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Why we should trust autonomous cars

January 9, 2015 11:43 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor PDD, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Every year, automotive manufacturers push the envelope of vehicle autonomy.  However, the general public climate toward these vehicles has been cloudy and divided. The comments section of many articles centered on this topic are filled with phrases such as ‘precursor to robot tanks...

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How this biomedical engineer landed her dream job

January 9, 2015 11:34 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Michaelina (Micki) Dupnik, a Biomedical Engineer at Optimum Technologies, Inc. in Southbridge, MA. I graduated from Boston University in May 2014, Majored in Biomedical Engineering, Minored in Mechanical Engineering, and concentrated in Technology Innovation....

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The Internet of people before the Internet of Things

January 9, 2015 10:49 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

As you might imagine, within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) a lot of conversation takes place around determining how best to foster the continued development and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) around the globe. A colleague recently ...

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On the road to emissions-free cars

January 9, 2015 9:31 am | by University of Delaware | News | Comments

A University of Delaware research team is considering the important question of what it will take to create an affordable emissions-free car. The question, an issue of engineering and economics, is being studied by a team led by Yushan Yan, Distinguished Professor of Engineering.

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Compact batteries enhanced by spontaneous silver matrix formations

January 9, 2015 9:27 am | by DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

In a promising lithium-based battery, the formation of a highly conductive silver matrix transforms a material otherwise plagued by low conductivity. To optimize these multi-metallic batteries--and enhance the flow of electricity--scientists needed a way to see where, when, and how these silver, nanoscale "bridges" emerge.

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Nissan, NASA to work on autonomous car technology

January 9, 2015 9:18 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously. Yokohama-based Nissan Motor Co. and NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, announced Thursday a five-year research-and-development...

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Govt considering using Internet, smartphones for 2020 census

January 9, 2015 9:16 am | by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press | News | Comments

The days of the census taker with clipboard in hand may be numbered. The Census Bureau plans to test digital tools in preparation for the 2020 census, a change that could save millions of dollars. People may be asked to fill out their census forms on the Internet instead of sending them through the mail.

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Coming to a car near you: auto technology at CES

January 9, 2015 9:13 am | by KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Self-driving cars garner much of the attention, but in reality, we're years away from tooling around in something like Knight Rider's KITT. Coming sooner to a car near you: smartphone apps on dash displays, cruise control that adapts to cars around it, remote engine starting and more.

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AP sources: US did not 'hack back' against North Korea

January 9, 2015 9:12 am | by TED BRIDIS and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government was not responsible for sustained electronic attacks that crippled North Korea's Internet infrastructure last month, just after President Barack Obama promised that his administration would respond to the hacker break-in at Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc...

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Sony Pictures CEO had 'no playbook' for mega-hack on studio

January 9, 2015 9:10 am | by Tami Abdollah, AP | News | Comments

The network was crippled. Days before Thanksgiving, Sony Pictures employees had logged onto computers that flashed a grim message from a hacker group calling itself Guardians of Peace. Soon personal information for tens of thousands of current and former workers was...

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This design wizard will simplify the design process

January 8, 2015 6:07 pm | by RF Tool Co | Product Releases | Comments

RF Wizard has been created for RF Designers, Educators, and Students to greatly simplify the normally complex tasks associated with R.F. and Microwave Amplifier Design for specific Gain and Bandwidth. It also simplifies the design of Matching Interconnection Networks between R.F. Subsystems such as antennas, transmission lines, amplifiers, mixers, etc. Using Smith Charts and utilising a dev...

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December 2014: Security

January 8, 2015 4:01 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Security. It’s a topic that you can’t seem to escape whether you’re reading a news story about a security breach at Sony or a hacker who is capable of taking over your car. In this issue of ECN, we’re talking about security in the ever-changing, ever-evolving world of connectivity.

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Do engineers use counterfeit components?

January 8, 2015 3:41 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Counterfeit components continue to make it into designs as companies try to reduce prices and make smart business decisions. While a counterfeit component might lower the initial cost, the long term consequences of using grey market products can result in more expensive...

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Startup brings more efficient tools to Tanzania

January 8, 2015 3:26 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Back in 2009, alumna Jodie Wu ’09 launched Global Cycle Solutions (GCS) in Tanzania to bring small-scale farmers an innovative product she designed in MIT’s D-Lab: a bike-mounted maize sheller. Easily attached to a bike and powered by pedaling, the low-cost, cast-iron...

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3-D 'Pop-up' silicon structures: Transforming planar materials into 3-D microarchitectures

January 8, 2015 3:23 pm | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | News | Comments

In the cover feature article of the journal, Science, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign describe a unique process for geometrically transforming two dimensional (2D) micro/nanostructures into extended 3D layouts by exploiting mechanics principles similar to those found in children's 'pop-up' books.a

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