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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 ...

Nano Piano's Lullaby Could Mean Storage Breakthrough

March 26, 2015 9:59 am | by Bill Bowman, MechSE | News | Comments

A team led by MechSE associate professor Kimani Toussaint has demonstrated the first-ever...

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," "...

Smart PIR Sensor for Smart Home Applications

March 26, 2015 9:31 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies has announced a new addition to its Smart Home portfolio with the launch...

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Research Holds Great Promise for Advancing Sustainable Energy

March 25, 2015 11:19 am | by Yankee Public Relations | News | Comments

New research published by Rutgers University chemists has documented significant progress confronting one of the main challenges inhibiting widespread utilization of sustainable power: Creating a cost-effective process to store energy so it can be used later. "We have developed a ... 

NASA-Funded Mission Studies the Sun in Soft X-Rays

March 25, 2015 11:11 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

At any given moment, our sun emits a range of light waves far more expansive than what our eyes alone can see: from visible light to extreme ultraviolet to soft and hard X-rays. Different wavelengths can have different effects at Earth and, what's more, when observed ... 

Michael Stonebraker Wins $1 Million Turing Award

March 25, 2015 9:21 am | by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL | News | Comments

Michael Stonebraker, a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) who has revolutionized the field of database management systems (DBMSs) and founded multiple successful database companies, has won the Association for Computing ... 

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New Digital Printing Service For Front Panels And Enclosures

March 24, 2015 12:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

OKW’s metal enclosures division METCASE is pioneering the use of digital printing for front panels, rack cases and instrument housings – saving customers time and money. METCASE’s new state of the art digital technology means legends, logos and complex photo quality graphics can be printed on front panels and enclosures quickly and easily. METCASE can print in full ... 

DARPA Invites Ideas to Speed Up Computation

March 23, 2015 3:48 pm | News | Comments

Whether designed to predict the spread of an epidemic, understand the potential impacts of climate change, or model the acoustical signature of a newly designed ship hull, computer simulations are an essential tool of scientific discovery. By using mathematical models that capture the complex physical phenomena of the real world ...

HotSpot Episode 106: A New App that Animates Your Life

March 23, 2015 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a ring that provides a shortcut to everything; using virtual reality to decorate your home; making health insurance easy with a new mobile app; and animate your life with Plotagon ...

Can't Remember Your Password? Here are 2 New Ways to Log In

March 23, 2015 10:23 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Tired of trying to remember a different password for each of your online accounts? Or worried about re-using the same password too many times? You're not alone. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying, outmoded and too easily hacked ...

Satellite Imagery Can Aid Development Projects

March 23, 2015 10:00 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Projects that target aid toward villages and rural areas in the developing world often face time-consuming challenges, even at the most basic level of figuring out where the most appropriate sites are for pilot programs or deployment of new systems such as solar-power ... 

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Stanford Students Build Basketball-Shooting Robots

March 23, 2015 9:55 am | News | Comments

Students in Mechanical Engineering 210 spent most of winter quarter learning about mechanics, electronics and computer programming. After time in the classroom, they integrated everything they had learned to design and build a robot for the ultimate final project. This year's ... 

Creating New Senses for Humans

March 20, 2015 9:04 am | by David Eagleman, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

As humans, we can perceive less than a ten-trillionth of all light waves. “Our experience of reality,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman, “is constrained by our biology.” He wants to change that ... 

Stanford SystemX Seeks to Make Information Technologies More Pervasive

March 18, 2015 12:33 pm | by Andy Myers and Tom Abate, Stanford | News | Comments

The university that pioneered research collaborations between academia and industry has expanded from a device-driven to a systems-level view of how to ignite innovation. The shift involves a change in name and philosophy at what had been the Stanford Center for Integrated Systems (CIS) ...

Photos of the Day: Wearable Devices & Cartoon Avatars at SXSW

March 18, 2015 12:17 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | News | Comments

My last day at SXSW I cruised the showroom floor and tried out some of the wearable devices on display, made a cartoon avatar of myself, and learned more about the Internet of Tomorrow ...

A New Method For Making Perovskite Solar Cells

March 16, 2015 1:36 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

Research led by a Brown University Ph.D. student has revealed a new way to make light-absorbing perovskite films for use in solar cells. The new method involves a room-temperature solvent bath to create perovskite crystals, rather than the blast of heat ... 

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Researchers Increase Energy Density of Lithium Storage Materials

March 16, 2015 1:31 pm | by Karlsruher Institut Fur Technologie (KIT) | News | Comments

The lithium ion battery currently is the most widespread battery technology. It is indispensable for devices, such as laptops, mobile phones or cameras. Current research activities are aimed at reaching higher lithium storage densities in order to increase the amount of ... 

Researchers Synthesize New Thin-Film Material for Use in Fuel Cells

March 13, 2015 4:08 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Researchers from Cornell University have synthesized a new thin-film catalyst for use in fuel cells. In a paper published March 10 in the journal APL Materials, from AIP Publishing, the team reports the first-ever epitaxial thin-film growth of Bi2Pt2O7 pyrochlore, which could ... 

One Million Kids Learn to Code

March 13, 2015 12:57 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The UK is currently facing a skills shortage with a projected need for 1.4 million digital professionals over the next five years. Because of this, a new BBC initiative has been launched. BBC's Make it Digital initiative is providing all year 7 students across the UK with a ... 

Wireless, Magnetic Brain Stimulation

March 13, 2015 10:30 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles — a technique allowing direct stimulation of neurons, which could be an effective treatment for a variety of neurological diseases, without ... 

High Power, High Safety Oxide-Based Negative Electrode Materials for Li-Ion Battery

March 13, 2015 10:17 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | News | Comments

Mixed Ti-Nb oxide Ti2Nb10O29 (TNO) is one of the negative electrode materials for large scale Li-ion battery with high safety because the potential (= 1.6 V vs. Li/Li+) for Li storage of TNO should avoid possible Li plating or formation of Li dendrites and the short circuit ... 

Teaching Programming to Preschoolers with Interactive Robots

March 12, 2015 10:27 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory are developing a system that enables young children to program interactive robots by affixing stickers to laminated sheets of paper ...

Photos of the Day: Programming a Robot with Stickers

March 12, 2015 10:27 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Not only could the system introduce children to programming principles, but it could also serve as a research tool, to help determine which computational concepts children can grasp at what ages, and how interactive robots can best be integrated into educational curricula ...

SXSW Highlights Flying Cars & Robotic Petting Zoo

March 11, 2015 10:09 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Flying cars and a robot petting zoo. Mobile wallets and net neutrality. The most outlandish ideas of the future and tech trends shaping the world today will be in focus as the freewheeling South by Southwest Interactive Festival kicks off Friday ...

Photos of the Day: Finger-Mounted Reading Device for the Blind

March 10, 2015 9:30 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory have built a prototype of a finger-mounted device with a built-in camera that converts written text into audio for visually impaired users. The device provides feedback — either tactile or audible — that guides the user’s finger along a line ... 

Think Your Email's Private? Think Again

March 9, 2015 12:32 pm | by Andy Yen, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Sending an email message is like sending a postcard, says scientist Andy Yen in this thought-provoking talk: Anyone can read it. Yet encryption, the technology that protects the privacy of email communication, does exist. It's just that until now it has been difficult to install and a hassle to use ...

Quantum Sensor’s Advantages Survive Entanglement Breakdown

March 9, 2015 12:04 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The extraordinary promise of quantum information processing — solving problems that classical computers can’t, perfectly secure communication — depends on a phenomenon called “entanglement,” in which the physical states of different quantum particles become interrelated ...

HotSpot Episode 104: Boeing Launches First All-Electric Propulsion Satellites

March 9, 2015 11:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba, David Mantey | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a portable monitoring system for Parkinson's patients; a smart lock that needs a secret knock password to open; Boeing launches the first all-electric propulsion satellites; and a prototype prosthetic ankle that features a low-cost camera and a computer-controlled actuator ...

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