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Happy Holidays and a Merry New Year!

December 23, 2014 4:09 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Your friends at WDD, ECN, and Advantage Business Media would like to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and a safe and happy New Year! We have lots to look forward to in 2015 — the second annual ECN IMPACT Awards, the very first Young Mind Awards, and the continued evolution of ...

Taking the Grunt Work Out of Web Development

December 23, 2014 3:09 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News | News | Comments

A Web page today is the result of a number of interacting components — like cascading style...

This Flying Device is Becoming a Popular Holiday Gift

December 23, 2014 1:41 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season. Flying devices that often carry...

Smartphone Thumb Skills are Altering Our Brains

December 23, 2014 1:16 pm | by University of Zurich | News | Comments

Every region of the body -- from the toes to the jaw and tongue -- has a particular processing...

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'Mind the Gap' Between Atomically Thin Materials

December 23, 2014 1:06 pm | by Penn State | News | Comments

When it comes to engineering single-layer atomic structures, "minding the gap" will help researchers create artificial electronic materials one atomic layer at a time, according to a team of materials scientists. The gap is a miniscule vacuum that researchers in Penn State's Center for 2-Dimensional and Layered Materials believe is an energy ... 

IoT: Ensuring Security is in Place

December 23, 2014 12:52 pm | by Kevin McDermott, Director of Strategic Marketing, IoT, Imagination Technologies | Blogs | Comments

As we start 2015, the forecasts and market projections for IoT are already increasing by multiple billions of devices it appears, almost on a daily basis. The industry is ramping up, and with an already initial foundation of a few billion smartphones, tablets, and laptops in the market, the next several billion ... 

Creating the Fastest Outdoor Wireless Internet Connection in the World

December 23, 2014 12:22 pm | by Lancaster University | News | Comments

The ground-breaking £2.8 million TWEETHER project, funded by Horizon 2020, the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever, will set an important milestone in ‘millimeter wave technology’ for high speed wireless mobile and fixed point Internet. Millimeter waves - extremely high frequency waves found in the spectrum ... 

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Is Space-Based Solar Power the Energy of the Future?

December 23, 2014 12:10 pm | by Peter Shadbolt, for CNN | News | Comments

In space there's no atmosphere, it's never cloudy, and in geosynchronous orbits it's never night: a perfect place for a solar power station to harvest uninterrupted power 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The concept has been around since the 1940s when science fiction writer Isaac Asimov posited the idea of a ... 

Security Flaws Allow Global Cellular Eavesdropping

December 23, 2014 10:38 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Security flaws in a system used by cellphone carriers around the world could open the door to wide-ranging surveillance of mobile phone traffic, according to a German researcher who discovered the problem. The issue affects a telecommunications standard called Signaling System 7, or SS7, which is used ... 

What is STEM?

December 23, 2014 10:25 am | by WDD Staff | Videos | Comments

What is STEM? It's the acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But while kindergarten through 12th grade education usually focuses on science or mathematics in isolation, all four of these disciplines are closely intertwined in the real world. Imagine if K-12 students were taught in ways ...

Controlling a Robotic Arm With Your Thoughts

December 23, 2014 10:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

You might remember a few years ago when scientists discovered that, by inserting an implant in the brain of a quadriplegic woman, she was able to control a robot arm with just her thoughts. By implanting 96 contact points on the part of the brain that ...

Photos of the Day: Nasa Captures Holiday Lights from Space

December 23, 2014 10:05 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Nighttime lights in the suburbs and outskirts of cities in the United States can be between 30 percent and 50 percent brighter in December, when compared to the rest of the year. Here, a house in Virginia is decorated for the holiday season....

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API Technologies Partners with Young Mind Awards

December 23, 2014 9:20 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

API Technologies Corp., a leading provider of high performance RF/microwave, power, and security solutions, is now a wireless vertical market partner of the Advantage Business Media (ABM) ”Young Mind Awards.“  This unique engineering competition challenges middle school, high school, and undergraduate students to ... 

Wind Farm Operator PacifiCorp Energy Pleads Guilty in Bird Deaths

December 22, 2014 11:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming. The subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp pleaded guilty in federal court in Wyoming to two counts of violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act under a plea deal ... 

Sony on Shelving 'The Interview': 'We Had No Choice'

December 22, 2014 11:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release. Obama said during a press conference Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in dropping "The Interview." However, the studio ... 

Photos of the Day: Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)

December 22, 2014 11:26 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

MUOS operates like a smart phone network in the sky, vastly improving current secure mobile satellite communications for warfighters on the move. Unlike previous systems, MUOS provides users an on-demand, beyond-line-of-sight capability to transmit and receive high-quality, prioritized voice and mission data, on a high-speed ... 

MUOS-3 Secure Communications Satellite Encapsulated in Launch Vehicle Fairing

December 22, 2014 9:26 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing Dec. 18. It is scheduled to launch Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. MUOS operates like a smart phone network in the sky, vastly improving current secure mobile satellite communications ... 

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LTE Innovation Summit Extends 2015 Call for Papers Deadline

December 22, 2014 9:13 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The 2015 LTE Innovation Summit has extended its Call for Papers deadline to January 16, 2015. The LTE Innovation Summit is seeking presenters from all stages of the mobile wireless ecosystem to discuss the unique design, implementation and testing challenges facing the mobile wireless and broadband industry. This year's areas of interest includes ... 

Rogers Corporation Signs Agreement to Acquire Arlon

December 19, 2014 10:05 am | by Rogers Corporation | News | Comments

Rogers Corporation has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Arlon, currently owned by Handy & Harman ...                                           

Double Amputee Becomes First to Control Two Robotic Arms with Only His Mind

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Alyssa Bereznak, Yahoo! Tech Columnist | News | Comments

This summer, 40 years after losing both of his arms in a freak electrical accident, Colorado resident Leslie Baugh got two new bionic limbs. And after just 10 days of training, he began using them to move objects from shelf to shelf, controlling them with only ...

Stanford's 100-Year Study on Artificial Intelligence

December 19, 2014 9:15 am | by Chris Cesare, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Stanford University has invited leading thinkers from several institutions to begin a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play ...                

Research Finds Graphene Oxide Can Improve Rechargeable Batteries

December 19, 2014 9:11 am | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

A Kansas State University engineering team has discovered some of graphene oxide's important properties that can improve sodium- and lithium-ion flexible batteries. Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, and Lamuel David, doctoral student in mechanical ... 

Computers Catch Up to Primate Brain

December 19, 2014 9:01 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

For decades, neuroscientists have been trying to design computer networks that can mimic visual skills such as recognizing objects, which the human brain does very accurately and quickly ...                  

Americans Skeptical of the Benefits of the Drone Revolution

December 19, 2014 8:53 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press JENNIFER AGIESTA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll ...             

The Holy Grail of Next-Generation Nonvolatile Memory

December 19, 2014 8:44 am | by Syl Kacapyr, Cornell University | News | Comments

To encode data, today's computer memory technology uses electric currents - a major limiting factor for reliability and shrinkability, and the source of significant power consumption. If data could instead be encoded without current - for example ...               

Got a Smartphone? Start Broadcasting

December 18, 2014 12:47 pm | by Bruno Torturra, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

In 2011, journalist Bruno Torturra covered a protest in São Paulo which turned ugly. His experience of being teargassed had a profound effect on the way he thought about his work, and he quit his job to focus on broadcasting raw, unedited experiences online ...               

The Navy's Newest Hovercraft

December 18, 2014 12:37 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’ve hovering over land and sea in the navy’s newest ship-to-shore connector, 3D printing a comfortable dress, and giving a dog the opportunity to run free for the first time ...     

The Key to High-Temperature Superconductivity

December 18, 2014 12:02 pm | by Nik Papageorgiou, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Cuprates are materials with great promise for achieving superconductivity at higher temperatures (-120oC). This could mean low-cost electricity without energy loss. Intense research has focused on understanding the physics of cuprates in the hope that we can develop room-temperature superconductors ...      

Switching to Spintronics for Future Magnetic Memory & Logic Devices

December 18, 2014 11:43 am | by Lynn Yarris, DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

In a development that holds promise for future magnetic memory and logic devices, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Cornell University successfully used an electric field to reverse the magnetization direction in a multiferroic spintronic device at room temperature ...          

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