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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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Amateurs locate Air Force's super-secret space plane (again)

May 28, 2015 4:48 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

The U.S. Air Force's super secret, super cool, super stealth spy satellite has been spotted by not so secret amateur satellite trackers...

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What it's like to design custom fire trucks

May 28, 2015 3:48 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

The company I currently work for builds and designs custom fire trucks. I primarily work on exhaust and intercooler systems, but I also help design other chassis components...

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Watch a robotic cockroach launch a robotic bird off of its back

May 28, 2015 1:55 pm | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Comments

2 robots are better than 1, especially when they work as a team...

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A pocket-sized science lab

May 28, 2015 11:25 am | by TI E2E Blog | Comments

Clifton Roozeboom watches the organized chaos before him – dozens of middle school students performing somersaults, cartwheels and ballerina-like spins. At first glance, it appears to be nothing more than a group of excitable teenagers...

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This engineer graduated high school with her bachelor's in engineering

May 28, 2015 11:11 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

I am a naturally nosy person. It's actually a good trait for a writer to have since nosiness leads to great stories (but also restraining orders...

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Engineers aren't (just) nerds

May 28, 2015 10:21 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Engineers have a bit of a bad reputation as curmudgeonly, paper-pushing nerds. But they're not all paper-pushing nerds...

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STEM dominates Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list

May 27, 2015 2:31 pm | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Comments

Forbes announced its annual list of The World’s Most Powerful Women for 2015 and STEM continues to be a common variable amongst leaders...

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Why the birth of PCs led to fewer women in STEM

May 26, 2015 9:26 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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Why you should pursue a STEM career in agriculture

May 26, 2015 9:10 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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Can kids learn by teaching robots? Maybe.

May 26, 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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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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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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