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This app finds the closest bathroom (no, seriously)

January 26, 2015 1:12 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Yelp is a great resource for finding local restaurants in unfamiliar surroundings. But an app that pinpoints the closest restroom? That’s a new one. Airpnp promises just that — a quick and easy way to find the nearest John. Like Fandango, you enter your location ...

How the Air Force wasted $8.8 billion on drones

January 26, 2015 8:33 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

So we all know that drones are on the rise in the military, but just how much is this fancy new...

Why a future engineer picked Princeton

January 23, 2015 7:55 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Michael Whitmore, a senior at Morris Knolls High School in New Jersey, (and the son of ECN'...

China's J-20 and J-31 stealth fighters based on stolen F-35 documents

January 22, 2015 2:03 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

So depending on how frightened you are of the Shenyang J-31 — and how it stacks up to the F...

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5 ways to protect intellectual property

January 22, 2015 11:07 am | by Jennifer Collins, Morningstar Law Group | Blogs | Comments

Prior to embarking on product development activities, it is critical that companies take time to protect their intellectual property rights. Several separate partnerships, alliances and agreements may be needed to go from the research phase to the marketplace. Each strategic alliance ...

Engineering Update #94: A quantum dot-powered laser

January 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Quantum dots have only recently gained traction in the consumer display market, but they were discovered back in 1981, and their utility appears to be growing. Scientists at Princeton used these semiconductor nanocrystals with quantum mechanical properties to design ...

Fixing the shortfall of women in aerospace and STEM fields

January 21, 2015 12:37 pm | by Jeanna Heeraman, Digital Marketing Executive | Blogs | Comments

Currently in the UK, there is a huge lack of women working in aerospace and STEM jobs. However, the shortfall is not just in the UK; in fact, it is a problem throughout Europe. There are a number of reasons that could be behind this shortfall problem. For one ...

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App creates fake boyfriends or girlfriends

January 21, 2015 9:32 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The reality show “Catfish” purports to expose fraud in the online dating world — a “catfish” creates a fake online identity to fool potential suitors. But a new app takes it one step further, conjuring boyfriends and girlfriends from thin air. The company claims that ...

The myth of America's manufacturing renaissance

January 20, 2015 9:17 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Adams Nager, economic research assistant at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, has recently released a report entitled "The Myth of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: The Real State of U.S. Manufacturing." In the report, Nager discusses ..

From troubled teen to future robotics expert

January 16, 2015 12:03 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Freya Wilhelm, a senior at Lower East Side Preparatory High School, and captain of the FRC team, 4263, the Cyber Dragons. Wilhelm: "FIRST changed my life. First and foremost, it allowed me to come clean. In my old school, I realized art just wasn't what I wanted to do as a career. I became depressed and turned to substance abuse and escapism..."

This is what it will cost you for a vacation in space

January 16, 2015 10:15 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It's the dream of many people to go to space (not this claustrophobic editor but other people), but only a few meet the rigorous academic and physical standards to become an astronaut and fulfill those dreams. Most of us just become accountants, engineers, writers, or opera...

Why quantum dots are the next big display technology

January 16, 2015 7:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Nestled in between the bloated 4K, 8K, and “Beyond 4K” TVs at this year’s CES was an older lighting technology that’s just now gaining traction with consumer display manufacturers — quantum dots. The inimitable display tech — essentially a semiconductor nanocrystal ...

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Engineering Update #93: A hybrid motorcycle for US Special Forces

January 15, 2015 11:22 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

For most people, a fully electric car is about as affordable as it is practical, but Chevy has taken on at least one of those problems with it’s newest reveal of a fully-electric Bolt for just $30,000. Based on lessons learned from Chevy’s hyprid Volt and Spark ...

Can this robot solve a Rubik's Cube faster than a person?

January 15, 2015 9:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It can be challenging to get kids involved in STEM because it's a pretty vast array of subjects and it can be highly technical, which makes it difficult to relate to. With that in mind, there has been a big push to create ways for students to learn the skills of engineering or ...

My new New Year’s resolutions (sort of)

January 15, 2015 8:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Happy New Year, engineers! January is usually a time of year where I reflect on the past and think about things that I should be doing in 2015. I say should mostly because I’ve never really used that gym membership (but I do come up with increasingly creative excuses) ...

DDR4 sockets feature a highly reliable contact structure

January 14, 2015 12:43 pm | by Fujitsu Components | Fujitsu Components America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Fujitsu introduces JEDEC-compliant, DDR4 DIMM sockets with a highly reliable contact structure that improves intermatability between the DDR4 memory card and pcb socket. The FCN-07 series of card-edge memory module sockets feature a split-beam ...

Top 10 from CES 2015: Quantum dots are for real

January 14, 2015 9:06 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show is arguably the single most important event of the year. And with 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, 3,600 exhibitors, and more than 170,000 attendees — every one of which we got to dodge en route to each appointment ...

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Male readers don’t think sexism in science exists

January 14, 2015 8:32 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

There are a lot of studies that attest to the gender gap in STEM fields and the sexism that exists in the hiring process, not to mention what happens when women are actually hired. And I mean a lot of studies. In 1999, a study showed that even with ...

Watch a drone film the Las Vegas fire show

January 13, 2015 3:45 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

When Las Vegas isn’t actively trying to take your money, it’s entertaining you just long enough so it can continue taking your money. One of these “interludes” is the volcano fire show at the Mirage, and the good folks at Byrobot made the experience 10x hotter....

9 ways the White House geeked out about science & tech in 2014

January 13, 2015 3:19 pm | by Becky Fried, Deputy Assistant Director of Strategic Communications in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy | Blogs | Comments

2014 may go down in history as the geekiest year ever here at the White House. Over the past 12 months, we’ve welcomed makers, coders, gamers, Nobel Prize winners, student scientists, and broadcast meteorologists to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and we've adorned ...

CES 2015: The weird, strange, and unique (Part 2)

January 13, 2015 2:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

Every trade show has these — the quirky applications, bizarre exhibits, and general oddities that characterize a large, organized event. And CES goes above and beyond. Here’s a small sampling of what I saw, and be sure to check out part 1....

CES 2015: The weird, strange, and unique

January 12, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

Every trade show has these — the quirky applications, bizarre exhibits, and general oddities that characterize a large, organized event. CES plays host to countless weird, strange, and unique exhibitions designed to grab your attention....

How this biomedical engineer landed her dream job

January 9, 2015 11:34 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Michaelina (Micki) Dupnik, a Biomedical Engineer at Optimum Technologies, Inc. in Southbridge, MA. I graduated from Boston University in May 2014, Majored in Biomedical Engineering, Minored in Mechanical Engineering, and concentrated in Technology Innovation....

The Internet of people before the Internet of Things

January 9, 2015 10:49 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 ...

Engineering Update #92: CATS in space

January 8, 2015 2:01 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The International Space Station is getting a shipment of CATS. I know what you’re thinking, but sadly, these are CAT modules. The CATS are sensors that will be operational on the ISS for at least six months and up to three years. Their task is to offer researchers a better...

Photos of the Day: CES 2015

January 7, 2015 3:55 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Consumer Electronic Show is one of the biggest shows of the year and it's where a lot of the major players make their announcements for the year about the new technology. For the 2015 show, Digital Editor Jason Lomberg hit the show floor. Here ECN offers a roundup of a...

You can now wirelessly charge your phone at Starbucks

January 7, 2015 2:14 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Seriously. OK, let me be very clear here. You can now wirelessly charge your phone at Starbucks if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area. But wait. Everyone else—don't leave yet! It's coming to your location, too. Eventually. Duracell Powermat and Starbucks announced that they...

This is a jaw-dropping view of Andromeda

January 7, 2015 11:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

This is the definition of breathtaking. Earlier this week, NASA released the sharpest large composite image ever taken of Andromeda. Though this galaxy is technically our neighbor, it's also over 2 million light-years away, which makes this picture even more incredible...

A note from ECN's Editor

January 7, 2015 10:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

With the craziness of the holidays behind us and a new year ahead, it's time to look forward to 2015 and the ECN IMPACT Awards! These awards, now in their second year, are designed with the idea that companies doing impressive work in the engineering world should be recognized for their achievements.

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