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Mini-camera separates suicide bombers from citizens

August 19, 2014 | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

If you're ever in China for business (or vacation), you had better hope that you don't have a particularly stressful day because new technology might flag you as a suicide bomber. Security fears and attacks in public places have Chinese authorities turning to less traditional means of detecting potential killers before they act....

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5 essential building blocks for a thriving work culture

August 20, 2014 8:35 am | by Adam Witty, Contributor | Comments

What makes a successful business thrive? That’s what eight out of 10 new entrepreneurs would like to know, because their businesses fail within the first 18 months, according to Bloomberg. Staff your team with A-players; they’re worth the wait....

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5 ways to steal your innovations

August 19, 2014 2:38 pm | by Mike Collins | Comments

It is the dream of most small manufacturers to invent a new product and sell it to a larger company to handle all of the manufacturing and marketing. The dream includes getting a big upfront payment and then relaxing as the royalty or other payments come in....

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PowerLab Notes: How to Remote Sense your Power Supply

August 18, 2014 10:14 am | by Tiger Zhou, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Comments

In high-end telecommunication applications, you often face the challenges of delivering power across large-scale printed circuit boards (PCBs). To give precious real estate to critical ASICs and processors, the power supplies are often allocated to the corner or edge of the board. To compensate for the resistive drop of power path, remote sensing is often used – especially for low-voltage, high-current applications.

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Warped PC boards

August 15, 2014 2:07 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

So... You just got a nice big PC board back from the fab shop. You set one on your desk to admire only to discover that it's warped. What do you do? There are two primary types of causes of...

Navy to deploy vehicle-based laser weapon

August 14, 2014 11:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

The U.S. Navy recently awarded an $11 million contract to Raytheon to develop a vehicle-based, short-range laser weapon capable of defeating low-flying threats like enemy drones. Raytheon’s directed-energy weapon will comply with the Office of Naval Research (ONR)....

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6 reasons to consider overseas engineering jobs

August 14, 2014 8:23 am | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Comments

How far would you travel for your dream job? To another city? Another state? Why limit yourself, when your skills are in demand, worldwide? Engineering principles don’t change at the border, so why not explore all your options and look for work....

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A toe above the competition: KEEN's story

August 12, 2014 12:27 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

In a Portland, Oregon headquarters that feels more like a tech startup than a shoe manufacturer, you’ll find one of the most innovative outdoor and utility footwear companies in the country. The floors and walls are made of reclaimed materials....

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Career advice from the ECN engineers

August 12, 2014 10:23 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

A few months ago, we asked our engineers (that’s you guys) a few questions about how you felt about retirement, engineering, and the future of the industry. (Check out the infographic or the Whiteboard in our August issue.) While we learned a lot from our experienced engineers (turns out most are happy with their careers), we also asked for some advice for engineers in the future.

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Self-assembling robot walks in minutes

August 11, 2014 9:49 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

There have been major advances in robotics in the past couple years as far as personification and an expansion of applications. Some robots are even being designed to carry gear in active warzones (and look creepy as hell doing it.) This tiny robot from Harvard microrobotics engineers Sam Felton and Robot Wood brings something else entirely to the table....

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Why Russia’s anti-blogger law should terrify you

August 11, 2014 7:26 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

In case you missed it, Russia isn’t exactly copasetic with the whole “democracy” thing. Case in point: Vladimir Putin recently turned bloggers into vassals of the state. The law destroys online anonymity and makes bloggers responsible for third-party users on their sites....

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Israel's Iron Dome & the ethics of war

August 8, 2014 11:39 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

By many reports, the damage done by the rockets fired from Gaza into Israel would be much worse if it were not for Israel's air-defense system called Iron Dome. According to the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), Iron Dome succeeds in intercepting about 80% of rockets that come within its zone of protection....

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Don’t let ‘selfies’ define your self-worth

August 8, 2014 9:49 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Comments

Don’t get me wrong:  I like taking an occasional selfie every once in a while. Everyone likes to use their front camera when there isn’t a nearby mirror, just to check themselves out a little bit from time to time. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a selfie, but people are getting a little carried away with these DIY pictures....

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Is technology making our youth dumber?

August 8, 2014 8:09 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Comments

I have little 2-3 year-old cousins that have the ability to use and comfortably navigate their way around a smart phone or a tablet. It is incredible to see how technology that takes older adults a longtime to figure out comes so natural to them. Just witnessing how much things have changed since I was younger is mind-blowing....

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IDT lowers cost of test by adopting the NI Semiconductor Test System

August 7, 2014 10:41 am | by Glen E. Peer, Director of Test Engineering, Integrated Device Technology Inc. | Idt, National Instruments | Comments

As the performance of IDT’s devices increases, it becomes more difficult to maintain the pace in the production test environment. Traditional ATE systems capable of meeting our high-performance measurement requirements are expensive and often include extra capabilities....

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The Internet of EVERYthing will engage EVERYone

August 7, 2014 8:56 am | by Dan Miklovic, LNS Research | Comments

IoT, the Internet of Things, is dominating the media these days. Some say IoT itself is probably a misnomer. For instance, futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil says it really ought to be the Internet of Everything (IoE). Whenever we hear IoT, the first thing many start talking about is M2M....

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