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5 STEM toys you must buy for your kid

March 5, 2015 8:39 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes you have to buckle down and do the dirty work and other times you get to assemble toys at work.

Do your capacitors have principles and performance?

March 4, 2015 2:48 pm | by James C. Lewis, KEMET Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Tantalum capacitors are often the first choice for engineers where a high capacitance value is required within a small case size. The MnO2 type, with manganese dioxide cathode, can operate at temperatures up to 175°C or even 200°C and also benefit ...

Where you live could mean 'greener' alternatives do more harm than good

March 4, 2015 2:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Whether it's swapping your car for an electric vehicle, or your natural gas furnace for geothermal heating, transitioning from fossil fuels to electric-powered technology is widely believed to be the best way to lower carbon emissions....

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This Star Wars drone might be the coolest thing ever

March 4, 2015 12:15 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Forget military UAVs. For my money, there’s nothing cooler than sweet DIY projects like a chocolate drone or a custom-built quadcopter that looks like a TIE Interceptor from Star Wars. The intrepid creator — who goes by the social media handle “Olivier C” ...

Could Iran achieve human spaceflight by 2016?

March 4, 2015 9:20 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

From the same country that brought us the smallest “stealth fighter” of all time, a “time machine”, and a “drone” held together with duct tape comes an (overly) ambitious plan to send humans into space by 2016. Iran loves to tout its “indigenous” quasi-realistic military technology....

Engineering Live: How Do We Keep Students in STEM?

March 3, 2015 3:55 pm | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

In our latest Engineering Live discussion focused on How Do We Get Kids into STEM?, we discussed how to get students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In this discussion, we’re going to take it a step further....

F-35B can’t fit full weapons load because of design flaw

March 3, 2015 12:58 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The hits just keep on coming for the Joint Strike Fighter, the problematic 5th-gen personification of “requirements creep.” The latest blow — the most flawed version of a thoroughly flawed program can’t fit all its weapons because of a design flaw....

Smart garments could change how we interact

March 3, 2015 10:52 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

As wearables become more common, consumers also want them to be smaller and less obtrusive. Smartwatches are in their heyday now, but the consumer of the future might be looking for a device that is not only more useful, but more invisible....

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Looking for the next (female) MacGyver

March 3, 2015 8:51 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When you think of engineering role models, you might think of a parent, teacher, sibling, a celebrity, or even just someone who comes in to speak at career day. But, there is another very important place that kids often look for role models and it's in every home in various forms.

UC research partnership explores how to best harness solar power

March 2, 2015 4:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A University of Cincinnati research partnership is reporting advances on how to one day make solar cells stronger, lighter, more flexible and less expensive when compared with the current silicon or germanium technology on the market. Yan Jin, a UC doctoral student ...

7 teen inventors who are changing the world

March 2, 2015 12:25 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta + Larry Corby, Digital Artist | Blogs | Comments

As we've moved through Engineers week, we need to take a minute to celebrate kids who are, mostly without the formal training, creating incredible things and making large steps in the medical, consumer, and engineering fields.

How softwarization will affect the Internet of Things

March 2, 2015 11:55 am | by Antonio Manzalini, IEEE Member and Chair of the IEEE Software Defined Networks Initiative, and Senior Manager, Innovation, at Telecom Italia | Blogs | Comments

While Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are mutually beneficial, they are not dependent on each other.

F-35's helmet-mounted display system will cost a small fortune

March 2, 2015 7:47 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You’ve probably heard that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will cost a few shekels. But we don’t usually talk about the other money pit sucking up taxpayer dollars — the F-35’s helmet-mounted display system (HMDS), pegged at an absurd $770,000 apiece....

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From the Top: The past, present, and future of wearable technology

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

By 2025, the wearable technology market is forecasted to become a $70 billion industry. Last year, with major releases in the medical, fitness, and wellness markets, the industry only reached $14 billion. That’s a $56 billion dollar gap to be filled in less than ...

Engineering Newswire: Bicycle hybrid reaches 100 MPH

February 27, 2015 11:45 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

The Raht Racer is calling itself the fastest pedal ride in the world, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph. The vehicle even has air-conditioning, a rear seat and trunk, and is safer than a motorcycle, with a reinforced carbon fiber body, roll cage frame ...

Why this student became a biomedical engineer instead of a doctor

February 27, 2015 9:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Divya Baji, a final year PhD student at the Centre for Doctoral Training, Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, University of Leeds working on a project to develop a novel methodology to test the performance of bone and cartilage substitutions in a natural knee joint using a knee simulator.

Could pilots fly aircraft using their minds?

February 27, 2015 8:12 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The BRAINFLIGHT project has an ambitious goal – complete control over aircraft (or a significantly reduced workload) using nothing but your mind. The team from Tekever and a collection of European researchers recently demonstrated their brain-computer interface (BCI) ...

ORNL signs agreement with Whirlpool Corp. to develop new energy-efficient refrigerator

February 26, 2015 2:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Whirlpool Corporation are collaborating to design a refrigerator that could cut energy use by up to 40 percent compared with current models. The goal of the cooperative research ...

Do you have the right to be disconnected?

February 26, 2015 9:47 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

We are all connected people according to panelists brought together for Engineering Live: The Connected Person on Feb. 25, but the way we balance connectivity and privacy is still being determined by our technology and our society....

Engineering Update #99: An exoskeleton without a power source

February 26, 2015 8:44 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Most wearable exoskeletons are heavy duty contraptions with ravenous power requirements. Lockheed Martin’s Human Universal Load Carrier, or HULC, was a battery, hydraulic-powered load carriage platform designed to carry up to 200 pounds....

3 things kids need to become stellar engineers

February 26, 2015 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Part of the ongoing discussion on STEM is deciphering the perfect formula for introducing kids to engineering or science and keeping them interested enough to consider it for a career.

Elon Musk's solar company to use former Solyndra buildings

February 25, 2015 5:32 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

SolarCity, the California-based solar power company chaired by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, will soon set up shop in the property that formerly housed Solyndra. The two-building, 200,000-square-foot complex in Fremont, California ...

Engineering Live: The Connected Person (On Demand)

February 25, 2015 8:49 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | Videos | Comments

The industry is rife with expanded interconnectivity, operability, and communication. Wearables and the e-health industry is personalizing healthcare beyond anything patients have ever experienced, as the Internet of Things has provided each of us with ...

Company refuses to ship milling machine for 3D-printed firearms

February 25, 2015 8:03 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Ever since Cody Wilson started toying with the idea of perfecting a completely 3D-printed gun, he’s given potential business partners – including 3D-printer manufacturers – the heebie jeebies. Some have outright refused to have their name associated with 3D-printed firearms....

9 experiments that shaped the future of engineering

February 24, 2015 4:21 pm | by Ohio University, Russ College of Engineering. | Blogs | Comments

The electrical research event most people know of is Benjamin Franklin’s Kite & Key. The legend goes that Benjamin Franklin tied a key to a kite and flew that kite in a lightning storm to prove electricity was a natural occurrence.

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