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The dying world of innovation

May 18, 2015 | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Innovation is a word that gets thrown around at a lot of companies, but nobody understand more about innovation than Mike Rainone, founder and chief innovation officer at PCDworks, Inc. And, according to him, all those companies tossing out ideas about how to innovate? They’re doing it wrong.

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Why studying engineering was the best decision of my life

May 22, 2015 10:55 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Comments

My least favorite thing is the continued perception that more women don’t want to be in STEM – that they’re choosing to not go into STEM...

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Why you should pursue a STEM career in agriculture

May 22, 2015 10:10 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Comments

Try explaining STEM to students and you probably get blank stares, eye rolls or even yawns. Sure, you can spell out the acronym (science, technology, engineering, math) but that doesn’t make it any more exciting...

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Why the birth of PCs led to fewer women in STEM

May 22, 2015 10:00 am | by Muriel Kolker, MHS Engineering Teacher and Mechnical Engineer | Comments

We are the product of our environment. Although it may account for the low numbers of girls and minorities in STEM careers...

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Can kids learn by teaching robots? Maybe.

May 21, 2015 8:56 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Comments

For decades, studies have shown that children learn better when asked to teach another student. In the past, I was a tutor for elementary-grade students and if they were almost understanding a matter, but just not quite getting it, I'd ask them to explain it to me.

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Real-time map helps track drones

May 19, 2015 12:20 pm | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Comments

As drones continue to take over American airspace, it’s increasingly difficult for pilots to identify where the UAVs are flying (or even allowed to fly). Current air traffic control platforms, like AirMap, which allows users access to ...

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Turning Sci Fi into Reality with Raspberry Pi

May 18, 2015 3:58 pm | by Sagar Jethani, Head of Content, element14 | Comments

In the first post in our series we launched element14’s Sci Fi Your Pi design challenge, a new competition in partnership with Pi Trading.

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Introducing middle schoolers to engineering

May 18, 2015 3:15 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Here at ECN we love to see companies getting involved in the STEM (or STEAM) cause.

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Photos of the Day: Lightfair 2015

May 15, 2015 2:46 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Lightfair 2015, which took the event back to its home at the Javits Center in NYC, was all about the smart systems and integrated lighting solutions.

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3 engineering urban myths

May 15, 2015 10:26 am | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com | Comments

Some standards last so long as to be de facto laws of design. Hull size for many cargo and military vessels is still influenced by decisions made on the Panama Canal project a century ago, for example, and the space community is essentially tied to technology path decisions....

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Leveraging the Modularity of Embedded Linux to Streamline Remote Upgrades

May 8, 2015 10:49 am | by Al Feczko, VP Sales and Field Engineering, Timesys Corporation | Comments

In the rapidly emerging world of the Internet of Things (IoT), having the ability to remotely update the software components inside an embedded device is an increasingly critical requirement for new designs — especially as new threats emerge and existing ones evolve.

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Air-powered cars coming to the U.S.

May 8, 2015 10:44 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

On a recent episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM) founder Ethan Tucker sought a multimillion-dollar investment for an U.S.-based alternative vehicle factory. With a tentative deal in place with Robert Herjavec, the company is moving ahead with plans to build an air-powered vehicle named the “AIRPod.”

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Mark those diodes!

May 7, 2015 12:29 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Every now and then, I write about ambiguity with diode marking; like here, here, or here. It's a pretty important subject to get right, but what does it have to do with Marco Polo, you ask? Well, that depends on...

House bill could save the A-10 (for selfish reasons)

April 30, 2015 10:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

The House officially introduced a version of the annual defense budget that would save the A-10 Thunderbolt II. And this little proxy war is a perfect illustration of the ugly politics behind the F-35 and, really, defense programs in general....

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3D printing isn't rocket science. Or is it?

April 29, 2015 9:10 am | by Stratasys | Comments

Do you think 3D printers are just a new fad for hobbyists or making knickknacks? Or limited to making prototypes? Don't tell that to rocket manufacturer United Launch Alliance (ULA). Making launch vehicles for NASA, the Air Force ...

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What Does IoT + Big Data Mean to You?

April 27, 2015 4:38 pm | by David Belanger, Senior Research Fellow in the Business Intelligence and Analysis Program at Stevens Institute of Technology and co-leader of the IEEE Big Data Initiative | Comments

As you think these through, I have a piece of advice. Think very broadly about the data that you have or might generate. There is a wealth of open source data available from the government and many other sources.

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