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Comcast now has more Internet than cable customers

May 4, 2015 12:23 pm | by TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writer | Comments

Just before its $45 billion deal with Time Warner Cable collapsed over regulators' fears about a giant cable company's control over the Web, Comcast was racking up more Internet customers. For the first time, the country's largest cable provider ...

Most innovations are rephrasings of past technologies

May 4, 2015 12:20 pm | by Santa Fe Institute | Comments

Most new patents are combinations of existing ideas and pretty much always have been, even as the stream of fundamentally new core technologies has slowed, according to a new paper in the Journal of the Roayl Society Interface by Santa Fe....

How bats are teaching scientists to build better aircraft

May 4, 2015 12:11 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | Comments

Bats are masters of flight in the night sky, capable of steep nosedives and sharp turns that put our best aircrafts to shame. Although the role of echolocation in bats' impressive midair maneuvering has been extensively studied, the contribution of ...


Researchers probe chemistry, topography and mechanics with one instrument

May 4, 2015 12:03 pm | by DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Comments

The probe of an atomic force microscope (AFM) scans a surface to reveal details at a resolution 1,000 times greater than that of an optical microscope. That makes AFM the premier tool for analyzing physical features, but it cannot tell scientists anything about ...

UC Riverside receives major funding for research on big data and visualization

May 4, 2015 11:59 am | by University of California - Riverside | Comments

The University of California, Riverside has received nearly $4.5 million from NASA to develop research, education, training and collaborative opportunities in big data and visualization. Big data refers to very large data sets. One challenge such ...

Photos of the Day: An all-electric, 3D-printed Shelby Cobra

May 4, 2015 11:50 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Department of Energy unveiled this bad boy back in January to celebrate the Shelby Cobra’s 50th anniversary. The all-electric, 3D-printed Cobra is constructed from carbon fiber-reinforced ABS from the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine....


2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Contract Manufacturer Innovation

May 4, 2015 9:49 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

Honoring the CMs with the best programs and solutions for engineers, OEMs. Entries may include cost savings programs, quality measures, time-to-market advantages, and/or efficiency programs.


2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Tools, Kits, & Reference Designs

May 4, 2015 9:44 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

Sometimes the hardest part of the design is simply getting started. For those companies offering easy and intuitive tools, kits reference designs and software, this Awards category has been created for you!


Long-term galactic cosmic ray exposure leads to cognitive impairments

May 4, 2015 9:38 am | by University of California - Irvine | Comments

What happens to an astronaut's brain during a mission to Mars? Nothing good. It's besieged by destructive particles that can forever impair cognition, according to a UC Irvine radiation oncology study that appeared in the May 1 edition of Science Advances.

The world's smallest and most powerful micro motors

May 4, 2015 9:25 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | Comments

Micro actuators are needed for numerous applications, ranging from mobile and wearable devices to minimally invasive medical devices. However, the limitations associated with their fabrication have restricted their deployment at the one-millimeter scale.

Summer camps with a mission: To create cybersecurity experts

May 4, 2015 9:21 am | by WILSON RING, Associated Press | Comments

At Vermont's Norwich University, 20 high school students will build computers they'll be able to take home. At Dakota State University in South Dakota, about 200 students will learn about programming. In Southern California, 250 middle school Girl Scouts will ...

Pilot to fly solar plane across Pacific for 5 days, 5 nights

May 4, 2015 9:18 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | Comments

A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. André Borschberg, 62, is due to fly over the Pacific Ocean for five days and ...


Google embeds engineers as professors

May 4, 2015 9:15 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | Comments

Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course. First, there was her name: Professor Sabrina. She was an African American woman, kept ...


Texas Instruments gives $3.2 million for Student Plaza and Maker Space

May 4, 2015 8:03 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

A $3.2 million gift from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) will support the construction of the Texas Instruments Plaza and Maker Space for Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The plaza and the maker space will be located, respectively ...

2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Test & Measurement

May 1, 2015 4:22 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

This category honors the best instruments and test software available to assist electronic design engineers. Examples of products in this category include, but are not limited to: analyzers, waveform generators, data acquisition, dataloggers, meters, multimeters ...



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