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Engineering Update #102: Goodyear's electricity generating tire

March 19, 2015 11:21 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

We’ve all heard of regenerative-braking, where kinetic energy from brakes is captured and returned to the vehicle’s batteries. Most of the popular hybrid and pure electric vehicles like the Prius, Tesla Roadster, and Chevy Volt use some form of regenerative breaking....

The future of government and military space

March 19, 2015 11:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Earlier this week, I took a ride down to the nation’s capital for the Satellite 2015 expo and was fortunate enough to attend the panel “The Future of Government and Military Space: Safe Bets and Bold Predictions.” Moderated by Vice Admiral Lyle Bien (Ret.) and sporting an esteemed panel ...

Why are smart meters so dumb?

March 19, 2015 8:44 am | by Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak - Cees.links@greenpeak.com | Blogs | Comments

At the recent CES show in Las Vegas, everyone was talking about the Smart Home and the Internet of Things. We are seeing predictions that this will soon be a very big market — 20 billion dollars a year or more! But if you look around and try to see how many smart homes devices ...

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Autonomous vehicles are everywhere

March 19, 2015 8:34 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Autonomous vehicles are successful here and now but you are unlikely to meet one because the successes are in the upper atmosphere, open cast mines, nuclear power stations, underwater and in other relatively inaccessible places. As the new IDTechEx report ...

Would you win a dodgeball fight with a robot?

March 18, 2015 4:18 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Most readers of a certain age group--before the game was banned because someone knew someone who had their eye ripped out by a ball--will recall with a mixture of fear and excitement the experiences of playing dodge ball in gym class.

Towards 'printed' organic solar cells and LEDs

March 18, 2015 2:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In order to make solar energy widely affordable scientists and engineers all over the world are looking for low-cost production technologies. Flexible organic solar cells have a huge potential in this regard....

Google's moonshots, gender bias at South by Southwest

March 18, 2015 12:44 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Music flooded into the streets around Austin's convention center as South by Southwest's music festival kicked off and the interactive portion wrapped up. The head of Google's (X) division talked about testing driverless cars ...

'Distracted driving' at an all-time high; new approaches needed

March 18, 2015 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Young, inexperienced drivers have always gotten into more automobile accidents, but if you add in a lot of distractions, it's a recipe for disaster - and a new Pacific Northwest research program is learning more about these risks while identifying ...

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Here's what Buzz Aldrin thinks about a trip to Mars

March 18, 2015 12:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

News outlets everywhere have been drooling over the idea of the Mars One mission, despite a few massive holes--financial and technological--in the plan, but it's always interesting to read how die-hard space fans feel about it.

Inflatable satellite antennas reduce the military’s burden

March 18, 2015 12:31 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

GATR Technologies’ portable satellite antennas aren’t hot off the presses, but seeing them in person at the Satellite 2015 Expo in Washington DC was mesmerizing. The inflatable communications hubs are amongst ...

How ethernet will save the connected car

March 18, 2015 10:59 am | by Martin Nuss, Vitesse Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

Mobility is a given in today’s hyper-connected world. This is especially true in cars where, at least in the U.S. – the second largest automobile market...

What's your best idea for Sci-Fi inspired technology?

March 18, 2015 10:47 am | by Sagar Jethani, Head of Content, element14 | Blogs | Comments

What’s your favorite science fiction movie? Maybe it’s a classic, like Star Wars: Episode IV, or a more modern film like Interstellar.

Why the gender pay gap matters for manufacturing

March 18, 2015 10:39 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

In West Virginia, a woman who works full-time year-round will make 67.3 cents for every dollar made by her male coworker according to Employment and Earnings, the first report of The Status of Women in the States: 2015 project....

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Photos of the Day: The Satellite 2015 expo

March 18, 2015 9:33 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

SATELLITE 2015 had "communications solutions for every end-user of satellite communications and serves a wide range of markets including: commercial, enterprise, broadcast, broadband, scientific research, maritime ...

Data acquisition system designed for harsh environments

March 18, 2015 8:58 am | by HBI, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

HBM , Inc. has introduced two new modules for its SomatXR Data Acquisition System.

Engineering Live: How Do We Keep Students in STEM? (On Demand)

March 18, 2015 8:11 am | Videos | Comments

In our latest Engineering Live discussion focused on How Do We Get Kids into STEM?, we discussed how to get students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Solar could meet California energy demand 3 to 5 times over

March 17, 2015 10:42 am | by Carnegie Institution | News | Comments

In the face of global climate change, increasing the use of renewable energy resources is one of the most urgent challenges facing the world.

Harvard's president speaks in China about climate change

March 17, 2015 10:09 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Harvard president told students at one of China's most prestigious universities Tuesday that academic institutions must be unfettered places where every topic can be raised and every question asked to help tackle challenges such as climate change.

Lawmakers weigh in on 'net neutrality'

March 17, 2015 10:07 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers are getting their chance this week to weigh in on the "net neutrality" debate that has pitted Internet activists against big cable companies and prompted a record number of public comments filed to U.S. regulators.

Current sense transformers detect switching current up to 40 Amps

March 17, 2015 10:05 am | by Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft is launching its new CST2010 Series of current sense transformers this week at the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Coilcraft is located in Booth 1107.

Recycling aircraft more efficiently

March 16, 2015 2:49 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | News | Comments

The aviation industry is constantly evolving so that it can design lighter aircraft, reduce consumption and emissions and put in place more efficient recycling systems that allow the valuable materials used to build aircraft to be reused.

Don't want NSA to spy on your email? 5 things you can do

March 16, 2015 1:26 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

More than half of Americans are worried about the U.S. government's digital spies prying into their emails, texts, search requests and other online information, but few are trying to thwart the surveillance.

Pakistan unveils first armed domestic drone

March 16, 2015 1:20 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

As we’ve all adjusted to the new paradigm of “asymmetrical” warfare, militaries have embraced drones as the premier tool against worldwide insurgencies. And with its “Buraq” indigenous armed drone, Pakistan is the latest member of the UAV club....

Engineering Newswire: Elio unveils engine prototype for 3-wheel, 84 MPG car

March 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Melisa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

The tiny 3 wheeled Elio has a projected top speed of more than 100 mph, and a goal of up to 84 mpg. Now, the company has unveiled its new 0.9 liter, 3-cylinder engine prototype. And with the goal of ...

16W power amplifier designed for marine/weather radar

March 16, 2015 10:08 am | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TGA2624-CP, 9 to 10GHz power amplifier from TriQuint (Qorvo). The TGA2624-CP offers 16W of saturated output power with 27dB of gain and can be used in both pulsed and CW operation for marine ...

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