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Military plans to use drones as flying Wi-Fi hotspots

April 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

For civilians, a dearth of Wi-Fi is a minor inconvenience. First-world problems. But for our troops in the field, a lack of connectivity can kill you. No connection means no close-air support and no reinforcements. Hence the military’s push to turn drones into mobile Wi-Fi hotspots....

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Swiss unveil new solar plane for global flight

April 11, 2014 9:22 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car. The Solar Impulse 2, unveiled to the world Wednesday at Switzerland's Payerne Air Force Base, is a bigger and better version....

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Scientists try 3-D printer to build human heart

April 11, 2014 9:18 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3-D printer. Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient....

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Artificial cooling tricky topic for climate panel

April 11, 2014 9:15 am | by KARL RITTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space. Called geoengineering, it's considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it would be foolish to ignore it....

GOP, Dems clash over online domain name oversight

April 11, 2014 9:13 am | by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican opposition to Obama administration plans to spin off U.S. oversight of the Internet's domain name system is evolving into an election-year political fight, with GOP lawmakers using it as the latest front in their attacks on President Barack Obama's trustworthiness

US Internet ad revenue surpasses broadcast

April 11, 2014 9:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time, U.S. Internet advertising revenue has surpassed that of broadcast television thanks to sharp growth in mobile and digital video ads. That's according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which said Thursday that Internet advertising revenue rose 17 percent....

Researchers using math to whittle away at jet lag

April 11, 2014 9:10 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it's possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help. Doctors have long said exposure to light is key....

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Photos of the Day: Creating music with gloves

April 11, 2014 9:03 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Grammy-winning electronic artist Imogen Heap recently launched a Kickstarter project for the Mi.Mu gloves, capable of creating music with various hand gestures. The Mi.Mu gloves include an IMU motion tracker along with a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer....

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Engineers can prevent the intellectual downfall of the nation

April 11, 2014 8:47 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

According to several outlets, a dearth of science and engineering students, coupled with the underqualified workforce unable to fill current need, is leading to the intellectual downfall of the nation.If you strike up a conversation with “that guy” in the office, he may even tell you a yarn about the once great superpower falling....

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Green light for NASA's Osiris-Rex asteroid sample mission

April 11, 2014 3:10 am | by AllVoices | News | Comments

An innovative NASA space mission with the ambitious aim of collecting samples from an asteroid in 2018 was given the green light, Wednesday. NASA got the go-ahead to start construction of the spacecraft, flight instruments, ground system and launch support...

2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival

April 10, 2014 4:42 pm | Events

The 3rd Annual Science Festival will kick off throughout 2013 with nationwide school programs, contests and events year-round, and culminate in a 2-day Grand Finale Expo on April 26-27, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.....

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Five from EELive, part two

April 10, 2014 3:59 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Winsystems, Versalogic Corp., Rigol Usa, Texas Instruments, Cymbet Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Here are five more notable products, plus one soon to be released product, from EELive 2014. Be sure to check out Part 1 of this series for more. Embedded computers were well represented, with announcements by WinSystems and VersaLogic. For rugged applications, WinSystems’ The SBC35-CC405 Series multi-core Intel Atom E3800 embedded computers feature onboard USB, Gigabit Ethernet, serial ports, and

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Four-channel portable oscilloscope samples at 5 GS/s

April 10, 2014 3:25 pm | Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corp. introduced its 190-504 Series II 500 MHz ScopeMeter Portable Oscilloscope, said to be the first to achieve a 500 MHz at 5 GS/s real time sample rate in a four-channel handheld, sealed, and rugged oscilloscope without compromising

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Photos of the Day: A device that charges your phone in 30 seconds

April 10, 2014 2:22 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

An Israeli startup called StoreDot has created a prototype for a device capable of fully charging a smartphone in 30 seconds. StoreDot demonstrated the tech at Microsoft’s Think Next Conference, and the finished product will hit the market sometime in 2016....

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Varactor diodes suit automotive, consumer, defense, and infrastructure markets

April 10, 2014 1:22 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks (Woburn, MA) introduced a series of surface-mount, silicon, hyperabrupt junction tuning varactor diodes. The SMV2026 Series provides high capacitance ratio and low-series resistance, and it is suitable for use in

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