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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...

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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Showcasing an electric motorcycle at the world's most dangerous race

April 2, 2015 12:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Meet Polina Brodsky,Technical Coordinator, Buckeye Current Racing: Electric motorcycle at Ohio State. She was part of the team that has showcased electric motorcycles at the Isle of Man racing competition....

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Keeping engineers better informed: Setting ECN apart from the competition

April 2, 2015 10:59 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, Design Group, @djamesmanny | Comments

I wanted to reach out and share some of the new things that we’re doing in Advantage Business Media’s Design Engineering Group to make sure that you are the industry’s most informed design engineers at every stage of the development process....

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This inappropriate card game will fund STEM scholarships for women (and why that's amazing)

April 2, 2015 7:53 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

It seems like everyone is trying to figure out how to get kids in STEM and how to keep them there. There is a particular interest in increasing the number of women in STEM professions...

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Screaming Circuits introduces new Cordwood assembly service!

April 1, 2015 12:56 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Tired of all those small parts? Can't figure out how to route traces to all 1,900 balls on that hot new FPGA? If 0201 passives have you running scared and the possibility of 01005 parts coming soon has you on...

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Marine Corps’ robotic war balls could aid amphibious landings

April 1, 2015 12:19 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Since 1775, the United States Marines Corps has been the foremost authority on amphibious warfare, and they’ve perfected the art of establishing beachheads on hostile shores. An amphibious drone from Guardbot Inc. could aid these complex military maneuvers....

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This drone can do your taxes for you

April 1, 2015 10:31 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Tax preparation might seem like an odd task for a 5,000 lb soulless automaton, but then, the Taxbot is a joint venture of the IRS....

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