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Engineering Update #86: A biodegradable drone

November 20, 2014 | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

A team of students from Stanford, brown, and Spelman college have created a biodegradable drone. The drone is made from fibrous mycelium, which is a root-like material found in fungi. The material is covered in cellulose and all the circuits are ...

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Engineering Update #87: Virtual reality beach vacations

November 24, 2014 2:13 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Last week, we talked about a system of targeted advertising very similar to the film Minority Report, based on the short story by Phillip K. Dick. And this time, we shine the spotlight on a famous hotel chain — rhymes with “chariot” — that’s introducing ...

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Engineering Newswire: Electric scooter unfolds in a second

November 20, 2014 2:10 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Kleefer, a France based company specializing in light electric vehicles for the urban mobility market has partnered with Solvay Engineering Plastics to unveil its unfolding scooter. The foldable scooter was specially designed for intermodal mobility in ...

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MEN Micro announces rugged display computers for railway environments

November 18, 2014 2:35 pm | Comments

MEN Micro, a provider of embedded computing and I/O solutions for mission-critical industrial, mobile, and harsh environment applications, now offers the DC13, a rugged display computer for demanding railway environments. The company is also ...

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Engineering Live: How to Secure the Internet of Things (On Demand)

November 18, 2014 11:12 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Comments

IEEE has 80 Internet of Things (IoT) related standards with 45 more currently in development, ranging from telecommunications and information exchange in metropolitan area networks to device specific personal health communication. As we enter an age ...

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Catch ECN's Engineering Live: How to Secure the Internet of Things

November 18, 2014 7:53 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Comments

IEEE has 80 Internet of Things (IoT) related standards with 45 more currently in development, ranging from telecommunications and information exchange in metropolitan area networks to device specific personal health communication. As we enter ...

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HotSpot Episode: A digital 6th sense

November 17, 2014 1:30 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

LTE Direct, Qualcomm’s device-to-device proximal discovery product, will be available commercially in 2016, according to the senior director for Qualcomm Research. The company refers to LTE Direct as a “digital 6th sense.” It essentially turns ...

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Kasey's Korner: NASA designs a new airplane wing

November 14, 2014 12:01 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

NASA is attempting to revolutionize air plane wing surfaces in an attempt to make airplanes quieter and more fuel efficient in the future. The Adaptive compliant Trailing Edge project, a joint effort between NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Lab...

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Kasey's Korner: Affordable, inflatable incubator

November 14, 2014 11:18 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Dyson just handed out their James Dyson award and this year it’s going to a young inventor who created an inflatable incubator. Incubators, though widely available in modern hospitals, continue to be outrageously expensive, to the tune of up to $45,000...

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Engineering Newswire: Atom airplanes stronger than graphene

November 14, 2014 9:43 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Drexel University researchers working with the Dalian University of Technology in China have chemically engineered a new, electrically conductive nanomaterial that is flexible enough to fold into this tiny little airplane, strong enough to support many ...

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SmartWatch: Obama fancies self an Internet advocate with Title II remarks

November 13, 2014 1:23 pm | Comments

President Obama this week entered the ring with millions of Americans in an effort to protect the Internet. He jabbed, he bobbed, he weaved, and those that own and have built the networks upon which the Internet was built did the same. In this ...

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HotSpot: Top 10 best wireless & RF devices at Electronica 2014

November 13, 2014 8:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on HotSpot, we're in Munich, Germany attending electronica 2014 and checking out the latest and greatest components, systems, and applications that companies have to offer. Our Top 10 show features everything from the newest ...

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Kasey's Korner: This laser can turn drones to dust

November 12, 2014 11:17 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The Low Altitude Sentiel system is a laser designed to reduce small drones to dust within five seconds. Speed doesn’t appear to be a problem since the researchers claim the laser can shoot down drones moving at up to 111 mph up to 1,640 feet in the air with ...

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Engineers dance in music video to raise STEM awareness

November 12, 2014 7:00 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Comments

A new YouTube video is gaining popularity as the push for STEM continues to gain traction. Commission by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), in association with Bechtel, the music video “Engineering Happiness” is set to Pharrell's “Happy”....

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Kasey's Korner: This observatory will discover 70,000 new planets

November 11, 2014 8:53 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The observatory was launched last year with a mission of measuring the positioning of up to a billion stars, which again, seems like a lot, but is actually only one percent of the milky ways. It’s on a five year mission, during which a recent study has shown...

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Kasey's Korner: A new treatment for bone fractures

November 10, 2014 12:07 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials have come up with a solution that uses anchors made from biodegradable materials via a powder injection molding process. The advantages to using this process means that the researchers can adjust the density and porosity of the anchors, which is imperative to their structural integrity.

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