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Engineering Update #100: The world’s first 3D-printed jet engine

March 5, 2015 | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

To date, we’ve seen 3D-printed drones, 3D-printed model airplanes, and while major airlines like Airbus are exploring the idea of futuristic, 3D-printed passenger jets, we haven’t seen rapid prototyping applied on so large a scale — until now.

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This is how you get a snack while flying in a fighter jet

March 5, 2015 3:26 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

This is one of those videos you could probably go ahead and file somewhere between, "This is the reason we can't have nice things" and "This is really cool."

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Size matters: Phones as big as they can get for easy use

March 5, 2015 12:12 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Samsung's runaway success with the big-screen smartphone even spurred Apple to release a supersized model last fall.

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IPhone 6's popularity drives Apple's China share to record

March 5, 2015 12:08 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A consumer survey showed the popularity of the iPhone 6 has driven Apple's market share in China to its highest ever while Samsung has continued to lose ground. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said Thursday that its ...

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Power converters designed to fit 1U enclosures

March 5, 2015 9:43 am | by Murata | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata has announced the launch of the D1U86P Series of ultra-high density power converters from Murata Power Solutions. The 1600 watt rated D1U86 features AC-input and DC-input models. The power supplies are designed to fit 1U enclosures, and measure ...

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America II and Cliff Electronic Components announce global distribution agreement

March 5, 2015 9:18 am | News | Comments

America II Electronics, Inc. announced it has entered into a global franchise distribution agreement with Cliff Electronic Components, a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of components and connectors used in the audio ...

A new way to control information by mixing light and sound

March 5, 2015 7:06 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

For once, slower is better in a new piece of technology. A Yale lab has developed a new, radio frequency processing device that allows information to be controlled more effectively, opening the door to a new generation ...

How big data can be used to understand major events

March 4, 2015 3:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With the most unpredictable UK general election looming in modern times, how can big data be used to understand how elections are covered by the media? New research has for the first time analysed over 130,000 online news articles ...

Kids and robots learn to write together

March 4, 2015 3:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A little girl lines up plastic letters fitted with QR codes in front of a little humanoid robot. The robot struggles to reproduce them on a tablet - especially the loop of the letter p. The girl kindly steps in to help, writing out the word to show the robot how to do it....

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Energy-generating cloth could replace batteries in wearable devices

March 4, 2015 3:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

From light-up shoes to smart watches, wearable electronics are gaining traction among consumers, but these gadgets' versatility is still held back by the stiff, short-lived batteries that are required. These limitations, however, could soon be overcome....

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions with a more effective carbon capture method

March 4, 2015 3:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants and various industries could play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the future. But current materials that can collect CO2 -- from smokestacks, for example -- have low capacities ...

Big box stores could ditch the grid, use natural gas fuel cells instead

March 4, 2015 3:02 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Large facilities like big box stores or hospitals could keep the lights on by using a fuel cell that runs off the natural gas that already flows in pipelines below most city streets. Instead of drawing electricity from the power grid, facilities could use natural gas-powered solid oxide fuel ...

Do your capacitors have principles and performance?

March 4, 2015 2:48 pm | by James C. Lewis, KEMET Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Tantalum capacitors are often the first choice for engineers where a high capacitance value is required within a small case size. The MnO2 type, with manganese dioxide cathode, can operate at temperatures up to 175°C or even 200°C and also benefit ...

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Siemens grants $30 million in software licenses to the George Washington University

March 4, 2015 2:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Today, from the opening of the new Science and Engineering Hall at the George Washington University, Siemens and GW announced a $30 million in-kind grant of software licenses to enhance programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and strengthen ...

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Where you live could mean 'greener' alternatives do more harm than good

March 4, 2015 2:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Whether it's swapping your car for an electric vehicle, or your natural gas furnace for geothermal heating, transitioning from fossil fuels to electric-powered technology is widely believed to be the best way to lower carbon emissions....

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Why isn't the universe as bright as it should be?

March 4, 2015 1:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A handful of new stars are born each year in the Milky Way, while many more blink on across the universe. But astronomers have observed that galaxies should be churning out millions more stars, based on the amount of interstellar gas available....

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