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Why studying engineering was the best decision of my life

May 22, 2015 10:55 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

My least favorite thing is the continued perception that more women don’t want to be in STEM – that they’re choosing to not go into STEM...

Why you should pursue a STEM career in agriculture

May 22, 2015 10:10 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

Try explaining STEM to students and you probably get blank stares, eye rolls or even yawns. Sure...

Engineering Update #111: Bladeless wind turbines

May 21, 2015 12:33 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

A company called Vortex Bladeless utilizes a different aspect of wind power called vortices....

Real-time map helps track drones

May 19, 2015 12:20 pm | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

As drones continue to take over American airspace, it’s increasingly difficult for pilots to...

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Introducing middle schoolers to engineering

May 18, 2015 3:15 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN we love to see companies getting involved in the STEM (or STEAM) cause.

The dying world of innovation

May 18, 2015 7:42 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Innovation is a word that gets thrown around at a lot of companies, but nobody understand more about innovation than Mike Rainone, founder and chief innovation officer at PCDworks, Inc. And, according to him, all those companies tossing out ideas about how to innovate? They’re doing it wrong.

Photos of the Day: Lightfair 2015

May 15, 2015 2:46 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Lightfair 2015, which took the event back to its home at the Javits Center in NYC, was all about the smart systems and integrated lighting solutions.

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Robots will build Google's new headquarters

May 12, 2015 4:20 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | News | Comments

Google's new headquarters in beautiful Mountain View, California, may take longer than expected, but is in no part due to the robot-crane hybrids they'll be using to assist in building.

Let’s talk about space

May 12, 2015 9:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Most of the time, my job is just like any other job. I have day-to-day responsibilities like debating topics with commenters, writing blogs about things that annoy the commenters, and then writing up blogs about the terrible things commenters sometimes say.

The quantum dots revolution

May 11, 2015 3:05 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Articles | Comments

Quantum dots are the most important technological development that no one has heard of. At least not when compared to the buzz about 4K, curved displays, the Internet of Things, or other Consumer Electronic Show (CES) titans.

This is what the future of STEM looks like

May 8, 2015 2:19 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The STEM student of the week feature is one of my favorite things to do. It's pretty amazing to read about what some kids (and young adults) are working on.

NASA’s morphing-wing technology could make flying more ... tolerable

May 6, 2015 1:09 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

While NASA experiments with tiltrotor drones capable of switching from aircraft to helicopter mid-air, it’s also testing a shape-changing wing that could save millions in fuel costs and improve the passenger experience. NASA has partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Ann Arbor-based FlexSys ...

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How an all-girls engineering class is changing education

May 4, 2015 7:23 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Videos | Comments

Say what you will about STEM education, but no one wants the be the "only" in a class. You don't want to be the only senior in a sea of freshman or the only boy in a group of girls or, in this case, the only girl in an engineering class.

Engineering Live: What happened to our fascination with space? (On Demand)

May 1, 2015 8:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Videos | Comments

The 1960s was arguably the most fascinating time in the world of space. Sputnik had been launched just a few years prior and the entire decade ended with the first moon landing. So what happened?

House bill could save the A-10 (for selfish reasons)

April 30, 2015 10:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The House officially introduced a version of the annual defense budget that would save the A-10 Thunderbolt II. And this little proxy war is a perfect illustration of the ugly politics behind the F-35 and, really, defense programs in general....

X-47B completes world’s first autonomous aerial refueling

April 27, 2015 11:52 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You might remember the X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator as the first drone to execute a carrier landing. And now this semi-autonomous jet-powered craft has hit another milestone – the first Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) operation.

How this student went from watching the fish tank to diving with whale sharks

April 23, 2015 2:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Growing up, my family had a huge fish tank in our office that I would sit in front of for hours like it was a television set.

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Hubble celebrates 25 years with this incredible photo

April 23, 2015 12:24 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

First of all, let's wish a happy 25th birthday to the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, which will reach a quarter century of providing incredible information and pictures on Friday, April 24th.

Self-driving vehicles could cost an extra $10,000

April 23, 2015 8:01 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Will self-driving vehicles lead to increased automotive safety? Probably. Will they have run up against entrenched cultural attitudes and a fear of change? Maybe. But will they cost more? Almost certainly. Got an extra 10 grand lying around?

This is Canada's new smart gun

April 22, 2015 7:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Our Canadian brethren take a lot of flack for their peacekeeping and polite stereotypes, but that doesn't mean they're not developing the weapons of the future.

How the Blue Angels are changing the future of aviation

April 20, 2015 12:47 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The Blue Angels are generally regarded as some of the most talented and esteemed pilots in the world.

Turning packing peanuts into energy efficient batteries

April 20, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Researchers at Purdue University have discovered a way to transform those scrunchy little pieces of styrofoam into an energy efficient battery. Turns out that the very qualities that make them a stout companion for your fragile parcels – their lightweight, porous nature ...

Why studying STEM can change your life

April 17, 2015 9:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Paul Jerome Barina, a student at Ohio University working on a Masters of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering.

DoD official: The F-35 won’t outperform the A-10

April 16, 2015 10:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The F-35’s critics have denounced the Joint Strike Fighter for years, but this is one of the first concessions from a high-level government official that this flying Swiss Army Knife won’t live up to its lofty billing. The F-35’s battlefield capabilities won’t surpass the A-10....

Training Tomahawk missiles to hit moving targets

April 15, 2015 12:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

While the Navy ponders whether to replace the Tomahawk missile or just update it, Raytheon is preparing a multi-mode seeker test that could allow the Tomahawk Block IV to hit moving targets. The captive flight test would utilize a modified Tomahawk Block IV missile nose cone....

China goes on the attack with the “Great Cannon”

April 14, 2015 9:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Not content with merely blocking their own citizens’ unfettered internet access, China has gone to the source, targeting the websites and servers which attempt to circumvent the infamous “Great Firewall of China.” Researchers have dubbed this new attack infrastructure the “Great Cannon”....

Giant spider robots could change space forever

April 13, 2015 12:18 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Giant spiders in space may sound like the beginning of an epic sci-fi horror book, but the real purpose of these nightmare-come-to-life is a little less sinister.

Why learning to tinker is the key to engineering success

April 13, 2015 9:08 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Jasen Massey. He has a B.S in Physics from Illinois State University and is working on an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His main area of focus is fluids/heat transfer and robotics.

Why I’ll never get in a self-driving car

April 13, 2015 8:27 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Those prone to car sickness usually prefer to drive. That’s because getting behind the wheel lessens the symptoms you feel as a passenger. But what happens when everyone’s a passenger? What happens to the occupants of self-driving cars?

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