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Engineering Newswire: Stephen Hawking gets an upgrade

December 4, 2014 4:07 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Intel has upgraded Stephen Hawking’s communication platform to help him better communicate with the world, increase ease of use for his daily routines, and empower him with continued independence. The tailored solution, Assistive Context Aware Toolkit ...


Pulsars with black holes could hold the 'holy grail' of gravity

December 4, 2014 3:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The intermittent light emitted by pulsars, the most precise timekeepers in the universe, allows scientists to verify Einstein's theory of relativity, especially when these objects are paired up with another neutron star or white dwarf that interferes with ...

Wireless brain sensor could unchain neuroscience from cables

December 4, 2014 3:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a study in the journal Neuron, scientists describe a new high data-rate, low-power wireless brain sensor. The technology is designed to enable neuroscience research that cannot be accomplished with current sensors that tether subjects with ...


Technology breakthrough reveals cellular transcription process

December 4, 2014 2:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new technology that reveals cellular gene transcription in greater detail has been developed by Dr. Daniel Kaufmann of the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) and the research team he directed. "This new research tool offers ...

New optical technique extracts audio from video

December 4, 2014 2:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Those formerly silent walls can "talk" now: Researchers have demonstrated a simple optical technique by which audio information can be extracted from high-speed video recordings. The method uses an image-matching process based on vibration from ...

Experts see Korean parallels in Sony hack

December 4, 2014 2:03 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY and YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some cybersecurity experts say they've found striking similarities between the code used in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and attacks blamed on North Korea which targeted South Korean companies and government agencies last year. Sony is ...

Laser sniffs out toxic gases from afar

December 4, 2014 11:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a way to sniff out tiny amounts of toxic gases -- a whiff of nerve gas, for example, or a hint of a chemical spill -- from up to one kilometer away. The new technology can discriminate one type of gas from another with ...

Engineering Update #88: Lockheed Martin’s supersonic commercial aircraft

December 4, 2014 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Let’s face it — we’re no longer impressed by the ability to travel from New York to Los Angeles in five hours in a cramped 737. Doesn’t two and a half hours sound much better? Lockheed Martin thinks so, too, so they’re working on an aircraft for commercial ...


White House uses web intelligence against climate change

December 4, 2014 10:35 am | News | Comments

Following a presentation by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the White House has just released the Climate Resilience Toolkit, a new decision support initiative that makes use of the innovative text analysis and knowledge visualization services of ...

The danger of drones in an unlicensed airspace

December 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

I was recently in Barnes and Nobel (I still like to read words on paper), and I had the opportunity to purchase a quadcopter. With very little experience of flying one, I was tempted, but ultimately declined because it was a holiday shopping trip for ...


Infographic: Smart Appliances & The Kitchen of Tomorrow

December 4, 2014 9:32 am | by Pennywell | News | Comments

From dishwashers with digital interfaces to smartphone apps that can manage entire home heating systems, this shift in home appliances means that the household of tomorrow will be drastically different to that of today. Enjoy this Infographic, courtesy of Pennywell (


Avnet Embedded named Dell OEM’s Americas OEM Partner of the Year

December 4, 2014 9:14 am | by Avnet | News | Comments

Avnet Embedded, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc., today announced it has been named a winner in Dell OEM’s channel program Partner of the Year Awards for Dell’s Fiscal Year 2015. The annual awards ...

"Bionic Bra" inches closer to reality

December 4, 2014 8:27 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

A ‘Bionic Bra’ that automatically tightens in response to breast movement is one step closer to reality with the development of a new prototype. The bra, made using intelligent components, was discussed at the 9th Australasian Biomechanics ...


The first artificially intelligent cat toy

December 3, 2014 5:39 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Three ECE ILLINOIS alumni are on their way to crowdfunding the first artificially intelligent cat toy. Dave Cohen, Michael Friedman, and David Jun have created Mousr, a robotic toy for cats that's taken the Internet by storm. The team's Kickstarter page ...

Ever tried a 'laser delicious' apple?

December 3, 2014 5:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The ability to detect when to harvest "climacteric" fruits -- such as apples, bananas, pears and tomatoes -- at the precise moment to ensure "peak edibleness" in terms of both taste and texture may soon be within reach for farmers, thanks to the work of a team of researchers from ...


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