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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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Today in Engineering History: America's First Transcontinental Railroad

January 8, 2015 3:19 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor PDD, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

On this day in history, 1863, California Governor Leland Stanford broke ground for the Central Pacific Railroad in Sacramento. This event marked the beginning of America’s first transcontinental railroad. The Central Pacific Railroad was finally finished in Promontory, Utah in May 1869.

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Software designed for design sharing

January 8, 2015 3:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

COMSOL Server™ is now available to run applications created with the Application Builder in COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.0. This new product allows you to share COMSOL applications with colleagues throughout your organization and beyond. Run applications in a light-weight COMSOL Client for Windows® or in a web browser.

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Software allows for better management of design and production

January 8, 2015 3:08 pm | Altium | Product Releases | Comments

INLYNK announced the release of version 4.3 of its flagship product. Optymo is a BOM and Parts Management solution that helps organizations to better manage their design and production steps. The new version is the result of a collaboration between Altium, Octopart and INLYNK.

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Photos of the Day: This is how you train for the ISS

January 8, 2015 2:58 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Training for a space mission is no joke. Those lucky enough to make it to the International Space Station are basically on their own and must be prepared for all situations. Every part of living on the ISS is practiced on earth in specialized training facilities to ensure that nothing...

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