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January/February: Designing a Personal Robot

January 26, 2015 9:17 am | by PD&D Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this edition of PD&D, we are designing robots for the home, printing sensors on a variety of fabrics, and incorporating the IoT into medical devices. Also, in this month’s Brainstorm we ask industry experts about the future of ...

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Cuban Youth Build Secret Computer Network Despite Wi-Fi Ban

January 26, 2015 9:15 am | by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the ...  

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Motorola Unveils 3 Smart Phones for Return to China

January 26, 2015 9:11 am | by Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Motorola unveiled three smartphone models on Monday for its return to China following a two-year absence from the most populous mobile phone market. Motorola was a mobile phone pioneer in China but pulled out in ...     

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5 Ways Drones Could Affect the American Food Supply

January 26, 2015 9:06 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Drone technology, already used in ...

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Tech Improves Avalanche Gear for Backcountry Skiers

January 23, 2015 4:22 pm | by Brady McCombs, Associated Press | News | Comments

As outdoor recreation companies increasingly cater to skiers and snowboarders who like to venture beyond the groomed slopes at ski resorts and tackle backcountry terrain, they've put a special emphasis on gear and equipment to ...   

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Siemens Touts Order for 21 Wind Turbines

January 23, 2015 3:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Siemens says it has received an order to supply 21 wind turbines to the Alexander wind project located 120 miles northwest of Wichita. The Hutchinson-based company announced Thursday in a news release that it has reached a deal with ...  

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Goodyear Recalls SUV Tires Due to Tread Cracks

January 23, 2015 3:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear is recalling about 48,500 SUV tires after finding small cracks in the tread during endurance testing. The move has forced General Motors to stop selling about 6,300 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and ...      

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Creating a Smarter Connection Between Man & Machine

January 23, 2015 2:17 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

As smart technology becomes more and more common in the medical field, new materials are developed to facilitate connection between the body and the devices that help it thrive. A new conductive coating could enable electrode ...   

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Today in Engineering History: Submersible Sets Depth Record

January 23, 2015 2:08 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1960, the U.S. Navy-operated bathyscaphe Trieste traveled more than 35,000 feet to the deepest known point in the Pacific Ocean. Jacques Piccard and Navy lieutenant Donald Walsh boarded the Trieste from a rubber raft ...

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Hot La-Z-Boys Among 3 Design Fails This Week

January 23, 2015 1:01 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

This week in recalls, La-Z-Boy control wands are overheating, weight machine attachments are detaching, and hunters’ stands are falling from trees ...                

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Army Takes Step to Merge C2, Intelligence Traffic onto WIN-T

January 23, 2015 11:25 am | by Edric Thompson, RDECOM CERDEC | News | Comments

The Army's science and technology and acquisition communities have teamed with the Army G-3/5/7, G2 and Cyber Command to provide senior leaders a closer look into converging operational and intelligence traffic onto the Warfighter Information ...

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Buying Cars: Do Product Features Matter More Than Brands?

January 23, 2015 11:15 am | by American Marketing Association | News | Comments

It is a popular belief among marketers that online searches for brand names are good indicators of which products consumers plan to buy. But a new study in the Journal of Marketing suggests that searches for specific features may be far ...

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Silver Nanowires Demonstrate Unexpected Self-Healing Mechanism

January 23, 2015 11:05 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

With its high electrical conductivity and optical transparency, indium tin oxide is one of the most widely used materials for touchscreens, plasma displays, and flexible electronics. But its rapidly escalating price has forced the ...  

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Boston's Leaky Pipes Release High Levels of Methane

January 23, 2015 10:51 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Imagine if every time you filled your car with gas, a few gallons didn't make it into the tank and instead spilled onto the ground. That's essentially what happens every day with the aging system of underground pipes and tanks that delivers ...

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Technique Probes Performance of Organic Solar Cell Materials

January 23, 2015 10:44 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

A research team led by North Carolina State University has developed a new technique for determining the role that a material's structure has on the efficiency of organic solar cells, which are candidates for low-cost, next generation ... 

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