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Engineering Update #86: A biodegradable drone

November 20, 2014 10:10 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

A team of students from Stanford, brown, and Spelman college have created a biodegradable drone. The drone is made from fibrous mycelium, which is a root-like material found in fungi. The material is covered in cellulose and all the circuits are ...

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Top 10 products from electronica 2014

November 19, 2014 11:36 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

ECN and WDD attended electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany. The show had more than 70,000 attendees, thousands of exhibitors, and an endless amount of new products. Here are our top ten products from the show presented by WDD's very own Janine Mooney and Meaghan Ziemba....

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MEN Micro announces rugged display computers for railway environments

November 18, 2014 2:35 pm | Comments

MEN Micro, a provider of embedded computing and I/O solutions for mission-critical industrial, mobile, and harsh environment applications, now offers the DC13, a rugged display computer for demanding railway environments. The company is also ...

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Engineering Live: How to Secure the Internet of Things (On Demand)

November 18, 2014 11:12 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Comments

IEEE has 80 Internet of Things (IoT) related standards with 45 more currently in development, ranging from telecommunications and information exchange in metropolitan area networks to device specific personal health communication. As we enter an age ...

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Catch ECN's Engineering Live: How to Secure the Internet of Things

November 18, 2014 7:53 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Comments

IEEE has 80 Internet of Things (IoT) related standards with 45 more currently in development, ranging from telecommunications and information exchange in metropolitan area networks to device specific personal health communication. As we enter ...

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HotSpot Episode: A digital 6th sense

November 17, 2014 1:30 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

LTE Direct, Qualcomm’s device-to-device proximal discovery product, will be available commercially in 2016, according to the senior director for Qualcomm Research. The company refers to LTE Direct as a “digital 6th sense.” It essentially turns ...

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Kasey's Korner: NASA designs a new airplane wing

November 14, 2014 12:01 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

NASA is attempting to revolutionize air plane wing surfaces in an attempt to make airplanes quieter and more fuel efficient in the future. The Adaptive compliant Trailing Edge project, a joint effort between NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Lab...

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Kasey's Korner: Affordable, inflatable incubator

November 14, 2014 11:18 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Dyson just handed out their James Dyson award and this year it’s going to a young inventor who created an inflatable incubator. Incubators, though widely available in modern hospitals, continue to be outrageously expensive, to the tune of up to $45,000...

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Engineering Newswire: Atom airplanes stronger than graphene

November 14, 2014 9:43 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Drexel University researchers working with the Dalian University of Technology in China have chemically engineered a new, electrically conductive nanomaterial that is flexible enough to fold into this tiny little airplane, strong enough to support many ...

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SmartWatch: Obama fancies self an Internet advocate with Title II remarks

November 13, 2014 1:23 pm | Comments

President Obama this week entered the ring with millions of Americans in an effort to protect the Internet. He jabbed, he bobbed, he weaved, and those that own and have built the networks upon which the Internet was built did the same. In this ...

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Engineering Update #85 Bloopers

November 13, 2014 11:07 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Editor Kasey Panetta and Digital Editor Jason Lomberg for ...

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Engineering Update #85: Close-air support in only 6 minutes

November 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Since the early days of aerial warfare, infantry has relied on close-air support to even the odds and save their proverbial bacon. But aerial backup often takes a while to arrive — 30-60 minutes on average — and that’s where Raytheon and DARPA ...

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HotSpot: Top 10 best wireless & RF devices at Electronica 2014

November 13, 2014 8:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on HotSpot, we're in Munich, Germany attending electronica 2014 and checking out the latest and greatest components, systems, and applications that companies have to offer. Our Top 10 show features everything from the newest ...

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Kasey's Korner: This laser can turn drones to dust

November 12, 2014 11:17 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The Low Altitude Sentiel system is a laser designed to reduce small drones to dust within five seconds. Speed doesn’t appear to be a problem since the researchers claim the laser can shoot down drones moving at up to 111 mph up to 1,640 feet in the air with ...

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Engineers dance in music video to raise STEM awareness

November 12, 2014 7:00 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Comments

A new YouTube video is gaining popularity as the push for STEM continues to gain traction. Commission by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), in association with Bechtel, the music video “Engineering Happiness” is set to Pharrell's “Happy”....

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