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‘Freak show’ engineer wanted at Oakley

February 6, 2015 9:47 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Have you reverse-engineered every mechanical device in your home?  Oakley, makers of high performance sunglasses and other sport eye- and foot-wear, made a splash this week with a job posting looking for a design engineer who has done that ...

Information security: A growing need for international commerce

February 6, 2015 9:09 am | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

As businesses large and small become more dependent on electronic data, a major focus has shifted towards information security.  Businesses are investing more than ever to protect themselves from dozens of security threats, from malware infections to financial fraud....


Software development platform simplifies porting of code

February 6, 2015 8:57 am | by Stmicroelectronics | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Designers targeting any of STMicroelectronics’ STM32 microcontrollers can now leverage the speed and convenience of the STMCube™ software development platform, which has now completed rolling out to all STM32 MCU family series currently in production....


Hospital equipment ‘talks’ among itself at Connectathon

February 6, 2015 8:56 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Medical device companies are teaming up to provide hospital equipment that lets doctors know when devices are alarmed, or where to find them if they’re lost. One of those companies is EQ2 LLC, creator of a computerized workflow system ...


Funding offered for high-efficiency electric motors

February 6, 2015 8:54 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has offered a possible $10 to $12 million in funding for manufacturing opportunities for the “Next Generation of Electric Machines” project - lighter, more powerful electric machines. The funding opportunity will encompass ...

MIT bioengineer wins $1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize

February 6, 2015 8:48 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

MIT bioengineer Dr. Robert Langer has been awarded the $1 million Queen Elizabeth Engineering Prize for his pioneering work on drug-release systems. Although he was announced as the winner on Feb. 3, Langer will not receive the award from the Queen until later this year....


This is what it's like to intern at NASA

February 6, 2015 8:32 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Lauren Prox, a senior at Denbigh High School - Aviation AcademyShe hasn't quite decided what the rest of her life will look like, but she's narrowed it down to Aerospace, Optical, or Electrical Engineering. We think she has some good options.


A lab with a magnetism all its own

February 5, 2015 12:18 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

Ariana Fernandez and her magnetometer have a terrific view of Peru. Admittedly, it’s no postcard image. Fernandez, a senior majoring in archaeological studies, goes in more for soil samples than scenic vistas. Yet with her bits of burnt earth and some world-class ...


Engineering Update #96: China's drone delivery service

February 4, 2015 4:26 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While we struggle with domestic drone regulations, China’s e-commerce giant, Alibaba, is moving forward with a similar service as Amazon’s vaunted drone delivery system. Ya know, the difference being that Alibaba isn’t mired in seemingly endless red tape and regulatory hurdles....


Tiny robotic 'hands' could improve cancer diagnostics, drug delivery

February 4, 2015 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Many people imagine robots today as clunky, metal versions of humans, but scientists are forging new territory in the field of 'soft robotics.' One of the latest advances is a flexible, microscopic hand-like gripper. The development could help doctors perform remotely ...

Supercapacitors poised to help boost vehicle fuel efficiency

February 4, 2015 12:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Unlike slow and steady batteries, supercapacitors gulp up energy rapidly and deliver it in fast, powerful jolts. A growing array of consumer products is benefiting from these energy-storage devices, reports Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of ...

New catalyst uses light to convert nitrogen to ammonia

February 4, 2015 12:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Northwestern University scientists are the first to develop a catalyst that can perform a remarkable feat found only in nature: take nitrogen from the air and turn it into ammonia under natural conditions. No high temperatures or pressure required. Driven by light, the new ...

Smart grids can match electricity demand and supply decentrally

February 4, 2015 12:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

To improve the management of fluctuations in the electricity supplied by solar and wind installations, the electricity network needs to work more intelligently in the future. Electricity suppliers aim to be able to regulate consumption on the basis of supply with the help ...


X-ray pulses uncover free nanoparticles for the first time in 3-D

February 4, 2015 12:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For the first time, a German-American research team has determined the three-dimensional shape of free-flying silver nanoparticles, using DESY's X-ray laser FLASH. The tiny particles, hundreds of times smaller than the width of a human hair, were found to exhibit an ...

The Fine Print: Unlimited data plans have limits

February 4, 2015 11:58 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

With cellular-data plans, unlimited doesn't really mean unlimited. Some carriers threaten to slow down speeds after heavy use or curb how much you can stray from their own networks. So I wasn't surprised to learn that the nation's largest prepaid wireless company ...



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