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Engineers aren't (just) nerds

June 1, 2015 9:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Engineers have a bit of a bad reputation as curmudgeonly, paper-pushing nerds. But they're not all paper-pushing nerds...

Insect mating behavior has lessons for drones

June 1, 2015 8:56 am | by University of California - Riverside | News | Comments

Can understanding such insect behavior be useful for robotics research? Yes, according to two entomologists whose research using computer simulations shows that such insect behavior has implications for airborne robots (drones) that ply the sky searching for signature odors...

Marketing: Sometimes it actually is rocket science

May 29, 2015 3:13 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Behind many of these advertisements lies an exact science — based on rocket science, in fact — powered by MIT “programmatic marketing” startup DataXu...

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Researchers explore ways to develop prosthetic hands capable of providing sensory feedback

May 29, 2015 2:19 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

Researchers are exploring new approaches to designing prosthetic hands capable of providing sensory feedback...

Coating on condensers could make power plants more efficient

May 29, 2015 2:12 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Most of the world’s electricity-producing power plants — whether powered by coal, natural gas, or nuclear fission — make electricity by generating steam that turns a turbine...

Apple buys maker of futuristic augmented-reality software

May 29, 2015 12:00 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple has bought a company that makes augmented-reality software, which adds information or images to real-world scenes when viewed through a special headset or even a smartphone camera...

New digital TV standard in the US improves radioelectric spectrum

May 29, 2015 10:07 am | by University of the Basque Country | News | Comments

The Signal Processing and Radiocommunications group of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country has developed, in collaboration with other groups, a new technique for using TV channels on the UHF band, which significantly improves the use of the radioelectric spectrum. This system has been chosen as the technology for the new digital standard in North America...

Google unveils Android's latest technological tricks

May 29, 2015 9:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google's next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple in the quest to make their technology indispensable...

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Electrical engineer's research pushing batteries to their limits

May 29, 2015 9:32 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

A University of Texas at Arlington engineering researcher is working to determine how oversized a battery has to be while operating safely and efficiently during its lifetime of use by the U.S. Navy...

Defense firms conduct casualty evacuations using unmanned aircraft

May 29, 2015 9:26 am | by Matt Cox, Defense Talk | News | Comments

One day soon, combat units may evacuate their wounded from the battlefield with the help of unmanned aircraft...

OSU researchers prove magnetism can control heat and sound

May 29, 2015 9:19 am | by Ohio Supercomputer Center | News | Comments

Phonons--the elemental particles that transmit both heat and sound--have magnetic properties, according to a landmark study supported by Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) services and recently published by a researcher group from The Ohio State University...

$5 million NASA grant will help develop next generation rocket engines using liquid methane

May 29, 2015 9:10 am | by The University of Texas at El Paso | News | Comments

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) has been awarded a $5 million grant from NASA to develop the next generation of rocket engines using liquid methane...

New lab can create hurricane conditions on demand

May 29, 2015 8:58 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers trying to figure out what makes some hurricanes strengthen into catastrophic monsters have a new lab that allows them to generate tropical storm conditions with the flip of a switch...

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What it's like to design custom fire trucks

May 28, 2015 3:48 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The company I currently work for builds and designs custom fire trucks. I primarily work on exhaust and intercooler systems, but I also help design other chassis components...

Airbus develops new multirole jammer for military platforms

May 28, 2015 2:30 pm | by Airbus Defence and Space | News | Comments

Airbus Defence and Space has developed a new system that can protect military vehicles against radio-controlled improvised explosive devices...

Watch a robotic cockroach launch a robotic bird off of its back

May 28, 2015 1:55 pm | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

2 robots are better than 1, especially when they work as a team...

Air Force developing swarms of mini-drones

May 28, 2015 10:15 am | by Kris Osborn, Defense Tech | News | Comments

The Air Force is in the early phases of developing swarms of mini-drones designed to overwhelm and confuse enemy radar systems or blanket an area with multiple sensors at the same time...

Engineering Update #112: Record-breaking hydrogen car

May 28, 2015 9:40 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

A hydrogen powered racing car built by Tu Delft has successful completed a lap on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, which makes it the fastest...

NASA begins testing Mars lander for next mission to red planet

May 28, 2015 9:40 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Testing is underway on NASA's next mission on the journey to Mars, a stationary lander scheduled to launch in March 2016...

GoPro gets real ... virtually real

May 28, 2015 9:15 am | by AP Technology | News | Comments

Shares of GoPro's are rising before the opening bell after the company's CEO said the company is getting into the drone and virtual reality business...

US Army’s mid-tier radio advances battlefield network

May 28, 2015 8:57 am | by Army News Service | News | Comments

With vehicles that are equipped with a new high-bandwidth networking radio, Soldiers can move across the battlefield, rapidly exchanging mission-critical voice messages, images and video with their commanders...

New algorithm lets autonomous robots divvy up assembly tasks on the fly

May 28, 2015 8:53 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Today's industrial robots are remarkably efficient -- as long as they're in a controlled environment where everything is exactly where they expect it to be...

Android, iOS lose share to Windows as smartphone shipments decline

May 27, 2015 12:13 pm | News | Comments

While not much of a surprise, International Data Corporation (IDC) has released new numbers that confirm slowing growth for smartphones...

Tablets can help elderly cross the 'digital divide'

May 27, 2015 12:06 pm | by Michigan State University | News | Comments

One way to help the elderly cross what's known as the "digital divide" is the use of tablets, those smaller, lighter, easy-to-use computers that seem to be taking the place of laptops...

Charter buying Time Warner Cable as TV viewers go online

May 27, 2015 11:59 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up...

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