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Have a safe and happy New Year!

December 23, 2014 3:30 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Your friends at ECN and Advantage Business Media would like to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and a safe and happy New Year! We have lots to look forward to in 2015 — the second annual ECN IMPACT Awards, the very first Young Mind Awards ...

Leading the bionic age

December 23, 2014 3:13 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Blogs | Comments

The bionic age is no longer the workings of a far-fetched sci-fi movie; it’s here, now. We have...

How to connect the "other 3 billion" people

December 23, 2014 1:10 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

For those of us who are constantly connected to the grid, living without the Internet may be a...

Drones afoot: It’s going to be a very unmanned 2015

December 23, 2014 11:37 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Drones, drones, and more drones. It’s going to be a very merry, very unmanned 2015. OK, and...

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Engineering Update #91: Controlling a robotic arm with your thoughts

December 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

You might remember a few years ago when scientists discovered that, by inserting an implant in the brain of a quadriplegic woman, she was able to control a robot arm with just her thoughts. By implanting 96 contact points on the part of the brain that ...

Octave-band coaxial circulator covers 100-200MHz

December 22, 2014 2:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Model F2823-0150-67 from Wenteq Microwave (Monrovia, CA) is an octave band SMA (or type N) connectorized circulator covering 100MHz to 200MHz frequency range. It features 1.0dB insertion loss, 15dB minimum reverse isolation, and 1.50:1 ...

Innovators beware: Dangerous intersection ahead

December 22, 2014 8:42 am | by Neal Thornberry, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Innovation is not for the faint of heart, as Galileo learned when he said that the Earth revolved around the sun. He was scorned, threatened with death and eventually put under lifetime house arrest. Innovators are not always welcome guests even ...

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What led an architect's daughter to a neural lab

December 19, 2014 3:09 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Meghan Burkhart, a student working on research at Missouri State University.I work under Dr. Younger and Dr. Redd on research with neural networks for analog computers at Missouri State University. I am currently seeking a dual degree of Physics and electrical engineering ...

Board-to-board connector features a compact space-saving design

December 18, 2014 4:35 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) announces the use of its DF40 Series board-to-board connector in the newly-released Intel Edison miniature computing platform. The postage-stamp sized Edison chip set uses the Hirose DF40 70-pin header (part # DF40C-70DP-0.4V(51) on ...

Finally, a wearable that works

December 18, 2014 1:16 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Being a crossfit junkie, I regularly plan my meals a week at a time, check labels for complicated, hard-to-pronounce ingredients, and track my workouts in a journal. I’ve tried several fitness monitoring apps available on my phone, but have been left ...

The Internet of people before the Internet of Things

December 18, 2014 8:49 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

As you might imagine, within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) a lot of conversation takes place around determining how best to foster the continued development and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) around the globe. A colleague recently ...

Report: The F-35 and competitors are "equally capable"

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You may have heard that the F-35 is unpopular. To say the least. It’s also chronically over-budget, behind schedule, an astronomical long-term financial commitment, and some critics — including yours truly — question the wisdom of a “Swiss Army Knife” solution and ...

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Here's how engineers feel about conflict materials

December 16, 2014 7:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Conflict materials are a big deal in the electronic components world. Not only has there been a major increase in the amount of legistlation surrounding the controversy, the social awareness aspect of conflict materials has raised the issue’s profile. The social responsibility ...

Engineering Update #90: The Army's drone airport

December 15, 2014 10:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Army isn’t normally associated with drones — or Unmanned Aerial Systems, as they prefer them to be called. The popular Predator and Reaper models are operated by the Air Force from Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. But the Army has a host of fully armed ...

How a film major became an electrical engineer

December 12, 2014 8:37 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Nick Danyluk, a senior electrical engineering student at Syracuse University focused on electronics and robotics with a specific focus on design and prototyping. Nick began school with a focus in television radio and film before moving on to a more technology-focused major.

Bring on the STEM students

December 11, 2014 10:48 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

One of the best parts about being the Editor of ECN, besides the fancy title and adoring(ish) fans, is that it offers a platform to speak about issues that are near and dear to my heart and important to the industry. For the past year, the ECN team ...

Engineering Update #89: The newest solar power plant

December 11, 2014 10:37 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The tulip concentrating solar power plant is officially opening its first commercial site in Ethiopia. This will be the third tulip site to be created. There is one in Israel and one in Spain, but the previous operations have been focused on research and ...

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Watch the Navy blow up boats with their new laser

December 10, 2014 3:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It's official. The U.S. Navy has deployed its newest laser weapon prototype to the Persian Gulf and (as an added bonus) has released footage of the laser being used to blow things up. Your government tax dollars at work, folks. But on a more serious note, the LaWS Laser Weapons ...

Could prettier, quieter wind turbines make it in the city?

December 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Despite many complaints about noise, size, and appearance, wind turbines are one of the most innovative and productive sources of clean energy to date. However, because of these grievances most wind turbines have been exiled to the countryside or ...

Bra stops sexual assault with 3,800 kilovolt electric shock

December 10, 2014 8:49 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

I’ve seen numerous devices and ideas for empowering women — pepper spray, tasers, self-defense courses, firearms — but I can honestly say I’ve never seen a bra used as a weapon. Engineering students Manisha Mohan, Niladhri Basu Bal, and Rimpi Tripathi ...

Bionic Bra proves necessity is apparently not the mother of invention

December 9, 2014 11:12 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering ... why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them....

This is why you shouldn’t fly drones indoors

December 9, 2014 9:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Flying drones indoors is rarely a wise decision. Flying large drones indoors near innocent bystanders is asking for trouble. So when TGI Friday’s mistletoe-toting drones injured someone in a cramped restaurant in Brooklyn, well, we should’ve seen this coming....

This is what happens when an editor gets a GoldieBlox

December 8, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Generally speaking, my job is really fun. I get to meet all types of people, write about really cool technology, and work on a lot of projects that are very important to me. One of those projects is ECN (and her sister publications) push for STEM education. In particular, many of the...

Why being a lifelong learner makes engineering a perfect career

December 5, 2014 2:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative. Meet Alexis Noelli Peña, a student at Syracuse University focusing in biomedical engineering.

Engineering Update #88: Lockheed Martin’s supersonic commercial aircraft

December 4, 2014 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Let’s face it — we’re no longer impressed by the ability to travel from New York to Los Angeles in five hours in a cramped 737. Doesn’t two and a half hours sound much better? Lockheed Martin thinks so, too, so they’re working on an aircraft for commercial ...

The danger of drones in an unlicensed airspace

December 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

I was recently in Barnes and Nobel (I still like to read words on paper), and I had the opportunity to purchase a quadcopter. With very little experience of flying one, I was tempted, but ultimately declined because it was a holiday shopping trip for ...

Push-Pull circular connectors designed for military and medical applications

December 3, 2014 5:06 pm | Odu-Usa | Product Releases | Comments

ODU-USA (Camarillo, CA) announces the availability of Push-Pull circular connectors on the US market. The Push-Pull locking system allows the connection to secure itself when mated, and thousands of mating cycles are possible. The design prevents ...

Conformable cables offer low PIM performance

December 3, 2014 2:53 pm | Rf Industries | Product Releases | Comments

RF Industries (San Diego, CA) conformable semi-rigid cable assemblies are manufactured with a tin-filled, braided outer conductor that exhibits similar electrical properties to solid semi-rigid, but can be hand-formed in the field with no degradation in ...

Why the Navy hasn’t discovered the Holy Grail of energy independence

December 3, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

A while back, the Navy announced plans to turn seawater into fuel, thereby eliminating our dependence on fossil fuels — and despotic regimes — and discovering the Holy Grail of energy independence. And no one’s talking about it. Well ... turns out ...

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