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Volkswagen Plans to Release Chinese Budget Cars in 2018

June 29, 2015 2:10 pm | by Jake Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Industry Briefs | Comments

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn told a German newspaper Sunday that the company will release a set of budget cars in China and other possible markets. Winterkorn said the Volkswagen plans to release the vehicles...


Microphone Array Gives Machines Selective Hearing

June 29, 2015 1:30 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Industry Briefs | Comments

Selective hearing can be a problem for robots, which struggle to pick up individual voices or conversations in a crowded area. Scientists at the Imperial College London refined robot hearing by using 32 different...


Biocomposite-Based Materials Reduce Building's Embodied Energy By 50%

June 29, 2015 1:28 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

The energy efficiency of buildings commonly entails reduced energy consumption in their use phase – which is one of the key targets under the EU’s climate and energy package ...


The Peaks & Valleys of Silicon

June 29, 2015 1:23 pm | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

When the new iPhone came out, customers complained that it could be bent - but what if you could roll up your too big 6 Plus to actually fit in your pocket? That technology might be available ...


FAA to Speak to Three NFL Teams Regarding Illegal Drone Use

June 29, 2015 1:05 pm | by Jake Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Industry Briefs | Comments

The National Football League’s New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants have been using drones to film practices. While the action is fine with the NFL, all three already have been or will be...


Today in Engineering History: U.S. Space Shuttle Docks with Russian Space Station

June 29, 2015 12:38 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, June 29, 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis successfully docked with the Russian space station Mir, marking a new era in international space ...


All BMW Models Expected to be Electric Within 10 Years

June 29, 2015 12:10 pm | by Jake Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Round Ups | Comments

BMW hopes to go all electric within the next ten years, due to European Union carbon emission laws which are expected to become more stringent. The change means that almost all BMW models will ...


Intelligent LEDs Could Save Lives

June 29, 2015 11:50 am | by Jermaine Dallas, GE Reports | News | Comments

Imagine this scenario: A gunshot echoes down a city street at night. Passerby turn to look, but can’t make out the scene in the darkness. The first to react effectively is the nearest street lamp ...


Building a Better Semiconductor

June 29, 2015 11:44 am | by Michigan State University | News | Comments

Research led by Michigan State University could someday lead to the development of new and improved semiconductors. In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, the scientists ...


Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor May Take Smartphone Security to New Level

June 29, 2015 11:36 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Fingerprint sensor technology currently used in smartphones like the iPhone 6 produces a two-dimensional image of a finger's surface, which can be spoofed fairly easily with a printed image of ...


Patent Reform Moving Forward

June 29, 2015 11:33 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

The America Invents Act was passed in September 2011, and included several substantive changes to the Patent Code. In an exclusive interview with PD&D, Colette Reiner Mayer, a patent and trade secret...


Making New Materials with Micro-Explosions

June 29, 2015 11:26 am | by Australian National University | News | Comments

Scientists have made exotic new materials by creating laser-induced micro-explosions in silicon, the common computer chip material. The new technique could lead to the simple creation and ...


Major Step for Implantable Drug-Delivery Device

June 29, 2015 11:21 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

An implantable, microchip-based device may soon replace the injections and pills now needed to treat chronic diseases: Earlier this month, MIT spinout Microchips Biotech partnered with a ...


European Regulators Clear Siemens' Buyout of Dresser-Rand

June 29, 2015 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European regulators have cleared Siemens' $7.6 billion acquisition of the U.S. oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand. The German electronics and engineering company is ...


Fear of Longer Commutes Puts Pressure on U.S. Cities to Act

June 29, 2015 11:07 am | by Joan Lowy & Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

At 4:35 a.m. each weekday, Stan Paul drives out of his Southern California suburb with 10 passengers in a van, headed to his job as an undergraduate counselor at the University of ...



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