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5 Resources for STEM Teachers

January 30, 2015 9:41 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

With STEM careers taking off, STEM students need capable, confident teachers targeting all segments of the population. In a Town Hall conference call on Jan. 28, STEMconnector brought together representatives of advocacy organizations ...


The Emerging Multibillion Dollar Cybernetic Brain Revolution

January 30, 2015 9:39 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Where does the human end and the machine begin? In the era of neuroprosthetics, tiny electronic devices embedded in the body that stimulate the brain and other parts of the nervous system to improve their function, this question may ...  


Where GE Ventures Sees the Next Big Ideas

January 30, 2015 9:33 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Like many inventors, Thomas Edison started out as a teenage tinkerer with empty pockets. But his work on improving the telegraph led him to a better stock market ticker and a valuable patent, which he sold for $10,000 to Western Union ...


3D-Printed Heart Helps Treat Child’s Rare Condition

January 30, 2015 9:28 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A 3D-printed heart made a complex surgery safer for a child patient in Los Angeles. Dr. Richard Kim, a cardiac surgeon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, used the printed model to strategize how best to treat Esther Perez, a young ...  


Smartphone Snapshot: Samsung Getting Squeezed

January 30, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The runaway success of Apple's newest iPhone has fueled a dramatic shift in the global market: the California tech giant is now neck-and-neck with South Korea's Samsung for the title of world's leading seller of smartphones ...   


DOE Announces More Than $59M Investment in Solar

January 30, 2015 9:23 am | News | Comments

In support of the Administration’s effort to double renewable energy generation for a second time by 2020, the Energy Department announced more than $59 million in funding to support solar energy innovation yesterday. The Department is ...


How Can Google Snap Its Stock out of Its Stupor?

January 30, 2015 9:18 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has turned into a stock market laggard as the shift to mobile devices has lowered the Internet search leader's digital ad prices and the company's expensive investments in far-out technology has trimmed its profit margins ...  


Is Trial & Error Obsolete?

January 30, 2015 9:11 am | by Alan Nicol | Blogs | Comments

With access to powerful computing tools that enable us to run simulations and calculate outcomes, trial-and-error is obsolete – or so we are expected to believe. Let us first examine some reasons why we might choose to use simulations and ...


Steel Manufacturing Company Warns of Layoffs

January 29, 2015 3:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A steel processing company has announced that employees in suburban Birmingham could soon be laid off. US Steel announced an adjustment in operations Monday and company spokeswoman Courtney Boone told ...       


Raytheon’s New Weapon-Locator Among 7 Patents This Week

January 29, 2015 2:38 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Raytheon Company, the major U.S. defense company, has applied for a patent using a new class of weapon-locating lidar (Light Detection And Ranging). The system could estimate ...           


Stakes Are Raised for the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

January 29, 2015 2:14 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

A total of $3.5 million in prizes will now be awarded to the top three finishers in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the final event of which will be held June 5-6, 2015, at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. The new prize structure was created in ...


Today in Engineering History: 1st Gas-Powered Car Patented

January 29, 2015 1:57 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1886, Karl Benz, a German engine designer and car engineer, applied for a patent for his “vehicle powered by a gas engine.” The patent – number 37435 – is regarded by some to be the origin of the gas powered automobile ...


Drone Maker Restricts D.C. Flights

January 29, 2015 1:19 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

The maker of the drone that crash landed on the White House lawn is reportedly publishing a firmware update that would restrict the quadcopters from flying within Washington DC’s restricted airspace ...       


Boeing 747-8 to Serve as Next Air Force One

January 29, 2015 12:29 pm | by Secretary of the Air Force Office Public Affairs | News | Comments

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, in coordination with the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, has determined the Boeing 747-8 will serve as the next presidential aircraft ...  


Flight Animation of World's Most Powerful Rocket

January 29, 2015 11:11 am | by SpaceX | Videos | Comments

When Falcon Heavy lifts off later this year, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. Thrust at liftoff is equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft operating simultaneously ...    



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