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Kasey's Korner: This material can withstand forces 160,000 times its own weight

July 9, 2014 8:56 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

MIT engineers have created a new material that can withstand forces 160,000 times its own weight. The material uses micro lattices with nanoscale features for a material that offers great strength with ultra low density. The researchers utilized a high-precision 3d printing process called projection micro stereolithography to create a material that is 400 times stronger than an object of similar density.

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Kasey's Korner: This material could change solar cell history

July 8, 2014 8:49 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

While solar cells offer a great opportunity for alternative energy, they also contain cadmium chloride, which is a toxic substance. Unfortunately, it’s also a necessary substance that greatly improves solar efficiency in the panel materials allowing for a conversion efficiency of over 15 percent.

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Kasey's Korner: Forget steel, try ice and sawdust

July 7, 2014 9:43 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Pykrete, a material made of ice and sawdust, was first introduced by British inventor Geoffrey Pyke during World War II as a solution to the steel shortage.

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Engineering Newswire: Dragon chopper burns down the highway

July 7, 2014 9:22 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

In response to a customer's ambitious request to design a bike in the shape of a Chinese dragon, Orange County Choppers (OCC) teamed up with 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys to make that dream a reality. 3D printing allows OCC to custom build parts with ultimate design freedom and durable, lightweight materials....

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Engineering Update #65: A shark-detecting buoy

July 2, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Researchers at an Australian tech firm have recently come up with a potential solution called the Clever buoy, designed to emit sonar signals from a buoy anchored to the seabed by a box. The buoy uses a processor to analyze the returning sonar signals. The crazy part is that researchers have designed the technology....

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The 'Elf' gets 1,800 MPG

July 1, 2014 4:04 pm | by Reuters | Comments

An unusual hybrid bike being developed in Durham, North Carolina could be the future of urban transportation, according to its creators. Rob Cotter of Organic Transit says his machine, called the "Elf", brings a new level of efficiency that equates to nearly 1,800 miles-per-gallon....

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IMS2014: Driverless and talking cars – New technology transforms the way we travel

July 1, 2014 10:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Back in February, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced its intent to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles. To help provide us with some insight on this topic, we talked to several experts at IMS2014....

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HotSpot: Sensors Expo and IPSO Challenge 2014 Winners

July 1, 2014 10:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

First, we’re giving GameReality honorable mention. It’s not a recognized winner, but HotSpot typically has four hot spots so we couldn’t leave it at the three winners. That’d just be bonkers. Sweden-based GameReality developed an IP-enabled first person shooter game....

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The Internet of Things takes over Illinois

June 30, 2014 4:32 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The Sensors Expo & Conference is one of the largest events to pull in sensor pros from across North America. This year, the event was held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Centre in Rosemont, Illinois, where everyone was talking about everything from the ever-elusive internet of things ...

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Engineering Newswire: The most advanced autonomous vehicle ever designed

June 27, 2014 9:58 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

This week, in Washington D.C.,  Carnegie Mellon University researchers will demonstrate one of the most advanced autonomous vehicles ever designed. A vehicle capable of navigating on urban roads and highways without human intervention....

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Engineering Update #64: Japan's stealth fighter

June 26, 2014 11:19 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Once Japan realized the United States wasn't going to sell any of its F-22 raptor steal air superiority fighters, the Japanese government began funding their own project. The idea was to create an aircraft whose purpose would be two fold. The plane would serve as a showcase for Japan's latest military technologies....

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HotSpot: IMS2014 Top Ten

June 25, 2014 8:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

At this year’s IMS2014 event in Tampa Bay, FL, Wireless Design and Development saw a lot of cool and innovative new products, and we’re excited to provide you with our Top Ten list from the show. First up is Signal Hound. Signal Hound was this year’s ECN Impact Award winner in the test and measurement category....

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Engineering Live: Emerging Test & Measurement Tech in Wireless Communications

June 24, 2014 10:14 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

Developing next-generation wireless communications technologies and specifications requires advanced test and measurement instrumentation that is not only capable of supporting advanced designs, but also legacy technologies that still exist in the market....

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Engineering Newswire: Urinal videogame is controlled by user's 'stream'

June 19, 2014 1:33 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

A new videogame has hit the market, and while it doesn’t require a controller, it’s not quite hands free. Yup, this video game is controlled entirely by your urine. After experimenting with many ideas including lasers, ultrasound, induction sensors, and even cameras which were ruled out on privacy grounds ...

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Engineering Update #63: Boeing's newest space ship

June 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

On June 9th, Boeing unveiled its CST-100 commercial space taxi. The company’s main goal is to restart the U.S. ability to get to the ISS and beyond without spending 60 million for a seat on a Russian soyez. The company is referring to this capsule as a “space taxi” due to its simplicity and cost effectiveness....

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