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Engineering Update 80: China’s hypersonic glide vehicle could evade US missile defense

October 14, 2014 | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The Pentagon recently announced that China has successfully tested a hypersonic glide vehicle which can evade US missile defense systems and deliver nuclear warheads before we have time to react. The missile delivery system, codenamed the WU-14 ...

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Engineering Update #81: Mysterious robot plane returns to earth

October 16, 2014 9:06 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The US government gets to do a lot of things that might get your average citizen in trouble, including having a super-secret, super cool, autonomous spy plane with absolutely zero intention of ever talking about what in the world its doing....

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HotSpot: Breaking Bad habits with shock therapy app

October 8, 2014 9:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot: Whitbread PLC, the UK’s largest hotel group, is taking that same idea and applying it to its new hotel concept, "hub by Premier Inn," which will target major UK city centers such as London and Edinburgh. This particular inn ...

The life of a fighter jet mechanic

October 3, 2014 11:34 am | by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs | Comments

Tools clang and the clock ticks as time narrows, several pairs of grease-stained boots can be seen darting back and forth beneath a lifeless fighter jet as Airmen work relentlessly to repair their bird for flight. Though the pressure appears prevalent ...

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Engineering Newswire: Lockheed Martin wreaks havoc in extreme off-road testing

October 3, 2014 11:26 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

After ten days of testing, Lockheed Martin’s Havoc 8x8 Armored Modular Vehicle has successfully completed the Nevada Automotive Test Center’s Butte Mountain Trail course. A mile long course, and one of the most intense off-road test tracks in the world ...

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Engineering Live: The Global Explosion of M2M Connections

October 2, 2014 3:24 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

New research from Berg Insight states that the global number of mobile network connections used for wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication will increase by 21% in 2014 to reach 213.9 million at the year-end. Over the next five years ...

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HotSpot: Don’t microwave your iPhone

October 1, 2014 8:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

A group of Internet pranksters known as 4-chan released an ad that suggested Apple's new operating system, iOS 8, was so advanced that you could "wave charge your device by placing it within a household microwave for a minute and a half"....

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Engineering Newswire: SkyOrbiter flies for 5 years without stopping

September 29, 2014 9:27 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Quarkson plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles to transmit internet access to every inch of the planet. These unmanned vehicles, known as SkyOrbiters, are capable of flying for extremely long periods of time without landing or refueling....

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Murata's robot cheerleaders

September 29, 2014 8:51 am | by Murata | Comments

Using the latest sensing and communication technologies, as well as advanced group control technology, the Murata Cheerleaders are the latest addition to Murata’s family of Robots. Unlike their predecessors, bicycle-riding MURATA BOY ...

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Engineering Update #77: A portable artificial kidney

September 24, 2014 3:15 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Because kidney failure can mean being attached to a non-mobile machine for three times a week for up to four hours at time, the wearable artificial kidney could offer a more normal lifestyle to those dealing with the condition. The 10 pound unit ...

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Hotspot: Rolling-spider mini drone

September 22, 2014 12:31 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This ultra-compact drone controlled by smartphone flies indoors, and can perform acrobatic tricks, which are available on a free app. This mini drone has an autopilot based on a 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer and features a pressure sensor....

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Engineering Update Episode 76 : A cheap 3D-printed drone

September 19, 2014 11:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Researchers at the University of Virginia have created a military-grade 3D-printed UAV with off-the-shelf parts, an Android brain, and the ability to tote a 1.5-pound payload. We’ve seen flying 3D-printed creations before, but this one can be ...

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Engineering Newswire: The world's 'first' 3D-printed car

September 19, 2014 9:04 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

While the Strati isn’t the world’s first printed car, that doesn’t make Local Motor’s achievement at IMTS 2014 any less spectacular. They printed a car that only has 49 total parts in 44 hours, and it was drivable by the end of the show....

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Engineering Newswire: Boeing's laser targets mortars, UAVs

September 12, 2014 10:11 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The HEL MD is the first mobile, high-energy laser, counter rocket, artillery and mortar platform to be built and demonstrated by the U.S. Army. The laser itself is idea for tactical missions because it is lightweight and compact, allowing it ...

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Engineering Update #75: A laser for all weather conditions

September 11, 2014 9:02 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

New tests done at Eglin Air Force Base by Boeing and the Army revealed that the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator is still usable in conditions that would normally render lasers unusable. Though the laser had previously been put through its paces....

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Engineering Update Behind the Scenes: Writing the script and video production

September 10, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The ECN crew puts a lot of work into the Engineering Update, and in honor of the upcoming 75th episode, they’ve prepared a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the brand’s premier video series. This episode focuses....

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