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Ancient settlements and modern cities follow same rules of development, says CU-Boulder

February 13, 2014 9:48 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Recently derived equations that describe development patterns in modern urban areas appear to work equally well to describe ancient cities settled thousands of years ago, according to a new study led by a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder.

3D-printed drones: The future of warfare?

February 13, 2014 9:46 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

It’s like learning about the newest celebrity couple. The only difference is that you won’t read about this development in the tabloids. The United States didn’t really need any more incentive to outdo other countries in military technology, but 3D printing is an attractive avenue to further enhance our growing preference for drone warfare.

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Brain process takes paper shape

February 13, 2014 9:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A paper-based device that mimics the electrochemical signalling in the human brain has been created by a group of researchers from China. The thin-film transistor (TFT) has been designed to replicate the junction between two neurons....

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Metal implants may cut chemotherapy side effects, study suggests

February 13, 2014 9:42 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cancer patients could one day experience fewer side effects from chemotherapy following a discovery that opens the door for more targeted treatments. Researchers have identified a possible way of treating tumours that would see doctors place harmless metal implants at the cancer site.

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Science, not muscle, driving many Olympic wins

February 13, 2014 9:39 am | by ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nineteen-year-old Slovakian luger Josef Petrulak competed in the Sochi Olympics in a 22-year-old sled. That's right: His sled is three years older than he is. His German rivals get a new sled every year, designed by BMW and calibrated to whoosh faster, smoother and smarter every season.

Photos of the Day: Google's new airfield

February 13, 2014 8:27 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

On Monday (2/11), Google announced that a subsidiary of theirs would be taking over management of the Moffett Federal Airfield, which the internet giant frequently uses for flights of its executives. Built in 1931, the 1,000-acre Moffett Federal Airfield was used by the U.S. Navy, and NASA's Ames Research Center managed it for the last 23 years.

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The microcontroller as metaobject

February 13, 2014 6:28 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Pretty much everyone in our industry is familiar with the long evolution of microcontrollers. So familiar that it’s easy to miss changes in our industry and society, both positive and negative, that accompanied that evolution just as we tend not to see daily changes in our own aging faces.

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Engineering students to celebrate E-Week

February 13, 2014 1:00 am | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

Texas A&M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering will celebrate National Engineers Week, or E-Week, during the week of Feb. 17-21.  Once again, Statoil will serve as the corporate sponsor of the A&M event. The national event aims to promote engineering in society, and......

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Verizon notifies about 3,000 workers that they will have to transfer or find different jobs

February 12, 2014 4:55 pm | by Associated Press, San Francisco | News | Comments

About 3,000 Verizon Wireless workers will have to transfer to different offices or find new jobs. The changes announced Wednesday are part of a reorganization affecting Verizon offices in California, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and Georgia.

Research in the news: Openly gay faculty less comfortable at work than closeted peers

February 12, 2014 4:55 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Openly gay collegiate faculty are significantly more uncomfortable at work than are closeted gay faculty, a pattern most severe for those working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines, according to a Yale-led study....

2100 watt DC/DC converter offers efficiency up to 97%

February 12, 2014 4:40 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA) introduces the MBH Series DC/DC Converters. The MBH offers up to 2100 Watts in a low-profile 9.0" x 6.5" x 1.25"H ruggedized chassis mount package. The module weighs only 3.3 lbs. making the MBH ideal for harsh shock and vibration environments in both COTS military and industrial applications.

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Review: 4 apps to follow Olympic events, athletes, especially if you want more than live video

February 12, 2014 4:08 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

 Welcome to the Mobile Olympics.Some of the official apps for phones and tablets are slicker and easier to use than their website counterparts. So if you have an iPhone, iPad or an Android device, check out these four free apps to follow the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Some of the apps are available for Windows Phone and BlackBerry phones as well.

Introducing ECN's Editorial Advisory Board

February 12, 2014 3:47 pm | by ECN Staff | Articles | Comments

We’re always looking to expand our expertise and knowledge base here at ECN, and our new board is made up of the industry elite with a broad range of engineering expertise that we’ll be utilizing throughout the year. These industry experts will serve as advisors, writers, industry contacts and a plethora of other roles....

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Development tools enable Kinetic Open Storage-based systems

February 12, 2014 3:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Seagate Technology plc delivered two new development tools related to its Kinetic Open Storage platform— the Seagate Kinetic Ethernet Drive interface and the Seagate  -Card development adapter. Both tools have been accepted by the Open Compute Foundation....

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Major technology firms urge changes to US spying; part of day of protest of US surveillance

February 12, 2014 2:58 pm | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of the nation's leading technology firms joined an international protest Tuesday against the U.S. government's spying programs, urging more limits on collections of Americans' electronic data and greater oversight and transparency about the secret operations.

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