This week on Engineering Newswire, we're crash landing the Ferrari of space, seeing through traffic, making bionic plants, and testing the sting of the Yellow Jacket Personal Protection Device, by zapping executive editor, David Mantey. This episode features:
-The GOCE satellite, from the European Space Agency, has been orbiting the Earth at the lowest altitude of any research satellite for the last four years. Now, the satellite has reached the end of the road.
-A team of researchers at the University of Porto in Portugal may have found a solution to this type of driving frustration with their new augmented reality system that allows drivers to see through traffic.
-Cornell researchers are embedding fingertip-sized silicon chips containing hypersensitive, microfluidic water sensors into plants.
-The Yellow Jacket is a cell phone accessory combines your average case with an extended battery pack and a personal protection device -- a high voltage stun gun.