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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 ...

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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.

Here's what it takes to to win a robotics competition

February 24, 2015 4:12 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When you think college campus, you might think classes, parties, and dorms, but for some students at the University of Illinois at Chicago the college experience is all about the robots. Well, maybe not ALL about the robots, but there is a serious devotion to robotics among the members of the Chicago Engineering Design Team.

The little engine that could (run on batteries)

February 24, 2015 12:18 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Britain’s first battery-powered passenger train hummed down the tracks in January and February, completing a six-week passenger trial designed to show the British rail industry the benefits of replacing some ...

Fossil fuel divestment effort comes to energy-rich Colorado

February 23, 2015 4:36 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A campaign to get universities to stop investing in greenhouse gas-producing fuels came deep into energy country Friday as activists asked the University of Colorado to divest from coal and petroleum companies. The university's governing Board of Regents ...

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Creating technology through collaboration

February 23, 2015 2:53 pm | by Vandana Lokeshwar, Senior Technology Development Manager, Premier Farnell | Blogs | Comments

The landscape of embedded systems product development has changed considerably over the last few decades, leading to more complex requirements on the computing core, IO and memory of the systems.

Engineering Live: AC vs. DC II (On Demand)

February 23, 2015 12:23 pm | Videos | Comments

In 2014, we assembled an expert panel to discuss the old war of currents, AC vs. DC, Edison vs. Tesla, and we came … to a split decision. On this Engineering Live broadcast, our expert panel dove deeper into the AC vs. DC debate, with a focus on data centers. Data centers ...

This drone delivery service is less efficient than Amazon’s

February 23, 2015 8:37 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

So if the FAA regulates your business from existence, the answer is to make it even less efficient? Huh? In case you haven’t heard the news (or saw the firestorm on this site), the FAA belatedly released its suggested rules for domestic drones....

Engineering Newswire: The next-gen smart gun

February 20, 2015 1:27 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Since 2009, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has been waiting for their new and improved Smart Gun. Until last week when Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC) and Colt Canda, unveiled the new prototype. The main weapon contains ...

Game of Phones: Etiquette is coming

February 20, 2015 8:07 am | by www.workfront.com | Blogs | Comments

In the land of office phone etiquette, war is coming.

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Is DC power the way of the future?

February 20, 2015 8:01 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The war of the currents still rages ... politely, as ECN gathered panelists earlier this month to talk about AC vs. DC, Tesla vs. Edison, data centers, and the future of power engineering on Engineering Live....

Would you volunteer to die alone on Mars?

February 19, 2015 3:21 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Has it always been a dream of yours to die alone on Mars? Perhaps you enjoy working 20-hour days and then returning to the living quarters you will share with the same 24 people for the rest of your life?

Building a perpetual-flight drone with Stanford’s UAV Club

February 19, 2015 2:59 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. This week, Digital Editor Jason Lomberg shines the light on Stanford's UAV Club and an enthusiastic new member, Natalie Muenster. Her goal is to help create a perpetual-flight UAV as a proof-of-concept....

Engineering Update #98: The FAA’s proposed rules for commercial drones

February 19, 2015 12:10 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Domestic drones represent a potential goldmine – quite possibly the greatest business opportunity since the automobile – and a plethora of different companies have proposed various commercial applications. But one of the biggest roadblocks to any sort of mass deployment ...

Russia's new fuel allows cruise missiles to exceed Mach 5

February 19, 2015 9:51 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The Cold War may be over, but don’t tell Russia. They’ve just taken the lead in a brand new hypersonic arms race with a fuel that allows cruise missiles to fly 5x the speed of sound. The fuel would allow specially designed cruise missiles ...

7 engineering advances that could change the world

February 18, 2015 11:38 am | by Ohio University | Blogs | Comments

Advances in computer and electrical engineering have been revolutionary over the past few decades, changing the way we live, work and play. From new advances in medicine to automotive technology and biotechnology, electrical and computer engineering has made great strides when it comes to improving the overall quality of life.

FAA's proposed rules would cripple domestic drone industry

February 17, 2015 5:34 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Domestic drones represent a potential goldmine. But the FAA's proposed rules for domestic drone operation could thwart a promising business opportunity in its infancy. The FAA's regulations would flat out kill Amazon Prime Air....

Everything you need to know about the Hubble's successor

February 17, 2015 11:31 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever wondered what happens after the Hubble? The Hubble Space Telescope has a successor, and it's called the James Webb Space Telescope

This is the first female electrical engineer in the U.S.

February 17, 2015 10:38 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Edith Clarke had a lot of "firsts" for women in engineering. She was the first woman to receive a degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT, the first woman to present a paper to the American Institute of...

How one lab is changing students' lives

February 13, 2015 10:35 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Students 2 Science is an organization designed to help students experience what conducting an experiment in a real lab is like with an eventual goal of Inspiring, Motivating, and Educating Students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics....

This website creates a no fly zone for drones

February 13, 2015 10:23 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Hate drones so much that you’d rather shoot them down than tolerate their presence on your property? NoFlyZone.org has a safer solution than spraying buckshot into the air. No Fly Zone, a consortium of seven drone manufacturers, allows ...

China wind power capacity jumps to record high

February 13, 2015 9:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China boosted its installed wind energy capacity last year to a record 19.81 million kilowatts as the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter tries to switch its power grid to cleaner energy sources. The National Energy Administration said Thursday ...

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