When the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is doing the judging, even the compact cameras in cell phones are too large. DARPA wants to combine biosensors with integrated printed optoelectronics in what it calls Printed Diagnostic Arrays.
Next-generation portable diagnostic systems need to efficiently perform multi-parameter measurements of tiny amounts of fluid samples. However, the commercialization of such mobile applications has been hampered by the expensive and bulky CCD cameras, and other optical readout equipment now make that impossible. Bioident Technologies Inc. is working with the U.S. Naval Research Lab. to develop organic photodiodes that can replace the CCD camera and lens system.
In many engineering workplaces, there’s a generational conflict between recent engineering graduates and older, more experienced engineers. However, a recent study published in the psychology journal Cognition suggests that both may have something to learn from another group: 4 year olds.
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.
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