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Pluto shouldn’t be renamed a planet just because of Nasa’s flyby

July 17, 2015 11:08 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Comments

Pluto has officially made a comeback. The dwarf planet—demoted from full planet status in 2006—has captured the world's heart again after NASA's New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flyby of the distant world Tuesday...

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This Enigma machine just sold for a ridiculous price

July 17, 2015 9:15 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

During World War II, German operators used Enigma machines to send encrypted communications about troop locations and other classified information. Though most were destroyed, as per the orders of the German military...

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This is what happens when a Jedi wears a GoPro

July 15, 2015 3:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

GoPros have changed the way that we experience different events. We've seen what the world looks like from the point of view of a dog, what it's like to fly an F18, experienced six months in Afghanistan, and even hung out with lions...

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The White Board: Mars Curiousity

July 14, 2015 4:36 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

The day the Mars Curiosity Rover landed was a landmark day for NASA.The robotic rover, tasked with exploring the Gale Crater, landed on August 6, 2012 after a long journey from Earth.

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Girls run the world?

July 14, 2015 2:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

As I sit at my desk listening to Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls)”, I’m also reading an article about the U.S. Army finally opening up engineering positions to women for the first time....

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The best way to deal with harsh environments

July 13, 2015 3:22 pm | by Raj Radjassamy, senior product manager, GE’s Critical Power business | Comments

The term “Industrial Internet,” reflects a trend of making industrial tools, equipment and processes more intelligent by generating and capturing meaningful operational data. GE estimates 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020....

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Embedded developers seize the present and future

July 13, 2015 2:29 pm | by Colin Cureton, product and technology manager, GizmoSphere | Comments

There are plenty of reasons for the maker community’s adoption of x86 embedded development boards like the Gizmo 2, which uses an integrated AMD G-series dual-core board. We’ve captured several over the past few months in our series of posts from GizmoSphere...

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No need to waste parts

July 9, 2015 2:48 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

We love parts on reels. Who doesn't? But reels aren't always practical - and it's not just about cost. Cost is, of course, important, but there may be other factors to consider. Say, for example, you need 20 2.2K Ohm,...

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How autonomous taxis will change transportation and (save the environment)

July 9, 2015 1:40 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

A discussion about autonomous cars should always include a conversation about autonomous taxis. After all, a lot of people living in urban (and even suburban) areas don't have cars, but rather rely on public...

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In 8 minutes you can watch Mars Opportunity's 11-year mission

July 9, 2015 8:37 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Comments

Remember when NASA’s Opportunity landed on Mars way back when in 2004? 11 years seems like a long time ago, especially when Opportunity was originally designed to operate for just three months. But after trekking across more than 26 miles of Martian desert, the rover sent back some pretty important science (like its unearthing discovery of water)...

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Packing Parts for Personal Manufacturing

July 8, 2015 3:36 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Manufacturing, especially small volume one-time-only builds (like a prototype) is hard. It's not wise for most people to actively seek out chaos, but that's what we do, and we do it wisely. That's what we've been doing since 2003. We...

Now you can build your own Kardashian vandalizing drone

July 7, 2015 12:53 pm | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Comments

You may recall a few months ago, graffiti artist Katsu committed the first recorded act of “drone graffiti.” Using a modified quadcopter, Katsu sprayed red scribbles over a gigantic Kendall Jenner billboard in New York City. The tag itself wasn’t the most impressive, but it started a lot of commotion...

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Proper PC board storage - The top three hazards

July 6, 2015 11:55 am | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

It's late. Do you know where your PC boards are? Let me rephrase that: Can unused PC boards be stored for future use? Yes, they can - if stored properly. Keep them wrapped up, or sealed in a bag. Anti-static...

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Just because the F-35 can’t dogfight doesn’t mean it’s a bad aircraft

July 6, 2015 10:56 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Comments

A report released earlier this week of the F-35A’s (lack of) dogfighting capability is making its rounds and has people up in arms about the aircraft’s credibility (including many of you who commented on our original news report). The evaluation focused on...

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Watch this MiG-29 come way too close to another aircraft

July 6, 2015 8:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

The only good description for the video of this MiG-29, is it's like watching an aircraft dance...

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