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Looking for the next (female) MacGyver

March 3, 2015 | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When you think of engineering role models, you might think of a parent, teacher, sibling, a celebrity, or even just someone who comes in to speak at career day. But, there is another very important place that kids often look for role models and it's in every home in various forms.

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Charge your phone wirelessly with Ikea’s new furniture collection

March 2, 2015 4:38 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The new “Home Smart” furniture collection will, to start, include bedside tables, lamps, and a coffee table. They’ll also be selling individual charging pads for any surface. Much like all the other furniture Ikea sells, customers will have to put it together themselves....

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HotSpot: Smart whiskey bottle provides consumers cocktail recipes

March 2, 2015 4:32 pm | by Eric Sorensen & Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

Diageo and ThinFilm Electronics are changing the role of a bottle in the consumer experience, with a prototype JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL “smart bottle” that will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress, taking place March 2-5, 2015. The connected “smart bottle” ...

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UC research partnership explores how to best harness solar power

March 2, 2015 4:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A University of Cincinnati research partnership is reporting advances on how to one day make solar cells stronger, lighter, more flexible and less expensive when compared with the current silicon or germanium technology on the market. Yan Jin, a UC doctoral student ...

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Supersonic electrons could produce future solar fuel

March 2, 2015 4:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from institutions including Lund University have taken a step closer to producing solar fuel using artificial photosynthesis. In a new study, they have successfully tracked the electrons' rapid transit through a light-converting molecule....

Flightless jet engine to keep 900-year-old city warm

March 2, 2015 3:54 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The picturesque Romanian city of Oradea dates back at least 900 years. Some locals joke their heating system is just as old. Large portions of the city, which sits near Romania’s western border with Hungary, have relied on a district heating plant that opened ...

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Google Glass shows promising uses in plastic surgery

March 2, 2015 3:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The "wearable technology" Google Glass has a wide range of possible applications in plastic surgery--with the potential to enhance surgical training, medical documentation, and patient safety, according to a special paper in the March 2015 issue....

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The brain's GPS never stops working-even during sleep

March 2, 2015 3:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that navigational brain cells that help sense direction are as electrically active during deep sleep as they are during wake time -- and have visual and vestibular cues to guide them.

An important step towards quantum computing: Metals at atomic scale

March 2, 2015 3:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

German Scientist from RWTH Aachen, Research Center Jülich, TU Dresden and of the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden report that the current flow on the surface of a topological insulator is channeled along tiny paths....

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An old-looking galaxy in a young universe

March 2, 2015 3:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of astronomers, led by Darach Watson, from the University of Copenhagen used the Very Large Telescope's X-shooter instrument along with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array to observe one of the ...

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Forbidden quantum leaps possible with high-res spectroscopy

March 2, 2015 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new twist on an old tool lets scientists use light to study and control matter with 1,000 times better resolution and precision than previously possible. Physicists at the University of Michigan have demonstrated "ponderomotive spectroscopy," an advanced form ...

Black phosphorus is new 'wonder material' for improving optical communication

March 2, 2015 3:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Phosphorus, a highly reactive element commonly found in match heads, tracer bullets, and fertilizers, can be turned into a stable crystalline form known as black phosphorus. In a new study, researchers from the University of Minnesota used an ultrathin black phosphorus film ...

Pens filled with high-tech inks for do-it-yourself sensors

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

A new simple tool developed by nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego, is opening the door to an era when anyone will be able to build sensors, anywhere, including physicians in the clinic, patients in their home and soldiers in the field....

The first ever photograph of light as a particle and a wave

March 2, 2015 2:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously as a particle or a wave. However, there has never been an experiment able to capture both natures of light at the same time; the closest we have come is seeing either wave or particle....

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Photos of the Day: The F-35's helmet-mounted display system

March 2, 2015 2:15 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The F-35's helmet-mounted display system (HMDS), from Rockwell Collins, offers a 360-degree view that allows for unparalleled situational awareness. The 2.25kg carbon fibre-shelled helmet uses a form of x-ray technology to render the floor of the cockpit transparent....

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A breakthrough in OLED technology

March 2, 2015 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), which are made from carbon-containing materials, have the potential to revolutionize future display technologies, making low-power displays so thin they'll wrap or fold around other structures, for instance....

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