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ISIS terrorist group embraces western technology

August 27, 2014 | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Comments

We tend to view terrorists as cave-dwellers with dated tech, but ISIS — the jihadist group leading the revolt against the Iraqi government — has the frightening ability to use western technology to their advantage. The extremist sect is using apps, social media, and even a feature-length movie....

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Lockheed Martin designs the superhuman workers of tomorrow

August 27, 2014 3:35 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

In the latest news of life imitating art, it seems that an exoskeleton suit similar to ones used in Tom Cruise’s summer movie Edge of Tomorrow may be here today.A press release from Lockheed Martin indicates that the U.S. Navy will begin testing and evaluating two FORTIS industrial exoskeletons....

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When blinding someone with a laser is better than killing them

August 27, 2014 2:57 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

Sometimes, it’s better to shine a bright light in someone’s face than riddle them with bullets (shocking, I know). And for troops in a warzone following very specific Escalation of Force (EOF) procedures, not killing someone is always the best possible outcome....

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Commoditizing the network: The white box switch

August 27, 2014 8:06 am | by Sam Fuller, Freescale Semiconductor | Freescale Semiconductor | Comments

By now, it should come as no surprise that networking is changing. The number of devices – not just PCs – connected to the Internet has exploded. According to the recently released Cisco Visual Networking Index, by 2018 devices will generate more network traffic than PCs....

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Technology: Our savior or our downfall?

August 25, 2014 10:15 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Comments

Probably one of those topics that people have been debating since someone brought back the first burning stick and started a fire.  “Progress, who needs it?”  Well, in a lot of ways, we all need it.  At our present world population figure of 7 billion and counting, we could hardly live without it....

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Traffic lights are insanely easy to hack into

August 25, 2014 8:40 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Comments

Have you ever sat at a traffic light that takes forever to change, and wish you could just change it yourself? Certain disreputable parties might have the ability to do that. Researchers say, “anyone with a radio hooked up to a laptop can ...

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Photos of the Day: Your new home on Mars

August 22, 2014 12:12 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Comments

Mars One is looking to send humans to Mars in 2025. Next year, the first batch of applicants (yes, willing applicants) will be selected to begin their training, which will continue up until the 2024 launch date. Nearly a decade of training is hardly the commitment....

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ECN Time Warp: April 1994

August 22, 2014 9:43 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

Prior to the Web, news delivery was not so instantaneous. New product news was delivered each month to our engineering audience through ECN’s print edition. Some old covers of ECN Magazine have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years....

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Part 1, Screaming Circuits and the Maker community

August 22, 2014 8:36 am | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Can Screaming Circuits, a full-service assembly provider, compete with a “no-frills” assembly house? Upon first thought, it might seem like like Screaming Circuits, would be too expensive for anything but well-funded big-business and big-education. In reality, that may not at...

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University of Cincinnati adds 50 new faculty members to engineering department

August 21, 2014 2:14 pm | by University of Cincinnati | Comments

 University of Cincinnati Provost Beverly Davenport has made it her mission to propel the university along its path of growth and expansion, stated earlier by UC President Santa Ono. As UC approaches its bicentennial, Davenport has geared up with plans to enter the next phase of UC with a clear vision through the Third Century initiative.

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The "Five Ws" of the Internet of Things

August 21, 2014 1:23 pm | by Mark Walters, Chairman, Z-Wave Alliance | Comments

Technology acronyms have a way of propagating like digital mosquitoes, and many of them live just about as long. An exception is the IoT, or Internet of Things, which has the loudest buzz these days. What exactly is the IoT and what is it good for?

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National Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Month

August 21, 2014 11:28 am | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Coming soon, on the heals of National High Voltage AC month, Screaming Circuits has declared October 2014 to be National National Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Month in honor of the October 4, 1957 launch of Sputnik. This month, rather than...

Experts: 90% of medical records are vulnerable to hackers

August 21, 2014 10:47 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Comments

Many tech-savvy people take major precautions to guard themselves against hackers by encrypting their personal data and protecting their Wi-Fi at home. Sadly, hospitals and clinics haven’t taken those same precautions and are under attack by data breaches and hacking. They are being hit harder than any other industry, even more than the banking and military industries combined....

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This is what a solar-powered sailboat would look like

August 21, 2014 8:43 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Just when you think designers can’t design anything you’ll enjoy more than a 3D-printed violin, they came up with a solar-powered sailboat. The Kira Sail Yacht is designed to “bridge the gap between the sail and motor yacht” and it is gorgeous....

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Remote ESD

August 20, 2014 2:12 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

ESD, or electrostatic discharge, is of great concern to anyone who deals with electronics. That's obvious. What's not necessarily so obvious, is that some times, you don't even need to be all that close to the circuit board or component...

Building the universe pixel by pixel

August 20, 2014 1:37 pm | by Kelen Tuttle, The Kavli Foundation | Comments

Recently, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics unveiled an unprecedented simulation of the universe’s development. Called the Illustris project, the simulation depicts more than 13 billion years of cosmic evolution across a cube of the universe that’s 350-million-light-years on each side....

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