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Computer-generated art that doesn't look computer-generated

October 10, 2012 10:09 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

I went to a city wide art show this last weekend and ran into the most marvelous artists who does computer generated art that doesn't look like computer generated art - at least not the generic stuff you so often see. His name is Barry Reithmeier. He has a feel for the medium. He uses a tool called Bryce which is currently available for free.

Engineering Newswire 7: A fully 3D-printed race car

October 10, 2012 9:12 am | Videos | Comments

zero2infinity hopes to offer a slow and steady ascent aboard bloon, an intimate six-person pod attached to a zero-pressure polyethylene helium balloon. Gov. Jerry Brown rides to Google headquarters in a self-driving Toyota Prius before signing legislation that will pave the way for driverless cars in California.

Engineering Newswire 6: Get lost with Apple's iPhone 5

October 10, 2012 9:05 am | Videos | Comments

The new iPhone 5 features a thinner, lighter design, with a taller screen, a faster processor, and updated software, everything you'd hope to expect from a new phone -- except a suitable map app. Rethink Robotics has unleashed a revolution in manufacturing with the friendly faced, factory robot: Baxter.

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Prevent accidents by making your backseat disappear

October 9, 2012 11:16 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Crunch. That’s the last sound you want to hear when you’re backing up your car. It is scary. It is alarming. It is NOT a good sound.It’s the reason dashboard cams were invented. Unfortunately, the embedded cameras only show a small portion of what’s behind the car, and accidents still happen.

Nobel Laureate Yamanaka Warns of Rogue "Stemcell Therapies"

October 9, 2012 8:38 am | by Tan Ee Lyn, Reuters | News | Comments

Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka warned patients on Tuesday about unproven "stem cell therapies" offered at clinics and hospitals in a growing number of countries, saying they were highly risky. The Internet is full of advertisements touting stem cell cures for just about any disease...

Taiwan Asking Apple to Blur Satellite Image

October 9, 2012 2:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan is asking Apple Inc. to blur a map image of its new $1.4 billion early warning radar station that can detect aircraft and missiles coming from as far as western China. Defense Ministry spokesman David Lo said Tuesday that Apple should follow its rival Google in using only low-resolution...

Einstein letter on God to be auctioned on eBay

October 8, 2012 8:54 am | News | Comments

A letter in which Albert Einstein dismissed the idea of God as a product of human weakness is being sold on eBay for a starting price of $3 million. The letter, handwritten in 1954, a year before Einstein's death, was addressed to philosopher Eric Gutkind. In it, Einstein discussed his views on religion

Far, far beyond wrist radios

October 5, 2012 8:41 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

To believe that technologies once dreamed of in science fiction novels, television shows, and comic strips may one day be a reality, or that real-world technologies might make the fantastic devices of fiction obsolete, you'd need to be either an optimist…or a futurist in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T).

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Kits for Kids

October 4, 2012 3:46 pm | by Jon Titus, Technical Contributor | Articles | Comments

Electronics, computer, and science kits can help kindle technical interests in kids of all ages. Each year the holidays seem to arrive sooner than expected and parents of young people interested in science and technology search for gift ideas. This column provides some suggestions. Some projects require adult help or supervision.

The Change in News Reading Habits

October 4, 2012 3:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mobiles Republic, a leading publisher of applications for smartphones, tablets and connected devices, today releases the findings of a recent survey among their readers to establish the change in news reading habits across Europe and America.

Multi-layer piezo speakers save 40-60% of power consumption compared to a typical micro-speaker

October 4, 2012 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

BeStar’s new generation multi-layer piezo speakers offer designers of hand held devices an ultra-thin, ultra-light audio component option that will save 40-60% of power consumption as compared to a typical micro-speaker. Main product design targets are mobile phones, flat terminal devices...

Warning, automatic braking systems on autos will help save lives, research predicts

October 4, 2012 8:45 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The second highest cause of automobile crashes is rear-end collisions – 17 percent. Thousands of people die. The solution? "It is simple," said Clay Gabler, a professor of biomedical engineering at Virginia Tech. "Slow the striking vehicle." The concept is simple. Execution is complex and expensive.

Rapid gene machines used to find cause of newborn illnesses

October 4, 2012 8:40 am | by Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters | News | Comments

U.S. scientists have sequenced the entire genetic code of four gravely ill newborns and identified genetic diseases in three of them in two days, quick enough to help doctors make treatment decisions.Doctors behind the preliminary study released on Wednesday say it demonstrates a practical use

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Tiny, new African dinosaur species unveiled

October 4, 2012 8:39 am | by Edith Honan, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - A new dinosaur the size of a house cat and described as a cross between "a bird, a vampire and a porcupine" has been identified in a piece of rock from South Africa.University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno, who published the findings on Wednesday

A phone away from home: Some NYC students pay private 'valets' a dollar a day

October 4, 2012 8:38 am | by KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of teenagers who can't take their cellphones to school have another option, courtesy of a burgeoning industry of sorts in always-enterprising New York City: paying a dollar a day to leave it in a truck that's parked nearby. Students might resent an expense that adds up to as much as $180 a year, but even so,

Adoption of Internet-enabled TVs in the Philippines doubled within a year

October 3, 2012 3:33 pm | News | Comments

32 inch overtakes as most popular screen size in internet-enabled TV segment. The developing country of Philippines continues its rapid pace of upgrading from the traditional CRT TVs to the newer flat screen technology with the latest high tech functions.

Why you should support improvements in electric car chargers

October 3, 2012 8:55 am | Articles | Comments

People simply don’t think of electric cars as long-distance vehicles. It’s a car to run down the street and grab some groceries, make the 15 miles commute to work or—like one of my friends—if you live in Hawaii and can’t really drive that far. It’s not an option most people think about for a regular car.

Sony-Olympus Alliance Aims For High-Tech Surgery

October 2, 2012 3:23 pm | News | Comments

Sony's new alliance with scandal-tarnished Olympus will focus on producing endoscopes and other surgical tools packed with the Japanese electronic maker's three-dimensional imaging and super-clear "4K" display technologies. Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai said it's not clear when the alliance's first products will become available.

NEC Sells LCD Technology For 9.5 Billion

October 2, 2012 3:03 pm | News | Comments

NEC Corp. has sold a liquid crystal display panel patent to Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. for 9.45 billion yen, NEC officials said. One of the officials said NEC has decided to secure revenues by selling the patent for displays of personal computers and mobile phones, rather than keeping it.

30W desktop adapter designed for ultra-portable applications

October 2, 2012 2:36 pm | Phihong | Product Releases | Comments

Phihong USA has developed a compact 30W adapter designed to power netbook computers. Designated the PSA30W-190A, Phihong’s smallest 30W, Level V efficient adapter produces an output of 19V and 1.6–1.8A, which is ideal for powering portable computers.

Amsterdam goes green with electric scooter taxis

October 2, 2012 8:37 am | by Roberta Cowan, Reuters | News | Comments

Six years ago Dutchman Ruben Beugels was on an Amsterdam tram that broke down, leaving him stuck in an out-of-the way place, and late for an appointment when he couldn't quickly find another means of transport."I was very frustrated at being late, and it was then that I thought, hey a scooter

Genetically engineered cow makes anti-allergy milk

October 2, 2012 8:35 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Researchers in New Zealand have genetically engineered a cow to produce milk with very little of a protein that causes an allergic reaction in some children.They hope the technique, which uses a process called RNA interference that reduces the activity of certain genes without eliminating it completely, can be used to control other traits in livestock

10 must-see posts from September

October 1, 2012 12:28 pm | by The ECN Editors | Articles | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles for September. They all come with a witty, engaging summary just in case you missed them the first time or want to check up on an old favorite. Keep checking out the Lead and follow us on twitter @ecnmagazine for our most up-to-date articles.

Japan introduces piracy penalties for illegal downloads

October 1, 2012 11:31 am | by BBC News | News | Comments

    Japan-based internet users who download copyright infringing files face up to two years in prison or fines of up to two million yen ($25,700; £15,900) after a change to the law. Such activity has been illegal since 2010, but until now had not invoked the penalties.

ICs provide multi-channel operation and low quiescent current in portable applications

October 1, 2012 11:31 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has introduced two new power management integrated circuits (PMICs) optimized for battery powered systems such as smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, GPS systems and other portable electronics. Utilizing the latest power management techniques, the NCP6924 and NCP6914 optimize system efficiency and save battery life.

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