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HAL Wins: Computer Program Bests Humans at 'Space Invaders'

February 26, 2015 9:29 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Computers already have bested human champions in "Jeopardy!" and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone to master an entirely new level: "Space Invaders." Google scientists have cooked up software that can do ...    


Making Art with Smart Ballet Shoes

February 26, 2015 9:27 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A Spanish artist has developed an elegant, digital wearable with a twist: pointe shoes that can track a ballet dancer’s motions and visually display their path. The pointe shoes, called E-Traces, record the pressure exerted and the ...  


IBM Outlines Plan to Revamp Business for Investors

February 26, 2015 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM's CEO says the company's plan to revamp its business to shift away from hardware and focus on business analytics, cloud computing, mobile services and security is on track. In a media briefing ahead of an investor conference ...  


Strong Reliability Scores Should Help Buick Brand's Rebirth

February 26, 2015 9:22 am | by Tom Krisher & Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Buick, the brand that once was the pace car for the drive to the senior center, has made a comeback by appealing to buyers not yet ready for retirement. U.S. sales rose 11 percent in 2014. In China, Buick's biggest market, sales gained almost ...


New Animation Tools Bring Images to Life

February 26, 2015 9:21 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

3D artists and animators have a new tool to add to their arsenal. KeyShot 5.2, with support for SolidWorks 2015, was announced on Feb. 24 by Luxion, creator of the rendering and lighting program. KeyShot uses real time ray tracing and ...


Federal Jury Orders Apple to Pay $532.9M in Patent Dispute

February 26, 2015 9:20 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple has been ordered to pay nearly $533 million by a federal jury that found Apple's iTunes music store uses software that infringes on patents held by a Texas company. An attorney for plaintiff ...       


Creating the Energy Internet

February 26, 2015 9:16 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

It only takes a power outage of a few minutes in the middle of a busy workday to drive home the hazards of relying on an energy infrastructure rooted in the Industrial Age. Without the electricity delivered over the nation's power grid ...


Elon Musk's Solar Company to Use Former Solyndra Buildings

February 25, 2015 5:12 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

SolarCity, the California-based solar power company chaired by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, will soon set up shop in the property that formerly housed Solyndra. The two-building, 200,000-square-foot complex in Fremont, California has been vacant since ...


Do You Have the Right to Be Disconnected?

February 25, 2015 4:07 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

We are all connected people according to panelists brought together for Engineering Live: The Connected Person on Feb. 25, but the way we balance connectivity and privacy is still being determined by our technology and our society ...  


Volvo to Test Self-Driving Cars on Roads in 2017

February 25, 2015 1:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, | News | Comments

One hundred people will get behind the wheel of self-driving Volvo cars in 2017 for the first public test of the Swedish automaker's Drive Me system. The test will place individuals in the driver's seats, which would ...     


Today in Engineering History: 1st Tunnel Under Hudson River Opens

February 25, 2015 1:21 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1908, the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Tunnel was formally opened. On the afternoon of February 25, President Theodore Roosevelt pressed a button from the White House that turned the electrical power to the ...  


Mouser, Imahara Unveil Robotics 'Empowering Innovation Challenge'

February 25, 2015 11:43 am | by Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is partnering with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara to call on engineers of all levels to join them on a journey to Empower Innovation Together.  Engineers worldwide can engage with Grant Imahara through a ... 


Researchers Enable Solar Cells to Use More Sunlight

February 25, 2015 11:34 am | by University of Luxembourg | News | Comments

Scientists of the University of Luxembourg and of the Japanese electronics company TDK report progress in photovoltaic research: they have improved a component that will enable solar cells to use more energy of the sun and thus create a ...


Using 'Fuzzy Logic' to Optimize Hybrid Solar/Battery Systems

February 25, 2015 11:28 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

How did fuzzy logic help a group of researchers in Tunisia and Algeria create an ideal photovoltaic system that obeys the supply-and-demand principle and its delicate balance? In the Journal of Renewable & Sustainable Energy, from ...


EV Range Depends On Where You Live

February 25, 2015 11:18 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Many car buyers weighing whether they should go all electric to help the planet have at least one new factor to consider before making the switch: geography. Based on a study of a commercially available electric car, scientists report in ...



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