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More “lady brains”: Barbie is a lousy engineer

November 24, 2014 | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

Let’s be honest — Barbie has never been a shining beacon of progressive thought. Her figure looks more like Jessica Rabbit than Jane Doe, and her physics-defying measurements would kill an ordinary girl. That said, her latest fictional adventure ...

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Is 3D carving the new 3D printing?

November 24, 2014 8:39 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Comments

Over the past few years, the 3D printing experienced explosive growth. The next step, according to Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan, is 3D carving. With close to $635,000 raised on Kickstarter for his latest project — a 3D carver — he might be ...

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Like father, like son: Following dad into electrical engineering

November 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Comments

Meet Anthony Cifarelli, a ​Senior Electrical Engineering student at Syracuse University (More Orange Pride!)Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative.

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Catch Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM?

November 21, 2014 2:39 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students, we are experiencing a surge in the...

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Be thankful marketing isn't running R&D

November 19, 2014 4:29 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Comments

I’m back in the office after my annual trip to Minneapolis for a trade show that always happens around the Halloween time of year. The timing seems strangely appropriate given how scary the diminishing event has become. That is to say ...

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Why a federal ruling could stymie the drone industry

November 19, 2014 1:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

A new ruling from the National Transportation Safety Board is rocking the commercial drone industry to its core.The ruling states that unmanned aerial vehicles are, in fact, aircraft, which places them within the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration and ...

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This maglev passenger train goes 501 km/hr

November 18, 2014 8:50 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

You’ve probably heard of maglev technology — or magnetic levitation — where trains float above the tracks and are propelled by magnetic fields. This solves the problems traditionally associated with “normal” trains (like inclement weather), while floating ...

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Photos of the Day: 3 umbrella designs that will never catch on

November 17, 2014 10:10 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

Everyone who lives in a moderately wet climate has complained about the traditional umbrella design at least once in their lives. In fact, during a particularly nasty torrential downpour last summer, I remember cursing my umbrella’s metal rods for ...

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STEM Student of the Week: Christina Muratore

November 14, 2014 11:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative. Meet Christina Muratore, Business Process Improvement Analyst II for Horizon ...

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Wind farms generate enough power for every home in Scotland

November 13, 2014 8:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Comments

In what is a win for alternative energy (there seem to be more and more these days) the recently released numbers show that during the month of October, wind power generated 126 percent of the energy needed to power every home in Scotland...

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Iran clones American UAV, completes test flight (maybe)

November 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

Back in 2011, Iranian forces captured a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel UAV near Kashmar before parading the drone for the world to see on Iranian TV. While the U.S. initially denied foul play, stating that it had “lost control” of a drone (not an RQ-170 ...

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This robot fights like the Karate Kid

November 12, 2014 8:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Comments

When you take a look at this recently released video from IHMC Robotics you may feel like you’ve seen these moves somewhere before. This is the Atlas robot build by Boston Dynamics. IHMC did the control algorithm that allows the 330-pound...

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Who Are We?

November 11, 2014 12:31 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

People sometimes ask who we are as Americans, or who we think we are. We are a diverse lot. We are people who couldn't hack it in the old world. We left the old world because we were chased out,...

Wearable device punishes you for slouching

November 10, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

One of the first skills they teach you in the military — if you haven’t mastered it already — is correct posture. If you slouch, a loud, angry man with a Smoky Bear hat will give you a gentle reminder to stand up straight. But even the United States Military stops short....

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Watch a drone take off from another drone

November 10, 2014 8:45 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Comments

Here at ECN, we like to think you can never have enough drones. So, in the spirit of our drone obsession, I would like to present you with a drone taking off from another drone. It's very meta. I like to think if Isaac Newton was still around, he would ...

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The only 3D printer you'll ever need to buy

November 10, 2014 8:40 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PDD | Comments

With myriad 3D printers seeking funding on Kickstarter, it is hard to discern what makes each one unique. Calling itself the first “one size fits all” model, the MakerMex stands out with modular add-ons that allows the printer to adapt to future technologies.

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