Log on to your computer today? Most of us couldn't do business without interactive computer capability. But without a modem for efficient data transfer, that PC or Mac on your desk would essentially be a word-processing paperweight. A noted mentor, John Bingham literally wrote the book on modems--his Theory and Practice of Modem Design is considered the major reference work by those in the industry, where he is regarded as "Mr. Modem." He invented the full-duplex modem with coherent detection in 1973 and has been at the forefront of high-speed developments ever since--culminating in the latest V.90 standard. Holder of 13 patents, Bingham has worked directly for eight companies in the Bay Area, founding two of them. Most recently with Amati Communications, now part of Texas Instruments, Bingham now consults with developers and is finishing his latest book on xDSL (expanded Digital Subscriber Line) technology that is allowing copper lines to challenge fiber optics for individual-subscriber, high-speed data transfer.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering fields; from medical devices and pharmaceuticals to more cutting-edge areas like tissue, genetic, and neural engineering, US biomedical engineers (BMEs) boast salaries nearly double the annual mean wage and have faster than average job growth.
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