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Engineering Update #112: Record-Breaking Hydrogen Car

May 28, 2015 | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney | Comments

A hydrogen powered racing car built by Tu Delft has successful completed a lap on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. The car, called the Forze six completed the 13 mile course which includes 73 corners in under 11 minutes. That makes it faster than any ... 

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A VTOL Plug-In Hybrid-Electric Flying Car

May 14, 2015 1:34 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Comments

It’s fair to say that flying cars have excited the public’s imagination since at least the 1920s when Henry Ford produced a flimsy aircraft that garnered press but ultimately killed its pilot. And the excitement continued throughout the 20th century....


HotSpot Episode 112: 3D Printed Human Tissue

May 11, 2015 11:42 am | by Eric Sorensen, Jon Dipierro, Sarah Goncalves, Janine E. Mooney | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot: most college kids spend their time printing out notes or term papers. But human organs?  In the dorms of the University of Pennsylvania, Daniel Cabrera and his colleagues designed a tool that essentially “prints” artificial, biological ... 


HotSpot Episode 111: Control Your Home with Hook

May 4, 2015 1:49 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Jon Dipierro, Janine E. Mooney | Comments

Hack-a-Joe Labs wants to make your life easier. Do you ever hop into bed and realize that you forgot to turn off your lamp? Well now you don't need to get out of bed to do it. And no this is not a clap on, clap off lamp. Hook is a device that connects inexpensive remote-controlled ... 


An All-Girls Engineering Class

May 1, 2015 11:45 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Comments

Women make up only 14 percent of engineers, and the lack of female engineers in the field has been a topic of much discussion and concern. Morristown High School in Morristown, New Jersey has been experiencing this problem firsthand....


Wireless Minute: SALT Card Enables Keyless Entry for Your Phone

May 1, 2015 9:38 am | by Jon Dipierro, Janine E. Mooney | Comments

The SALT Card wants to put an end to repeatedly typing passwords on your phone and the constant hovering your finger on a sensor waiting for it to unlock. If you, your phone, and your salt card are within 10 feet of each other, the credit card-sized gadget will ... 


Wireless Minute: New Knob Nixes Need for Kitchen Fixes

April 30, 2015 12:45 pm | by Alex Shanahan, David Mantey | Comments

A new Kickstarter campaign promises to cook your food perfectly using a new attachment for your stove. You know, just to make it easier to give up on any skill required for self-reliance. The Meld is a knob that attaches to your gas or electric stove. It senses temperature ... 


Wireless Minute: Sleep Mask Enables Subliminal Learning

April 29, 2015 11:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Janine E. Mooney | Comments

The SonnoBT Sleep Mask weighs 3.7 ounces and is super soft. It doesn't have any buckles or snaps that dig into your head while you snooze, and you can easily wear it and sleep any which way you choose. It blocks out light and sounds, so you can actually get a full, uninterrupted ... 


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 ... 


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....


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 ... 


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....


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 ... 


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 ... 


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....


How to Land on a Comet

April 9, 2015 2:16 pm | by Fred Jansen, TED Talk | Comments

As manager of the Rosetta mission, Fred Jansen was responsible for the successful 2014 landing of a probe on the comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In this fascinating and funny talk, Jansen reveals some of the intricate calculations that went into landing the Philae probe ...



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