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Published: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:00:00 GMT

 



Why the Automotive Future Will Be Dominated by Fuel Cells

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:00:00 GMT

Range, adaptability, and refueling time will put hydrogen fuel cells ahead of the competition


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ARPA-E Under Trump

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 19:04:00 GMT

Some of the work of the U.S. Department of Energy's advanced research wing fits fine with Trump's priorities, but analysts worry the next generation of solar tech could suffer


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Germany's Aggressive Switch to Renewables Will Save €149 Billion

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 19:00:00 GMT

The country’s goal of lowering its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020 is yielding dividends in addition to cleaner air.


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Why Ex-Hacker George Hotz is Giving Away Self-Driving Software

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:16:00 GMT

Hotz's startup, comma.ai, has given up trying to sell self-driving systems and gone open source


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Novel Electrode Structure Provides New Promise for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:00:00 GMT

Nanotubes encapsulate Li-S electrodes, trapping polysulfides while enhancing conductivity


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The Crazy Security Behind the Birth of Zcash, the Inside Story

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:50:00 GMT

Zcash, the new anonymous cryptocurrency, was born in a cloak-and-dagger cocoon of digital secrecy. There was just one little problem


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Innovation in Transformers: Alternative Fluids on the Rise

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:30:00 GMT

7 December 2016 The webinar focuses on the main regulations and characteristics of esters in comparison to conventional mineral oil. The benefits that apply to alternative fluids, like eco-footprint, safety, space limitations and performance will be presented on the basis of several use cases. Technological aspects will be covered as well as operational experiences.






Startup Says Beaming Millimeter Waves Over the Air Will Make It a Star in Ultra-Fast Wireless Broadband

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:00:00 GMT

Following its splashy debut, the Boston startup called Starry has quietly tested millimeter waves to wirelessly deliver broadband Internet service with peak speeds up to 1 gigabit per second


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Facebook's H-1B Software Engineer Salaries Climb Six Percent Annually. Google's Go Up Two Percent; Uber's Drop

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:00:00 GMT

A new online tool for easy browsing of hardware and software engineer salaries dips into H1B visa data


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Why Do Hackers Love to Attack Canada’s Energy Departments?

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:30:00 GMT

New statistics reveal the Canadian government's natural resources, energy, and environment agencies were hacked hard in 2016


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Graphene-based Antenna Still Looking for Path to Commercialization

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 21:19:00 GMT

It does everything a metal antenna can do and more, but it hasn't been adopted yet


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Lights for the Enlightened: An Engineering Trek in the Himalayas

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 20:00:00 GMT

How a band of techie volunteers electrified Lingshed monastery and school


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IEEE Smart Village and Its partner Global Himalayan Expedition Bring Solar-Generated Electricity to Lingshed Monastery

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 20:00:00 GMT

It’s just the latest effort in Smart Village’s mission to bring electricity to more than 50 million people by 2025


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Deep Learning Startup Maluuba's AI Wants to Talk to You

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:12:00 GMT

Maluuba sees reading comprehension and conversation as key to true AI. It's built a new way to train AIs on those skills


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The Chirp Heard ‘Round the Universe

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:14:00 GMT

Analog Devices and LIGO advance science with amazing solutions


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The Man Who Invented VR Goggles 50 Years Too Soon

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:00:00 GMT

Hugo Gernsback believed millions yearned for his 3D TV eyeglasses


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Robot Gift Guide 2016

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:58:00 GMT

A dozen robots that we promise will make fantastic holiday gifts


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First Graphene Photodetector To Operate in the Microwave

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:00:00 GMT

New photodetector is 100,000 times as sensitive to light as previous graphene photodetectors


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Sensor Fusion: Potential, Challenges, and Applications

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:35:00 GMT

6 December 2016 This webinar will examine the potential of sensor fusion, applications to aerial and mobile mapping, major challenges, and their design solutions.



Tools for Would-Be Biohackers: Here Come 3 Mini-Labs

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:00:00 GMT

These desktop gadgets should make DIY genetic engineering much easier


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Can Israeli Start-up Oryx Oust Lidar From Self-Driving Cars?

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:00:00 GMT

New sensing tech uses infrared lasers and tiny nanoantennas on a chip


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Lego, Crayola, and Others Imagine Autonomous Cars of 2050 in Futuristic Design Challenge

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:00:00 GMT

The 2016 LA Auto Show Design Challenge showed some innovative and bizarre concepts for 2050s travel


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Germanium Can Take Transistors Where Silicon Can’t

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:00:00 GMT

The material inside the first transistors could have a new life at the cutting edge


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The Robot Revolution Comes to Synthetic Biology

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:00:00 GMT

Automation allows thousands of possibilities when building weird new organisms


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Neuroscientists Wirelessly Control the Brain of a Scampering Lab Mouse

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:00:00 GMT

With wireless optogenetic tools, neuroscientists steer mice around their cages


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Raytheon Sets Phasers to Drone Destruction with Directed Energy Weapon Test

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:56:00 GMT

Raytheon's Phaser microwave weapons system can fry swarms of drones at long range


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Cheap, Rugged, Sweat-Sensing Skin Patch Hints at Bloodless Testing

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:25:00 GMT

A wearable device capable of reading health signs from sweat could become so cheap that it's disposable


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Women Encourage Other Women to Lead and Discover Their Inner Entrepreneur

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:00:00 GMT

Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders Join Forces to Celebrate Women ’s Entrepreneurship Day in San Francisco


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Kenyan Startup Uses the Sun to Turn Human Waste into Cooking Fuel

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:00:00 GMT

A Kenyan startup scales up its processing of human waste with a new continuous flow system creating a new fuel stream for cooking


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Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 20:00:00 GMT

Our annual roundup of techie presents for every budget


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How Root Wants to Bring Coding to Every Classroom

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:38:00 GMT

Root is a programmable robot that solves the main problem with teaching kids to code: it helps grown-ups learn to code too


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Why Southern China Broke Up Its Power Grid

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:00:00 GMT

An abundance of high-voltage DC makes big AC grids unstable


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Indium Selenide Takes on the Mantle of the New Wonder Material

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:00:00 GMT

New material ticks all the boxes for future super-fast electronics


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Building 8-Bit Bots

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:00:00 GMT

An Apple IIe and a Commodore 64 are pressed into service


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Simulating Acoustics in Transducers, Mobile Devices, and Hearing Aids

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:45:00 GMT

15 December 2016 In this presentation we will demonstrate modeling small devices such as miniature loudspeakers, microphones, hearing aids, and mobile devices using COMSOL Multiphysics®.



Japan’s Upgraded Mobile Mapping Technology Aims to Make Autonomous Driving Safer

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:30:00 GMT

Mitsubishi Electric to take its new mapping technology overseas


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Beyond Touch: Tomorrow’s Devices Will Use MEMS Ultrasound to Hear Your Gestures

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:00:00 GMT

Touch screens are on the way out; piezoelectric gesture control is on the way in


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Brain Cancer Patients Survive Longer by Sending Electric Fields Through Their Heads

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:00 GMT

The Optune device is also being tested as a treatment for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer


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Coreless Packaging Technology for Compact, High-Performance Mobile Devices

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:00 GMT

20 December 2016 During this webinar we analyze SI/PI performance of two test vehicles, one a standard thick core symmetric design and the other a coreless substrate, and demonstrate how design optimization through asymmetry in the substrate thickness direction along with mechanical/thermal treatment and low CTE material usage can improve thermal warpage issues.



Who’s Hiring? Who’s Firing? Checking in on Tech Jobs, Starting With Bad News From Volkswagen

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:30:00 GMT

Volkswagen cuts 30,000, NetApp, and Marvell also slash jobs. But Tinder is on the hunt in Silicon Valley and Tesla puts out a help-wanted sign in Germany


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Radome Simulation

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 02:00:00 GMT

15 December 2016 In this webinar we will show how radomes can be tackled through electromagnetic simulation. We will introduce the topic with a range of applications, discuss the figures-of-merit for robust designs and focus on examples that illustrate how the Complete Technology of CST STUDIO SUITE can be used to achieve an optimal radome design.



China as the New No. 1? Not Quite

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:00:00 GMT

Economic growth isn’t as high as billed, and besides, it doesn’t give the whole story


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Graphene Solar Absorber Could Enable Cheap Thermal Desalination

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:00:00 GMT

Researchers take a step toward a low-cost, portable water desalination system suited for developing countries and remote areas


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Accurate simulations of Multistage Axial VIRCATORS operating in S-Band using CST PARTICLE STUDIO®

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:09:00 GMT

8 December 2016 The webinar will propose new VIRCATOR structures with reflectors embedded in the output circular waveguide in order to increase the output power. To predict a robust design for an experimental setup, the environment influence is discussed in terms of losses which can affect the operating frequencies and thus the output power.



NABiRoS Robot Makes Us Wonder Why We All Don't Walk Sideways

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:47:00 GMT

A robot built like an ironing board is surprisingly good at walking without falling over


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NuTonomy to Test a Robotaxi in Boston

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:25:00 GMT

The company will expand the autonomous-taxi experiment it began some months ago in Singapore



Behold the Cloud of Clouds: The Intercloud

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:00:00 GMT

Cloud computing is raining metaphors


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Simulating Electromagnetic Shielding in Electronics and Transportation Applications

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:55:00 GMT

1 December 2016 This webinar will explore the electromagnetic simulation of shields at both the electronics and vehicular level, while demonstrating how special modeling techniques applied in the 3D TLM method can be used to improve the efficiency of capturing the important coupling mechanisms, including for lightning strike analysis.



Avoid the High Cost of Quality failure

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:50:00 GMT

If you're a modern product development company could fictional Star Wars characters teach you valuable product development lessons to ensure your quality success? As any Star Wars fan and good quality expert or operation manager will attest—you bet your movie-quality Chewbacca mask it can!



Nanoantenna Changes Direction of Light and the Prospects of Optical Computing

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:30:00 GMT

Silicon nanoparticles change the direction of light based on the intensity of the lncoming light


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How Finland Could Ban Coal by 2030

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:00:00 GMT

Some industry members, politicians, and researchers believe a proposal in Finland is far from being a pipe dream


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Video Friday: Self-Racing Cars, Robot Grumpy Cat, and Where's Keepon?

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:45:00 GMT

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos


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A Blockchain Currency That Beats Bitcoin On Privacy

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:00:00 GMT

Zcash’s new cryptocurrency promises complete anonymity


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For Precise Hand Tracking in Virtual Reality, Start With a Magnetic Field

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:00:00 GMT

Startup Ommo wants to take a magnetic field generator in your pocket and sensors on your fingertips into the world of virtual reality


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Boost Communications Performance with Embedded SSDs

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 03:34:00 GMT

To handle today’s massive and ever-increasing amounts of data traffic, business communications equipment requires performance. Every system component, large and small, must be meticulously selected to eke out greater performance gains. Find out how embedded solid-state drives (SSDs) deliver space-saving capacity to boards and modules to enhance flexibility, scalability, and ruggedness.



Accelerate NFV Migration with Probe-based Service

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 01:31:00 GMT

Network function virtualization (NFV) is radically changing the communications deployment model, taking a top-down approach to molding the network to service requirements. The missing components in this transition are probe solutions that can address hybrid environments encompassing both virtual and physical networks. Discover a virtual probe function that delivers true end-to-end network visibility.



A Ring of Smartphones Plus a Wearable Makes You the Star of Your Own Gameday Video

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:58:00 GMT

Startup Peeq introduces a system that combines video from smartphones and data from a tracker to automatically edit a personalized highlight reel of team sports


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Combatting Driver Fatigue with Mobile Surveillance

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 21:23:00 GMT

Driver fatigue is a leading cause of traffic accidents for heavy-duty vehicles such as mining trucks, excavators, bulldozers, cranes, cargo trucks, and buses. Their drivers need a rapid alert system to keep them awake and on the road. Find out about an in-vehicle surveillance platform that uses a camera to monitor drivers for fatigue, analyzing video in real-time to activate alerts and wireless communications.



Electronic Ice and an App for Sore Muscles

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 19:30:00 GMT

Startup RecoverX says its portable ice therapy machine replaces hot packs too


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High-Power Solid State Pulsed Amplifiers Application Note

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 18:53:00 GMT

When discussing high field-strength EMC radiated susceptibility testing, TWTA technology has been the only available option for pulsed field generation for years. Now, there is a very attractive alternative to this technology. AR now offers high-power Solid State pulsed amplifiers that include various frequency ranges and output power levels to meet several standards.



Flo Labs' IoT Gadget Is Like Waze—for Surfers

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:30:00 GMT

Flo Labs packs an IoT puck with sensors to collect and share data on surf conditions and track rides


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Tactical Haptics Puts Real Force Feedback in a Handheld VR Controller

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 GMT

A controller that can twist in your hand makes VR even more immersive


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Cockroach Robot Flips Itself With Insect-Inspired Wings

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:57:00 GMT

Using cockroach-like shells and wings keeps this robot bug upright and mobile


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U.S. Says EVs Must Make Noise to Warn Pedestrians

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:48:00 GMT

And Tesla wants to use robocar smarts to transmit the noise selectively


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Empower vCPE Services with Layer 7 Visibility

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:28:00 GMT

Virtual Customer Premise Equipment (vCPE) enables service providers to offer new value-added services such as next-generation firewalls, application-specific quality of service (QoS), and service chaining with a web-like delivery model. Explore a Layer 7 classification engine that enables vCPE solutions to utilize real-time application and subscriber information to deliver a high degree of personalization.



Meet BALLU, UCLA's Humanoid Blimp Robot

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:40:00 GMT

A hybrid between a blimp and a humanoid robot can do amazing things


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Soft Acoustic Sensors Could Monitor Hearts, Recognize Speech

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:30:00 GMT

New devices could lead to speech control of video games and robots


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Building a Better Grid Backup

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:00:00 GMT

Even as the first grid-scale batteries come online, ARPA-E underwrites R&D for next-generation grid storage


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Programmable Millimeter-Wave Mirror Makes VR Wireless

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:00:00 GMT

MIT's MoVR phased-array reflector solves the line-of-sight issues holding back wireless VR


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World's First 5G-Connected Cars Demo'd in Korea

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:00:00 GMT

The cars chatted with sub-millisecond lag, enough to make coordinated action feasible


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"Back to the Future" Serves as Inspiration for Clothing With a Solar-Powered Battery

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:00:00 GMT

Researchers develop a ribbonlike device that can harvest light, convert it into electricity, and then store that electricity


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This Robot Can Fly a Plane From Takeoff to Landing

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:58:00 GMT

KAIST's PIBOT can sit in the pilot's seat and fly a regular aicraft just like a human would


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Robot-Plant Biohybrids Growing in European Laboratories

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:01:00 GMT

I don't know what a robot-plant biohybrid is, but I'm sure there's a horror movie in there somewhere


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What Makes a Good PV Technology?

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:01:00 GMT

Comparing maximum efficiency is a good place to start, but it takes more than that for a commercial breakthrough


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