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A device developed by GE Global Research promises to put an end to one of the most common complications affecting hospital patients.

The handheld sensor, combined with a data analysis system, was designed to detect the earliest formation of a bedsore and to provide a scientific assessment of its progress to help doctors and nurses treat them.

The device is being tested with 18 patients at the Augusta, Ga., VA Medical Center Spinal Cord Injury Unit.

(Reuters) - General Electric Co expects to sell 500 of its more highly efficient gas power turbines in the next 15 years, a company executive said on Wednesday during a meeting to spotlight the U.S. conglomerate's ability to innovate.

The H-class gas turbine is designed to be more efficient at converting natural gas to electricity than older turbines. It is a critical new product for GE's power business -- the company's biggest industrial segment -- and its prospects are being closely watched by Wall Street.

General Electric Co.'s research campus in Niskayuna, with its 2,000 employees, most of them well-paid and well-educated scientists and engineers, is one of the most important employers in the Capital Region.

 

It would be a crime to visit Austin without sampling the local barbecue here, so we stopped by General Electric’s BBQ Research Center at SXSW to see how the team is using GE technology to make sense of all things food.

Greeting the entrance of the outdoor “lab” is the 12-foot BBQ smoker which contains multiple sensors to record temperature, humidity, smoke velocity and meat temperature in real time.

GE said by applying its technology in a generalized use case like cooking, it hopes to demonstrate the power of sensors and data by creating the scientifically perfect rack of ribs and brisket.

 

AUSTIN, Texas — If there are two things that bind the South by Southwest Interactive festival (SXSW) and the city that hosts it every year, they are technology and barbecue.

So it makes total sense that General Electric would set up shop near the Austin Convention Center, SXSW’s ground zero, with what it called a BBQ Research Center.

General Electric has come to Texas with an ambitious plan: To try and cook up the perfect barbecue.

In Austin, home to brisket and rib heavyweights like the Salt Lick, La Barbecue and Freedmen's, attendees at the South by Southwest Interactive festival are stumbling upon a big bold pop-up. That would be GE's BBQ Research Center.

The GE Global Research Center is hosting a student science and math competition. The General Electric facility will host 30 teams from middle and high schools on Saturday for a qualifying round of the National Science Bowl. Winning teams will represent Capital District at the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. starting April 30.

General Electric Co.'s local operations, first established in Schenectady in 1886 by Thomas Edison, have always been synonymous with electricity.

But scientists at GE's Global Research Center in Niskayuna have perfected a revolutionary new material made of silicon carbide.

Engineers in GE labs have been studying the Morph butterfly to understand what gives it, at least in part, its iridescent coat. The result is an advance in radio frequency sensors – this one the size of a penny – that will allow the detection of explosives and other chemicals.

Radislav Potyrailo, a chemical-sensing principal scientist, is leading the team responsible for the detector at GE Global Research. He spent several years studying the scales of the Morpho butterflies and found their complex structures absorb and bend light when chemical molecules lodge themselves in the scales on the wings. That is what gives the Morpho (and others) their shimmering, colorful coats.

General Electric Co.'s research lab in Niskayuna is known for churning out cutting-edge discoveries by its scientists and engineers that often become significant GE products.

But GE's scientists are a well-rounded bunch with varied outside interests.

Writing is one of those interests, and a book by a GE scientist recently reached The New York Times Best Sellers list.

That would be Mark Cheverton, a physicist at GE Global Research who specializes in additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

Cheverton has written a series of children's books called GAMEKNIGHT999 that are based on the popular Minecraft game and focus on the triumph over cyber-bullying.

In the first week of February, the GAMEKNIGHT999 series made it to ninth on the Times's list for a children's series.

Ars Technica visited GE Global Research's Munich location to see the ways GE is trying to make machines smarter.

This isn’t a Skynet scenario—we’re not talking about actually building sentient robots to take over the world. Instead, there were three main areas where we got a chance to focus out lens: automated manufacturing, sensor-enabled machining, and big data and analytics. Under the guidance of GE’s Dr. Matthew Beaumont, who manages the research center’s composite manufacturing lab, we talked to the individual scientists and researchers who are driving these technologies forward.

MUNICH—As a perennial fan of "How It’s Made" videos, my visit last month to GE’s Global Research Center in Munich was particularly fascinating. Although the campus is not involved with any actual large-scale manufacturing, the scientists and researchers there dofocus on finding ways to take manufacturing processes and make them better. There were endless miniature manufacturing nooks and crannies that we got to poke our noses into over the course of our week.

I came away fixated on carbon fiber. It’s most famously used as a lightweight, high-strength construction material in exotic cars and aircraft, but it’s becoming downright common these days. Today carbon fiber is in bicycles and golf clubs, and you can even get yourself a carbon fiber wallet if you’re so inclined. But its growing presence in everyday life belies its beauty and complexity—there’s nothing common about this increasingly common material.