-efficiency/21860#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:00:01 +0000 http://www.industrytap.com/?p=21860 Solar energy technology has improved over the years. New and improved designs produce higher efficiency, greater performance and have a better appearance.  Recently, scientists have explored ways to improve the efficiency of solar-thermal by making use of Fresnel lenses or parabolic reflectors for concentrated solar thermal power generation. However, for initiating this reaction, solar energy equivalent […]

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Geckos in Space Lose Contact with Russia http://www.industrytap.com/geckos-space-lose-contact-russia/21867 http://www.industrytap.com/geckos-space-lose-contact-russia/21867#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:00:10 +0000 http://www.industrytap.com/?p=21867 It sounds like something out of one of those crazy tabloids or a really bad sci-fi movie. But five geckos in space experienced some communication issues with the Russian space program. A week after its launch, Russian satellite “Foton-M4” had a communications error. On board are 5 space-worthy geckos (1 male and 4 females) who […]

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Rosetta Spacecraft Is Orbiting a Comet! Becomes First To Ever Do It… http://www.industrytap.com/rosetta-spacecraft-orbiting-comet-becomes-first-ever/22121 http://www.industrytap.com/rosetta-spacecraft-orbiting-comet-becomes-first-ever/22121#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:14:38 +0000 http://www.industrytap.com/?p=22121 A decade after being launched from French Guiana, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is now orbiting the comet 67P/CG, a first in space exploration! In order for the spacecraft to get sucked into the gravitational pull of the comet, Rosetta had to complete a “close approach trajectory insertion,” with the burn process taking six […]

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In 2019, NASA Wants to … Capture an Asteroid? http://www.industrytap.com/2019-nasa-wants-capture-asteroid/21085 http://www.industrytap.com/2019-nasa-wants-capture-asteroid/21085#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:24 +0000 http://www.industrytap.com/?p=21085 For quite some time now, NASA has talked about capturing an asteroid and then sending it into lunar orbit for research. Recently, NASA announced that the first phase of the Asteroid Redirect Mission will begin in 2019. In short, the plan is to single out an asteroid in 2018, capture it and attach it to […]

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Honeybees Know the Secret to the Most Effective Construction http://www.industrytap.com/honeybees-know-secret-effective-construction/21951 http://www.industrytap.com/honeybees-know-secret-effective-construction/21951#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:00:08 +0000 http://www.industrytap.com/?p=21951 Bees are curious insects. They are constantly busy and highly intelligent. They have evolved to fit honey in the most amount of space with the least amount of resources, making them excellent mathematicians. They utilize the hexagon, and it works perfectly for their cause. You would think the circle would stand as the best solution. […]

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Carry This Homeless Shelter in Your Pocket http://www.industrytap.com/carry-homeless-shelter-pocket/22014 http://www.industrytap.com/carry-homeless-shelter-pocket/22014#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:00:49 +0000 http://www.industrytap.com/?p=22014 There are hundreds of millions of homeless people around the world. Statistics show the majority of them are women and dependent children. The largest numbers are in developing countries. From the artist who upcycled trash into tiny houses to the MIT student who designed $5 inflatable shelters, many people are using their creativity to give the […]

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Mobile Exoskeleton, The Chairless Chair, Is Starting a “Chairolution” For Production Workers http://www.industrytap.com/mobile-exoskeleton-chairless-chair-starting-chairolution-production-workers/22485 http://www.industrytap.com/mobile-exoskeleton-chairless-chair-starting-chairolution-production-workers/22485#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:26:29 +0000 http://www.industrytap.com/?p=22485 A new exoskeleton called the “Chairless Chair” from Zurich-based startup company Noonee is looking to revolutionize the chair, specifically for production line workers who are forced to stand for long periods of time. Noonee is calling their invention a “chairolution”, and one can see why, because the company literally invented a way to sit down […]

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Beer Can House Takes the Words “Home Brew” to a New Level http://www.industrytap.com/beer-can-house-takes-words-home-brew-new-level/21714 http://www.industrytap.com/beer-can-house-takes-words-home-brew-new-level/21714#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:00:43 +0000 http://www.industrytap.com/?p=21714 In 1972, with America experiencing a major pollution problem, architect Michael Reynolds decided he would put all the garbage to good use and built his house mostly out of beer cans. Reynolds refers to the idea as “earthship biotecture,” which by utilizing around 70,000 cans for a two-bedroom home can save upwards of $30,000 versus […]

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“Idea Factories” & STEM Students: A Recipe For High Performance Industries & High Wage Jobs http://www.industrytap.com/idea-factories-stem-students-recipe-high-performance-industries-high-wage-jobs/21773 http://www.industrytap.com/idea-factories-stem-students-recipe-high-performance-industries-high-wage-jobs/21773#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:00:51 +0000 http://www.industrytap.com/?p=21773 Closing the Skills Gap in the United States According to The National Institutes of Health, “stem cells” start out “unspecialized” and are thus capable of becoming specialized through a process of differentiation controlled by a cell’s genes. These cells divide and renew themselves for long periods, replicating and proliferating and in the process rejuvenating the […]

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