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Watch an old tank crush an old car

June 15, 2015 11:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

As human beings, we seem to have some sort of primal need to watch destruction. I'm not sure exactly why that is, but it's one...

Are 3D-printed guns okay?

June 15, 2015 8:44 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

One of the most controversial topics when it comes to 3D printing are laws on undetectable firearms. And the debate gets even more controversial when we talk about digital arms control and free speech. Should Americans be allowed to say and share whatever they want online? What if that speech is a blueprint for a gun? The State Department says no...

What is history's most important experiment?

June 11, 2015 3:36 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

A few days ago, to celebrate the alleged anniversary of Ben Franklin's key experiment, Ohio University put together an infographic about great engineers and their inventions. I was not expecting the uproar, but it did get me thinking about who the most important inventors in history are and why.

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The new sport that turns people into drones

June 11, 2015 12:22 pm | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever played a video game and wished you could jump inside the screen? Like actually be the avatar you’re feverishly controlling from the other side. I’ll admit, there were times I wished I was Princess Peach. Partly because Super Mario 64 was awesome and partly because I always wanted to be rescued from a castle by a knight in shining armor (I’m still waiting for that to happen)...

Engineering Update #114: A new challenger to Space X

June 11, 2015 12:19 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

For a few years, Space X has seemed to dominate the world of private space launch, but AirBus is stepping into the ring with a reusable first stage launch vehicle....

This is not a good place for your drone

June 11, 2015 12:12 pm | by Kasye Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

There are a lot of regulations about how and when you can fly drones, but there is also a bit of grey area when it comes to enforcing them. As an added bonus, there is apparently a total lack of ethics...

Accessible innovation with 3D printing

June 11, 2015 11:19 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

3D printing has been making waves in almost all facets of the design engineering industry from life-saving medical devices designed for ...

The evolution of 3D printing

June 11, 2015 10:28 am | by EJ Daigle, Dean of Robotics & Manufacturing, Dunwoody College of Technology | Articles | Comments

3D printing has become a very buzzy term, even though as it’s been in development since the 1990s. Part of the reason for that buzz is simple. The incredible...

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Defining innovation

June 11, 2015 10:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Innovation. It’s kind of an odd word because it has a very vague definition. Generally, it means...

Take a quick tour of the first dwarf planet to ever be discovered

June 10, 2015 3:16 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Behold. The mysteries of the universe revealed by the innovation of the human mind....

Don’t fear the Reaper: A look into the Military’s most advanced UAV

June 10, 2015 2:13 pm | by Sarah Goncalves, Associate Editor, WDD | @SarahG_WDD | Blogs | Comments

I’m excited to say I’ll be writing a feature article on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for our July/August issue. As a result, I’ve been reading up on the subject a lot these days. For all applications (from police to farmers to ten-year-old boys with the simple mission of spying on their older sisters), UAV technology...

Improving the microwave oven using solid-state RF

June 10, 2015 11:53 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

This afternoon while reheating my leftovers for lunch, I had a flashback to NXP's booth at IMS 2015. Why? Well, because I knew I would pull out my chicken only to find that it would be warm in some spots, and cold in others. A microwave dilemma we've been dealing with for decades...

Flare gas monitoring in the upstream oil field

June 10, 2015 10:34 am | by Scott Keller, CEO/CTO, SignalFire Remote Telemetry | Articles | Comments

The release of gas at a well in upstream oil and gas operations is a common occurrence, primarily conducted for...

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3 technology trends to put on your radar

June 9, 2015 4:24 pm | by Jessica Phillips, Stone Junction Ltd | Blogs | Comments

Last year saw some major developments on the smart factory front. It was a year that demonstrated 3D printing's potential as more than just a prototyping method and we saw cloud computing capabilities broadened as more companies sought to analyze and exploit big data...

9 experiments that changed the world

June 9, 2015 4:09 pm | by Ohio University | Blogs | Comments

June 10th marks the (alleged) 263rd anniversary of the day Benjamin Franklin conducted his famous experiment. In celebration...

The Snowden Effect - a cloud with “country codes”

June 9, 2015 12:06 pm | by Phil Gilchrist, General Manager of Optics and CTO of Data and Devices, TE Connectivity | Blogs | Comments

Whatever one thinks about the rights and wrongs of Edward Snowden’s release of US intelligence gathering techniques, there’s no denying that he’s had an impact on where our data is stored and how it will be accessed in the future...

The Wearables White Board

June 8, 2015 4:38 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Wearables are a $20 billion market in 2015, but by 2025 experts estimate the market will rise to $70 billion with healthcare wearables representing ...

14 robots having a worse Monday than you

June 8, 2015 10:22 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

Monday morning got you feeling a little...less than human? Did you have trouble getting out the door this morning? Was your ride to work the worst? Was opening the door and climbing the stairs just too much to deal with? If you said yes to any one of these...

The secrets of obviousness (in patents): Secret 2

June 8, 2015 9:25 am | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

The Wizard didn’t want Dorothy and her gang to notice him behind the curtain. Similarly, in the patent world, when deciding obviousness, it is well established that one should not use the invention itself as an evidentiary roadmap.

Google wants to get in your pants

June 5, 2015 11:17 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Our friends at Google are, once again, pushing the envelope. This time, however, they're looking to get into your pants. Your Levi's to be exact...

Star Wars lasers will soon be a reality. (Sort of.)

June 5, 2015 10:59 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

Imagine if real-life laser weapons were like the ones in the movies? Sure, companies have been making real-life laser cannons for years. Sure, they’re some serious stuff—serious like shoot a drone down mid-flight...

3D TVs are out. What’s the next big thing for the displays market?

June 5, 2015 10:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The next big thing in the display market is not image resolution, refresh rates or screen size, but the ability to...

This is what future scientists do in middle school

June 4, 2015 4:48 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Drew Johnson, a 14-year old 8th grade student at Harding Township Middle School, and his brother Alex, a 12-year-old 6th grader...

Photos of the Day: Hoboken STEM students shooting rockets with water pressure

June 4, 2015 3:58 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Calling all 6th graders! (or at least the ones living in the Hoboken, NJ area). More than 300 6th graders from the area took part in STEM-a-thon: A day of innovation at Stevens Institute of Technology.

The secrets of obviousness (in patents): Secret 3

June 4, 2015 2:04 pm | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

Secrets #1 and #2 make it clear that we don’t know how to judge obviousness objectively.  But do we understand how inventions happen...

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