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Iodine-Laced Bindis Fight Malnutrition

April 9, 2015 | by David Mantey, Melisa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re savings lives with a tiny dot, driving a super-efficient SuperTruck, rewriting rock history, and going to auction to bet on TRONs light cycle ...

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An Electric Vehicle Designed for Antarctica

April 16, 2015 4:56 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

Though electric vehicles are a common topic on technology and consumer blogs, rarely do your hear the technology partnered with the word Antarctica. But, for scientists who live and work there, it’s an interesting exploration into what types of vehicles are ideal....

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NASA Prepares to Crash into Mercury

April 16, 2015 12:28 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy Videos Comments

At the end of this month, and after more than 10 years in space, NASA's MESSENGER mission will end when the spacecraft crashes into Mercury at more than 8,750 miles per hour. An on-board altimeter, which mapped Mercury's surface, is helping navigate the ... 

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HotSpot Episode 109: High-Tech Armor Monitors Damage to Combatant

April 13, 2015 12:20 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba Videos Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, TE signs female driver; an invention by Tel Aviv University researchers may be able to turn smartphones into powerful hyperspectral sensors; researchers are helping blind rats see using an implanted compass; and Unified Weapons Master is developing ... 

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Driverless Vehicle Makes a Cross-Country Trek

April 10, 2015 9:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

There has been a lot of enthusiasm and quite a bit of criticism when it comes to self-driving cars. They’ve proven themselves capable on shorter trips,  but Delphi has undertaken a whole other challenge. An across-the-country road trip....

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Fast Charging, High-Performance Aluminum Battery

April 7, 2015 10:41 am | by Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Videos Comments

Stanford University Professor Hongjie Dai and colleagues have developed the first high-performance aluminum battery that’s fast charging, long lasting and inexpensive. The flexible, non-flammable device produces 2 volts of electricity ...

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HotSpot Episode 108: Festo Reveals Chameleon Tongue Gripper

April 6, 2015 11:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba Videos Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, the most ridiculous cookie jar; a chameleon tongue gripper that can pick up several objects in a single gripping process and put them down together; an interactive, motion-sensitive exhibit; and Amazon's dash button enables consumers to reorder products at the push of a button ...

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The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready

April 6, 2015 10:28 am | by Bill Gates, TED Talk Videos Comments

Bill Gates suggests, to put all our good ideas into practice, from scenario planning to vaccine research to health worker training ... 

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AI is Learning to See the Forest in Spite of the Trees

April 2, 2015 1:48 pm | by Big Think Videos Comments

Stefan Weitz, Microsoft's Director of Search, explains that the future of machine learning consists of teaching artificial intelligence to identify patterns. This will allow, for instance, a search engine to ...

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Robot Takes a Pounding in Dodgeball Barrage

April 2, 2015 11:31 am | by David Mantey, Melisa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy Videos Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we starting up the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, grabbing objects with a giant tongue gripper, and playing dodgeball with a bipedal robot ...

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Parkinson's Diagnosis by Typing on a Keyboard

April 2, 2015 10:43 am | by Melanie Gonick/MIT Videos Comments

Using the researchers' algorithm for analyzing keystroke patterns could lead to the diagnosis of diseases that impair motor function, such as Parkinson's disease, much earlier than is now possible ...

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Using Sonar to Navigate the World

April 1, 2015 10:29 am | by Daniel Kish, TED Talk Videos Comments

Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to “see” using a form of echolocation. He clicks his tongue and sends out flashes of sound that bounce off surfaces in the environment and return to him, helping him to construct an understanding of the space around him. In a rousing talk, Kish demonstrates how this works ...

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Ambitious Women Have Flat Heads

March 30, 2015 1:22 pm | by Dame Stephanie Shirley, TED Talk Videos Comments

Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion, making millionaires of 70 of her team members. In this frank and often hilarious talk, she explains why she went by “Steve,” how she upended the expectations of the time, and shares some sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women …

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HotSpot Episode 107: FAA Loosens Grip on Commercial Drone Flights

March 30, 2015 11:00 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba Videos Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a speedometer that prevents you from speeding; the FAA loosens its grip on commercial drone flights; the world's smallest hydropower plant; and the priciest wearable is a piece of jewelry ...            

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Engineering Newswire 133: New Rube Goldberg Designs Violin Playing Machine

March 26, 2015 1:52 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy Videos Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re controlling headlights with our eyes, learning how the bench top factory will change our lives, and building kinetic sculptures with the new Rube Goldberg ...

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Teaching Computers to Understand Pictures

March 26, 2015 9:41 am | by Fei-Fei Li, TED Talk Videos Comments

When a very young child looks at a picture, she can identify simple elements: "cat," "book," "chair." Now, computers are getting smart enough to do that too. What's next? In a thrilling talk, computer vision expert Fei-Fei Li describes the state of the art ...

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