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Engineering Newswire 106: DOE wants to know if we live in a hologram

September 5, 2014 9:03 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist Videos Comments

The US Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has started collecting data to determine whether or not we live in a hologram. The researchers plan to take data to the ultimate degree, as they attempt to find a single pixel of our space....

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Engineering Update 74: Supersonic submarines could travel at speed of sound

September 4, 2014 2:21 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist Videos Comments

Modern nuclear submarines are capable of travelling over 25 knots (or 29 mph), and believe it or not, but underwater vessels used to travel much slower than this. But researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology's Complex Flow and Heat Transfer Lab have demonstrated the ability....

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Engineering Update Episode 73 Bloopers

August 28, 2014 9:47 am | 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 Digital Editor Jason Lomberg and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

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Engineering Update #73: A "smart skin" for planes

August 28, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist Videos Comments

BAE systems has come up with a solution for monitoring planes by introducing their new “smart skin” concept. The idea is that the plane would be covered with sensors of different sizes ranging from a grain of rice to less than 1 millimeter squared....

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HotSpot: Smartphone-loss anxiety disorder

August 25, 2014 1:45 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

A Canadian team has outlined the possible coping mechanisms that might be needed following loss or theft and the security problems that users might face. The researchers point out that the same anxieties apply equally to lost or stolen laptops, tablet computers and other digital devices....

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Engineering Newswire: Giant darts probe Mars for signs of life

August 22, 2014 8:46 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist Videos Comments

There is a new Indiegogo campaign, and it’s mission: To find life on Mars. Explore Mars, Inc. believes that in order to find life on mars, we must look deep beneath the surface instead of just scratching it like we have been with rover bots and cameras....

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Engineering Update 72: 3D-printed Army chow

August 21, 2014 11:02 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist Videos Comments

Anyone who doesn’t enjoy the taste of burnt cardboard could tell you that the Army isn’t known for its fine culinary selections. While troops can eat surprisingly well in Iraq and Afghanistan, for the most part, the military subsists on odious chow hall food or the infamous Meals Ready to Eat (or MREs)....

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The connected hospital

August 19, 2014 8:36 am | by Laird Videos Comments

The connected hospital is a vision of a fully integrated hospital where wireless technology allows care givers and patients to roam throughout the hospital while providing accurate and timely monitoring. The Connected Hospital collects the data in a way that improves efficiency....

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Engineering Newswire: Marine’s driverless jeep built on a growler

August 15, 2014 8:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

The Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate, Autonomous Internally Transportable Vehicle or GUSS AITV for short, is built on an M1161 Growler, a smaller vehicle than its predecessor, who was named just GUSS. Using a Commercial Off-The-Shelf sensor suite ...

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Engineering Update #71: A $52 million dollar car

August 14, 2014 1:20 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist Videos Comments

In this week's episode of the Engineering Update: A $52 million dollar car — The Ferrari GTO 250 weighs in at 1980 pounds and has a 300 horsepower v8 engine. It gets its sleek shape from placing aluminum over a wood frame and hammering it, by hand, into shape.....

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Hotspot: DARPA's brain-inspired chip

August 12, 2014 8:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

DARPA-funded researchers have developed a complex computer chip whose architecture is inspired by the neuronal structure of the brain and requires only a fraction of the electrical power of conventional chips. The chip is loaded with more than 5 billion transistors....

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Engineering Newswire: Robo-shipbuilder suit gives workers superhuman strength

August 8, 2014 1:25 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist Videos Comments

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering is participating in a pilot program, outfitting employees with robot exoskeletons to help them do their jobs, with superhuman strength. The Robo-Shipbuilder prototype suit is made of carbon....

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High-resolution CCTV lenses with focus lock

August 8, 2014 2:24 am Videos Comments

Universe Kogaku VX Series High Resolution CCTV lenses with locking focus, available in focal lengths from 8mm to 50 mm. These lenses are used for machine vision and are designed and constructed for rugged conditions. Universe has been making precision optical components since 1949....

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Engineering Update Episode 70: Japan’s military space force

August 7, 2014 1:27 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist Videos Comments

Following Japan’s approval of the Basic Space Law in 2008, allowing for the use of space for security purposes, the country recently announced the formation of a space-based military force by 2019. Most of us are probably familiar with Japan’s constitution — established by Allied Forces in 1947....

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Engineering Newswire: The Army’s new glow-in-the-dark bullets

August 4, 2014 3:15 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist Videos Comments

Dubbed, One-Way Luminescence, or OWL, a new tracer round is being developed by engineers at the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center. The engineers are experimenting with a variety of potential solutions, but final design ...

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