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Virtual reality helps soldiers cope with PTSD

March 11, 2015 12:55 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

We’ve come a long way in our treatment (and understanding) of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During WWI, a soldier exhibiting signs of PTSD — be it mental or physical trauma — was “shell-shocked.” If he was lucky, he was pulled off ...

Would you buy a $17,000 Apple Watch?

March 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

To answer the question, I definitely would not drop $17,000 on a watch, but I would definitely spend $350 on an Apple Watch.

Manufacturing shouldn’t be a dirty word for today’s STEM talent

March 10, 2015 12:16 pm | by Vicki Holt, CEO, Proto Labs | Blogs | Comments

When most people hear the word “manufacturing”, a few images tend to come to mind: low-skill, wrench-turning, physically draining work; dirty, grease-stained workplaces; a male-dominated workforce....

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Solar plane takes off for historic round-the-world flight

March 9, 2015 12:33 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The achievement will be as much human ingenuity as a technical wonder, but the Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that took off early Monday morning will make history. Harnessing the power of the sun ...

This is how you get a snack while flying in a fighter jet

March 9, 2015 9:26 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

This is one of those videos you could probably go ahead and file somewhere between, "This is the reason we can't have nice things" and "This is really cool."

Photos of the Day: The F-35's helmet-mounted display system

March 6, 2015 10:15 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The F-35's helmet-mounted display system (HMDS), from Rockwell Collins, offers a 360-degree view that allows for unparalleled situational awareness. The 2.25kg carbon fibre-shelled helmet uses a form of x-ray technology to render the floor of the cockpit transparent....

Why I dream of being an astronaut

March 6, 2015 9:31 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Jillian Yuricich a student at The Ohio State University studying Aerospace Engineering and minoring in International Studies, Security and Intelligence.

Engineering Update #100: The world’s first 3D-printed jet engine

March 5, 2015 10:13 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

To date, we’ve seen 3D-printed drones, 3D-printed model airplanes, and while major airlines like Airbus are exploring the idea of futuristic, 3D-printed passenger jets, we haven’t seen rapid prototyping applied on so large a scale — until now.

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5 STEM toys you must buy for your kid

March 5, 2015 8:39 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes you have to buckle down and do the dirty work and other times you get to assemble toys at work.

Do your capacitors have principles and performance?

March 4, 2015 2:48 pm | by James C. Lewis, KEMET Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Tantalum capacitors are often the first choice for engineers where a high capacitance value is required within a small case size. The MnO2 type, with manganese dioxide cathode, can operate at temperatures up to 175°C or even 200°C and also benefit ...

This Star Wars drone might be the coolest thing ever

March 4, 2015 12:15 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Forget military UAVs. For my money, there’s nothing cooler than sweet DIY projects like a chocolate drone or a custom-built quadcopter that looks like a TIE Interceptor from Star Wars. The intrepid creator — who goes by the social media handle “Olivier C” ...

Could Iran achieve human spaceflight by 2016?

March 4, 2015 9:20 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

From the same country that brought us the smallest “stealth fighter” of all time, a “time machine”, and a “drone” held together with duct tape comes an (overly) ambitious plan to send humans into space by 2016. Iran loves to tout its “indigenous” quasi-realistic military technology....

F-35B can’t fit full weapons load because of design flaw

March 3, 2015 12:58 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The hits just keep on coming for the Joint Strike Fighter, the problematic 5th-gen personification of “requirements creep.” The latest blow — the most flawed version of a thoroughly flawed program can’t fit all its weapons because of a design flaw....

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Looking for the next (female) MacGyver

March 3, 2015 8:51 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When you think of engineering role models, you might think of a parent, teacher, sibling, a celebrity, or even just someone who comes in to speak at career day. But, there is another very important place that kids often look for role models and it's in every home in various forms.

7 teen inventors who are changing the world

March 2, 2015 12:25 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta + Larry Corby, Digital Artist | Blogs | Comments

As we've moved through Engineers week, we need to take a minute to celebrate kids who are, mostly without the formal training, creating incredible things and making large steps in the medical, consumer, and engineering fields.

F-35's helmet-mounted display system will cost a small fortune

March 2, 2015 7:47 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You’ve probably heard that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will cost a few shekels. But we don’t usually talk about the other money pit sucking up taxpayer dollars — the F-35’s helmet-mounted display system (HMDS), pegged at an absurd $770,000 apiece....

Why this student became a biomedical engineer instead of a doctor

February 27, 2015 9:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Divya Baji, a final year PhD student at the Centre for Doctoral Training, Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, University of Leeds working on a project to develop a novel methodology to test the performance of bone and cartilage substitutions in a natural knee joint using a knee simulator.

Could pilots fly aircraft using their minds?

February 27, 2015 8:12 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The BRAINFLIGHT project has an ambitious goal – complete control over aircraft (or a significantly reduced workload) using nothing but your mind. The team from Tekever and a collection of European researchers recently demonstrated their brain-computer interface (BCI) ...

Engineering Update #99: An exoskeleton without a power source

February 26, 2015 8:44 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Most wearable exoskeletons are heavy duty contraptions with ravenous power requirements. Lockheed Martin’s Human Universal Load Carrier, or HULC, was a battery, hydraulic-powered load carriage platform designed to carry up to 200 pounds....

3 things kids need to become stellar engineers

February 26, 2015 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Part of the ongoing discussion on STEM is deciphering the perfect formula for introducing kids to engineering or science and keeping them interested enough to consider it for a career.

Company refuses to ship milling machine for 3D-printed firearms

February 25, 2015 8:03 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Ever since Cody Wilson started toying with the idea of perfecting a completely 3D-printed gun, he’s given potential business partners – including 3D-printer manufacturers – the heebie jeebies. Some have outright refused to have their name associated with 3D-printed firearms....

Here's what it takes to to win a robotics competition

February 24, 2015 4:12 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When you think college campus, you might think classes, parties, and dorms, but for some students at the University of Illinois at Chicago the college experience is all about the robots. Well, maybe not ALL about the robots, but there is a serious devotion to robotics among the members of the Chicago Engineering Design Team.

This drone delivery service is less efficient than Amazon’s

February 23, 2015 8:37 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

So if the FAA regulates your business from existence, the answer is to make it even less efficient? Huh? In case you haven’t heard the news (or saw the firestorm on this site), the FAA belatedly released its suggested rules for domestic drones....

Would you volunteer to die alone on Mars?

February 19, 2015 3:21 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Has it always been a dream of yours to die alone on Mars? Perhaps you enjoy working 20-hour days and then returning to the living quarters you will share with the same 24 people for the rest of your life?

Building a perpetual-flight drone with Stanford’s UAV Club

February 19, 2015 2:59 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. This week, Digital Editor Jason Lomberg shines the light on Stanford's UAV Club and an enthusiastic new member, Natalie Muenster. Her goal is to help create a perpetual-flight UAV as a proof-of-concept....

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