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Waste heat could be new source of clean energy

July 1, 2014 12:52 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

About two-thirds of all the energy we use in computers, in cars, in making products such as steel—is lost as heat. That energy does not do anything useful, and yet we are paying for it all the same. MechSE Assistant Professor Sanjiv Sinha, with the help of...

Nanotechnology for a sustainable future, new book offers insights

July 1, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nanotechnology offers solutions to pressing global issues, but they also have the potential to lead to unexpected risks and unintended consequences. A newly released book, Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety: Risk, Regulation and Management, offers insights into how these new technologies may be applied....

Stanford engineers envision an electronic switch just 3 atoms thick

July 1, 2014 12:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Do not fold, spindle or mutilate. Those instructions were once printed on punch cards that fed data to mainframe computers. Today's smart phones process more data, but they still weren't built for being shoved into back pockets. In the quest to build gadgets that can survive such abuse, engineers have been testing electronic systems....

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Are electric cars ready?

July 1, 2014 12:43 pm | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

Are electric cars ready to replace internal combustion models? Which problems remain to be solved, who’s working on them… and are they hiring? Longwood, Florida, isn’t the most exciting, upmarket suburb of Orlando. Yet, every day, people drive for miles to visit a tiny showroom on 17/92....

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Photobomb elimination: An innovative approach for image-completion software

July 1, 2014 12:16 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

With image-editing software like Adobe Photoshop, adding a missing face into a group photo is rather simple. Removals, however—perhaps omitting a photobomber from the same image—are much less straightforward. Content must be created; a gap must be filled....

IMS2014: Driverless and talking cars – New technology transforms the way we travel

July 1, 2014 10:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Back in February, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced its intent to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles. To help provide us with some insight on this topic, we talked to several experts at IMS2014....

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Multi-channel PXI-based test solution speeds LTE/LTE-Advanced waveform creation and analysis

July 1, 2014 10:34 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) announced the LTE/LTE-Advanced multi-channel PXI-based test solution, which is positioned to accelerate the setup of multi-channel test system configurations and enables engineers to gain deeper insight into complex carrier aggregation and…

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HotSpot: Sensors Expo and IPSO Challenge 2014 Winners

July 1, 2014 10:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

First, we’re giving GameReality honorable mention. It’s not a recognized winner, but HotSpot typically has four hot spots so we couldn’t leave it at the three winners. That’d just be bonkers. Sweden-based GameReality developed an IP-enabled first person shooter game....

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Photos of the Day: NASA’s ISSpresso machine weighs 44 lbs.

July 1, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Certified for safety and approved by NASA, ISSpresso initially will fly with 20 coffee capsules. Extra packets will follow for the six-member crew, if the trial run goes well. The 44-pound machine — a compact 14 inches by 17 inches — will be housed ...

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Spansion joins ZigBee Alliance

July 1, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

Spansion Inc. announced it joined the ZigBee Alliance. Through active participation in the ZigBee Alliance, Spansion will continue to contribute to open standards and technology collaboration to accelerate the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT)....

Infographic: Tech conferences around the world Summer/Fall 2014

July 1, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

Check out this infographic for tech conferences happening across the industry (and around the world) for Summer and Fall 2014. Includes several recent conferences along with shows happening as early as October and as late as December....

When is a TV not a TV?

July 1, 2014 8:35 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

When the U. S. Supreme Court says so, that's when. Last Wednesday, June 25, the Court issued a split decision (6-3) against Aereo, a provider of over-the-Internet broadcast TV service which used a unique technology to get around the requirement to pay retransmission fees to program originators, as cable TV companies do....

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The Internet of Things takes over Illinois

June 30, 2014 4:32 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Sensors Expo & Conference is one of the largest events to pull in sensor pros from across North America. This year, the event was held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Centre in Rosemont, Illinois, where everyone was talking about everything from the ever-elusive internet of things ...

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EU slashes mobile data roaming fees by 55 percent

June 30, 2014 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union says the surcharges for surfing the Internet on mobile devices while traveling across the 28-nation bloc will be more than halved. The European Commission says the new cap on the so-called roaming fees will be effective starting Tuesday, just in time for the summer holiday travel season....

Caterpillar, Argonne undertake cooperative virtual engine design, control project

June 30, 2014 4:14 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Internal combustion engines are poised for dramatic breakthroughs in improving efficiency with lower emissions, thanks in part to low-temperature combustion regimes. Such regimes show great efficiency and emissions potential, but they present optimization and control challenges....

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