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How a kid's robotics competition changed this engineer's future

March 27, 2015 | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Brian Scharles Jr, Computer Engineer Intern at Traffic and Parking Control Co., and Computer Engineering student at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

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This is what a Moon settlement could look like

March 27, 2015 4:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Picture this. It's several (decades/centuries) in the future. All food is organically harvested in BioDomes, no one has driven a car in 20 years and Robot Madonna is still cranking out the tunes.

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Engineering Live: What happened to our fascination with space?

March 27, 2015 1:00 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Videos | Comments

The 1960s was arguably the most fascinating time in the world of space. Sputnik had been launched just a few years prior and the entire decade ended with the first moon landing. So what happened?

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Metals used in high-tech products face future supply risks

March 27, 2015 12:33 pm | by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies | News | Comments

In a new paper, a team of Yale researchers assesses the "criticality" of all 62 metals on the Periodic Table of Elements, providing key insights into which materials might become more difficult to find in the coming decades, which ones will exact the highest environmental costs ...

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A tool is created to improve the sustainability of the transport sector

March 27, 2015 12:30 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | News | Comments

Transport is responsible for a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, so the European Commission has developed various strategies and directives designed to reduce dependence on oil, and the transport gas emissions responsible for this effect ...

A first glimpse inside a macroscopic quantum state

March 27, 2015 12:28 pm | by ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences | News | Comments

In a recent study published in Physical Review Letters and highlighted by the magazine Science News, the research group led by ICREA Prof at ICFO Morgan Mitchell has detected, for the first time, entanglement among individual photon pairs in a beam of squeezed light.

Backup options for Internet lines can be costly, complicated

March 27, 2015 12:24 pm | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hunter Newby describes himself as a real estate entrepreneur, even if he's not marketing houses or land. Instead, he's selling space on a new fiber-optic transmission line to Internet providers, telecommunications companies and anyone wanting high-speed data.

Things to know about Internet vulnerabilities in the US

March 27, 2015 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In many cases, information is transmitted at high speeds through light waves carried in slender glass fibers that are bundled together and strung along rights of way such as highways, railroads and pipelines. When covering long distances ...

NASA Asteroid Hunter Spacecraft Data Available to Public

March 27, 2015 10:01 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft now are available online to the public. The data was collected following the restart of the asteroid-seeking spacecraft in December 2013 after a lengthy ...

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Orion offers the industry's lowest-cost louvered fan guards

March 27, 2015 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Orion Fans has expanded its offering of fan accessories to include the industry's lowest cost louvered fan guards. Designed for harsh environments, the heavy-duty louvered fan guards are available for use with the 80, 92, 120, 172, 225, 254 and 280mm fans or individually depending on the application. Orion's expanded offering ...

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HAWC captures evidence of powerful cosmic visitors

March 26, 2015 8:02 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In the shadow of Mexico’s tallest mountain, an array of 300 water-filled silver tanks is capturing the calling cards left by powerful visitors from our galaxy and beyond. The tanks are the most visible components of the High Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory (HAWC), a one-of-its-kind facility...

Want a free Raspberry Pi 2? We're giving one away

March 26, 2015 4:38 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

I'm a big fan of the Raspberry Pi. Newark Element14 was nice enough to send me one a while back and once I figured out what it was, I was absolutely fascinated by the idea that it's basically a grown-up(ish) version of a super sweet building toy.

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Dark matter even darker than once thought

March 26, 2015 3:59 pm | by ESA/Hubble Information Centre | News | Comments

Astronomers using observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have studied how dark matter in clusters of galaxies behaves when the clusters collide. The results, published in the journal Science on 27 March 2015 ...

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Designer's toolkit for dynamic DNA nanomachines

March 26, 2015 3:56 pm | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

The latest DNA nanodevices created at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) - including a robot with movable arms, a book that opens and closes, a switchable gear, and an actuator - may be intriguing in their own right, but that's not the point. They demonstrate ...

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New study shows bacteria can use magnetic particles to create a 'natural battery'

March 26, 2015 3:52 pm | by European Association of Geochemistry | News | Comments

New research shows bacteria can use tiny magnetic particles to effectively create a 'natural battery.' According to work published in journal Science on 27 March, the bacteria can load electrons onto and discharge electrons from microscopic particles of magnetite....

Engineers develop new methods to speed up simulations in computational grand challenge

March 26, 2015 3:50 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a new family of methods to significantly increase the speed of time-resolved numerical simulations in computational grand challenge problems. Such problems often arise from the high-resolution approximation ...

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