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Recent Stanford Research Challenges Long-Held Theories on Catalysts

January 23, 2015 2:46 pm | by Andrew Myers, Stanford University | News | Comments

Using high-brilliance X-rays in a new way, Stanford engineers observed electrons at work during catalytic reactions. Their findings challenge long-held theories about some catalysts, opening the door to new or improved renewable energy applications ...            

Photo of the Day: DARPA’s Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment Program

January 23, 2015 9:44 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

CODE researchers seek to create a modular software...

DARPA to Establish Code for Unmanned Aircraft to Fly without Supervision

January 23, 2015 9:43 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

The U.S. military’s investments in unmanned...

Floating Foam Car Claims Superior Safety

January 16, 2015 2:32 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re battling diabetes with temporary tattoos, testing out Ford’...

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Circling Back to the Mobile Revolution

January 13, 2015 11:30 am | by Eric Bilange, Head of Rich Engagement Services, Acision | Articles | Comments

Amongst many technological advances, 2014 witnessed smart watches hit the market with the same (or better) computing and processing power as desktops. Such developments are driving new levels of smart device adoption, with the GSMA predicting penetration rates to reach 75 percent in Europe and North America by 2020 ...              

Vision System for Household Robots

January 13, 2015 10:50 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

For household robots ever to be practical, they’ll need to be able to recognize the objects they’re supposed to manipulate. But while object recognition is one of the most widely studied topics in artificial intelligence, even the best object detectors still fail much of the time ...               

Important Milestones of Technology

January 13, 2015 10:35 am | by Sam Hudgins | News | Comments

Technology has come a long way, and it continues to advance at a rapid pace. From wearables to autonomous vehicles, here are a few of the great milestones that have occurred in technology ...                                      

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Wearable Technology Alters Your Mind, Like Drugs

January 12, 2015 10:56 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week in WDD's HotSpot, predictive cruise control that reacts to other vehicles; wearable technology that altrers you mind, like drugs; Nissan and NASA team up to create autonomous cars; an SDHC memory card that features NFC; and DARPA's program for tiny UAVs ...             

AT&T Not Worried About Network Impact from Connected Cars

January 7, 2015 12:42 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The connected car is catching on and AT&T has an early lead in the space. Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions, said he expects within the next year or so that AT&T will hold a 50 percent share of the new connected car market ...                  

SpaceX Launch Called Off at Last Minute

January 6, 2015 10:14 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The unmanned Falcon rocket was supposed to blast off before sunrise. But the countdown was halted with just over a minute remaining ...                                               

How to Connect the ‘Other 3 Billion’ People

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, @MZiembaWDD | Articles | Comments

In attempts to connect the “other three billion”, O3b Networks is launching four additional satellites to accompany its existing network (launched in 2013) that is connecting, enabling, and transforming parts of the world that are currently unconnected and underserved ...           

Photos of the Day: O3b Satellite Launch

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | News | Comments

O3b’s satellites will go through a period of in-orbit testing before being fully integrated into the rest of the network in February ...                                       

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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 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 ...     

AWS Interference Eliminated

December 17, 2014 1:55 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies has announced a new portable, wireless communications bandpass filter that eliminates Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) interference at Electronic News Gathering-Receive Only (ENG-RO) BAS Channel A7 ...              

New Times-Protect Protector-Connectors

December 17, 2014 1:54 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Times has added to its popular line of Times-Protect protector-connectors with the new LP-18-240 and LP-18-195 in-line broadband DC pass surge protector series to augment the existing LP-18-400 series ...                  

Pasternack Introduces New RF Combiners Operating Up to 6 GHz

December 17, 2014 1:53 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises has introduced a new line of broadband RF power combiners. The broad bandwidth of these new combiners makes them the perfect complement to systems using components such as ...           

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New Double-ridged Horn Antenna from PMM

December 17, 2014 1:51 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq now offers a double-ridged horn antenna that has a frequency range of 6 to 18 GHz. The new PMM DR-01 is designed for radiated emissions and immunity applications, featuring an antenna factor of 36 to 41 dB/m and excellent sensitivity for emissions measurements ...     

Photos of the Day: 10-Degree Brain Control of a Prosthetic Device

December 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Anita Srikameswaran, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

The findings by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, published in the Journal of Neural Engineering, describe, for the first time, 10-degree brain control of a prosthetic device in which the trial participant used the arm and hand to reach, grasp, and place a variety of objects ...           

Microwave Imaging System for Detecting Breast Cancer

December 16, 2014 4:44 pm | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Although currently available diagnostic screening systems for breast cancer like X-ray computed tomography (CT) and mammography are effective at detecting early signs of tumors, they are far from perfect, subjecting patients to ionizing radiation and sometimes inflicting discomfort on women who are undergoing screening because ...                   

Eye Tracking Technology Asseses Brain Injuries

December 16, 2014 1:56 pm | by Jim Mandler, NYU Langone Medical Center/New York University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed new technology that can assess the location and impact of a brain injury merely by tracking the eye movements of patients as they watch music videos for less than four minutes, according to a study published Friday on-line in the Journal of Neurosurgery ...           

Photos of the Day: U.S. Launches Classified Defense Satellite

December 16, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base Friday ...                                     

Mobile Radio Passive Radar Makes Harbors Safer

December 16, 2014 10:25 am | by Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics | News | Comments

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE in Bonn developed a passive surveillance system for littoral regions based on mobile radio illumination called Passive Coherent Location (PCL) ...           

Remote Control Targets without Wires, Implants, or Drugs

December 16, 2014 9:58 am | by Zach Veilleux, Rockefeller University | News | Comments

A team at Rockefeller University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is developing a system that would make it possible to remotely control biological targets in living animals -- rapidly, without wires, implants or drugs ...                  

CA Gets Funds for Quake Warning System

December 16, 2014 9:45 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

California has received a spurt of federal funding to expand an earthquake warning system intended to provide enough time for trains to brake, utilities and factories to shut off gas lines, and people to dive under a table until the shaking stops ...              

Finally, A Wearable that Works

December 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

The PerformTek technology powers a variety of wearable devices with highly accurate, continuous heart rate monitoring, providing information on oxygen consumption and cadence. It can be integrated into mobile devices, allowing consumers to use it for ...               

HotSpot Episode 92: Flying Inventory Robots Keep Track of Products

December 8, 2014 9:55 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, the BMW Group tests the Google Glass in quality assurance department; an atomic memory with outstanding parameters; American Certification Body announces agreement with ART-FI and EMTREK; and inventory robots that track product ...                               

Stephen Hawking Gets an Upgrade

December 4, 2014 4:30 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re turning our arms into touchscreens, communicating with Stephen Hawking with upgraded sensors and software, and taking a ride on the bio-bus ... powered by poop ...       

Can Cockpit Automation Cause Pilots to Lose Critical Thinking Skills? Research Says Yes.

December 3, 2014 9:37 am | by The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society | News | Comments

In the wake of recent airline crashes, major news networks have aired concerns about pilots’ ability to accurately fly “by hand” when the airplane’s cockpit automation systems fail. Although many of these concerns have centered on manual skills such as operating the airplane’s controls, new human factors/ergonomics research suggests that pilots’ thinking skills, such as navigating ... 

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