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Engineering Update #55: The 3D-printed creation that replaced a $42,000 prosthetic

April 24, 2014 10:13 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Jeremy Simon from 3D universe was able to create a 3D-printed hand that he calls the Cyborgbeast. It's a completely mechanical device made from ABS plastic with a series of flexible cords that allow it to act like a real hand. It turned out so well that the patient says he prefers it for day-to-day use....

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Could solar power work at night?

April 25, 2014 8:54 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Every source of energy has its shortcomings. Some people think wind turbines are eyesores, fossil fuels aren’t renewable, and solar energy requires sunlight to work well and properly. Recently, a team at MIT and Harvard found a way to solve the problem of darkness for the use of solar energy....

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Photos of the Day: The T-50 Russian stealth fighter prototype

April 25, 2014 8:00 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Sukhoi T-50 is a prototype for the fifth-generation Russian stealth fighter, the PAK-FA, which many experts claim could outperform the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. With its advanced avionics, large fuel capacity, “extreme plus agility”, and ability to avoid detection, the PAK-FA could become the “most lethal and survivable fighter ever built for air combat engagements"....

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Two-watt DC-DC converter suits "high/low" side IGBT drive applications

April 24, 2014 4:12 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Mansfield, MA) announced the MGJ2 series of 2-Watt high-isolation dual-output DC/DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. These compact encapsulated devices are suitable for powering "high side" and "low side" gate drives in bridge circuits using insulated-gate bipolar transistors....

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Designers of Things 2014

April 24, 2014 3:43 pm | Events

You're a designer. A developer. A maker, entrepreneur and innovator. You're shaping the future of Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and the Internet of Things, and you belong at the Designers of Things Conference. Three of the most revolutionary topics in future tech come together on September 23 & 24 in San Francisco, CA at Designers of Things 2014....

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Fully integrated hardware/software platform designed for for THz materials characterization

April 24, 2014 2:23 pm | Lake Shore Cryotronics | Product Releases | Comments

Lake Shore’s (Westerville, OH) new 8500 Series THz system is a fully integrated hardware/software platform for characterization of electronic, magnetic and chemical materials. The system uses non-contact THz-frequency energy and an integrated low-temperature, high-field cryostat....

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Handheld TDR locates faults on mixed paired metallic cables

April 24, 2014 2:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Megger (Norristown, PA) now offers a handheld time domain reflectometer (TDR) that locates faults on mixed paired metallic cables. The CFL535G can test the capabilities of connections and locate faults for up to 12 miles (20 km). This high resolution, compact TDR features dual channel capability and dual aspect display....

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Researchers discover new genetic brain disorder in humans

April 24, 2014 1:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A newly identified genetic disorder associated with degeneration of the central and peripheral nervous systems in humans, along with the genetic cause, is reported in the April 24, 2014 issue of Cell. The findings were generated by two independent but collaborative scientific teams, one based primarily at Baylor College of Medicine and the Austrian Academy of Sciences....

Droplet lens

April 24, 2014 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Australian scientists have invented a simple and cheap way of making a high-powered lens that can transform a smart phone into a high-resolution microscope. Costing less than a cent, the lenses promise a revolution in science and medicine in developing countries and remote areas....

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How a plant beckons the bacteria that will do it harm

April 24, 2014 1:13 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

A common plant puts out a welcome mat to bacteria seeking to invade, and scientists have discovered the mat's molecular mix. The study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals new targets during the battle between microbe and host that researchers can...

Engineering Update Episode 55 bloopers

April 24, 2014 10:26 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Editor-in-Chief David Mantey, Technical Editor Jason Lomberg, and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

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Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

April 24, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Vladimir Putin has mocked the Internet as a CIA project and pledged to protect Russia's interests online. The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists — barred from national television — have used to promote their ideas and organize...

Design as an art form

April 24, 2014 8:58 am | by Vladymir Rogov, CEO of ROGOV Design | Blogs | Comments

From my perspective, design and innovation is ultimately about making life better for people and a better world. My job as a designer is to exploit product experience options that create value, propositions and services so compelling, customers prefer to be caught in the vortex of attraction rather than try to escape....

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Nanoparticle networks promise cheaper batteries for storing renewable energy

April 24, 2014 3:13 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

A new battery design could lead to a cheap way to address the intermittency of solar and wind power.Liquids containing a flowing network of nanoscale particles could make batteries cheaper to manufacture, and thereby reduce the cost of using large amounts of solar and wind power....

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Making graphene work for real-world devices

April 24, 2014 12:14 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Graphene, a one-atom-thick form of the carbon material graphite, has been hailed as a wonder material--strong, light, nearly transparent and an excellent conductor of electricity and heat--and it very well may be. But a number of practical challenges must be overcome before it can emerge as a...

FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

April 23, 2014 9:10 pm | by Ryan Nakashima - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes. The proposed rules also call for enhanced scrutiny of such deals so they don't harm...

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