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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 ...


Wireless Sensor System Monitors Large Infrastructure

February 25, 2015 11:06 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

European researchers have developed a wireless sensor system to monitor the safety of large infrastructure. The new system will not only potentially save lives when the structure is old, it is reducing costs during construction, too. Building ...


DOE Funds Development of Next-Gen Methane Detector

February 25, 2015 10:47 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has awarded a team from Duke University a major grant to develop a next-generation methane detector to sniff out natural gas leaks across America ...   


Industry Joins Research Effort of Dynamic Energy Systems

February 25, 2015 10:43 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Purdue University has formed an industry research consortium as part of a national center to create temperature-control technologies for dynamic energy systems on aerospace vehicles. The Center for Integrated Thermal Management of ...  


Lego Sales Keep Rising Amid Global Demand

February 25, 2015 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lego says its popular, multi-colored toy blocks continued to be in strong demand last year, particularly in its largest market, the U.S., as well as Britain, France, Russia and China. The Danish company said Wednesday it invested ...  


Mysterious Drone Overflights Continue

February 25, 2015 10:32 am | by Angela Charlton, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least five drones flew over the Eiffel Tower, the U.S. Embassy and other Paris landmarks overnight, authorities said Tuesday. It was the most audacious of several mysterious drone overflights around France in recent months ...   


Asian American Engineering Honorees Credit Families for Success

February 25, 2015 10:30 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Two scientists at Sandia National Laboratories thought back to their roots when they won Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY) awards: Somuri Prasad to a village in India and Patrick Feng to a refuge in America ...    


Texas Has New Big, Bright Webb STTARS

February 25, 2015 10:21 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The Pathfinder Backplane is a practice section of the James Webb Space Telescope. To ensure the telescope will operate at its frigid destination 1 million miles out in space, it must complete cryogenic tests. The biggest cryogenic test occurs at ...



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