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Driving Future Technology with Solar-Powered Energy Harvesting

April 22, 2015 4:18 pm | by Sol Jacobs, VP & General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Articles | Comments

Solar-powered devices provide a glimpse into a future in which increasingly sophisticated remote wireless devices use energy harvesting in combination with industrial grade rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to power advanced ...

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Finding Strength in 3D Printing

April 22, 2015 4:04 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

Carbon fiber is an extremely strong and light-weight material, but has traditionally been relegated to aerospace and automotive markets. "Now, it’s for anybody who wants parts as strong as metal," says Greg Mark, MarkForged CEO ...

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NASA Reaches 3D Printing Milestone

April 22, 2015 3:55 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

NASA has successfully created the first full-scale, copper rocket engine part by way of a 3D printer ...

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Preventative Human Maintenance Will Tell You Right & Wrong

April 22, 2015 3:44 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Blogs | Comments

I have yet to jump on the wearable bandwagon. I am without Fitbit and smart shoe, and I find the prospect of textiles as hardware unnerving. Some of this is due to a shopping aversion, but a large part of it is that, even as a self-confessed ...

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Brainstorm: M2M Communication

April 22, 2015 3:33 pm | by PD&D Staff | Blogs | Comments

What are some of the security risks involved with the implementation of M2M communication in industrial applications? What are some of the tools currently in the market that help protect against, or alleviate some of these security risks ...

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Autonomous Driving: A Problem Solved?

April 22, 2015 3:04 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Musk once warned us that artificial intelligence is more dangerous than nuclear weapons – but he isn’t worried about autonomous cars. In fact, he believes that one day (in the distant future) lawmakers may make human-driven cars illegal ...

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NASA to Put Together Team in Search of Other Life Forms

April 22, 2015 2:55 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

NASA is dogged on finding other life forms in the not so distant future ...  

April 2015: Designing a Firefighting Robot

April 22, 2015 2:46 pm | by PD&D Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this edition of PD&D we are designing a firefighting robot and screening infants for hearing loss with a BPA-free hearing screener. Also, in this month’s Brainstorm we ask: What are some of the security risks involved with the ...

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When it Comes to Saving Energy, Americans are Learning More but Acting Less

April 22, 2015 2:42 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Although Earth Day is bringing climate awareness to the national eye more than usual today, not everyone is paying attention. A diminishing majority of Americans say they take steps to conserve electricity at home ...

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Are Wearables a New Kind of Journal?

April 22, 2015 2:10 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

We've covered wearables in fashion before, from color-changing dresses to clothing that attacks if people get too close. Today's round-up is more about wearables in business, as retailers and car manufacturers get in on the action ...

Clean Diesel Tech Improving Environments, Economies

April 22, 2015 1:48 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

As more than one billion people across the planet celebrate Earth Day today, clean diesel technology experts are pointing to the countless improvements the technology has made ...

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Federally Funded R&D Center Spending Declined

April 22, 2015 1:44 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

The majority of the nation's federally funded R&D centers (FFRDCs) reported spending less on research and development in fiscal year 2013 than they had the previous year, according to a new InfoBrief from the National Science Foundation's ...

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Today in Engineering History: Intel Releases 486SX Chip

April 22, 2015 1:30 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, April 22, 1991, Intel released the 486SX chip with the intention of bringing a lower-cost processor to the PC market. The chip sold for $258, which was less than half the price of the full 486DX – Intel’s most powerful ...

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3D Shape Database Improves Fit of Army Clothing, Equipment

April 22, 2015 12:29 pm | by Jane Benson, NSRDEC | News | Comments

A new database at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, or NSRDEC, is a perfect fit for America's Soldiers. The ANSUR II 3-D Shape Database uses three-dimensional shapes and ...

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Assuring Solar Modules Will Last for Decades

April 22, 2015 12:22 pm | by DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is co-leading an international push to assure the reliability of solar panels — an assurance demanded by customers, manufacturers, lenders, and utilities ...

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