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Wireless Power Could Revolutionize Highway Transportation
2012-02-02 05:23:13

[ Watch the Video ] A Stanford University research team has designed a high-efficiency charging system that uses magnetic fields to wirelessly transmit large electric currents between metal coils placed several feet apart. The long-term goal of the research is to develop an all-electric highway that wirelessly charges cars and trucks as they cruise down the road. The new technology has the potential to dramatically increase the driving range of electric vehicles and eventually transform...

Stanford Aero-engineers Debut Open-source Fluid Dynamics Design Application
2012-01-25 04:00:42

Stanford University Unstructured (SU2) is an open-source software package that gives advanced engineering students a crucial leg up on the time-consuming process of writing their own code to optimize aerospace designs – offering for free what commercial applications command thousands of dollars to do. Each fall at technical universities across the world, a new crop of aeronautical and astronautical engineering graduate students settle in for the work that will consume them for the...

2012-01-18 13:29:55

A new approach to motion capture technology is offering fresh insights into tennis injuries — and orthopedic injuries in general. Researchers studied three types of tennis serves, and identified one in particular, called a “kick” serve, which creates the highest potential for shoulder injury. The results, published in a recent issue of Annals of Biomedical Engineering, could aid sports training and rehab, said Alison Sheets, assistant professor of mechanical...

The Case Of The Dying Aspens
2011-12-14 04:00:20

Over the past 10 years, the death of forest trees due to drought and increased temperatures has been documented on all continents except Antarctica. This can in turn drive global warming by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere by trees and by releasing carbon locked up in their wood. New research led by Carnegie researcher and Stanford University PhD student William Anderegg offers evidence for the physiological mechanism governing tree death in a drought. The...

Scientists Subject Rocks To Hellish Conditions To Combat Global Warming
2011-12-02 04:38:45

A team of Earth scientists at Stanford University is subjecting chunks of rock to hellish conditions in the laboratory — all in the name of curbing climate change. By exposing a handful of rocks to high temperatures and pressures, the scientists have obtained critical new data about the large-scale underground storage of carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas and leading cause of global warming. "About 60 percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions come from power plants,...


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  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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