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Was Microsoft Built on Stolen Goods?
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7/29/2016  Post a comment
For decades there have been rumors that Microsoft essentially copied DRI's CP/M operating system and sold it to IBM as MS-DOS. In just a few days, all will be revealed.
Readers Weigh In on the Best AI Movies
Blog 
7/28/2016  1 comment
We shared our list, now Design News readers tell us which artificial intelligence movies they watch again and again.
Research Uncovers Silicon-Air Battery That Runs More than 1,000 Hours
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7/28/2016  4 comments
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Fabrication Simplified for Medical Microrobots
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7/28/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have simplified the fabrication of the geometric requirements for fluid motion in microrobots for in vivo medical applications.
Electric Airplanes Reach for the Skies
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7/27/2016  6 comments
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s recently announced plan to put an electric airplane in the air by 2018 is forward-looking, but hardly unique.
These Engineering & Design Contests Will Bring Out the Competitor in All of Us
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7/27/2016  Post a comment
Engineers can channel the eye of the tiger and rise to the challenge, with a number of prize or award-giving contests out there to test your metal and intellectual prowess.
Vitamin B-Inspired Molecules Form Basis for Alt-Energy Storage
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7/27/2016  Post a comment
Harvard researchers have identified a new class of high-performing organic molecules in the development of redox flow batteries for alternative-energy storage.
Don't Cut That Grass! It Could One Day Power Your Home
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7/26/2016  5 comments
Researchers in the United Kingdom have found a sustainable way to derive hydrogen from grass to develop biofuel.
Loss and Success: One Engineer’s Story
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7/26/2016  2 comments
Without failure and loss, there is no success. Sadly, some failures and losses are greater than others. That’s certainly true of engineer and Space Race astronaut Gus Grissom.
Researchers Discover New Potential in Light Harvesting, Optoelectronics
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7/25/2016  Post a comment
Engineers in Australia have discovered a mechanism that could allow for the design of new composite materials for light harvesting and optoelectronics.
'Smart,' Sensor-Infused Thread Can Gather Diagnostic Data from Human Tissue
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7/22/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
Movement of Bacteria Used to Build Microscopic Wind Farm
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7/21/2016  Post a comment
Recent wind-energy research has set its sights on scaling up, with the development of some of the largest-ever wind turbine technology to take advantage of this type of energy on a grand scale.
Users Are Bored with Wearables Due to Lack of Accuracy
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7/20/2016  6 comments
Design flaws like lack of accurate information are causing early adopters of wearables to abandon the technology.
Zephyr OS, a ‘Secure IoT RTOS,’ You Say?
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7/20/2016  4 comments
It’s worth saying a word or two about IoT, if only because the air is so thick with nonsense on the subject that is it difficult to make meaningful progress without some clarification.
New MCU Designs Embrace the Platform Approach
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7/20/2016  Post a comment
MCUs are once again overloading on performance and memory to speed your designs. This time they're adopting a platform-oriented approach that completely integrates the system's hardware and software.
SoftBank’s ARM Buy Sends Ripples Through IoT, Semiconductor Industries
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7/19/2016  Post a comment
On the heels of Brexit and with plans stated to double UK staff and accelerate innovation, Japan's SoftBank will spend $32 billion to buy Cambridge-based ARM in a move that will have significant impact on the microprocessor industry and the Internet of Things for decades to come.
AI Beats Elite Fighter Pilots, Can Run on a Raspberry Pi
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7/19/2016  1 comment
ALPHA is an AI capable of beating experts at a flight simulation. And it does so with no more computing power than a Raspberry Pi.
SolarSkin Gives Residential Rooftop Solar Panels a More Attractive Look
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7/19/2016  Post a comment
A company called Sistine Solar makes rooftop solar installations more attractive with the design of solar panels that blend into their environment.
Nanogenerator Powers Implantable Heart Monitor in Live Animal
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7/18/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have demonstrated an implantable triboelectric nanogenerator (iTENG) for biomechanical energy harvesting in a living adult swine.
Nanosculptures Can Create Longer-Lasting Battery Electrodes
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7/15/2016  Post a comment
Scientists now have a key to working with liquid metals to create nanosculptures they said could create longer-lasting battery electrodes as well as improve other energy-related applications.
Mimicking Rose Petals Could Create a Better Solar Panel
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7/14/2016  1 comment
Researchers in Germany have emulated the epidermis of a rose petal in a transparent layer and integrated it into a solar cell to make it more efficient.
SmartFlower Makes Solar Energy Easy in All-In-One System
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7/13/2016  3 comments
SmartFlower is an all-in-one solar power system that can store, harvest, and generate solar power.
WaterCube Creates Drinking Water from Air Using Solar Energy
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7/12/2016  3 comments
A Dutch inventor has invented WaterCube, which creates clean drinking water from the air using solar energy.
Tiniest 3D-Printed Lenses Made with Femtosecond Lasers
Engineering Materials 
7/12/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have produced the smallest optical lenses ever made -- a diameter and height of only 125 microns (0.125 mm) -- using additive manufacturing.
Ion ‘Traffic Jams’ Are to Blame for Inefficient Batteries
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7/11/2016  2 comments
A newly-discovered phenomenon that explains why batteries lose efficiency has paved the way for better battery architectures and materials in the future.
The First 3D Printer for Microfluidic Devices Allows One-Step Prototyping
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7/11/2016  Post a comment
Dolomite Microfluidics has created the first fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer that allows virtually anyone to make rapid prototypes of fluidically sealed devices.
Power Behind the Protocols: Batteries and the IIoT
Blog 
7/8/2016  6 comments
Lithium batteries have become more advanced as remote wireless technologies and low-power communication protocols rapidly expand across industrial automation.
Automotive ‘Wellness Seat’ Aids Stressed Out Drivers
Automotive News 
7/8/2016  Post a comment
A new sensor-equipped automotive seat could make drivers happier, more comfortable and more alert.
'Artificial Eye' Sensor Can See in the Dark
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7/6/2016  Post a comment
Using an all-optical approach inspired by the eyes of fish, University of Wisconsin in Madison researchers have developed an image sensor capable of seeing in near pitch-black darkness.
G Marking for Low-Voltage Electrical Products: What You Should Know
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7/6/2016  Post a comment
G marking is similar in design to European Union notified body schemes that require a higher degree of third-party oversight from accredited labs and their notified bodies. After primary focus on select product types, attention has been turned to some low-voltage electrical products as mandatory G marking items, as of July 1, 2016.
Solar Paper Is Ultra-Thin for Charging on the Go
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7/5/2016  Post a comment
As battery researchers work on improving the life of future batteries being developed for mobile devices, others are working on portable ways to charge devices on the go when their power sources go flat.
Pico Wants VR to be a Stand-Alone, Mobile Experience
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7/1/2016  Post a comment
Pico Interactive is developing a stand-alone system, the Pico Neo, that it hopes will transform virtual reality into a more mobile and accessible experience.
Slim Solar Cells Provide Flexible Power for Wearables
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7/1/2016  Post a comment
Wearable electronics may soon have another alternative to cumbersome batteries for power with the development of a new ultra-thin solar cell flexible enough to wrap around a pencil.
8 STEM Activities to Fight Summer Boredom
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6/30/2016  1 comment
DIY candy, journeys to Mars, coding for road trips, and more. These STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity options will keep kids engaged this summer, from 10-minute activities to more advanced undertakings.
Chaos Happens: What to Do About it on Your Next Product Development Project
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6/30/2016  5 comments
Nothing is more frustrating than developing a plan and then, in the heat of the battle, having to diverge from the plan when chaos happens.
Mean Green Racing Makes Huge Strides in the 2016 Formula SAE Lincoln Competition
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6/30/2016  Post a comment
In June, teams from across the US, and several countries worldwide, competed for awards in multiple categories at the 2016 Formula SAE Lincoln competition.
Get Hands On When Debugging Real-time Embedded Software
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6/30/2016  1 comment
A 45-minute per day free course will take place July 11-15, and will walk engineers through a hands-on approach to debugging real-time embedded software.
Will Tour de France Cyclists Seek an Electric Boost?
Electronics News 
6/29/2016  6 comments
Forget doping. Officials at this year’s Tour de France are looking for a very different form of cheating -- electric motors hidden inside the seat tubes of bicycles.
Japan Hits the Hard Reset Button on IoT Growth
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6/29/2016  Post a comment
Through my first-hand experience at MEMS Engineer Forum in Japan, it’s clear to me that the IoT is real and that the Japanese are amply prepared for it and are executing on it today.
Bionic Leaf Uses Photosynthesis-Like Method to Turn Solar Energy into Liquid Fuel
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6/29/2016  3 comments
A cross-disciplinary team of scientists at Harvard University have invented a bionic leaf that can turn solar energy into fuel.
New Roomba Can 'See' and Be The Heart of Your Smart Home
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6/28/2016  1 comment
Your home could someday be filled with hundreds of connected devices. What's going to coordinate it all? According to iRobot, it could be a vacuum with machine vision.
Nanocavity Paves Way for Thinner Solar Panels, Optoelectronic Devices
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6/28/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Buffalo have developed a nanocavity to potentially improve the design of ultrathin solar panels, video cameras, and other optoelectronic devices.
Is the IIoT Getting Out of Control?
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6/27/2016  5 comments
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply don’t need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Super-Sized Wind Turbine Can Improve Output While Saving Money
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6/27/2016  5 comments
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
Advice From Silicon Valley’s Longest-Serving CEO
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6/27/2016  1 comment
Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley's longest-running CEO, shares some of his thoughts on innovation, procrastination, and why you shouldn't put customers first.
Your Sensor Needs to be a Differentiator, Not a Feature
Blog 
6/24/2016  1 comment
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
CAD on the Run Speeds Formula One Racing
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6/24/2016  Post a comment
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Latest 3D Printer Design Inspired by Cocooning Caterpillars
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6/23/2016  2 comments
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
Head-Up Displays, Haptics Top List of Future Interfaces
Electronics News 
6/23/2016  Post a comment
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
The Latest Sensor Improves Hands-Free Faucets
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6/22/2016  6 comments
A new time-of-flight sensor could offer a solution to the problem of balky, touch-free faucets in public washrooms.
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