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How emerging technologies are revolutionizing home health care

May 6, 2015 1:42 pm | by Alex Smith | Blogs | Comments

Caring for the elderly, ill, and chronically disabled in the home has always been a challenge. But, just as technology has made every other aspect of life easier, it’s making providing home health care easier, too. Emerging technologies are expanding and ...

Engineering Update #109: NASA’s 10-engine tiltrotor drone

May 6, 2015 1:25 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

At first glance, NASA’s new 10-engine drone looks like someone Frankensteined together a C-130, V-22 Osprey, and a Harrier for good measure. So naturally, they dubbed it the GL-10 Greased Lightning. The Greased Lightning is a battery powered, diesel-electric hybrid....

NASA’s morphing-wing technology could make flying more ... tolerable

May 6, 2015 1:09 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

While NASA experiments with tiltrotor drones capable of switching from aircraft to helicopter mid-air, it’s also testing a shape-changing wing that could save millions in fuel costs and improve the passenger experience. NASA has partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Ann Arbor-based FlexSys ...

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MITEI releases report on the future of solar energy

May 6, 2015 9:12 am | by Melissa Abraham, MIT Energy Initiative | News | Comments

Solar energy holds the best potential for meeting humanity’s future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions — but to realize this potential will require increased emphasis on developing lower-cost technologies and more effective deployment ...

Photos of the Day: An all-electric, 3D-printed Shelby Cobra

May 4, 2015 11:50 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Department of Energy unveiled this bad boy back in January to celebrate the Shelby Cobra’s 50th anniversary. The all-electric, 3D-printed Cobra is constructed from carbon fiber-reinforced ABS from the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine....

Pilot to fly solar plane across Pacific for 5 days, 5 nights

May 4, 2015 9:18 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. André Borschberg, 62, is due to fly over the Pacific Ocean for five days and ...

How an all-girls engineering class is changing education

May 4, 2015 7:23 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Videos | Comments

Say what you will about STEM education, but no one wants the be the "only" in a class. You don't want to be the only senior in a sea of freshman or the only boy in a group of girls or, in this case, the only girl in an engineering class.

Engineering Newswire: Modular robotic vehicle moves like a crab

May 1, 2015 2:20 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg | Videos | Comments

NASA’s modular robotic vehicle, or MRV, was developed to advance technologies for applications in future space and earth vehicles. Some of these technologies include redundant by-wire systems, liquid cooling, motor technology ...

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Making the "case" for durable I/O housings in demanding environments

May 1, 2015 8:06 am | by Kurt Wadowick, I/O and Safety Product Specialist, Beckhoff Automation | Articles | Comments

Regardless of the industry, technologies must deliver peak performance, as well as the necessary reliability and stability to operate 24/7 within industrial environments. In the past, compromises that ensured the required levels of performance were quite common....

Engineering Live: What happened to our fascination with space? (On Demand)

May 1, 2015 8:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Videos | Comments

The 1960s was arguably the most fascinating time in the world of space. Sputnik had been launched just a few years prior and the entire decade ended with the first moon landing. So what happened?

Engineering Update #108: An all-girls engineering class

April 30, 2015 2:52 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Women make up only 14 percent of engineers, and the lack of female engineers in the field has been a topic of much discussion and concern. Morristown High School in Morristown, New Jersey has been experiencing this problem firsthand....

House bill could save the A-10 (for selfish reasons)

April 30, 2015 10:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The House officially introduced a version of the annual defense budget that would save the A-10 Thunderbolt II. And this little proxy war is a perfect illustration of the ugly politics behind the F-35 and, really, defense programs in general....

Photos of the Day: Toyota to provide first hydrogen-fueled pace car

April 29, 2015 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A hydrogen-fueled vehicle will lead the field at a NASCAR race for the first time when a 2016 Toyota Mirai serves as the official pace car Saturday night at Richmond. The midsize sedan uses no gasoline and emits only water vapor....

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What Does IoT + Big Data Mean to You?

April 27, 2015 4:38 pm | by David Belanger, Senior Research Fellow in the Business Intelligence and Analysis Program at Stevens Institute of Technology and co-leader of the IEEE Big Data Initiative | Blogs | Comments

As you think these through, I have a piece of advice. Think very broadly about the data that you have or might generate. There is a wealth of open source data available from the government and many other sources.

X-47B completes world’s first autonomous aerial refueling

April 27, 2015 11:52 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You might remember the X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator as the first drone to execute a carrier landing. And now this semi-autonomous jet-powered craft has hit another milestone – the first Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) operation.

Scientists create cheaper magnetic material for cars, wind turbines

April 27, 2015 9:10 am | by DOE/Ames Laboratory | News | Comments

Karl A. Gschneidner and fellow scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have created a new magnetic alloy that is an alternative to traditional rare-earth permanent magnets. The new alloy--a potential replacement for high-performance ...

How this student went from watching the fish tank to diving with whale sharks

April 23, 2015 2:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Growing up, my family had a huge fish tank in our office that I would sit in front of for hours like it was a television set.

Hubble celebrates 25 years with this incredible photo

April 23, 2015 12:24 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

First of all, let's wish a happy 25th birthday to the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, which will reach a quarter century of providing incredible information and pictures on Friday, April 24th.

Self-driving vehicles could cost an extra $10,000

April 23, 2015 8:01 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Will self-driving vehicles lead to increased automotive safety? Probably. Will they have run up against entrenched cultural attitudes and a fear of change? Maybe. But will they cost more? Almost certainly. Got an extra 10 grand lying around?

Engineering Update #107: The first 3D-printed, battery powered rocket

April 22, 2015 12:53 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

A month ago, we discussed the world’s first 3D-printed jet engine from Australia’s Monash University. Not to be outdone, a Lockheed Martin-funded startup has created a rocket that is not only 3D-printed but which uses batteries instead of traditional fuel....

This is Canada's new smart gun

April 22, 2015 7:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Our Canadian brethren take a lot of flack for their peacekeeping and polite stereotypes, but that doesn't mean they're not developing the weapons of the future.

How the Blue Angels are changing the future of aviation

April 20, 2015 12:47 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The Blue Angels are generally regarded as some of the most talented and esteemed pilots in the world.

Turning packing peanuts into energy efficient batteries

April 20, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Researchers at Purdue University have discovered a way to transform those scrunchy little pieces of styrofoam into an energy efficient battery. Turns out that the very qualities that make them a stout companion for your fragile parcels – their lightweight, porous nature ...

Avoiding surprises in product development

April 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by Gary Burton, Jr., Director of Business Development, Burton Industries | Blogs | Comments

Everyone hates non-recurring engineering (NRE) charges and it may seem like a pleasant surprise when a contractor with design engineering capabilities offers a discount that eliminates some or all of these charges. If the work stays at the contractor, there may be no downside....

Engineering Newswire: NASA prepares to crash into Mercury

April 17, 2015 9:50 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

At the end of this month, and after more than 10 years in space, NASA's MESSENGER mission will end when the spacecraft crashes into Mercury at more than 8,750 miles per hour. An on-board altimeter, which mapped Mercury's surface ...

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