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Catch Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM?

November 21, 2014 | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Blogs | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students, we are experiencing a surge in the...

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Like father, like son: Following dad into electrical engineering

November 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Anthony Cifarelli, a ​Senior Electrical Engineering student at Syracuse University (More Orange Pride!)Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative.

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PWM controller features integrated power stage driver

November 20, 2014 4:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ZMD AG (Dresden, Germany) announces the release of the ZSPM2000, a configurable true digital PWM controller with integrated MOSFET driver for smart digital point-of-load (POL) solutions. ZMDI’s ZSPM2000 operates as a synchronous step-down ...

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Power connector provides high-current capacity

November 20, 2014 3:59 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has developed the DF65 Series connector, a small, vertical-mating wire-to-board connector that provides high-current capacity and high reliability for power supplies, up to 4 Amps (with 24 AWG wire) and 50 V AC/DC....

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Soldiers of the future will generate their own power

November 20, 2014 2:44 pm | by Jeff Sisto, NSRDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

Wearable technologies may provide U.S. soldiers with on-the-move, portable energy and reduce the weight of gear they carry into combat. Researchers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) are developing ...

Is 3D carving the new 3D printing?

November 20, 2014 2:39 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Over the past few years, the 3D printing experienced explosive growth. The next step, according to Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan, is 3D carving. With close to $635,000 raised on Kickstarter for his latest project — a 3D carver — he might be ...

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Teaching self-driving cars ethics of the road

November 20, 2014 2:33 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane. Jerk the wheel left and smash into a bicyclist? Swerve right toward a family on foot? Slam the brakes and brace for head-on impact? Drivers make split-second ...

Health screening for industrial machines

November 20, 2014 2:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Metal forming machines have to withstand considerable forces and yet remain in operation for a long time. When cold forming parts for automobiles, washing machines, refrigerators and the like, the exerted pressure can easily amount to several ...

Versatile bonding for lightweight components

November 20, 2014 1:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Shedding pounds is all the rage these days and the global trend toward weight reduction has even spread to the automobile industry. Cars are to get even lighter - using new materials such as ultra-high-strength steels or carbon, and carbon-fiber ...

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New technique allows ultrasound to penetrate bone, metal

November 20, 2014 1:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique that allows ultrasound to penetrate bone or metal, using customized structures that offset the distortion usually caused by these so-called "aberrating layers." "We've designed ...

Fundamental research continues to advance cooperative robots

November 20, 2014 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

From disaster recovery to caring for the elderly in the home, scientists and engineers are developing robots that can handle critical tasks in close proximity to humans, safely and with greater resilience than previous generations of intelligent ...

Brain training using sounds can help aging brain ignore distractions

November 20, 2014 1:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As we age, we have an increasingly harder time ignoring distractions. But new research online November 20 in the Cell Press journal Neuron reveals that by learning to make discriminations of a sound amidst progressively more disruptive distractions ...

Research shows how much we ignore online warnings

November 20, 2014 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Say you ignored one of those "this website is not trusted" warnings and it led to your computer being hacked. How would you react? Would you: A. Quickly shut down your computer? B. Yank out the cables? C. Scream in cyber terror? For a group of ...

3-D printer powered up on the International Space Station

November 20, 2014 1:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

This week, NASA took a big step toward changing the way we plan for long-duration space voyages when astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore successfully installed and prepared the first 3-D printer for upcoming manufacturing operations on the ...

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NRL scientists discover novel metamaterial properties within hexagonal boron nitride

November 20, 2014 1:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Manchester, U.K.; Imperial College, London; University of California San Diego; and the National Institute of Material Science (NIMS), Japan, have ...

Spiraling light, nanoparticles, and insights into life's structure

November 20, 2014 11:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As hands come in left and right versions that are mirror images of each other, so do the amino acids and sugars within us. But unlike hands, only the left-oriented amino acids and the right-oriented sugars ever make into life as we know it. Scientists know ...

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