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Training Tomahawk missiles to hit moving targets

April 15, 2015 12:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

While the Navy ponders whether to replace the Tomahawk missile or just update it, Raytheon is preparing a multi-mode seeker test that could allow the Tomahawk Block IV to hit moving targets. The captive flight test would utilize a modified Tomahawk Block IV missile nose cone....

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Aluminium-ion battery can charge a smartphone in one minute

April 14, 2015 12:16 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Comments

Have you ever sat around waiting for your cell phone to charge? For me, it's a painful wait. If I'm really in a rush, I'll even turn my phone on airplane mode, because according to I-don't-know-who, it charges faster that way. If you've ever sat waiting for some juice ...

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China goes on the attack with the “Great Cannon”

April 14, 2015 9:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Not content with merely blocking their own citizens’ unfettered internet access, China has gone to the source, targeting the websites and servers which attempt to circumvent the infamous “Great Firewall of China.” Researchers have dubbed this new attack infrastructure the “Great Cannon”....

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Giant spider robots could change space forever

April 13, 2015 12:18 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Giant spiders in space may sound like the beginning of an epic sci-fi horror book, but the real purpose of these nightmare-come-to-life is a little less sinister.

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Why learning to tinker is the key to engineering success

April 13, 2015 9:08 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Meet Jasen Massey. He has a B.S in Physics from Illinois State University and is working on an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His main area of focus is fluids/heat transfer and robotics.

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Why I’ll never get in a self-driving car

April 13, 2015 8:27 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Those prone to car sickness usually prefer to drive. That’s because getting behind the wheel lessens the symptoms you feel as a passenger. But what happens when everyone’s a passenger? What happens to the occupants of self-driving cars?

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Defying the odds as a female engineer

April 10, 2015 12:07 pm | by Julia Sklar, MIT News correspondent | Comments

When MIT senior Emma Nelson was teaching engineering classes in China in 2013, a male student remarked of her as an instructor, “I thought we were supposed to meet engineers, not women.” As she stared out at the 100 college students before her ...

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This is why arming domestic drones is a very bad idea

April 9, 2015 12:56 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

UAVs represent a potential goldmine, with commercial and scientific functions and a treasure trove of DIY applications on the docket. But for every hobbyist tinkering in their lab, there’s a police force planning surveillance activities and untold privacy concerns....

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Japan’s first indigenous stealth fighter could take flight this summer

April 8, 2015 1:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

The U.S. has been overly protective of the F-22 Raptor — and rightfully so. The air-superiority weapon is our ace in the hole against 5th-gen fighters like China’s Chengdu J-20 & Shenyang J-31 and Russia’s PAK-FA, and to that end, we’ve banned the F-22 from export....

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Taking aim with precision-guided firearms

April 8, 2015 8:54 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

Hunting requires a lot of patience and skill, and nothing can be more frustrating than a missed shot on a target a few hundred yards away. Austin-based TrackingPoint has developed a fully integrated, precision-guided firearm system that ...

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Should we train vets for renewable energy jobs?

April 7, 2015 12:55 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Barack Obama has made renewable energy a keystone of his presidency, and part of his efforts include training an estimated 75,000 workers for the renewable energy industry by 2020. Last week, Obama announced a "Solar Ready Vets" program....

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And the winner of the Raspberry Pi 2 is...

April 7, 2015 10:42 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

The characteristic that I love the most about the Raspberry Pi 2 was actually the one that made this competition so difficult to judge. The fact that people of ages and experience can use the board for so many different applications and  purposes is inspiring, but also a little daunting for judging.

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Internet of Things Got Your Tongue?

April 6, 2015 5:30 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

By now, most of you have heard about the Internet of Things (IOT). If not, here's a quick summary: The Internet of Things is the concept of having pretty much everything connected to the Internet in some way shape or...

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Watch this chainsaw-powered machine gun destroy its target

April 6, 2015 11:38 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Joerg Sprave is the mad genius of do-it-yourself slingshots. The German businessman spends his free time designing absurd, slightly impractical weapons like the machete slingshot and the granddaddy of all absurdities, a chainsaw launcher. His latest ...

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Amazon's newest service will change your life (Maybe.)

April 6, 2015 8:14 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Restocking your pantry might soon be as easy as pressing a button. Seriously, push the button and presto, chango, your favorite toilet paper arrives in the mail. Amazon's newest release is the Amazon Dash button.

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