StarLight is a new international high-speed optical-fiber network connection that operates at speeds up to 2.5 gigabits per second. Even higher speeds are expected this spring. StarLight is a stable, high-speed link for testing hardware reliability and other advanced scientific work from both public and private information-technology clients. "It's still in the experimental phase," says University of Illinois Engineering Writer Paul Francuch. The connection point is operated jointly by the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, and Argonne National Laboratory. Funding comes from the National Science Foundation. For more information, visit www.startap.net/starlight.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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