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5 Smart Careers for Future Engineers

February 17, 2015 10:58 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Two new books from Start Engineering introduce grade school and high school students to the ins and outs of engineering, including some little-known fields. “Start Engineering: A Career Guide” explains various engineering fields and their real-world, high-tech applications to high school students. For younger readers ... 

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Smart Gaming Blocks & Consumer Drones

February 17, 2015 10:53 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In 2011, alumni David Merrill SM ’04, PhD ’09 and Jeevan Kalanithi SM ’07 had turned a Media Lab project into a popular gaming platform, Sifteo Cubes: plastic blocks, about an inch and a half on each side, equipped with color touch displays. Sensors detect the blocks’ movements ...     

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Strategy Is Key Differentiator as More Efficient GaN, SiC Power Electronics Enter Market

February 17, 2015 10:39 am | by Lux Research | News | Comments

Power electronics based on gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) have the potential to significantly improve efficiency. But since these materials are higher-cost, companies need market-specific strategies in order to succeed as these new wide-bandgap ... 

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Taking Technology From the Lab to the Patient

February 17, 2015 10:18 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

After finishing his PhD in molecular genetics in the late 1990s, Daniel Anderson found himself conflicted about what to do next: He enjoyed science, but wanted to find a way to have a direct impact on human health. He considered several paths, including pursing an ... 

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Improved Fire Detection With Ultra-Sensitive, Ultraviolet Light Sensor

February 17, 2015 10:14 am | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Surrey's Advanced Technology Institute manipulated zinc oxide, producing nanowires from this readily available material to create a ultra-violet light detector which is 10,000 times more sensitive to UV light than a traditional zinc ... 

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Photos of the Day: Commercial Drone Regulations

February 17, 2015 10:04 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration released a variety of proposed requirements for commercial operators to meet, such as passing a knowledge test administered by the agency as well as a federal security check ...         

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Rules for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Have Been Set

February 17, 2015 10:03 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned aircraft perform routine tasks — crop monitoring, aerial photography, inspections of bridges and cell towers, and much more. But not right away. Final rules are probably two to three years away ...           

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Mobile Apps Take Students Into the Laboratory

February 17, 2015 10:00 am | by NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering | News | Comments

Mobile apps have proved to be valuable educational tools, but laboratory instructors thus far have been limited to using mobile devices only for virtual laboratories with simulated experiments. Now, researchers at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering have developed ... 

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Wireless Minute: Keep Beat Sports Bra Keeps You Motivated

February 17, 2015 9:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

One British design student created an amazing sports bra… yes, you heard that correctly; the bra aims to make running easier and more fun by matching your music to your heart rate. Victoria Sowerby, a student at Northumbria University, created the Keep Beat ... 

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1 to 3 GHz High Power Amplifier

February 14, 2015 1:19 pm | by Empower RF Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Empower RF Systems is once again conducting live demonstrations of broadband, high power amplifiers with compelling performance, industry leading small size, and user interface / functionality that dares to challenge legacy products offered in the market. Next appearing at EMC & SI 2015 in Santa Clara, we will be showcasing our 1 to 3 GHz, 1 kW HPA in a 5U chassis - an extraordinary design ...

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Smart TVs that Pay Attention to Personal Conversations

February 13, 2015 4:35 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Everything is getting smarter. Coffee pots brew the perfect cup of java at the precise moment you wake up. Thermostats learn behaviors and adjust the temperatures within households to be more efficient. Cars have the abilities to self-brake and park, and now televisions can capture and transmit nearby conversations ...

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HotSpot Episode 101: Hedgehog-Inspired Body Airbag

February 13, 2015 3:51 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, snowboard bindings that help boarders visualize their balance; a new method of processing signals via fiber optic cable; a new car technology for making driving safe; and a full-body airbag for motorcyclists, bikers, skiers, and other hobbyists and professionals ...           

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Wireless Minute: Smartphones vs. Wearables

February 13, 2015 3:50 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Wearable devices have received a lot of attention in the fitness world for tracking certain data and helping consumers improve whatever it is they need to improve ...                  

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DNA ‘Cage’ Could Improve Nanopore Technology

February 13, 2015 3:36 pm | by Kevin Stacey, Brown School of Engineering | News | Comments

Scientists at Brown University have designed a nanoscale cage that can trap a single DNA strand and allow before-and-after sequencing of the same DNA strand in research trials. Despite having a diameter tens of thousands of times smaller than a human hair, nanopores ... 

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Drones to Deliver Food and Drinks in Crowded Restaurants

February 13, 2015 3:03 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Infinium Robotics, a Singapore company, is developing drones for restaurant chain Timbre. The drones will transport food and drinks from the kitchen to a wait station near customers’ tables, and they're hoping to have them ready by the end of the year. Each night before they open, the ... 

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