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Engineering Newswire: Vampire-bat inspired drone walks & flies

February 2, 2015 12:27 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Comments

The Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot drone was inspired by vampire bats, which use the tips of its wings like legs to essentially walk while on the ground. Likewise, the new drone has wings that act as both wings and legs. The bat-inspired drone ...

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Engineering Update #95: A space telescope that beats the Hubble

January 29, 2015 9:54 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

For most people the images captured by the Hubble telescope are some of the greatest in the world. But what if it was possible to take images that were 1000 times sharper than those taken by Hubble? The University of Colorado Boulder is working an an instrument package called ...

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Engineering Newswire: NISTAR fights global warming

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

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Engineering Newswire: Ford’s carbon-fiber supercar

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

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

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

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Top 10 from CES 2015: Quantum dots are for real

January 14, 2015 9:06 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | 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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Engineering Newswire: Mercedes' futuristic self-driving car

January 12, 2015 2:13 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Comments

Lots of new technologies and innovations were displayed this past week at CES. However, few were more impressive than Mercedes’Benz self-driving F015 Luxury in Motion. Living up to its name, this car looks like something out of a science fiction movie....

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Engineering Update #92: CATS in space

January 8, 2015 2:01 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The International Space Station is getting a shipment of CATS. I know what you’re thinking, but sadly, these are CAT modules. The CATS are sensors that will be operational on the ISS for at least six months and up to three years. Their task is to offer researchers a better...

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Have a safe and happy New Year!

December 29, 2014 10:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Your friends at ECN and Advantage Business Media would like to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and a safe and happy New Year! We have lots to look forward to in 2015 — the second annual ECN IMPACT Awards, the very first Young Mind Awards ...

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Engineering Update #91: Controlling a robotic arm with your thoughts

December 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

You might remember a few years ago when scientists discovered that, by inserting an implant in the brain of a quadriplegic woman, she was able to control a robot arm with just her thoughts. By implanting 96 contact points on the part of the brain that ...

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STEM integration in K-12 education

December 22, 2014 11:52 am | Comments

What is STEM? It's the acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But while kindergarten through 12th grade education usually focuses on science or mathematics in isolation, all four of these disciplines are closely intertwined in ...

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Engineering Newswire: The Navy's newest hovercraft

December 18, 2014 12:42 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Comments

Production has started on the navy’s newest hovercraft. Designed to haul vehicles, equipment, and supplies at land and at sea, the ship to shore connectors are slated for completion in 2017. The new crafts will be able to carry 60 tons of cargo, 14 more than ...

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HotSpot: Stuffing bras with actuators and sensing tech

December 16, 2014 9:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Researchers at the University of Wollongong in Australia have developed a bra with actuators and sensing technologies that automatically tightens in response to breast movement. According to Professor Julie Steele, Director of Breast Research Australia (BRA) ...

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Engineering Update #90: The Army's drone airport

December 15, 2014 10:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The Army isn’t normally associated with drones — or Unmanned Aerial Systems, as they prefer them to be called. The popular Predator and Reaper models are operated by the Air Force from Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. But the Army has a host of fully armed ...

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The IoT Uplink: 90% Of IT networks to have IoT-based security breach

December 15, 2014 7:36 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This episode of The IoT Uplink examines IoT security tools, making better connections, and how improving standards will help improve IoT adoption rates. We look specifically at Elliptic Technologies and the security hardware platform tRoot, SAP's new ...

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