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Photos of the Day: GE Leaves the Home

September 9, 2014 11:15 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Electric, a household name for more than a century in part for making households easier to run, is leaving the home. The company is selling the division that invented the toaster in 1905 and now sells refrigerators, stoves and laundry ...

Photos of the Day: Mezzanine Gesture-Control

September 7, 2014 11:11 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

When you imagine the future of gesture-control interfaces, you might think of the popular science-fiction films “Minority Report” or “Iron Man.” In those films, the protagonists use their hands or wireless gloves to seamlessly scroll through ...

Photo of the Day: Wind-Watching Scatterometer Self Assembles in Space

September 5, 2014 10:57 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's ISS-RapidScat wind-watching scatterometer, which is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station no earlier than Sept. 19, will be the first science payload to be robotically assembled in space since the space station itself. Howard Eisen, the ISS-RapidScat project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, said...

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Photo of the Day: Where Are All the Women in STEM?

September 4, 2014 10:54 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | News | Comments

When it comes to women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathethmatics) the numbers just don’t add up. Even though the number of women majoring in STEM (and attending college) has increased in the past few decades, the number of women who actually enter the fields has barely increased at all....

Photo of the Day: Making the Connected Hospital a Reality

September 2, 2014 2:48 pm | by Laird | News | Comments

Making the Connected Hospital a Reality, outlines the necessity for patients to always be connected whether at home, in the ambulance, or at the hospital. Patients receive the best care with 24/7 patient monitoring and real-time notifications sent wirelessly...

Photo of the Day: Which 4 Unknown Geeks Secretly Rule the Tech World?

August 28, 2014 11:37 pm | by Who Is Hosting This? | News | Comments

We’ve all heard of tech giants Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), and Elon Musk (Paypal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors). They seem to be at the forefront of all cutting edge software, their names and faces on every technology news ...

Photos of the Day: NASA in the 1940s

August 28, 2014 4:19 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

An engine mechanic checks instrumentation prior to an investigation of engine operating characteristics and thrust control of a large turboprop engine with counter-rotating propellers under high-altitude flight conditions in the 20-foot-dianieter test section....

Photos of the Day: New Earth-Observing Instrument Makes Successful Balloon Flight

August 28, 2014 12:04 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

In New Mexico on the morning of Aug. 18, a high-altitude balloon successfully carried the HyperSpectral Imager for Climate Science instrument to an altitude of 123,000 feet, above most of the Earth’s atmosphere, to reach space-like conditions ...

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Photos of the Day: NASA App Finds Errors in Software Logic

August 28, 2014 10:15 am | by NASA | News | Comments

To err is human, but don't worry about it. NASA has an app for that. It's called IKOS and it's actually much more sophisticated than a mobile device app. In fact, it's a fully developed program that finds errors in the logic of software that is still under development. IKOS is short for Inference Kernel for Open Static Analyzers...

Photo of the Day: A 'NIRSpec-tacular View'

August 27, 2014 10:40 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A NASA photographer recently captured a "NIRSpec-tacular" photo of an instrument that will fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope when it launches in 2018. Access into a clean room to get a close-up view of a complicated, high-value scientific instrument is carefully controlled...

Photo of the Day: New Chip Design Mimics the Brain

August 26, 2014 11:05 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA-funded researchers have developed one of the world’s largest and most complex computer chips ever produced—one whose architecture is inspired by the neuronal structure of the brain and requires only a fraction of the electrical power of conventional chips...

Photo of the Day: What Happens When The Boomers Retire?

August 25, 2014 9:56 am | by Adecco | News | Comments

Skilled trades are the foundation on which the U.S. was built. As baby boomers begin to retire from engineering jobs, and younger generations are steering clear of them, the question is: who will replace them?...    

Photo of the Day: Big Guys of the Information Technology World

August 21, 2014 10:01 am | by Quartsoft | News | Comments

There are less than 20 companies in the IT industry that are as big as suns with powerful gravitation making thousands of smaller businesses rotate around them. QuartSoft could not help honoring giant IT companies that made it possible for us to be a part of the informational technology world...

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Photo of the Day: The Rise of the Internet of Things

August 19, 2014 12:29 pm | by Jabil | News | Comments

The past twenty-five years of Internet growth was fueled by human communications. The next twenty-five years of Internet growth will be fueled by machines. By 2020, with more things than people on the Internet, will we still need web browsers?...    

Photos of the Day: NASA Puts 'Swarmies' to the Test

August 19, 2014 10:02 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A small band of NASA engineers and interns is about to begin testing a group of robots and related software that will show whether it's possible for autonomous machines to scurry about an alien world such as the moon searching for and gathering resources just as an ant colony does...

Photos of the Day: Canadarm2 Releases Cygnus to Fly Solo

August 18, 2014 10:25 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Orbital Sciences Cygnus commercial cargo craft completed a month-long delivery mission to the International Space Station Friday when it was released from the grips of the Canadarm2 robotic arm at 6:40 a.m. EDT. Cygnus is now orbiting on its own...

Photos of the Day: A Self-Organizing Thousand-Robot Swarm

August 14, 2014 4:35 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Just as trillions of individual cells can assemble into an intelligent organism, or a thousand starlings can form a great flowing murmuration across the sky, the Kilobots demonstrate how complexity can arise from very simple behaviors ...

Photos of the Day: Three Radars are Better than One

August 13, 2014 7:11 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Putting three radars on a plane to measure rainfall may seem like overkill. But for the Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment field campaign in North Carolina recently, more definitely was better. The three instruments, developed by the High Altitude Radar group...

Photos of the Day: 'Street View' Goes Undersea

August 13, 2014 9:44 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. government scientists are learning to use specialized fisheye lenses underwater in the Florida Keys this week in hopes of applying "street view" mapping to research and management plans in marine sanctuaries nationwide ...  

Photos of the Day: NASA Satellites Get 2.0 Update

August 12, 2014 10:33 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Who doesn’t love an upgrade? Newer, better and oh so shiny is great, but what’s really fantastic is when a change unlocks new possibilities. That’s the case with NASA’s fix-it investigation on the International Space Station, the Robotic Refueling Mission...

Photo of the Day: Battery Drain: How to Stop It

August 11, 2014 10:56 am | by Roaming Technologies | News | Comments

Despite huge advancements in technology, battery drain is an ongoing problem. Is it ever going to be solved? And, more importantly, what can we do to extend the life of our batteries in the meantime?...        

Photos of the Day: Origami-Inspired Robots Become Transformers

August 8, 2014 10:27 am | by American Association for the Advancement of Science | News | Comments

Inspired by the traditional Japanese art form of Origami or "folding paper," researchers have developed a way to coax flat sheets of composite materials to self-fold into complex robots that crawl and turn. "We demonstrated this process by building a robot that folds itself and walks away without human assistance..."

Photo of the Day: What Engineers Think about Retirement

August 7, 2014 12:05 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | News | Comments

Retirement, that Golden Age of relaxation and hard-earned rest where you get to prop up your feet on the porch and yell at the neighborhood kids to get off your lawn. ECN wanted to know what our engineers had planned for their golden years...

Photos of the Day: LiDAR Sensor Leads RoboBoat Competition

August 6, 2014 11:10 am | by Velodyne | News | Comments

Outfitted with Velodyne’s HDL-32 LiDAR sensor, the pilot-less Embry-Riddle vessel crossed the finish line ahead of the 12 other teams participating in the 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition, which was sponsored by the ...

Photos of the Day: Reinventing the Bionic Hand

August 5, 2014 11:14 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Lyman Connor, a GE engineer who writes software for turbines and power plants, has always been a tinkerer. Among the tools in his garage is a 3D printer, which he decided to use to build a low-cost bionic hand ...    

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