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The 20 greatest engineering feats of 2014

December 29, 2014 | by Amanda Orson, Director of Communications, EngineerJobs.com | Blogs | Comments

As we’ve done in 2012 and 2013 we’re bringing you what we think were this year’s biggest engineering feats. But, as our writer Kal astutely pointed out, “2014 is, like, a whole year. A lot of stuff happened.” So we’ve expanded from our previous lists of ...

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E-readers foil good night's

December 29, 2014 11:09 am | by Penn State | News | Comments

You may think your e-reader is helping you get to sleep at night, but it might actually be harming your quality of sleep, according to researchers. Exposure to light during evening and early nighttime hours suppresses release of the sleep-facilitating hormone melatonin....

Atom-thick CCD could capture images

December 29, 2014 10:48 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

An atomically thin material developed at Rice University may lead to the thinnest-ever imaging platform. Synthetic two-dimensional materials based on metal chalcogenide compounds could be the basis for superthin devices, according to Rice researchers....

Powerful enough for a gamer, made for an engineer

December 29, 2014 10:35 am | by Brigham Young University | News | Comments

It's like a scene from a gamer's wildest dreams: 12 high-definition, 55-inch 3D televisions all connected to a computer capable of supporting high-end, graphics-intensive gaming. On the massive screen, images are controlled by a Wii remote that interacts with ...

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Have a safe and happy New Year!

December 29, 2014 10:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Your friends at ECN and Advantage Business Media would like to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and a safe and happy New Year! We have lots to look forward to in 2015 — the second annual ECN IMPACT Awards, the very first Young Mind Awards ...

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Army takes another step toward self-sustainment

December 29, 2014 10:29 am | by Jeff Sisto, NSRDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

The Army took another step toward increasing self sustainment, while saving energy at its contingency bases overseas.Army researchers recently completed Demonstration 1, the first in a series of demonstrations looking at energy-saving technologies, which will ...

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Giant blimp to patrol skies for missile threat

December 29, 2014 10:21 am | by C. Todd Lopez | News | Comments

The army plans to launch the first of two tethered aerostats from a ground base just north of Baltimore in late December, 2014.The aerostat, part of the "Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor" system, referred to as JLENS for short ...

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Integrated controls and awareness define smart lighting

December 29, 2014 9:45 am | by Tom Griffiths, Marketing Manager, Sensor Driven Lighting for ams’ Emerging Sensing Strategies group | Blogs | Comments

With the label “smart” being applied to everything from phones to houses to snack foods, it’s fair to expect that everyone’s definition of smart lighting may not be quite the same. For more than a century, the architectural paradigm for controllable lighting has been ...

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Virtual lab advances DoD's ability to test microelectronics

December 29, 2014 9:34 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Under the auspices of DARPA’s Integrity and Reliability of Integrated Circuits program, researchers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are collaborating in powerful new ways to determine the ...

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Internet of Things stimulates MEMS market

December 29, 2014 9:30 am | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

The explosive expansion of the Internet of things (IoT) is driving rapid demand growth for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices in areas including asset-tracking systems, smart grids and building automation. Worldwide market revenue for MEMS ...

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Breakthrough in predictions of pressure-dependent combustion chemical reactions

December 29, 2014 9:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Sandia and Argonne national laboratories have demonstrated, for the first time, a method to successfully predict pressure-dependent chemical reaction rates. It's an important breakthrough in combustion and atmospheric chemistry that is expected to ...

Optogenetics captures neuronal transmission in live mammalian brain

December 29, 2014 9:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Neurons, the cells of the nervous system, communicate by transmitting chemical signals to each other through junctions called synapses. This "synaptic transmission" is critical for the brain and the spinal cord to quickly process the huge amount of ...

Device saves crops, raises farm incomes in developing world

December 29, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) today launched the "GreenPHABLET powered by the GreenSIM" - a low-cost combination phone and tablet computer customized to improve developing world agricultural success and ...

If you talk to your thermostat, will it listen?

December 29, 2014 9:06 am | by Vineet Ganju, Conexant | Blogs | Comments

Interacting with the devices in a Smart Home using voice is a trend that has the biggest players in the consumer electronics space taking notice. From speakers that hear and respond to commands to intelligent thermostats and home appliances, a completely ...

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NKorea outage a case study in online uncertainties

December 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea's microscopic corner of the Internet has had a rough couple of days, suffering seven outages in 48 hours, according to one Web traffic monitor. The mysterious problems have some talking of a retaliatory cyberattack by the United States, which ...

NREL demonstrates 45.7 percent efficiency for concentrator solar cell

December 29, 2014 8:54 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has announced the demonstration of a 45.7 percent conversion efficiency for a four-junction solar cell at 234 suns concentration. This achievement represents one of the highest photovoltaic ...

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