Amy Higgins

Articles by Amy Higgins
How now, mad cow?
American livestock producers may soon be able to identify and track every animal they send to market. A veterinary telemedicine R&D project in its second stage at Kansas State University is trying to create an infrastructure to monitor cattle health remotely.
Goal for undersea vision: See like an octopus
A silicon chip that mimics the structure and function of an octopus retina may give sight to autonomous robots for space and undersea exploration, and in hazardous environments. The O-retina chip, created by University of New York at Buffalo optical engineer Albert H. Titus, sees the world much like an octopus using brightness, size, and shape to distinguish objects.
Pump up your knowledge
The inner workings of a centrifugal pumping system are easier to grasp thanks to a new see-through unit specifically developed for educators and researchers.
Bus blends past with a low-emission future
A low-emission prototype is a modern version of the traditional Yellowstone National Park tour bus.
Keeping cool in hybrid cars
A new air-conditioning system for hybrid cars keeps cool air coming even when the engine shuts off. The system, called Stop-Stay-Cool from German developer Valeo, works with the company's starter-alternator.
Electric cooktops with a twist
Innovative magnet knobs are among the latest developments in high-tech appliances.
Shake gels: Next-generation shock absorbers?
At the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), chemists are studying shake gels, a class of inexpensive materials made of clay and polymers that firm up into gels when shaken, then eventually revert to a liquid.
NASA launches last great telescope
The Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SITF) went into the first-ever Earth-trailing orbit this past August.
Gasohol called environmentally unfriendly
The U.S. Senate recently passed an energy policy bill that doubles the amount of corn-based ethanol in American gasoline. But, Cornell University professor of ecology David Pimentel claims drivers who fill their tanks with gasohol - a blend of gasoline and corn-based ethanol - are getting a product that is inefficient and environmentally harmful.
Hot new industrial designs
The 2003 Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), cosponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and Business Week magazine, honored 121 winners with 38 Golds, 38 Silvers, and 45 Bronzes.
Ford says its hydrogen hybrid is ready now
Though hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are a long way from reality, Ford Motor Co. claims its H2RV technology concept car could be built and sold today.
If these walls could talk...
Scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have developed a smart brick which could monitor a building's health and save lives.
Computer-aided inspection revs up BMW quality
For the maker of "the ultimate driving machine," quality assurance is more than a process - it defines the entire brand. As part of the company's never-ending quest for quality improvement, BMW has implemented new computer-aided inspection (CAI) technology at its engine-building plant in Steyr, Austria.
So you want to be an astronaut
Disney brings high technology to the thrill ride with the launch of Mission: SPACE.
Solar car fuses
The University of Missouri-Rolla Solar Car Team won the 2003 American Solar Challenge Race thanks in part to 80-A solid-state fuses from Cooper Bussmann, Ellisville, Mo.
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