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Iodine-Laced Bindis Fight Malnutrition

April 9, 2015 | by David Mantey, Melisa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re savings lives with a tiny dot, driving a super-efficient SuperTruck, rewriting rock history, and going to auction to bet on TRONs light cycle ...

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Wireless Minute: IoT Goes to the Dogs

April 28, 2015 10:00 am | by Alex Shanahan, David Mantey | Comments

Dogtelligent's Connected Collar will train, track and manage your dog's health, activity, and safety. The Connected Collar syncs with an app to track your dog’s location. It also tracks your dog’s activities throughout the day and can serve as a hub for information for your ... 

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Wireless Minute: NailO Turns Your Fingernail Into a Tiny Trackpad

April 27, 2015 12:36 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Janine Mooney | Comments

Whenever I'm cooking, it's always difficult to actually prepare the meal, hold seven hundred things in your hand, and then flip the page on the recipe book to see what the next step is. The NailO wants to help. A team at the MIT Media Lab is developing a thumbnail-mounted ... 

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The First 3D-Printed, Battery Powered Rocket

April 22, 2015 2:22 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Comments

A month ago, we discussed the world’s first 3D-printed jet engine from Australia’s Monash University. Not to be outdone, a Lockheed Martin-funded startup has created a rocket that is not only 3D-printed but which uses batteries instead of traditional fuel....

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HotSpot Episode 110: Sensor Can Detect Spoiled Meat

April 20, 2015 9:08 am | by Eric Sorensen, Jon Dipierro, Janine E. Mooney | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, the Swimmo smartwatch and personal underwater swimming coach; the new Jawbone UP4 partners with American Express to bring mobile payments to the fitness band; scientists at The Ohio State University developed a prototype treadmill that adjusts its own speed; and MIT chemists developed a sensor that can detect spoiled meat ... 

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An Electric Vehicle Designed for Antarctica

April 16, 2015 4:56 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Comments

Though electric vehicles are a common topic on technology and consumer blogs, rarely do your hear the technology partnered with the word Antarctica. But, for scientists who live and work there, it’s an interesting exploration into what types of vehicles are ideal....

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NASA Prepares to Crash into Mercury

April 16, 2015 12:28 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Comments

At the end of this month, and after more than 10 years in space, NASA's MESSENGER mission will end when the spacecraft crashes into Mercury at more than 8,750 miles per hour. An on-board altimeter, which mapped Mercury's surface, is helping navigate the ... 

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HotSpot Episode 109: High-Tech Armor Monitors Damage to Combatant

April 13, 2015 12:20 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, TE signs female driver; an invention by Tel Aviv University researchers may be able to turn smartphones into powerful hyperspectral sensors; researchers are helping blind rats see using an implanted compass; and Unified Weapons Master is developing ... 

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Driverless Vehicle Makes a Cross-Country Trek

April 10, 2015 9:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Comments

There has been a lot of enthusiasm and quite a bit of criticism when it comes to self-driving cars. They’ve proven themselves capable on shorter trips,  but Delphi has undertaken a whole other challenge. An across-the-country road trip....

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Fast Charging, High-Performance Aluminum Battery

April 7, 2015 10:41 am | by Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy | Comments

Stanford University Professor Hongjie Dai and colleagues have developed the first high-performance aluminum battery that’s fast charging, long lasting and inexpensive. The flexible, non-flammable device produces 2 volts of electricity ...

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HotSpot Episode 108: Festo Reveals Chameleon Tongue Gripper

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

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The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready

April 6, 2015 10:28 am | by Bill Gates, TED Talk | Comments

Bill Gates suggests, to put all our good ideas into practice, from scenario planning to vaccine research to health worker training ... 

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

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

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Robot Takes a Pounding in Dodgeball Barrage

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

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Parkinson's Diagnosis by Typing on a Keyboard

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

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Using Sonar to Navigate the World

April 1, 2015 10:29 am | by Daniel Kish, TED Talk | Comments

Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to “see” using a form of echolocation. He clicks his tongue and sends out flashes of sound that bounce off surfaces in the environment and return to him, helping him to construct an understanding of the space around him. In a rousing talk, Kish demonstrates how this works ...

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