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Earthquake research explores use of high-performance concrete

April 2, 2014 9:42 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New, stronger concrete that can better withstand an earthquake isn't much good if it's too expensive to use. That's the idea behind a research project being conducted by Bora Gencturk, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering....

Galactic serial killer

April 2, 2014 9:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Several clues in the structure of NGC 1316 reveal that its past was turbulent. For instance, it has some unusual dust lanes [1] embedded within a much larger envelope of stars, and a population of unusually small globular star clusters. These suggest that it may have already swallowed a dust-rich spiral galaxy....


Deep water search for jet could turn on robot subs

April 2, 2014 9:36 am | by ADAM GELLER, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Two miles down or more and darker than night, the ocean becomes a particularly challenging place for human searchers. If the wreckage of a missing Malaysian airliner rests somewhere in the Indian Ocean's depths, then investigators will likely need to entrust the hunt at least partly to robot submarines....


Suitcase-sized capability keeps coalition network running during retrograde

April 2, 2014 9:16 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

As U.S. and coalition forces draw down in Afghanistan and take most of their communications infrastructure with them, a new capability the size of a suitcase will enable Soldiers to connect to the coalition network from anywhere on the planet.

Stratasys buying Solid Concepts, Harvest Tech

April 2, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stratasys is buying additive manufacturing services providers Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies. Solid Concepts Inc. is the biggest independent additive manufacturing service bureau in North America and a partner to RedEye, Stratasys' existing digital manufacturing service business. The...

Why can’t automakers seem to learn?

April 2, 2014 9:07 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Blogs | Comments

Years ago, the Toyota “unintended acceleration” story dominated the headlines for, at first, days, and then weeks. Through the end of 2009 and well into 2010, it was the biggest story in the manufacturing world by a long-shot, and to this day remains one of the biggest industrial blunders in recent history....


How Russia ended up with Ukraine’s dolphin army

April 2, 2014 7:22 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There have been many interesting political and social ramifications to the Soviet Union’s — I mean, Russia’s — attempted annexation of Crimea, but let’s talk about what everyone is really concerned with: Who will get custody of the Ukraine’s dolphin army? (For the record, this is not an April Fool’s joke.)


How cool is waste heat?

April 2, 2014 7:17 am | by European Institute of Innovation and Technology | News | Comments

What if you could use waste or ecologically produced heat to power highly efficient cooling systems? In September 2013 one of the first KIC InnoEnergy innovation projects, Storage, launched SolabCool, a new business venture that brings to the market exactly that....


Pay with your fingerprint

April 2, 2014 2:11 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is the first smartphone that can use a fingerprint to authorize payments in stores and online. Anyone with an iPhone 5 can use its fingerprint reader to unlock the device and pay for apps or music in Apple’s iTunes store....

Industrial-grade embedded computers feature Intel Multi-Core Atom E3800 processors

April 2, 2014 2:10 am | Winsystems | Product Releases | Comments

WinSystems (Arlington, TX) introduced a line of multi-core Intel Atom E3800 embedded computers designed to operate from -40°C to +85°C. The SBC35-CC405 Series of embedded PCs include onboard USB, Gigabit Ethernet, serial ports, and...


Development kit streamlines application-specific design process using mini low power MCUs

April 2, 2014 2:04 am | Rohm Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

LAPIS Semiconductor Co. Ltd., a ROHM Group Company, (Santa Clara, CA) introduced its LaPi Development Kit for its latest series of Mini Low Power Microcontroller products. The LAPIS Semiconductor LaPi Development Kit helps accelerate the

EBX computer board family adds a dual-core Intel Core i3 and a Celeron-based products

April 2, 2014 1:55 am | Versalogic Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

VersaLogic Corp. (Tualatin, OR) announced the release of two new models in its “Copperhead” line. The new offerings include a dual-core Intel Core i3 product, and a Celeron-based product. The models are positioned to provide both lower cost...


8-bit MCU family includes intelligent analog and core independent peripherals

April 2, 2014 1:35 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology’s (Chandler, AZ) PIC16(L)F170X and PIC16(L)F171X family of 8-bit MCUs combine intelligent analog and core independent peripherals along with cost-effective pricing and the company’s eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology....


Engineering Update #57: Wirelessly charge 40 phones at one time transcript

April 2, 2014 12:00 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Engineering Update #57: Wirelessly charge 40 phones at one time  Kasey: Welcome to the Engineering update. I’m Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor of ECN, and in this week's episode: How to wirelessly charge 40 phones at once Unlocking guns with your fingerprint And creating fuel from the sun

Automating artwork videos

April 2, 2014 12:00 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Imagine being a prospective student at East Carolina University (ECU) arriving at the sprawling Greenville, North Carolina campus with parents in tow, eager to take a look around. Suddenly, two doors on the library’s giant clock tower open and a trumpet emerges as a song plays out overhead. There are LCD monitors on the clock where the analog numbers are supposed to be.


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