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Engineering Newswire 62: Shock Your Boss with a Cell Phone Taser

Thu, 10/24/2013 - 11:57am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re crash landing the Ferrari of space, seeing through traffic, making bionic plants, and testing the sting of the Yellow Jacket Personal Protection Device, by zapping executive editor, David Mantey. This episode features:

  • End of the Road for the Ferrari of Space: The GOCE satellite, from the European Space Agency, has been orbiting the Earth at the lowest altitude of any research satellite for the last four years. Now, the satellite has reached the end of the road.
  • See-Through Cars: A team of researchers at the University of Porto in Portugal may have found a solution to this type of driving frustration with their new augmented reality system that allows drivers to see through traffic.
  • Bionic Plants: Cornell researchers are embedding fingertip-sized silicon chips containing hypersensitive, microfluidic water sensors into plants.
  • This Yellow Jacket Stings: The Yellow Jacket is a cell phone accessory combines your average case with an extended battery pack and a personal protection device – a high voltage stun gun.

Do you have story ideas? Comment below and we’ll cover them in our next episode.

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