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How Much Does Fantasy Football Cost Employers?

September 2, 2014 10:11 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last year nearly 26 million people in the United States played fantasy football, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. That number figures to be even higher in 2014 for a virtual game that is no longer just a hobby ...  

J.W. Winco Offers Hinges with Integrated Monitoring Switch

September 2, 2014 9:49 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

J.W. Winco now offers EN 239.4 plastic hinges with integrated switches, in metric sizes. The...

Altra Industrial Motion Launches New Website

August 27, 2014 4:35 pm | by Altra Industrial Motion | News | Comments

Altra Industrial Motion, a leading global designer and manufacturer of quality power...

Pick & Hold PWM Modules from OES

August 25, 2014 9:59 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Optimal Engineering Systems (OES) has announced a low cost solution for solenoid control...

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Engineering Newswire 104: Giant Darts to Probe Mars for Signs of Life

August 21, 2014 10:55 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re creating the future of armored vehicles, waging robot wars, and throwing giant penetrator probes at Mars ...                

Chip Maker Infineon to Buy California Firm for $3B

August 21, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG says it has agreed to pay $3 billion in cash for California-based semiconductor firm International Rectifier, which produces power-management components used in everything from cars to satellites ...

Photos of the Day: NASA in the 1940s

August 19, 2014 9:22 am | by NASA | News | Comments

An engine mechanic checks instrumentation prior to an investigation of engine operating characteristics and thrust control of a large turboprop engine with counter-rotating propellers under high-altitude flight conditions in the ...  

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Photos of the Day: A Self-Organizing Thousand-Robot Swarm

August 14, 2014 3:51 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Just as trillions of individual cells can assemble into an intelligent organism, or a thousand starlings can form a great flowing murmuration across the sky, the Kilobots demonstrate how complexity can arise from very simple behaviors ...

Autonomous Kilobots Arrange Themselves into Vast, Complex Shapes

August 14, 2014 3:50 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University. “Form a sea star shape,” directs a computer scientist, sending the command to 1,024 little bots simultaneously via an infrared light. The robots begin to ...   

Engineering Newswire 103: Marine’s Driverless Jeep Built on a Growler

August 14, 2014 10:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re reaching 290 mph with the Hennessey Venom F5, 3d printing on the Stratasys Uprint, and taking a spin in the marine’s new self-driving jeep ...                   

MIT’s 7 Fingered Robot

August 13, 2014 4:36 pm | by MIT | Videos | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand. The device, worn around one's wrist, works essentially like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb ...      

Photos of the Day: Rocket-Powered Saucer Reaches Near-Space

August 11, 2014 10:26 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Moments into its powered flight, the LDSD test vehicle captured this image of the balloon which carried it to high altitudes. The image was taken by one of the saucer-shaped test vehicle's high-resolution cameras ...     

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Ride Shotgun With NASA Saucer As It Flies to Near Space

August 11, 2014 10:25 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project successfully flew a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space in late June from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. The goal of this experimental ...

Multiple UAVs Perform Autonomous Formation Flight

August 8, 2014 10:40 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

In one of the first autonomous demonstrations, the Georgia Tech Research Institute has successfully commanded three fully autonomous, collaborating UAVs. The machines flew in close formation at the same altitude, separated by ...   

Photos of the Day: Origami Robots Assemble into Complex Shapes

August 8, 2014 9:27 am | by Harvard's Wyss Institute | News | Comments

A team from Harvard's Wyss Institute, Harvard's SEAS, and MIT built an autonomous robot that starts out as a single composite sheet programmed to fold itself into a complex shape and crawl away without any human intervention ...     

Robot Folds Itself Up, Walks Away

August 7, 2014 4:53 pm | by Harvard's Wyss Institute | News | Comments

A team of engineers used little more than paper and Shrinky dinks — the classic children's toy that shrinks when heated — to build a robot that assembles itself into a complex shape in four minutes flat, and crawls away without any human ...

Engineering Newswire 102: Robo-Shipbuilder Suit Gives Workers Superhuman Strength

August 7, 2014 10:33 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on engineering newswire, we’re exploring the ocean in a private submarine, translating vibrations into audio signals, and gaining superhuman strength ... with the help of a robotic exoskeleton ...       

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Autonomous LiDAR-Equipped RoboBoat Takes First Place in Competition

August 6, 2014 10:11 am | by Velodyne | News | Comments

Navigating a floating obstacle course with aplomb, an autonomous LiDAR-equipped boat from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University captured first place overall at the 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition held July 13 in Virginia Beach ...

Photos of the Day: Sensor Guided RoboBoat Captures 1.3M Points/Sec.

August 6, 2014 10:10 am | by Velodyne | News | Comments

Outfitted with Velodyne’s HDL-32 LiDAR sensor, the pilot-less Embry-Riddle vessel crossed the finish line ahead of the 12 other teams participating in the 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition, which was sponsored by the ... 

Photos of the Day: Supermileage Car Gets 383 MPG

August 5, 2014 9:30 am | by Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies | News | Comments

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies hosted two Concordia University students, along with their award-winning SAE Supermileage vehicle, at this year’s Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City ...  

NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload to Explore the Red Planet as Never Before

July 31, 2014 4:48 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet. ASA announced the selected Mars 2020 rover ...  

Students Race for Top Prize in RoboBoat Competition

July 31, 2014 11:17 am | by Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

Obstacle avoidance. Automated docking. Speed gates. Acoustic beacon positioning. Underwater light identification. These are just some of the missions teams had to successfully complete to win at the 7th annual International RoboBoat Competition ...

Britain to Test Driverless Cars Next Year

July 30, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin in January. Officials said Wednesday the tests will last up to three years. Sensors and cameras will guide the cars ... 

Optimum Inertial Design for Self-Propulsion

July 29, 2014 1:39 pm | by Springer | News | Comments

Scale plays a major role in locomotion. Swimming microorganisms, such as bacteria and spermatozoa, are subjected to relatively small inertial forces compared to the viscous forces exerted by the surrounding fluid. Such low-level inertia ...

Avoiding Plane Crashes as Air Traffic Doubles

July 29, 2014 3:20 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace. Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe — roughly the population of New York City — step aboard ...

The Evolution of Airplanes

July 28, 2014 5:08 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

One of the traditional arguments against Darwinian evolution has been that no one can confirm the process exists because it occurs on a time scale immensely greater than a human lifetime ...         

NASA’s Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

July 28, 2014 4:52 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover ...

How to Collect the Right Data

July 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Much artificial-intelligence research addresses the problem of making predictions based on large data sets. An obvious example is the recommendation engines at retail sites like Amazon and Netflix. But some types of data are harder to ...

Displays from the Big Screen: Motion Sensor Systems from Hollywood

July 24, 2014 5:36 pm | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs | Articles | Comments

Imagine being surrounded by the imagery of your dreams on a panoramic display. Now imagine being able to manipulate these images by pointing directly at them, like a conductor leading an orchestra of pixels. It sounds like something ...  

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