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Engineering Newswire 74: Human-Piloted Anti-Robot Walks

January 24, 2014 10:43 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re expanding the Internet of Things with the Wunder Bar, getting mustache rides from robots, and piloting robots to fight the Kaiju, in the future ...                        

Near Error-Free Wireless Detection Made Possible

January 24, 2014 9:46 am | by Sarah Collins, University of Cambridge | News | Comments

The accuracy and range of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, which are used in everything from passports to luggage tracking, could be vastly improved thanks to a new system developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge...                          

NASA Launches Newest Communication Satellite

January 24, 2014 9:20 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

An unmanned rocket blasted into a chilly, clear sky Thursday night carrying the latest, third-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellite...                                 

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Opportunity Still Roving on Mars after a Decade

January 24, 2014 9:15 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A decade after 10 years a Mars exploration rover would continue to operate and operate productively," project manager John Callas said Thursday...                                

Photos of the Day: Comet-Chasing Spacecraft Wake Up Signal

January 21, 2014 8:52 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency received the all-clear message from its Rosetta spacecraft at 7:18 p.m. (1818 GMT; 1:18 p.m. EST) — a message that had to travel some 800 million kilometers (500 million miles)...                             

Comet-Chasing Probe Wakes Up, Signals Earth

January 21, 2014 8:50 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Waking up after almost three years of hibernation, a comet-chasing spacecraft sent its first signal back to Earth on Monday, prompting cheers from scientists who hope to use it to land the first space lander onto a comet...                 

Hotspot Episode 46: Robot-Controlled Sperm: The Future of Fertilization

January 20, 2014 11:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, LG is taking advantage of Natural Language Processing to allow customers to communicate with their appliances; a micro-windmill has been designed to generate wind energy that could potentially charge cell phones; "spermbots" made up of live sperm cells in little tubes that can be magnetically controlled; and 5,000 bees in Australia are being tagged with tiny RFID sensors...    

Photos of the Day: Broadband THz Wave Generation

January 20, 2014 10:10 am | by Jigang Wang and Breehan Gerleman Lucchesi, Ames Lab | News | Comments

Terahertz electromagnetic waves occupy a middle ground between electronics waves, like microwave and radio waves, and photonics waves, such as infrared and UV waves. Potentially, THz waves may accelerate telecom technologies and break new ground in...                               

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Highly Efficient Broadband Terahertz Radiation from Metamaterials

January 20, 2014 10:09 am | by Jigang Wang and Breehan Gerleman Lucchesi, Ames Lab | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have demonstrated broadband terahertz (THz) wave generation using metamaterials. The discovery may help develop noninvasive imaging and sensing, and make possible THz-speed information communication, processing, and storage...                     

GPS Loggers Reveal Aerodynamics of Birds Flying in a V-Formation

January 20, 2014 9:43 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

Researchers using custom-built GPS and accelerometer loggers, developed with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, (EPSRC), and attached to free-flying birds on migration, have gained ground-breaking insights into the mysteries of bird flight formation...                  

Scientists Hope Comet-Chaser Spacecraft Wakes Up

January 20, 2014 9:28 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Europe's Rosetta probe is due to wake up from years of hibernation Monday, but scientists face an agonizing wait of several hours until the first signal reaches Earth and they can celebrate a new milestone in their unprecedented mission to land a spacecraft on a comet...                           

What’s Next for Wireless Networks in 2014?

January 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Morgan Kurk, Senior Vice President, CommScope | Blogs | Comments

The continued implementation of LTE and the ongoing data boom mean that most wireless operators are focused on modernizing and enhancing the capacity of their networks with the most efficient architectures and equipment. Increasing network capacity also intensifies their focus on metrocells and indoor coverage. With that said, here’s what I see as the major trends in wireless infrastructure for 2014...

Life-Saving Shoes Feature GPS Tracking Technology

January 16, 2014 2:13 pm | by Peter Händel, KTH Royal Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Fire, smoke and zero visibility – a firefighter’s working environment is extreme. Now, with sensor-equipped footwear developed at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, firefighters can be even more effective at saving lives and property...                               

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Photos of the Day: Object Recognition without Human Calibration

January 16, 2014 9:10 am | by Todd Hollingshead, Brigham Young University Homepage | News | Comments

Lee likens the idea to teaching a child the difference between dogs and cats. Instead of trying to explain the difference, we show children images of the animals and they learn on their own to distinguish the two. Lee’s object recognition does the same thing: Instead of telling...             

Photos of the Day: Wireless Robots Search Drug Smuggling Tunnels

January 15, 2014 9:34 am | by BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities found a 600-yard tunnel in Southern California during November 2011 that resulted in seizures of 32 tons of marijuana on both sides of the border, with 26 tons found on the U.S. side, accounting for one of the largest marijuana busts in U.S. history...              

Major Change Unlikely Despite Open-Internet Ruling

January 15, 2014 9:24 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Don't expect major changes to how you access your favorite websites and services despite a federal appeals court's decision to set aside rules meant to ensure equal access to entertainment, news, and other online content...                    

How Tunnels are Built, Used Along U.S.-Mexico Border

January 15, 2014 9:24 am | by BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Border Patrol is unveiling its latest technology in the underground drug war — a wireless, camera-equipped robot that can do the job in a fraction of the time...                                          

Report: NSA Maps Pathway into Computers

January 15, 2014 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world — but not in the United States — that allows the U.S. to conduct surveillance on those machines, The New York Times reported Tuesday...                                  

Google Builds a 'Nest' for Future of Smart Homes

January 15, 2014 9:23 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

When our Internet-connected gadgets and home appliances all learn to talk to each other, Google wants to be at the center of the conversation...                                  

Proposed Spy Phone Record Shift Draws Resistance

January 14, 2014 9:49 am | by STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans' phone records to help the National Security Agency's surveillance programs...                        

RFMW Offers 285 W GaN Transistors from TriQuint

January 13, 2014 2:17 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced design and sales support for TriQuint’s T1G2028536, a 285W GaN transistor available in a low thermal resistance, solder mount package as the T1G2028536–FS or flange mount package as the T1G2028536–FL. Both the –FS and -FL house the transistor in a ceramic NI-780 enclosure...

HotSpot Episode 45: Augmented Reality Helmets Make Motorcycles Safer

January 13, 2014 10:38 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, another mother to tell you what to do; shrinking digital storage; capturing any color on any surface; and motorcycle helmets that creat an augmented reality...                                              

The Hottest Gadgets of CES: 3D Printers to 4K TVs

January 13, 2014 9:21 am | by PETER SVENSSON, Associated Press RYAN NAKASHIMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The biggest gadget trade show in the Americas wrapped up on Friday in Las Vegas after swamping the city with 150,000 attendees. This year, "wearable" computing was big, along with various 3D technologies, especially 3D printing...                   

AVX Introduces First Space-Level BME X7R MLCCS

January 10, 2014 1:27 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

AVX has announced the market introduction of the first space-level, base metal electrode (BME), X7R dielectric MLCCs. The new BME MLCCs provide higher capacitance values in significantly smaller cases sizes, reducing both board space and total component weight, which are especially critical in space applications...

Engineering Newswire 72: Tiny $7,000 Car Gets 84 MPG

January 10, 2014 10:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re wearing augmented reality contact lenses, relating to an emotionally concise intelligence that “feels,” and driving a $7,000 car/tricycle hybrid thing. This episode features ...    

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