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ECN Time Warp: April 1994

August 22, 2014 9:43 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Prior to the Web, news delivery was not so instantaneous. New product news was delivered each month to our engineering audience through ECN’s print edition. Some old covers of ECN Magazine have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years....

Engineering Newswire: Giant darts probe Mars for signs of life

August 22, 2014 8:46 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

There is a new Indiegogo campaign, and it’s mission: To find life on Mars. Explore Mars, Inc. believes that in order to find life on mars, we must look deep beneath the surface instead of just scratching it like we have been with rover bots and cameras....

Engineering Update 72: 3D-printed Army chow

August 21, 2014 11:02 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Anyone who doesn’t enjoy the taste of burnt cardboard could tell you that the Army isn’t known for its fine culinary selections. While troops can eat surprisingly well in Iraq and Afghanistan, for the most part, the military subsists on odious chow hall food or the infamous Meals Ready to Eat (or MREs)....

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Experts: 90% of medical records are vulnerable to hackers

August 21, 2014 10:47 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Many tech-savvy people take major precautions to guard themselves against hackers by encrypting their personal data and protecting their Wi-Fi at home. Sadly, hospitals and clinics haven’t taken those same precautions and are under attack by data breaches and hacking. They are being hit harder than any other industry, even more than the banking and military industries combined....

This is what a solar-powered sailboat would look like

August 21, 2014 8:43 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Just when you think designers can’t design anything you’ll enjoy more than a 3D-printed violin, they came up with a solar-powered sailboat. The Kira Sail Yacht is designed to “bridge the gap between the sail and motor yacht” and it is gorgeous....

UAV and F/A-18 land on carrier together

August 20, 2014 12:01 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

While unmanned aerial vehicles won’t replace the manned variety anytime soon, UAVs could operate alongside conventional air power in the very near future. Case in point: The Navy recently executed a carrier landing with the F/A-18 and the X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle....

5 essential building blocks for a thriving work culture

August 20, 2014 8:35 am | by Adam Witty, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

What makes a successful business thrive? That’s what eight out of 10 new entrepreneurs would like to know, because their businesses fail within the first 18 months, according to Bloomberg. Staff your team with A-players; they’re worth the wait....

UTSA researcher awarded $38K+ to evaluate energy efficiency options for historic homes

August 19, 2014 3:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of UTSA researchers has been awarded a nearly $40,000 grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), an office of the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Department of the Interior. The grant will fund a one-year study of the energy efficiency....

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5 ways to steal your innovations

August 19, 2014 2:38 pm | by Mike Collins | Blogs | Comments

It is the dream of most small manufacturers to invent a new product and sell it to a larger company to handle all of the manufacturing and marketing. The dream includes getting a big upfront payment and then relaxing as the royalty or other payments come in....

Mini-camera separates suicide bombers from citizens

August 19, 2014 10:45 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

If you're ever in China for business (or vacation), you had better hope that you don't have a particularly stressful day because new technology might flag you as a suicide bomber. Security fears and attacks in public places have Chinese authorities turning to less traditional means of detecting potential killers before they act....

Infographic: The rise of the Internet of Things

August 19, 2014 10:27 am | by Jabil, Inc. | News | Comments

The past 25 years of Internet growth was fueled by human communications. The next 25 years of Internet growth will be fueled by machines. Welcome to the Internet of Things, one of the next big developments in our connected world and arguably what could define technology for the foreseeable future....

The one thing engineers regret about their careers

August 18, 2014 10:09 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

If only they knew then what they know now, who knows what would have happened? It’s a lamentable thought, but, short of the invention of some sort of time machine, the best engineers can do is offer their advice to the younger generation. It might be nice to go back and make a few changes, but considering over half of you consider engineering “your home” and made it very clear you’d do it all over again...

Energy: Magic or science?

August 18, 2014 9:08 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Energy: It is all around us; we use it every day. But let’s stick with electrical energy. We have many ways of generating this needed labor-saving device. You may question that, but think about it: Everything that we use every day is some type of labor-saving device, and it runs on some form of energy....

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Why home automation is changing the pet world

August 18, 2014 8:10 am | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

The increasing popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) is driven by a desire for connectivity, creeping into our daily routines at an exponential rate. The more we see of it and use it, the more we want from it. The adage of “if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want a glass of milk” couldn’t be more applicable to the usage of the Internet in our lives. This is where the impending IoT home revolution comes into play.

Engineering Newswire: Marine’s driverless jeep built on a growler

August 15, 2014 8:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate, Autonomous Internally Transportable Vehicle or GUSS AITV for short, is built on an M1161 Growler, a smaller vehicle than its predecessor, who was named just GUSS. Using a Commercial Off-The-Shelf sensor suite ...

4 best practices for protecting trademarks when entering the Chinese market

August 14, 2014 3:33 pm | by Wendy Wu (MWE China), Jennifer Mikulina & Han Jason Yu | Articles | Comments

Working with a team of experienced trademark counsel in the U.S. and China is a critical to launching a successful expansion of a brand into China. This article provides a set of checklists to guide companies, including the preliminary steps....

Engineering Update #71: A $52 million dollar car

August 14, 2014 1:20 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of the Engineering Update: A $52 million dollar car — The Ferrari GTO 250 weighs in at 1980 pounds and has a 300 horsepower v8 engine. It gets its sleek shape from placing aluminum over a wood frame and hammering it, by hand, into shape.....

Navy to deploy vehicle-based laser weapon

August 14, 2014 11:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. Navy recently awarded an $11 million contract to Raytheon to develop a vehicle-based, short-range laser weapon capable of defeating low-flying threats like enemy drones. Raytheon’s directed-energy weapon will comply with the Office of Naval Research (ONR)....

6 reasons to consider overseas engineering jobs

August 14, 2014 8:23 am | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

How far would you travel for your dream job? To another city? Another state? Why limit yourself, when your skills are in demand, worldwide? Engineering principles don’t change at the border, so why not explore all your options and look for work....

In technology we trust

August 12, 2014 3:19 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Within twenty years, hands-free driving will be a reality. The prediction (at least for freeway driving), from Jim Toal, senior manager of product marketing, Vishay Optoelectronics has me in a state of skeptical excitement. While I’m ready for the day when I can hit “Home” ...

Career advice from the ECN engineers

August 12, 2014 10:23 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A few months ago, we asked our engineers (that’s you guys) a few questions about how you felt about retirement, engineering, and the future of the industry. (Check out the infographic or the Whiteboard in our August issue.) While we learned a lot from our experienced engineers (turns out most are happy with their careers), we also asked for some advice for engineers in the future.

Satisfying our power hunger

August 11, 2014 10:27 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Design engineers continue to push the low-power envelope, particularly in mobile devices. Low power was a common theme at Sensors Expo 2014, held for the final time at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL from June 24th to the 26th....

Self-assembling robot walks in minutes

August 11, 2014 9:49 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There have been major advances in robotics in the past couple years as far as personification and an expansion of applications. Some robots are even being designed to carry gear in active warzones (and look creepy as hell doing it.) This tiny robot from Harvard microrobotics engineers Sam Felton and Robot Wood brings something else entirely to the table....

Infographic: Battery drain and how to stop it

August 11, 2014 8:53 am | News | Comments

In this Infographic, "Infographic: Battery drain and how to stop it": Despite huge advances in technology, battery drain is an ongoing problem. Is it ever going to be solved? And, more importantly, what can we do to extend the life of our batteries in the meantime?

Why Russia’s anti-blogger law should terrify you

August 11, 2014 7:26 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

In case you missed it, Russia isn’t exactly copasetic with the whole “democracy” thing. Case in point: Vladimir Putin recently turned bloggers into vassals of the state. The law destroys online anonymity and makes bloggers responsible for third-party users on their sites....

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