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Tunneling Across a Tiny Gap

April 7, 2015 2:11 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT, the University of Oklahoma, and Rutgers University have developed a model that explains how heat flows between objects separated by gaps of less than a nanometer. The team has developed a unified framework that calculates heat transport at finite gaps, and has shown that heat flow at sub-nanometer distances occurs not via radiation or conduction, but through “phonon tunneling ...”

Taking Aim with Precision-Guided Firearms

April 7, 2015 11:22 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Articles | Comments

Austin-based TrackingPoint has developed a fully integrated, precision-guided firearm system that is ideal for predator control and herd management ...

Marine Corps Leadership Pleased with 1st Successful Demo of DARPA’s PCAS

April 7, 2015 11:07 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program focuses on technologies to enable sharing of real-time situational awareness and weapons systems data through approaches designed to work with almost any aircraft ...

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Photos of the Day: DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support System

April 7, 2015 11:06 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

PCAS envisions more precise, prompt and easy air-ground coordination for CAS and other missions under stressful operational conditions and seeks to minimize the risk of friendly fire and collateral damage by enabling the use of smaller munitions to hit smaller, multiple or moving targets ... 

Narrow Band Transceiver Offers a Low-Power, Reliable Data Link

April 7, 2015 10:41 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The new Mini – MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) is a frequency programmable narrow band transceiver that offers a low-power, reliable data link in a Lemos/Radiometrix transceiver standard pin out and footprint. It is suitable for licensed and unlicensed VHF allocations, FCC part 90, and part 95. Applications include Multi-Use Radio Service ... 

Better Sensors for Medical Imaging, Contraband Detection

April 7, 2015 10:25 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT researchers have developed a new, ultra-sensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. It could lead to miniaturized, battery-powered devices for medical and materials imaging, contraband detection, and even geological exploration ...

College Tie-Ins Allow More to Join MI Robotics Craze

April 7, 2015 10:24 am | by MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press | News | Comments

An increasing number of students from Michigan's most financially strapped urban school districts, including Detroit and Flint, are joining robotics teams because local universities are making space and materials available at no charge ...

Wi-Fi Development Challenges - Software for Wi-Fi Enabled Devices

April 7, 2015 8:40 am | by Costas Pipilas, VP of Software Development and Co-founder, Econais | Blogs | Comments

For design engineers creating new Wi-Fi edge devices—whether for home or for industry, knowledge of the latest Wi-Fi software configuration and software is essential. This is especially true if these devices are destined to be connected to the cloud. You would need ... 

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HotSpot Episode 108: Festo Reveals Chameleon Tongue Gripper

April 6, 2015 11:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, the most ridiculous cookie jar; a chameleon tongue gripper that can pick up several objects in a single gripping process and put them down together; an interactive, motion-sensitive exhibit; and Amazon's dash button enables consumers to reorder products at the push of a button ...

New Camera Chip Provides Superfine 3D Resolution

April 6, 2015 11:02 am | by Jessica Stoller-Conrad, Caltech | News | Comments

A cheap, compact yet highly accurate new device known as a nanophotonic coherent imager (NCI) promises to change that. Using an inexpensive silicon chip less than a millimeter square in size, the NCI provides the highest depth-measurement accuracy of any such nanophotonic 3D imaging device ...

Stanford Scientist Recognized for Cryptography Innovations

April 6, 2015 10:47 am | News | Comments

Stanford computer scientist and electrical engineer Dan Boneh has been selected to receive the 2014 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences for technical contributions that have made cryptography easier to use ...

Giant Atom Smasher Starts Up after 2-Year Shutdown

April 6, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's biggest particle accelerator is back in action after a two-year shutdown and upgrade, embarking on a new mission that scientists hope could give them a look into the unseen dark universe ...

International Approvals Corner

April 6, 2015 9:16 am | by Lina Kwee-Nguyen, Manager, Market Access Group, TUV Rheinland | Blogs | Comments

When selling products in multiple markets, manufacturers must comply with each market’s regulations: from designing and testing the product to the specific standards to following each country’s customs and shipment rules. Following is an update on the major ... 

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Smart Wallet Buzzes When Lost

April 2, 2015 2:44 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

Losing one’s wallet is a common fear in the modern world, but with a new product currently up on Kickstarter your phone will be able to track your wallet – as long as they’re not both lost in the same place ...

Sensors Key to Preserving Battlefield Edge

April 2, 2015 1:56 pm | by David Vergun, U.S. Army | News | Comments

While modernization programs across the Department of Defense have shrunk, science and technology involving sensors and other capabilities has not - at least not yet, Dr. Mike Grove said. The reason for that support is that sensors are ...

AI is Learning to See the Forest in Spite of the Trees

April 2, 2015 1:48 pm | by Big Think | Videos | Comments

Stefan Weitz, Microsoft's Director of Search, explains that the future of machine learning consists of teaching artificial intelligence to identify patterns. This will allow, for instance, a search engine to ...

Do Girls Like Math?

April 2, 2015 12:17 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

This is a test: Where are the highest proportions of women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM): in affluent industrialized countries, or in less affluent, less economically developed countries ...

Photos of the Day: Quantum Teleportation on a Chip

April 2, 2015 12:15 pm | by Joanne Fryer, University of Bristol | News | Comments

The core circuits of quantum teleportation, which generate and detect quantum entanglement, have been successfully integrated into a photonic chip by an international team of scientists from the universities of Bristol, Tokyo, Southampton and NTT Device Technology Laboratories. These results pave the way to developing ultra-high-speed quantum computers and strengthening the security of communication ...

Robot Takes a Pounding in Dodgeball Barrage

April 2, 2015 11:31 am | by David Mantey, Melisa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we starting up the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, grabbing objects with a giant tongue gripper, and playing dodgeball with a bipedal robot ...

Photos of the Day: Galileo Satellites Enclosed for Launch

April 2, 2015 10:52 am | by ESA | News | Comments

Thousands of engineers have worked on the seventh and eighth navigation satellites of Europe’s Galileo constellation in recent years.The team from ESA and builders OHB in the S3B building of Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana looked ...

Keeping Engineers Better Informed

April 2, 2015 10:46 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Blogs | Comments

I wanted to reach out and share some of the new things that we’re doing in Advantage Business Media’s Design Engineering Group to make sure that you are the industry’s most informed design engineers at every stage of the development process ...

Parkinson's Diagnosis by Typing on a Keyboard

April 2, 2015 10:43 am | by Melanie Gonick/MIT | Videos | Comments

Using the researchers' algorithm for analyzing keystroke patterns could lead to the diagnosis of diseases that impair motor function, such as Parkinson's disease, much earlier than is now possible ...

Typing Patterns Help to Identify Early Onset of Parkinson’s

April 2, 2015 10:40 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a paper appearing in Scientific Reports, the researchers found that their algorithm for analyzing keystrokes could distinguish between typing done in the middle of the night, when sleep deprivation impairs motor skills, and typing performed when fully rested ...

Battery Energy Storage Project shows Promise for Electricity Network

April 2, 2015 10:30 am | by Michael Jacobson, Griffith University | News | Comments

According to the research from Griffith's School of Engineering and published in the journal Applied Energy, a forecast-based, three-phase battery energy storage scheduling and operation system provides benefits such as reduced peak demand, more efficient load balancing and better management of supply from solar photovoltaics (PV) ...

Stock Split could Cost Google over $500 Million

April 2, 2015 10:27 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

An unorthodox stock split designed to ensure Google CEO Larry Page and fellow co-founder Sergey Brin retain control of the Internet's most profitable company could cost Google more than half a billion dollars ...

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