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Engineering Newswire: Bicycle hybrid reaches 100 MPH

February 27, 2015 | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

The Raht Racer is calling itself the fastest pedal ride in the world, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph. The vehicle even has air-conditioning, a rear seat and trunk, and is safer than a motorcycle, with a reinforced carbon fiber body, roll cage frame ...

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How softwarization will affect the Internet of Things

February 27, 2015 11:55 am | by Antonio Manzalini, IEEE Member and Chair of the IEEE Software Defined Networks Initiative, and Senior Manager, Innovation, at Telecom Italia | Blogs | Comments

While Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are mutually beneficial, they are not dependent on each other.

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Top-precision optical atomic clock starts ticking

February 27, 2015 10:52 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A state-of-the-art optical atomic clock, collaboratively developed by scientists from the University of Warsaw, Jagiellonian University, and Nicolaus Copernicus University, is now "ticking away" at the National Laboratory of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics in Toru?, Poland....

New research signals big future for quantum radar

February 27, 2015 10:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A prototype quantum radar that has the potential to detect objects which are invisible to conventional systems has been developed by an international research team led by a quantum information scientist at the University of York....

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Ensuring security for networks of the future

February 27, 2015 10:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Today's company networks comprise hundreds of devices: routers for directing data packets to the right receiver, firewall components for protecting internal networks from the outside world, and network switches. Such networks are extremely inflexible....

Using wind-powered freighters to reduce fuel consumption by 40 percent

February 27, 2015 10:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

International shipping is transporting 90 percent of all goods on earth. Running on heavy fuel oil freighters contribute to pollution. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) wants to reduce the environmental impact of ocean liners. One of ...

New CMI process recycles valuable rare earth metals from old electronics

February 27, 2015 10:11 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists at the Critical Materials Institute have developed a two-step recovery process that makes recycling rare-earth metals easier and more cost-effective. Rare-earth metals are valuable ingredients in a variety of modern technologies and are found ...

New filter could advance terahertz data transmission

February 27, 2015 10:07 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Utah engineers have discovered a new approach for designing filters capable of separating different frequencies in the terahertz spectrum, the next generation of communications bandwidth that could allow cellphone users and Internet surfers to download data ...

QR codes with advanced imaging protect computer chips

February 27, 2015 10:03 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

QR, or Quick Response, codes - those commonly black and white boxes that people scan with a smartphone to learn more about something - have been used to convey information about everything from cereals to cars and new homes....

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Why this student became a biomedical engineer instead of a doctor

February 27, 2015 9:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Divya Baji, a final year PhD student at the Centre for Doctoral Training, Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, University of Leeds working on a project to develop a novel methodology to test the performance of bone and cartilage substitutions in a natural knee joint using a knee simulator.

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From the Top: The past, present, and future of wearable technology

February 27, 2015 9:00 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

By 2025, the wearable technology market is forecasted to become a $70 billion industry. Last year, with major releases in the medical, fitness, and wellness markets, the industry only reached $14 billion. That’s a $56 billion dollar gap to be filled in less than ...

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Mouser Electronics signs global agreement with Microsemi

February 27, 2015 8:57 am | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. announced it has entered into a global distribution agreement and partnership with Microsemi Corporation – a leading global provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability, and performance....

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F-35's helmet-mounted display system will cost a small fortune

February 26, 2015 4:47 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You’ve probably heard that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will cost a few shekels. But we don’t usually talk about the other money pit sucking up taxpayer dollars — the F-35’s helmet-mounted display system (HMDS), pegged at an absurd $770,000 apiece....

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New flow battery to keep big cities lit, green, and safe

February 26, 2015 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Ensuring the power grid keeps the lights on in large cities could be easier with a new battery design that packs far more energy than any other battery of its kind and size. The new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery, described in Nature Communications ...

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Warming up the world of superconductors

February 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A superconductor that works at room temperature was long thought impossible, but scientists at USC may have discovered a family of materials that could make it reality. A team led by Vitaly Kresin, professor of physics at USC, found that aluminum "superatoms" ...

ORNL signs agreement with Whirlpool Corp. to develop new energy-efficient refrigerator

February 26, 2015 2:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Whirlpool Corporation are collaborating to design a refrigerator that could cut energy use by up to 40 percent compared with current models. The goal of the cooperative research ...

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