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How has 3D printing changed the world of design engineering?

August 19, 2013 4:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Here at ECN, we love hearing from our own readers about different trends and new technoligies you guys are working with! We like it so much we're devoting an entire issue to what our readers think about the impact of different technologies on their jobs and projects. The first catagory is consumer technology, specifically 3D printing, which we've covered a lot on the site this year.

Glow-in-the-dark rabbits in the interest of science (seriously!)

August 15, 2013 11:59 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Scientists from universities in Turkey and Hawaii managed to breed rabbits — two out of a litter of eight — that glow in the dark. They assure us it’s all in the interest of science (as if glow-in-the-dark rabbits wasn’t a noble feat in and of itself). And the team hasn’t been experimenting with radioactive spiders (darn!).

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Most failure-prone part in a car

August 14, 2013 10:55 am | by Isidor Buchmann, CEO & founder of Cadex Electronics Inc. | Cadex | Comments

No other part in a vehicle is as failure-prone as the starter battery. According to ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club), battery problems have quadrupled between 1996 and 2010. ADAC, Europe’s largest automotive club, says further that each third breakdown involves either a discharged or defective battery.

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North Korean “indigenous” smartphone manufactured at unicorn factory by Keebler Elves

August 13, 2013 2:21 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

North Korea’s “supreme leader”, Kim Jong-un, recently toured a Pyongyang factory, where workers are busy “manufacturing” the DPRK’s first “indigenous” smartphone, the “Arirang.” And if you had the woe-begotten idea that this Android device is a cheap Chinese knock-off with the DPRK label slapped on it, think again — the official North Korean news agency assures us that the Arirang includes a camera function with “high pixels.”

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I am among the most and least trusted professions in America

August 12, 2013 11:24 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Comments

I just came across this Yahoo article about the most and least trusted professions in America. It turns out the most trusted occupation is the military. They get a 78% trust rating. Having been a military man once, I can relate. Not too far down the list are engineers at a 63% trust rating.

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Geek Mythology Trivia answers 0x0E

August 12, 2013 10:30 am | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Number 0x0E: All your _____ are belong to us. Fill in the blank. This should have been a relatively easy one. Well, maybe not. Anyone who was around in the early days of video games should recognize it, but youngsters;...

Can LIDAR smooth out the bumps in air travel?

August 12, 2013 10:05 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

For those who have experienced clear air turbulence, there’s some welcome news from Europe. Researchers at the DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics are using LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology to analyze clear air turbulence, and data gathered from this project will provide information....

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Senator Feinstein: Unpaid bloggers don’t count as "journalists"

August 9, 2013 4:17 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The government’s assault on its own citizenry continues.... According to Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), journalists shouldn’t be protected by “shield laws” unless they draw salaries. Apparently, unpaid bloggers and citizen journalists don’t count as "real reporters."

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This is what happens in one SECOND on the internet

August 9, 2013 12:21 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Last week, we learned what happens on the internet in 60 seconds. There are 2 million Google searches, 70 new domains registered, 347 blog posts, $83,000 in Amazon sales and 204 million emails sent. Does it make you wonder what happens on during one SECOND on the internet? Luckily, Designly.com shares your love of information

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Geek Mythology Trivia answers 0x0F

August 9, 2013 10:33 am | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

The Screaming Circuits Geek Week geek mythology ECC public key is 7. Okay. I lied. The answers aren't encrypted, but I think I'll let them out piecemeal. Number 0x0F: Everyone has heard the trite phrase: “There are 10 types of...

The NSA's alarmingly liberal interpretation of surveillance laws

August 8, 2013 3:27 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

If you thought the U.S. government had no interest in your texts and emails, you better think again — the NSA’s dragnet just got a lot bigger. Officially, the policy of the NSA has been to intercept communications from Americans in direct contact with “targeted” foreigners overseas, according to the New York Times. However, it seems the agency has been looking at more than they’ve “officially” admitted.

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The Mars Curiosity Rover sang Happy Birthday to itself

August 8, 2013 12:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

August 5th marked the one-year anniversary of the Curiosity Rover’s landing on Mars. In addition to turning me from a Space Hater into a Space Junkie, the landing was a celebration of a great landmark in the world of NASA and space. Curiosity, part of NASA’s Mars Exploration program, carries the most advanced suite of instruments of any device sent to the Martian surface. 

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The models were wrong

August 8, 2013 9:12 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Comments

The models explaining what everyone knew about sugar uptake in bacteria are fundamentally flawed. New models correct those flaws. It turns out that bacteria regulate their sugar uptake mechanism not just by looking at the sugar available. The old models said that if sugar was scarce, bacteria made more sugar processing mechanisms to go after more of the scarce resources.

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What is the “next big thing” in near field communications?

August 7, 2013 3:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Mike Kabala, ECN Reader The next advance in NFC will be in the area of multi-factor authentication.  The current forerunner in this area is the Yubikey Neo, which contains both USB and NFC interfaces. Further advancement should eliminate the need for the USB connection, allowing a contact-free way of generating a one-time password for use in authentication.

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What is the “next big thing” in near field communications? (Part II)

August 7, 2013 3:27 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

V.Kadal Amutham, Reader: Already many countries are implementing mobile payment for ticketing in the bus / train and purchases at stores avoiding credit cards.Another possibility for this technology is as follows. The mobile phone will store any personal data like, size of cloth, preferred brand of many household items.

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