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Engineering Newswire: NISTAR fights global warming

January 23, 2015 10:40 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

NISTAR is an instrument set to fly aboard the weather-observing spacecraft called the Deep Space Climate Observatory or DSCOVR. It's intent? To measure the Earth's radiation budget. One of two Earth science instruments aboard DSCOVR ...

6 data center trends for 2015

January 23, 2015 8:24 am | by Emerson Network Power | Blogs | Comments

Emerson Network Power identified six data center trends that will grow in importance in 2015 as...

Why a future engineer picked Princeton

January 23, 2015 7:55 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Michael Whitmore, a senior at Morris Knolls High School in New Jersey, (and the son of ECN'...

How the air force wasted $8.8 billion on drones

January 22, 2015 4:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

So we all know that drones are on the rise in the military, but just how expensive is this fancy...

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China's J-20 and J-31 stealth fighters based on stolen F-35 documents

January 22, 2015 2:03 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

So depending on how frightened you are of the Shenyang J-31 — and how it stacks up to the F-35 — this could come as a huge relief. After all, if the vaunted J-20 and J-31 stealth fighter jets are based, in part, on the Joint Strike Fighter, the former isn’t ...

The future of NASA, the ISS, and women in STEM

January 22, 2015 1:09 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

About 130 middle and high school students got the chance to speak with astronauts and leading scientists from NASA and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) at the third annual State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) event on ...

New York City’s largest wind turbine stands 160-feet tall

January 22, 2015 10:05 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Sunset Park in Brooklyn gained New York City’s first commercial-scale wind turbine on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The almost 160-foot tall wind turbine will power Sunset Park’s Material Recovery Facility, the principal sorting and separation center for New York City’s ...

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Engineering Update #94: A quantum dot-powered laser

January 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Quantum dots have only recently gained traction in the consumer display market, but they were discovered back in 1981, and their utility appears to be growing. Scientists at Princeton used these semiconductor nanocrystals with quantum mechanical properties to design ...

GM's new affordable electric car could upstage Tesla

January 21, 2015 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With the introduction of an affordable electric car that can go 200 miles on a single charge, General Motors is setting up a showdown with Tesla to sell an electric vehicle to the masses. It may also upstage a car of its own. GM on Monday unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt....

App creates fake boyfriends or girlfriends

January 21, 2015 9:32 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The reality show “Catfish” purports to expose fraud in the online dating world — a “catfish” creates a fake online identity to fool potential suitors. But a new app takes it one step further, conjuring boyfriends and girlfriends from thin air. The company claims that ...

Innovative smart home system lands in the Netherlands

January 20, 2015 12:27 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

DigitalSTROM, the Swiss-German company behind a smart home system that utilizes a house’s existing electrical network, announced its expansion into the Dutch market on Thursday, Jan. 2. The Netherlands will be the fourth core market for the company....

Navy to launch communication satellite Tuesday

January 20, 2015 10:43 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Blast off! The MUOS-3, a Lockheed Martin-built Navy communications satellite, is expected to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 20. It will head into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket....

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Data analytics lend wireless sensors power to change lives

January 20, 2015 8:54 am | by David Allan, President, Virtuix Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Walking the aisles at CES, you were hard-pressed to find a single product that doesn’t contain at least one sensor. The latest iPhones add a barometric sensor to at least a dozen others. By some predictions, a trillion-sensor world is not far off. Yet what benefits ...

How to bridge the Open Compute gap when you’re not Facebook

January 20, 2015 7:12 am | by Ward Williams, ProLabs | Blogs | Comments

Engineers in the data-center business are probably following the Open Compute Project (OCP) closely. The Facebook-led project began in 2011 to build a data center from the ground up, scaling infrastructure more efficiently and economically. In short, it provides engineers...

Argonne model analyzes biofuel impacts

January 16, 2015 2:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new version of an online tool created by the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory will help biofuels developers gain a detailed understanding of water consumption of various types of feedstocks, aiding development of ...

From troubled teen to future robotics expert

January 16, 2015 12:03 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Freya Wilhelm, a senior at Lower East Side Preparatory High School, and captain of the FRC team, 4263, the Cyber Dragons. Wilhelm: "FIRST changed my life. First and foremost, it allowed me to come clean. In my old school, I realized art just wasn't what I wanted to do as a career. I became depressed and turned to substance abuse and escapism..."

This is what it will cost you for a vacation in space

January 16, 2015 10:15 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It's the dream of many people to go to space (not this claustrophobic editor but other people), but only a few meet the rigorous academic and physical standards to become an astronaut and fulfill those dreams. Most of us just become accountants, engineers, writers, or opera...

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Engineering Newswire: Ford’s carbon-fiber supercar

January 16, 2015 9:19 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

This week, Ford has unveiled its all-new GT featuring the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever — a new twin-turbocharged V6 that produces more than 600 horsepower. The engine will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle for ...

The home of the future

January 16, 2015 8:43 am | by Cees Links, CEO, GreenPeak Technologies | Articles | Comments

The evolution towards the smart home and the day when sensors truly integrate intelligence with your house and your smart phone is well on its way. This process has been in progress for many years and can be broken down into three phases: The Connected Home ...

Notes from an IoT Forum

January 16, 2015 8:34 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

I recently attended an Internet of Things (IoT) forum in Cambridge, MA, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of presentation, the quantity of interaction, and the technical depth of discussion. For a meeting unaffiliated with a larger technical conference or trade show ...

Why quantum dots are the next big display technology

January 16, 2015 7:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Nestled in between the bloated 4K, 8K, and “Beyond 4K” TVs at this year’s CES was an older lighting technology that’s just now gaining traction with consumer display manufacturers — quantum dots. The inimitable display tech — essentially a semiconductor nanocrystal ...

The extreme environment of MILSPEC

January 16, 2015 7:21 am | by Major General Steve Sargeant, USAF (Ret.), and CEO of Marvin Test Solutions | Articles | Comments

While many industries benefit from more durable test equipment, the term “rugged test and measurement” reaches new heights when it comes to military specifications that include extreme temperature, vibration, humidity, and salt requirements....

Engineering Update #93: A hybrid motorcycle for US Special Forces

January 15, 2015 11:22 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

For most people, a fully electric car is about as affordable as it is practical, but Chevy has taken on at least one of those problems with it’s newest reveal of a fully-electric Bolt for just $30,000. Based on lessons learned from Chevy’s hyprid Volt and Spark ...

The smart UAVs solution

January 15, 2015 11:10 am | by Andrew Simpson, Content Developer, Gumstix, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Few things have captivated the technology world’s imagination over the last two years like unmanned aerial vehicles. From airborne home videos, to lifting tanks out of the sea in a swarm, both the fun and practical applications of UAVs seem virtually limitless....

Can this robot solve a Rubik's Cube faster than a person?

January 15, 2015 9:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It can be challenging to get kids involved in STEM because it's a pretty vast array of subjects and it can be highly technical, which makes it difficult to relate to. With that in mind, there has been a big push to create ways for students to learn the skills of engineering or ...

My new New Year’s resolutions (sort of)

January 15, 2015 8:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Happy New Year, engineers! January is usually a time of year where I reflect on the past and think about things that I should be doing in 2015. I say should mostly because I’ve never really used that gym membership (but I do come up with increasingly creative excuses) ...

The SSL/TLS handshake

January 14, 2015 12:15 pm | by Bernard Vachon, Engineering Director, Cardinal Peak | Articles | Comments

Last April, the Heartbleed bug caused us to update all our passwords. Then in September, the Shellshock bug forced Linux users to update their bash shell. More recently, the Poodle exploit put an end to SSL 3.0. Network security is constantly ...

What will be the "must-have" consumer product in 2015?

January 14, 2015 9:31 am | Broadcom Corp., Quicklogic Corporation | Articles | Comments

The market has witnessed an increasing number of consumers who prefer large-screen smartphones, considered to be devices with 4.7-inch screens or larger. Apple’s recent launch of two larger-screen iPhones reflects what many analysts see ...

Top 10 from CES 2015: Quantum dots are for real

January 14, 2015 9:06 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show is arguably the single most important event of the year. And with 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, 3,600 exhibitors, and more than 170,000 attendees — every one of which we got to dodge en route to each appointment ...

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