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SpaceX Launch Postponed Due to System Failure

February 9, 2015 10:36 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX called off Sunday's planned launch of a deep-space observatory — and a revolutionary rocket-landing attempt — after a critical radar-tracking system failed ...                               

5 Smart Careers for Future Engineers

February 9, 2015 10:28 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Articles | 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, “Dream Invent Create” is a similar work in poetry instead of prose, good for reading out loud to grades K through 2 ...

Automakers Fail to Fully Protect Against Hacking

February 9, 2015 10:26 am | News | Comments

Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a member of the U.S. Senate is asserting ...                         

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RadioShack Pulls the Plug

February 9, 2015 10:23 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

RadioShack will sell most of its stores and move to a “store within a store” model partnership with Sprint after filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company announced on Feb. 5 ...                           

Video Game Technology Helps Measure Upper Extremity Movement

February 9, 2015 10:14 am | by Nationwide Children's Hospital | News | Comments

Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital have developed a way to measure upper extremity movement in patients with muscular dystrophy using interactive video game technology. Their hope is to expand inclusion criteria for clinical trials to incorporate patients using wheelchairs. In a recent study published online ... 

Hospital Equipment ‘Talks’ Among Itself at Connectathon

February 7, 2015 11:07 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Medical device companies are teaming up to provide hospital equipment that lets doctors know when devices are alarmed, or where to find them if they’re lost. One of those companies is EQ2 LLC, creator of a computerized workflow system that was put to the test ... 

Cornell Dubilier Marketing has Acquired Illinois Capacitor

February 6, 2015 2:44 pm | by Cornell Dubilier Marketing, Illinois Capacitor | News | Comments

Cornell Dubilier Marketing has announced that one of its subsidiaries has acquired the assets of Illinois Capacitor and its affiliates. The company sees this acquisition as a strategic move to grow its board-level power capacitor business and to service customers in Asia through the sales, warehouse and logistics center that Illinois Capacitor ...          

MIT Study Shows Which Tech Businesses Tend to Thrive

February 6, 2015 9:17 am | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | News | Comments

New businesses spring up all the time in the U.S. But which ones have the greatest ability to become big? A method developed by MIT researchers, based on an empirical study, projects the growth potential of high-tech firms with new precision ...                  

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New Algorithms Allow Autonomous Systems to Deal with Uncertainty

February 5, 2015 2:50 pm | by Aaron Dubrow, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

People typically consider doing the laundry to be a boring chore. But laundry is far from boring for artificial intelligence (AI) researchers like Siddharth Srivastava, a scientist at the United Technologies Research Center, Berkeley. To AI experts, programming a robot to do the laundry represents ...     

YouTube Videos Teach Robots How to Cook

February 5, 2015 2:30 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

Robots can learn to recognize objects and patterns fairly well, but to interpret and be able to act on visual input is much more difficult.  Researchers at the University of Maryland, funded by DARPA’s Mathematics of Sensing, Exploitation and Execution (MSEE) program, recently developed a system ...                

Using Hapkit to Teach Haptics, the Science of Touch

February 5, 2015 2:20 pm | by Vignesh Ramachadran, Stanford Engineering | Videos | Comments

Stanford Professor Allison Okamura is using a build-it-yourself-electronic kit that allow students to create physical sensations using a programmable device called Hapkit. Today she is using Hapkit to teach a class in haptics -- the science ...                  

Stanford-Designed Hapkit Brings Physical Touch to the Virtual Classroom

February 5, 2015 2:20 pm | by Vignesh Ramachadran, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Stanford educators have designed a do-it-yourself kit that gives online learners hands-on experience by bringing haptics into virtual classrooms ...                                       

5 Resources for STEM Teachers

February 5, 2015 1:46 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter @abmdigi | News | Comments

With STEM careers taking off, STEM students need capable, confident teachers targeting all segments of the population. In a Town Hall conference call on Jan. 28, STEMconnector brought together representatives of advocacy organizations, educational seminars, and universities to explore innovative ... 

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Photos of the Day: Octoput-Like Robot with Ultra-Fast Propulsion

February 5, 2015 1:35 pm | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | News | Comments

The 30 cm long self-propelling robot is inflated with water and then rapidly deflates by shooting the water out through its base to power its outstanding propulsion and acceleration, despite starting from a non-streamlined shape. As the rocket contracts, it can achieve more than 2.6 times the thrust of a rigid rocket doing the same maneuver ...                 

Making Waves with Ultra-Fast OctoBot

February 5, 2015 1:35 pm | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | News | Comments

Scientists have developed an octopus-like robot, which can zoom through water with ultra-fast propulsion and acceleration never before seen in man-made underwater vehicles ...                      

Manufacturing Drives American Economy, but Needs More Support

February 5, 2015 10:31 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The majority of America’s advanced industries are manufacturers, said a study by the Brookings Institute. The study measured the impact of the advanced industries sector on American economic renewal, defining “advanced” as industries with research and development spending that exceeds ...             

High-Tech Solutions for Countering Unwanted Drones

February 5, 2015 10:17 am | by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

What's the best way to counter an unwelcome drone: a bigger, faster drone, laser guns, sky-high netting or devices that block remote controls? Scientists, governments and companies are now scrambling to find out ...                     

No Fast or Slow Lanes for Internet? New Rules Proposed

February 5, 2015 9:57 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Declaring the Internet critical for the nation, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed an unprecedented expansion of federal power to ensure providers don't block or slow web traffic for America's countless users ...                                     

MIT Professor Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame for "Artificial Skin"

February 4, 2015 11:51 am | by Alissa Mallinson, Department of Mechanical Engineering | News | Comments

Ioannis V. Yannas, professor of polymer science and engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, was recognized as one of the highest achievers in his field last week when the National Inventors Hall of Fame announced it would be inducting him at their 2015 ceremony this May. With this honor, which recognizes his invention ... 

A Smart Grid Self-Organized Simply

February 4, 2015 11:45 am | by Max-Planck-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

To improve the management of fluctuations in the electricity supplied by solar and wind installations, the electricity network needs to work more intelligently in the future. Electricity suppliers aim to be able to regulate consumption on the basis of supply with the help of an intelligent electricity network, a smart grid. Intelligent electricity ...

Photo of the Day: X-Ray Pulses Uncover Free Nanoparticles for the First Time in 3-D

February 4, 2015 11:33 am | by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron Desy | News | Comments

Nanoparticles are becoming increasingly pervasive in our everyday lives. These tiny particles, invisible to the naked eye, have widespread applications, ranging from sunscreen and paints to colour filters and electronic components. They are even promising for medical purposes including cancer treatment. "The functionality of nanoparticles ... 

X-Ray Pulses Uncover Free Nanoparticles for the First Time in 3-D

February 4, 2015 11:25 am | by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron Desy | News | Comments

For the first time, a German-American research team has determined the three-dimensional shape of free-flying silver nanoparticles, using DESY's X-ray laser FLASH. The tiny particles, hundreds of times smaller than the width of a human hair, were found to exhibit an unexpected variety of shapes, as the physicists from ... 

Tiny Robotic 'Hands' Could Improve Cancer Diagnostics, Drug Delivery

February 4, 2015 11:22 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Many people imagine robots today as clunky, metal versions of humans, but scientists are forging new territory in the field of 'soft robotics.' One of the latest advances is a flexible, microscopic hand-like gripper. The development could help doctors perform remotely guided surgical procedures or perform biopsies. The materials ... 

Manufacturing Drives American Economy, But Needs More Support

February 4, 2015 11:12 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The majority of America’s advanced industries are manufacturers, said a study by the Brookings Institute. The study measured the impact of the advanced industries sector on American economic renewal, defining “advanced” as industries with research and development spending that exceeds $450 per worker, and in which at ... 

Photos of the Day: Urban Solar Electric Car with 3D-Printed Body

February 3, 2015 10:49 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students have built Singapore’s first urban solar electric car with an innovative 3D-printed body shell that has 150 parts. Mounted on a carbon fiber single shell chassis, the NTU Venture (NV) 8 will race in the Urban Concept category at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Asia ... 

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