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A Less Cloudy Future with Cellular Networks

February 26, 2015 2:50 pm | by George Hunka, American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

When warm air comes into contact with a cool surface and chills to saturation, fog materializes. It blankets open roads and runways and dramatically reduces visibility - often causing devastating accidents ...              

Photo of the Day: X-Ray Study Points to Higher Energy Yields

February 25, 2015 10:55 am | by Thomas Zoufal, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY | News | Comments

Magnetic nanoparticles can increase the performance of solar cells made from polymers - provided...

New Electrolyte Solution Rids Batteries of Short-Circuiting Fibers

February 25, 2015 9:35 am | by Franny White, DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

A new electrolyte for lithium batteries that's described in Nature Communications eliminates...

Apple’s Overseas High-Tech Data Hubs

February 23, 2015 12:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in high-tech data centers in Denmark and...

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EnOcean Launches Complete Wireless LED Control System

February 18, 2015 12:09 pm | by EnOcean | News | Comments

LED lighting is one of the most promising and fast-growing technologies of today. EnOcean now enables OEMs to unlock the full potential of LEDs with simple, easy-to-install, industry standard tools that offer energy conservation, personal control, and compliance ...          

Apple's $850M Solar Energy Project

February 11, 2015 10:14 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California ...                     

Obama Creates New Agency to Coordinate Cyberthreat Intelligence

February 11, 2015 10:13 am | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The White House is setting up a new agency designed to coordinate cyberthreat intelligence that currently is spread across the federal government. The agency will be modeled after the National Counter Terrorism Center ...                    

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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 ... 

HotSpot Episode 99: Gestured-Controlled Dinosaurs

February 2, 2015 11:11 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, controlling dinosaurs with hand gestures; a smart motorcycle helmet with augmented intelligence; a cloud-connected scooter that allows users to customize their ride; and a smart mattress that helps consumers fall asleep faster, and wake up at the right moments ...                  

New York City’s Largest Wind Turbine Stands 160-Feet Tall

January 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Sunset Park in Brooklyn gained New York City’s first commercial-scale wind turbine on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The almost 160-foot tall wind turbine will power Sunset Park’s Material Recovery Facility, the principal sorting and separation center for New York City’s residential curbside metal, glass, and plastic ... 

Where Does Bioenergy Fit Into a Low-Carbon Future?

January 16, 2015 9:47 am | by Audrey Resutek, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | News | Comments

Biofuels like ethanol and other forms of bioenergy are often seen as a key part of a low-carbon future. But large-scale production of these fuels, which are usually made from either food crops like corn and sugar cane, or from woody plants and grasses, would represent a major shift in how the world makes its energy and uses ... 

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 ...             

‘Iron Sun’ is Key to How Stars Transmit Energy

January 6, 2015 7:56 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Working at temperatures matching the interior of the sun, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine have been able to determine experimentally, for the first time in history, iron’s role in inhibiting energy transmission from the center of the sun to near the edge of ... 

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 ... 

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 ... 

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 ... 

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Stanford Faculty Awarded Seed Grants for Innovative Energy Research

December 15, 2014 12:23 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center andTomKat Center for Sustainable Energy have awarded eight seed grants totaling about $1.5 million for promising new research in clean technology and energy efficiency. "Seed funding supports early work on concepts that have ... 

Fuel Cells A Long Way From Mainstream, Despite Toyota Launch

December 12, 2014 11:10 am | by Neil Winton, Forbes Contributor | News | Comments

You would think that when an automotive giant like Toyota declared its fuel cell car ready for prime time, questions about hydrogen technology had been laid to rest. You’d be wrong. The loudest critics of fuel cells may have axes to grind. Electric car maker Telsa Motors’ CEO Elon Musk says hydrogen is more suitable for the upper stage of rockets than ... 

Micro-Windmills: From Lab to Market

December 9, 2014 4:40 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Articles | Comments

Not all design engineering ideas begin as sketches on a restaurant napkin. Some designs start in the labs at the most prestigious engineering schools around the world, such is the story of Jung-Chih (J.C.) Chiao and Smitha Rao’s micro-windmill that generates wind energy ...                             

Energy Harvesting Wireless Technology Applications

December 8, 2014 12:08 pm | by Jim O'Callaghan, President of EnOcean Inc. | Articles | Comments

The trend towards ultra-low power wireless communication is ongoing. It allows data communication wherever power-hungry standards like WiFi or GSM are not suitable. This is particularly interesting for high-density sensor networks that deliver information from hundreds or thousands of measuring points, enabling intelligent ... 

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 ...       

High-Tech Mirror to Beams Heat Away from Buildings Into Space

December 1, 2014 11:20 am | by Chris Cesare, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Stanford engineers have invented a revolutionary coating material that can help cool buildings, even on sunny days, by radiating heat away from the buildings and sending it directly into space ...                           

Electric Car Challenge Sparks Students’ STEM Interest

November 20, 2014 11:22 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Aspiring automotive engineers from 27 middle schools across New Mexico will compete in the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Highland High School gymnasium in Albuquerque. Forty-six teams will participate in a race, a design...

Scientists Get to the Heart of Fool's Gold as a Solar Material

November 19, 2014 11:40 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

As the installation of photovoltaic solar cells continues to accelerate, scientists are looking for inexpensive materials beyond the traditional silicon that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity. Theoretically, iron pyrite -- a cheap compound that makes a common mineral known as fool's gold -- could do the job, but when it works at all, the conversion ... 

Electronica 2014 Top Ten

November 19, 2014 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

ECN and WDD attended electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany. The show had more than 70,000 attendees, thousands of exhibitors, and an endless amount of new products. Here are our top ten products from the show ...                          

Google Data Center Powered by Dutch Wind Energy

November 18, 2014 10:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google says it will buy the entire output of an 18-turbine, 62-megawatt Dutch wind energy project in the Netherlands to supply power to a major data center it is building ...                   

A Bike Path Near Amsterdam Is Now Generating Solar Power

November 17, 2014 12:09 pm | by Randy Rieland | News | Comments

This week, in the Amsterdam suburb of Krommenie, a little stretch of bikeway officially opened to the public. It’s not all that long—not even three-quarters the length of an American football field—but it is perhaps a glimpse into the future for a country that has almost 22,000 miles ...

Toyota's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Coming to the U.S. in 2016

November 17, 2014 11:52 am | by Stan Schroeder, Mashable | News | Comments

Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell car finally has a name and a rollout plan. The water-vapor-producing vehicle, called Mirai, was first unveiled in June 2014 (its name means “future” in Japanese). The four-door sedan is coming to northeastern U.S. in ...

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