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The Army's Drone Airport

December 15, 2014 | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The Army isn’t normally associated with drones — or Unmanned Aerial Systems, as they prefer them to be called. The popular Predator and Reaper models are operated by the Air Force from Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. But the Army has a host of fully armed ...

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When We Teach Computers to Learn

December 16, 2014 2:06 pm | by Jeremy Howard, TED | Comments

What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos ...              

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HotSpot Episode 93: Stuffing Bras with Actuators and Sensing Tech

December 15, 2014 12:30 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, researchers are stuffing bras with actuators and sensing technologies; Berkeley engineers are building organic optoelectronic sensors that can be slapped on like a Band-Aid; Wii’s are rehabbing stroke survivors; and a new technology is significantly lowering UAV costs ... 

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Eye-Tracking Subconscious Menu

December 11, 2014 3:52 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The tulip concentrating solar power plant is officially opening its first commercial site in Ethiopia. This will be the third tulip site to be created. There is one in Israel and one in Spain, but the previous operations have been focused on research and ...

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Automatic License Plate Reader

December 11, 2014 3:25 pm | by Catherine Crump, TED Talk | Comments

A very unsexy-sounding piece of technology could mean that the police know where you go, with whom, and when: the automatic license plate reader. These cameras are innocuously placed all across small-town America to catch known criminals, but as lawyer and TED Fellow Catherine Crump shows ...                         

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Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM? (On Demand)

December 10, 2014 8:44 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students ...

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Detecting Gases with a Smartphone

December 9, 2014 10:58 am | by Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT | Comments

These inexpensive sensors could be widely deployed, making it easier to monitor public spaces or detect food spoilage in warehouses. Using this system, the researchers have demonstrated that they can detect gaseous ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, and cyclohexanone, among ...               

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Exclusive Interview with Mythbusters Star Grant Imahara

December 8, 2014 3:27 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

WDD's Editor in Chief, Janine Mooney, interviews Grant Imahara from Mythbusters at Electronica 2014. Engineer and longtime Mouser Electronics' customer Grant Imahara of Mythbusters fame is teaming up with the global distributor on an exciting new Empowering Innovation Together campaign. Together Mouser and Mr. Imahara will invite ... 

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HotSpot Episode 92: Flying Inventory Robots Keep Track of Products

December 8, 2014 9:55 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, the BMW Group tests the Google Glass in quality assurance department; an atomic memory with outstanding parameters; American Certification Body announces agreement with ART-FI and EMTREK; and inventory robots that track product ...                               

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AWS-3 Spectrum Auction

December 5, 2014 11:32 pm | by Scott Belcher, TIA | Comments

Belcher comments, “Today we celebrate the remarkable success of the FCC’s current spectrum auction...we now call upon the FCC to conduct a voluntary incentive auction for broadcast spectrum in 2016. To be successful ...

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Stephen Hawking Gets an Upgrade

December 4, 2014 4:30 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | 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 ...       

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Law Enforcement Tests Smart Pistols

December 4, 2014 1:48 pm | by CBS Evening News | Comments

Law enforcement in California is testing smart pistols equipped with technology that alerts police dispatchers whenever their gun is unholstered or fired ...                          

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Understanding IP2

December 3, 2014 12:27 pm | by Plextek RFI | Comments

In this video tutorial, Andy includes an explanation of intermodulation products in microwave amplifiers. An understanding of second order intercept point (IP2) is presented, along with the second harmonic intercept point (SHI) ...                        

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Filming Injustice in the World’s Most Dangerous Places

December 2, 2014 3:56 pm | by Oren Yakobovich, TED Talk | Comments

To see is to believe, says Oren Yakobovich — which is why he helps everyday people use hidden cameras to film dangerous situations of violence, political fraud and abuse. His organization, Videre, uncovers, verifies and publicizes human-rights abuses that the world needs to witness ...                

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Making Nuclear Weapons Uncrackable

December 1, 2014 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a wireless button for anything; making nuclear weapons uncrackable; an eye-tracking upgrade for the Oculus Rift DK2 virtual reality headset; and a Internet-connected golf putter that helps your game ...                                   

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Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM?

November 24, 2014 1:28 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students, we are experiencing a surge in the STEM movement to (at least) encourage children to develop the ... 

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