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This is what a Moon settlement could look like

March 30, 2015 | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Picture this. It's several (decades/centuries) in the future. All food is organically harvested in BioDomes, no one has driven a car in 20 years and Robot Madonna is still cranking out the tunes.

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This inappropriate card game will fund STEM scholarships for women (and why that's amazing)

April 1, 2015 4:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

It seems like everyone is trying to figure out how to get kids in STEM and how to keep them there. There is a particular interest in increasing the number of women in STEM professions...

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Amazon's newest service will change your life (Maybe.)

April 1, 2015 3:14 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Restocking your pantry might soon be as easy as pressing a button. Seriously, push the button and presto, chango, your favorite toilet paper arrives in the mail. Amazon's newest release is the Amazon Dash button.

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This drone can do your taxes for you

April 1, 2015 10:31 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Tax preparation might seem like an odd task for a 5,000 lb soulless automaton, but then, the Taxbot is a joint venture of the IRS....

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How IoT will affect telecom

April 1, 2015 8:29 am | by Robert S. Fish, PhD., Vice President, Standards Activities, IEEE Communications Society, Member-at-Large, IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, President, Netovations, LLC | Comments

So many open questions swirl around the notion of an Internet of Things (IoT) that electronic designers and their colleagues may wonder where and how to find traction in this emerging field. In this blog, I’ll identify one fundamental, technical certainty amid myriad uncertainties, and suggest a few issues ripe for your involvement.

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How IoT will affect telecom (Part II)

March 31, 2015 3:31 pm | by Robert S. Fish, PhD., Vice President, Standards Activities, IEEE Communications Society, Member-at-Large, IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, President, Netovations, LLC | Comments

One key to the scalability of the existing Internet is pushing intelligence out to the host at the fringes of the network. With IoT, in my view, Moore’s Law has struck again.

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Facebook's Internet drones won’t have us all singing Kumbaya

March 31, 2015 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Facebook recently trialed the solar-powered drones which aim to fulfill the social network giant’s ambitious goal of connecting the entire world to the internet. The Internet.org initiative is an impressive engineering feat, relying on solar-powered UAVs to “beam” the Internet down to billions of people.

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North Korean black-market consumer darling becomes legal

March 27, 2015 11:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

In a nation where you can go to jail for not crying hard enough at your leader’s death, this is a small victory. The ‘notel’ — a North Korean word combining 'notebook' and 'television' — is a relatively modest, Chinese-made portable media player ...

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How a kid's robotics competition changed this engineer's future

March 27, 2015 10:35 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Meet Brian Scharles Jr, Computer Engineer Intern at Traffic and Parking Control Co., and Computer Engineering student at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

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Want a free Raspberry Pi 2? We're giving one away

March 26, 2015 4:38 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

I'm a big fan of the Raspberry Pi. Newark Element14 was nice enough to send me one a while back and once I figured out what it was, I was absolutely fascinated by the idea that it's basically a grown-up(ish) version of a super sweet building toy.

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Today in Engineering History: First NASA X-15 flight reaches Mach 2.0

March 25, 2015 4:27 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1960, NASA Flight Research Center test pilot, Joe Walker, flew the first NASA flight in a North American X-15 rocket aircraft. During the flight, the aircraft reached Mach 2.0 at 48,630 feet. The X-15 rocket-powered aircraft was 50 ft. long....

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Latest F-35 software glitch mucks with the jet's sensors

March 25, 2015 12:15 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

A seemingly endless string of hardware and software errors have plagued the F-35, and ... here’s another one. A brand new software glitch is causing the JSF’s sensors to malfunction when detecting targets whilst in formation....

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Our soon-to-be-relevant and indispensable wearable companions

March 25, 2015 8:59 am | by Bruno Ayme, Consumer Business Development, Freescale Microcontrollers | Comments

Beyond having the opportunity to see the next generation of wearable tech first hand, spending last week at the Wearables TechCon strongly reaffirmed the palpable excitement around wearable applications. This market promises extraordinary things, from preventing illness ...

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The top 10 most annoying car features

March 24, 2015 12:09 pm | by Cars.com | Comments

Experts at Cars.com have listed the top 10 most annoying features that can be found in today's cars. The list focuses on a range of features that Cars.com experts have deemed the most frustrating, annoying and unnecessary to help shoppers know what features ...

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Electric vehicles could reduce global warming, cool down cities

March 24, 2015 7:47 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

We’ve heard the claim that gas-guzzlers contribute to global warming, but hybrid and pure electric vehicles could reduce an entirely different sort of heat. According to researchers, electric vehicles (EVs) emit only 19.8% of the heat spewed by conventional vehicles....

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I was kidnapped at South by Southwest

March 23, 2015 8:58 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

I was picked up by a white van with tinted windows on the corner of a city that I’ve never been to before – as it turns out, my captors had no malicious intent. The experience was organized by Vinli and Gemalto to promote an innovative Vinli aftermarket device....

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