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

April 30, 2015 | 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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Autonomous driving: A problem solved?

April 23, 2015 2:07 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PDD, @melfass | Comments

Musk once warned us that artificial intelligence is more dangerous than nuclear weapons – but he isn’t worried about autonomous cars. In fact, he believes that one day (in the distant future) lawmakers may make human-driven cars illegal because the "two-ton death machines" will be too dangerous.

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Preventative human maintenance will tell you right & wrong

April 23, 2015 1:45 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Comments

I have yet to jump on the wearable bandwagon. I am without Fitbit and smart shoe, and I find the prospect of textiles as hardware unnerving. Some of this is due to a shopping aversion, but a large part of it is that, even as a self-confessed statistical junkie ...

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Google officially launches Project Fi

April 23, 2015 11:47 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Comments

The rumors are true! (Well, some of them.) Google has officially launched Project Fi, a program designed to explore the opportunity to provide fast, easy-to-use wireless connectivity and communication to everyone. In Google's official blog, they state, "Similar to our Nexus hardware program ...

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Self-driving vehicles could cost an extra $10,000

April 23, 2015 8:01 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Will self-driving vehicles lead to increased automotive safety? Probably. Will they have run up against entrenched cultural attitudes and a fear of change? Maybe. But will they cost more? Almost certainly. Got an extra 10 grand lying around?

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4 ways Mars One can attract women to its mission

April 22, 2015 1:27 pm | by Vincent Hyman, Mars One Volunteer | Comments

As a world-wide, nongovernmental venture, Mars One seeks to involve people from around the world in the settlement of Mars. But since women are usually underrepresented in space activities, Mars One may need to make extra efforts to involve women and gain ...

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Blue Man Group lends a hand to MedTech design

April 22, 2015 8:57 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT, @SeanFenske | Comments

Not long ago, Robert Downey Jr. (or Tony Stark, aka Ironman) helped deliver a bionic arm to a young boy, Alex Pring. It was a great “feel-good” story and the boy seemed pretty pleased with his new prosthetic. Then, earlier this month, Blue Man Group contributed their time in the “reveal” of a prosthetic arm....

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This is Canada's new smart gun

April 22, 2015 7:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Our Canadian brethren take a lot of flack for their peacekeeping and polite stereotypes, but that doesn't mean they're not developing the weapons of the future.

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How the Blue Angels are changing the future of aviation

April 20, 2015 12:47 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

The Blue Angels are generally regarded as some of the most talented and esteemed pilots in the world.

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Turning packing peanuts into energy efficient batteries

April 20, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Researchers at Purdue University have discovered a way to transform those scrunchy little pieces of styrofoam into an energy efficient battery. Turns out that the very qualities that make them a stout companion for your fragile parcels – their lightweight, porous nature ...

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5 traits of exceptional engineering managers

April 17, 2015 2:00 pm | by Amanda Orson, Director of Communications, EngineerJobs.com | Comments

Case studies on exceptional leaders are abundant – but specific and narrow in scope. Rather than distill what makes a great manager through the lens of a specific individual, we asked engineers of all stripes to share what the best managers do to give them ...

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Avoiding surprises in product development

April 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by Gary Burton, Jr., Director of Business Development, Burton Industries | Comments

Everyone hates non-recurring engineering (NRE) charges and it may seem like a pleasant surprise when a contractor with design engineering capabilities offers a discount that eliminates some or all of these charges. If the work stays at the contractor, there may be no downside....

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Why studying STEM can change your life

April 17, 2015 9:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Meet Paul Jerome Barina, a student at Ohio University working on a Masters of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering.

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Changing the world of DIY with single-board computers

April 17, 2015 8:54 am | by Travis Williams, Product Marketing Manager, AMD Embedded Solutions | Comments

In recent years, single-board computers (SBCs) have taken the maker community by storm, and there’s no shortage of these pocket-sized devices on the market to choose from. Most of them are based on 32-bit ARM® architecture...

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