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Engineering Update 54: NASA to send flying saucers to Mars

April 17, 2014 10:25 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist Videos Comments

Future voyages to Mars would need to address the physiological strain on the astronauts, the length of the trip, itself, and ferrying the necessary payload to sustain human life for a protracted mission. The first two problems could be insurmountable, but to deal with the latter, NASA is currently testing its own prototype for a hypersonic flying saucer....

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Hotspot: Remote-controlled, fire-breathing dragon

April 17, 2014 9:24 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

Hammacher Schlemmer is offering a remote controlled jet-powered dragon that soars through the air at up to 70 mph and belches propane-powered flame when on the ground. The dragon’s LED eyes can be commanded to glow red while it emits a fiery 3' blast of flame from a cleverly concealed (and flight-disabled) propane tank....

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Driverless and talking cars: New technology transforms the way we travel

April 16, 2014 8:09 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

This year at IMS 2014, Wireless Design and Development (WDD) will be hosting a live, panel discussion on Driverless and Talking Cars: New Technology Transforms the Way We Travel. Recently, the U.S. government made a push to incorporate wireless communication technologies in future car designs....

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Engineering Newswire: Disposable drones printed for cheap spying

April 11, 2014 1:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

At the University of Sheffield, engineers are 3D printing unmanned aircraft. The thought is that production costs could be low enough that this would lead to disposable UAVs to be sent on one-way flights for delivery, search, or reconnaissance purposes....

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Engineering Update #53 bloopers

April 10, 2014 12:51 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist Videos Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to David Mantey, Jason Lomberg, and Kasey Panetta for being such great sports....

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Engineering Update #53: A guide to charging your phone in 30 seconds

April 10, 2014 10:38 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist Videos Comments

Israeli startup StoreDot is taking the lead on shortening the amount of time it takes to charge your phone from a few hours to about 30 seconds by creating chemically synthesized bioorganic peptide molecules—called nano dots—that—as the name suggests—are really tiny....

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Engineering Newswire: World's fastest bullet car

April 7, 2014 9:09 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist Videos Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're fixing the government with sixth grade math, printing invisibility cloaks, and racing the world's fastest RC Car. This week's episode features the World's fastest RC bullet car. Nic Case entered the RC world after a motorcycle crash left him searching for a thrilling but safer hobby....

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Engineering Update #52: Secret Pentagon spacecraft stays in orbit for 469 days

April 3, 2014 11:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist Videos Comments

In December of 2012, the Pentagon launched the X-37B unmanned spacecraft into orbit, where it remained for more than 469 days, breaking its own longevity record. Since the X-37 has always been shrouded in secrecy, savvy observers posited all sorts of potential applications....

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Engineering Newswire: Half-drone, half-satellite StratoBus prototype

March 28, 2014 1:40 pm Videos Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re creating nanoscale fingerprints, building a fully-functional desktop human, and building a fleet of half-drone, half-satellite StratoBuses. A project known as StratoBus has emerged from Thales in France. StratoBus totes the potential of precise, autonomous observation....

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Engineering Update Episode 51: Hypersonic weapons needed to defeat advanced anti-aircraft systems

March 27, 2014 12:29 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist Videos Comments

The Cold War officially ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, but old habits die hard, and since the fall of the iron curtain, Russian-American relations have been a tad ... frosty. This led a senior Pentagon staffer called for hypersonic weapons....

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Kickstarter of the Week: 'Robot maniacs' build desktop robotic arms

March 26, 2014 12:50 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist Videos Comments

On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, we are bringing robots from industry, to our desks, with the uArm, a 4-axis parallel-mechanism robotic arm inspired by the ABB PalletPack robot. "When people used to talk about robotics, they thought about expensive and complicated machines," explains Aler Gu, UFactory product manager....

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Engineering Live: The Internet of Things (On Demand)

March 25, 2014 3:03 pm | by ECN Staff Videos Comments

Check out the On-Demand version of The Internet of Things Engineering Live. IoT thought leaders from leading organizations, including Libelium, IBM,Texas Instruments, and Sierra Wireless, team up with ECN Editor-in-Chief David Mantey to discuss the present and future....

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Engineering Live: The Internet of Things - Mobile

March 24, 2014 10:17 am | by ECN Staff Videos Comments

On this episode of Engineering Live, we’ve assembled an expert panel with direct influence on the IoT to discuss the current state of the industry; where we’ll be in five years; and the key componentry that is making it all possible ...  

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Engineering Newswire: Finding bombs with electric noses

March 21, 2014 2:02 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist Videos Comments

Researchers at the University of Florida are finding that lobsters could one day help protect soldiers. Using data from the lobsters, the researchers have created algorithms that give artificial silicon neurons the ability to not only recognize a scent, but also find it....

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Engineering Update #50 bloopers

March 20, 2014 10:37 am | by ECN Staff Videos Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Technical Editor Jason Lomberg and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

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