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Engineering Newswire: Bulletproof laptop bag could save your life

March 20, 2015 10:22 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg, Ben Munson | Videos | Comments

If you need to stop speeding projectiles but bulletproof vests are just too bulky, maybe a bulletproof laptop bag is the next best thing. The MTS Multi-Threat Shield by Force Training Institute should have you covered, literally. It’s a three-foot ballistic shield ...

Is a family of engineers the best kind of role model? (Yes.)

March 20, 2015 9:58 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Mary Scherer, Ohio State sophomore in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineers for Community Service (ECOS) Project Team Leader, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Secretary

Clean energy future: New cheap and efficient electrode for splitting water

March 19, 2015 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UNSW Australia scientists have developed a highly efficient oxygen-producing electrode for splitting water that has the potential to be scaled up for industrial production of the clean energy fuel, hydrogen. The new technology is based on an inexpensive, specially coated ...

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Imperfect graphene opens door to better fuel cells

March 19, 2015 1:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The honeycomb structure of pristine graphene is beautiful, but Northwestern University scientists, together with collaborators from five other institutions, have discovered that if the graphene naturally has a few tiny holes in it, you have a proton-selective membrane that could ...

Hidden benefits of electric vehicles revealed

March 19, 2015 12:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electric vehicles are cool, research shows. Literally. A study in this week's Scientific Reports by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) and in China add more fuel to the already hot debate about whether electric vehicles ...

Engineering Update #102: Goodyear's electricity generating tire

March 19, 2015 11:21 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

We’ve all heard of regenerative-braking, where kinetic energy from brakes is captured and returned to the vehicle’s batteries. Most of the popular hybrid and pure electric vehicles like the Prius, Tesla Roadster, and Chevy Volt use some form of regenerative breaking....

The future of government and military space

March 19, 2015 11:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Earlier this week, I took a ride down to the nation’s capital for the Satellite 2015 expo and was fortunate enough to attend the panel “The Future of Government and Military Space: Safe Bets and Bold Predictions.” Moderated by Vice Admiral Lyle Bien (Ret.) and sporting an esteemed panel ...

Why are smart meters so dumb?

March 19, 2015 8:44 am | by Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak - Cees.links@greenpeak.com | Blogs | Comments

At the recent CES show in Las Vegas, everyone was talking about the Smart Home and the Internet of Things. We are seeing predictions that this will soon be a very big market — 20 billion dollars a year or more! But if you look around and try to see how many smart homes devices ...

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Would you win a dodgeball fight with a robot?

March 18, 2015 4:18 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Most readers of a certain age group--before the game was banned because someone knew someone who had their eye ripped out by a ball--will recall with a mixture of fear and excitement the experiences of playing dodge ball in gym class.

Here's what Buzz Aldrin thinks about a trip to Mars

March 18, 2015 12:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

News outlets everywhere have been drooling over the idea of the Mars One mission, despite a few massive holes--financial and technological--in the plan, but it's always interesting to read how die-hard space fans feel about it.

Inflatable satellite antennas reduce the military’s burden

March 18, 2015 12:31 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

GATR Technologies’ portable satellite antennas aren’t hot off the presses, but seeing them in person at the Satellite 2015 Expo in Washington DC was mesmerizing. The inflatable communications hubs are amongst ...

How ethernet will save the connected car

March 18, 2015 10:59 am | by Martin Nuss, Vitesse Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

Mobility is a given in today’s hyper-connected world. This is especially true in cars where, at least in the U.S. – the second largest automobile market...

What's your best idea for Sci-Fi inspired technology?

March 18, 2015 10:47 am | by Sagar Jethani, Head of Content, element14 | Blogs | Comments

What’s your favorite science fiction movie? Maybe it’s a classic, like Star Wars: Episode IV, or a more modern film like Interstellar.

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Photos of the Day: The Satellite 2015 expo

March 18, 2015 9:33 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

SATELLITE 2015 had "communications solutions for every end-user of satellite communications and serves a wide range of markets including: commercial, enterprise, broadcast, broadband, scientific research, maritime ...

Engineering Live: How Do We Keep Students in STEM? (On Demand)

March 18, 2015 8:11 am | 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).

Pakistan unveils first armed domestic drone

March 16, 2015 1:20 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

As we’ve all adjusted to the new paradigm of “asymmetrical” warfare, militaries have embraced drones as the premier tool against worldwide insurgencies. And with its “Buraq” indigenous armed drone, Pakistan is the latest member of the UAV club....

Engineering Newswire: Elio unveils engine prototype for 3-wheel, 84 MPG car

March 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Melisa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

The tiny 3 wheeled Elio has a projected top speed of more than 100 mph, and a goal of up to 84 mpg. Now, the company has unveiled its new 0.9 liter, 3-cylinder engine prototype. And with the goal of ...

Supersonic car gets armor plating

March 16, 2015 9:56 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

When a car is traveling at 1,000 miles per hour, sometimes things get weird. One of several design challenges faced by the Bloodhound Supersonic car, built in the UK both as an educational tool and to break the land speed record....

What it's like to fly a CV-22 Osprey

March 16, 2015 8:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The CV-22 Osprey is arguably one of the coolest aircraft around.

Why I dream of working at SpaceX with Elon Musk

March 13, 2015 4:18 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Ishmeet Grewal, a Junior Computer Science and Engineering Student at The Ohio State University.

Harnessing the tides

March 13, 2015 2:04 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Solar and wind often dominate the alternative energy conversation, but a rarely discussed, though increasingly popular, third option exists in gathering energy from the tides. Among its many attributes, tidal power or marine and hydrokinetic power (MKP) is cyclical....

Sensors and the Internet of Things

March 13, 2015 9:23 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

On its current trajectory, global IP traffic should to grow over the five-year interval from 2013 to 2018 at a CAGR of 21% from 107 to 247 exabytes per month, according to the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index report. Consumer traffic dominates the trend, accounting for about 80% ...

F-35 won’t provide sufficient close-air support until 2022

March 13, 2015 8:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Officials with the Joint Strike Fighter program recently announced that the F-35 won’t be able to utilize the military’s top close-air support bomb, the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II), until 2022, five years after the SDB II enters service in 2017....

Engineering Update #101: Air traffic control for drones

March 12, 2015 1:35 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

When the FAA ruled that drones had to be kept in line sight of the pilots, it put a definite damper on the UAV jubilee, but it wasn’t long before people started coming up with creative ideas to get around the draconian law. These ideas included things like a potential loophoop in onboard real time cameras ...

Growing microgrid market enhanced by Li-ion batteries

March 12, 2015 12:03 pm | by Jim McDowall, Business Development Manager at Saft | Articles | Comments

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are enabling utility providers to rely less on traditional sources, such as diesel, and more on solar and wind energy as part of a growing market. The increasing reliance on li-ion batteries allows islands, military bases, independent facilities ...

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