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Mars in a minute: Why is Curiosity looking for organics?

March 11, 2013 9:11 am Videos Comments

Has Mars ever had the right ingredients for life? What are organic molecules, and what can they tell us about the history of Mars? Learn more in this 60-second video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Earth's 'heartbeat' seen in clouds

March 7, 2013 4:26 pm Videos Comments

The height of clouds changes by up to 200m during a day under the influence of a global "electrical heartbeat" in the atmosphere.


Engineering Newswire 28: Titanic II will sink, if you put a hole in it

March 7, 2013 1:20 pm Videos Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, we're building trikes with BMW engines, separating Oreos with scrap parts, and designing Titanic II, because, you know, that's necessary. This episode features...


HotSpot Episode 2: Wearable gesture control

March 5, 2013 9:43 am Videos Comments

This week on WDD's Hotspot: Thalmic Labs has introduced its wearable gesture-controlled arm band -- Myo, which is capable of measuring electrical activity in muscle movements instantly, providing a seamless way to wirelessly control video games, phones, and other digital devices.


Engineering Newswire 27: Hovering hummingbirds lead to new UAVs

March 4, 2013 9:46 am Videos Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, Brought to you by PTC, we're building robotic hands that feel, studying shark suckers to make adhesives, and developing flexible electronics that read your brain. This episode features....


The economic impact of a war between Japan & China

March 1, 2013 9:01 am Videos Comments

A major conflict between the region's two largest economies would not only impose a harsh dilemma on U.S. diplomats, but also have a significant impact on the entire global economy. It is in every nation's best interest that the Chinese and Japanese settle their territorial dispute peacefully.


Engineering Update #5: Robotic cockroaches, lightsabers, a 3D wearable mouse, and Google Glass

February 28, 2013 9:20 am Videos Comments

In this episode of Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics ( Researchers at the University of Michigan are studying cockroaches in order to advance robotic technology. A 3D wearable, wireless, thumb-activated, space recognition, Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy protocol mouse called Mycestro.


The micro/nano-satellite revolution

February 21, 2013 9:24 am Videos Comments

Craig Underwood of Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey, gives his talk titled 'The Micro/Nano-Satellite Revolution'. Recorded at NPL on 19 February 2013.


How to calibrate a calibrator

February 19, 2013 1:01 pm Videos Comments

Les Thomaidis shows and explains the calibration rack at the Agilent Melbourne Standards Lab that is used to "calibrate the calibrators". This is where other calibration labs send their multimeter and oscilloscope calibrators to get calibrated.


Engineering Newswire 25: Drilling holes in Mars

February 14, 2013 4:12 pm Videos Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we're drilling holes in Mars, talking into our shoes, and driving robots with moths. This episode is brought to you by Smalley Steel Ring Company, the exclusive manufacturer of Spirolox Retaining Rings and Smalley Wave Springs for more than 50 years.


Engineering Update #4: Robots driven by moths, recycling Nike & Nokia, and a hacking kit that flies

February 14, 2013 9:52 am Videos Comments

In the latest episode of ECN 's Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics ( In case you were looking for a more dramatic way to steal competitive data or hack Facebook accounts, a build-it-yourself quadrocopter, called Crazyflie, is now available.


Engineering Newswire 23: I Am Iron Woman

February 13, 2013 2:31 pm Videos Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we're crafting magic arms, building Tony Stark's cyber-weapon, and 3D printing for the BioCurious. This episode features...


Apple iWatch rumored

February 13, 2013 9:21 am Videos Comments

There's always been rumors of an iWatch, for some reason, and the rumors got stronger. I thought things were going the way of Google Glasses but I guess watches are the way of the world now?


Engineering Update #3: Watson, Nano Batteries, 3D Chips, and Mission: Impossible Gets Real

February 7, 2013 1:42 pm Videos Comments

"Watson," no, not Sherlock's sidekick, but the famous supercomputer who beat the world's best human at Jeopardy, is going back to school. IBM is sending the Watson system to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, so it can improve its "thinking" skills. Because making robots more human always works out just fine.


Engineering Update #2: Revolutionary self-healing wires

January 31, 2013 1:53 pm Videos Comments

Our second newscast for Electronic Component News is brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products. In this episode of Engineering Update, we're discussing new research into larger, safer lithium ion batteries, revolutionary self-healing and self-assembling wires using liquid metal....



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