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Why hard work is the best part of engineering

January 30, 2015 | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Erin Conklin, a senior at Syracuse University (Editor: Go Orange!), studying aerospace engineering and psychology with a  minor in mathematics. When Erin was a child, she wanted to be a paleontologist. But as she grew older, her thoughts turned towards a very different career....

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The Super Bowl is a "No Drone Zone" (really?)

January 29, 2015 4:59 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Just in case you wanted to try something dumb in front of the largest audience in the world, the FAA is here to tell you ... no. I’m not sure why this needed clarification in the first place, but the FAA has clarified that Super Bowl XLIX is a “No Drone Zone”....

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Drone maker restricts D.C. flights

January 29, 2015 4:10 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | News | Comments

The maker of the drone that crash-landed on the White House lawn is reportedly publishing a firmware update that would restrict the quadcopters from flying within Washington, D.C.’s restricted airspace. The company, SZ DJI Technology Co. of Shenzhen, China ...

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Researchers produce two bio-fuels from a single algae

January 29, 2015 4:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels. The researchers, led by Greg O'Neil of Western Washington University ...

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Mental health monitoring through 'selfie' videos and social media tracking

January 29, 2015 3:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed an innovative approach to turn any computer or smartphone with a camera into a personal mental health monitoring device. In a paper to be presented this week at the American Association for Artificial ...

This is the only advice for girls who want to be engineers

January 29, 2015 3:37 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

There is a constant discussion in STEM about what we should do about the gender gap. The conversation ranges from, 'Should we be doing anything?' to 'What types of toys will teach my children the skills they'll need to succeed as an engineer?' to 'What gender gap? Quit complaining.'

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RF switch operates at zero hertz

January 29, 2015 3:30 pm | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the industry’s first RF switch operating at zero Hertz with integrated RF, analog and digital functions. The Peregrine Semiconductor PE42020 SPDT targets T&M and ATE applications with frequency coverage from ...

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LEDs achieve lower system cost over mid-power LEDs

January 29, 2015 3:25 pm | by Cree Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

In the latest advancement, Cree announces the new XLamp MHD-E and MHD-G LEDs combine the high lumen density and reliability of a ceramic chip-on-board LED to more effectively achieve lower system cost over mid-power LEDs. Building off the ...

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Building Ontario’s most gender-diverse engineering class

January 29, 2015 3:24 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The first-year class of engineering students at the University of Toronto is 30 percent women, a record number for both the university and the province. National numbers, expected later this year, could show University of Toronto as Canada’s most gender-diverse ...

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RF inductors include Sn/Pb terminations

January 29, 2015 3:06 pm | by Gowanda | Gowanda | Product Releases | Comments

These series are the first 0603 & 0805 RF chip inductors with tin/lead solder terminations to achieve QPL status per military spec MIL-PRF-83446. Both series are surface mount wirewound coil, ceramic core chip inductors. The Sn/Pb terminations provide ...

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DIN rail enclosure designed for Raspberry Pi B+

January 29, 2015 3:01 pm | by Hitaltech USA | Hitaltech USA | Product Releases | Comments

Hitaltech is pleased to launch Italtronic’s DIN rail mounting enclosure the Modulbox RMB. This enclosure has been specifically produced to house the embedded platform ‘Raspberry Pi B+’. Produced in UL94V-0 self extinguishing material, the electronic ...

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Using solar chips to monitor windows

January 29, 2015 2:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It happens all too often in the cold times of the year: You open the window in the morning for fresh air and forget to shut it again. A thermostat reports cold temperatures, and the heating is turned up full blast - right out the window. But open windows are a ...

Germany is greenlighting driverless vehicles (and it's great)

January 29, 2015 2:44 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The Autobahn, arguably one of the the most famous roads in the world, is about the welcome a new technology to its 8,216 miles and it's very exciting. For the first time, this highway will be home to not just crazy drivers going whatever speed they want, but it will also welcome autonomous vehicles (going whatever speed the technology decides.)

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Study analyses internet, mobile, and video game effects on young users

January 29, 2015 2:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A study conducted by researchers at the UAB, the Catalan Institute of Health (ICS) and the FPCEE Blanquerna (Ramon Llull University), and which included the methodological support of the Institute for Primary Healthcare Research (IDIAP Jordi Gol), has analysed the use ...

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Could a new proposed particle help detect dark matter?

January 29, 2015 2:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Southampton have proposed a new fundamental particle which could explain why no one has managed to detect 'Dark Matter', the elusive missing 85 per cent of the Universe's mass. Dark Matter is thought to exist because of its gravitational ...

Elon Musk headlines Space Station research and development conference

January 29, 2015 2:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Independence Day is not the only important fourth this July. Hot on the heels of the holiday is the fourth annual International Space Station (ISS) Research and Development Conference, which takes place in Boston July 7 to 9. Launching this year's event is a keynote speaker who lives ...

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