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This app finds the closest bathroom (no, seriously)

January 27, 2015 8:12 am | 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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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 ...

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...

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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 ...

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) ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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....

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....

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...

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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...

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.

CES 2015: Is the Internet of Things too low-concept for consumers?

January 7, 2015 10:19 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The Internet of Things will connect the world as never before, and the tech is burning up the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show. But I’m forced to ponder whether the Internet of Things is too low-concept for the average Joe....

This 3D-printed dress will fight off strangers

January 6, 2015 5:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Germaphobes rejoice! There is, at long last, a clothing option designed especially with you in mind. Well, at least if you're okay with wearing a terrifying contraption. Objectively speaking, the look of this dress alone should have people keeping their distance from you, but since...

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

December 29, 2014 7:37 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 there’s probably a few other technologies on the verge of a breakout year. ECN has spilled voluminous quantities of ink (digital and otherwise) trumpeting ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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