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Connecting with the connected car at MWC

March 4, 2015 | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | Blogs | Comments

You think you know what a connected car is and then you actually experience one and it’s something else altogether. That was my experience at Mobile World Congress after taking the driver’s seat in a concept vehicle ...

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Could Iran achieve human spaceflight by 2016?

March 4, 2015 9:20 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

From the same country that brought us the smallest “stealth fighter” of all time, a “time machine”, and a “drone” held together with duct tape comes an (overly) ambitious plan to send humans into space by 2016. Iran loves to tout its “indigenous” quasi-realistic military technology....

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Army Research Laboratory lays out science and technology priorities through 2019

March 4, 2015 9:05 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, director Dr. Thomas Russell approved the final technical implementation plan that will guide the laboratory's technical strategy through 2019. The implementation plan is the final element of ARL's technical strategy....

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Engineering Live: How Do We Keep Students in STEM?

March 3, 2015 3:46 pm | Events

In our latest Engineering Live discussion focused on How Do We Get Kids into STEM?, we discussed how to get students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In this discussion, we’re going to take it a step further and discuss how we can keep students involved in STEM....

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This is how society feels about engineers

March 3, 2015 3:45 pm | by TE Connectivity | Blogs | Comments

As a part of Engineering Week (we're a little late with this!) our friends over at TE Connectivity decided to do a little digging into the lives of engineers. In the second annual Engineering Sentiment Survey, the researchers looked at 1,010 adults and how they viewed engineers in the community.

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Programming tools designed for rotary encoders

March 3, 2015 3:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL is introducing powerful new programming capabilities and tools for their IXARC series of rotary encoders. With these new capabilities, the performance characteristics of these POSITAL encoders can be extensively modified through software changes, without requiring changes to physical components....

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Smart garments could change how we interact

March 3, 2015 10:52 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

As wearables become more common, consumers also want them to be smaller and less obtrusive. Smartwatches are in their heyday now, but the consumer of the future might be looking for a device that is not only more useful, but more invisible....

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United Airlines won't accept rechargeable battery shipments

March 3, 2015 10:46 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the world's largest airlines are banning bulk shipments of rechargeable batteries in the face of mounting evidence of their potential to cause catastrophic in-flight fires. Citing safety concerns, United Airlines on Monday became the second major ...

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Catch Engineering Live: How Do We Keep Students in STEM?

March 3, 2015 10:17 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

On this episode of Engineering Live, ECN’s expert panel will discuss what steps we (teachers, professors, STEM organizations) can take to keep students interested in STEM, what type of curriculum is most effective in keeping students in STEM, how businesses can ... 

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Looking for the next (female) MacGyver

March 3, 2015 8:51 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When you think of engineering role models, you might think of a parent, teacher, sibling, a celebrity, or even just someone who comes in to speak at career day. But, there is another very important place that kids often look for role models and it's in every home in various forms.

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Charge your phone wirelessly with Ikea’s new furniture collection

March 3, 2015 8:38 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The new “Home Smart” furniture collection will, to start, include bedside tables, lamps, and a coffee table. They’ll also be selling individual charging pads for any surface. Much like all the other furniture Ikea sells, customers will have to put it together themselves....

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UC research partnership explores how to best harness solar power

March 2, 2015 4:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A University of Cincinnati research partnership is reporting advances on how to one day make solar cells stronger, lighter, more flexible and less expensive when compared with the current silicon or germanium technology on the market. Yan Jin, a UC doctoral student ...

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Supersonic electrons could produce future solar fuel

March 2, 2015 4:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from institutions including Lund University have taken a step closer to producing solar fuel using artificial photosynthesis. In a new study, they have successfully tracked the electrons' rapid transit through a light-converting molecule....

Flightless jet engine to keep 900-year-old city warm

March 2, 2015 3:54 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The picturesque Romanian city of Oradea dates back at least 900 years. Some locals joke their heating system is just as old. Large portions of the city, which sits near Romania’s western border with Hungary, have relied on a district heating plant that opened ...

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Google Glass shows promising uses in plastic surgery

March 2, 2015 3:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The "wearable technology" Google Glass has a wide range of possible applications in plastic surgery--with the potential to enhance surgical training, medical documentation, and patient safety, according to a special paper in the March 2015 issue....

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The brain's GPS never stops working-even during sleep

March 2, 2015 3:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that navigational brain cells that help sense direction are as electrically active during deep sleep as they are during wake time -- and have visual and vestibular cues to guide them.

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