Megan Crouse
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Megan Crouse is a Senior Reporter at Product Design & Development.

Some Lego trees and plants will be made from sugarcane-based plastic as part of sustainability efforts, the toymaker announced on Friday...
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3.2.2018
11:45am
Smooth gaits and graceful movements seen in nature could help robots navigate terrain without falling over. Johns Hopkins University researchers studied videos...
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2.14.2018
3:50pm
In 2019 a commercial platform for scientific missions in space will be added to the International Space Station. The Bartolomeo platform, operated by Airbus...
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2.14.2018
10:06am
It’s a bit clumsy, but the door is technically open. Boston Dynamics’ four-legged robot SpotMini swings a door open and holds it for a friend in the newest...
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2.13.2018
9:40am
The opening ceremony at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang included a record-setting performance by machines to kick off the competition between people. Intel...
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2.13.2018
9:33am
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While skiers dash down slopes, sensors will be keeping score not for the games, but for the weather around them. Twenty agencies from 11 countries are studying...
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2.12.2018
10:09am
A recent study shows the amount of RF energy emitted while a cell phone is held close to the ear to talk, organized by model and brand. The information was...
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2.12.2018
10:01am
A cable car system designed for Gothenburg, Sweden evokes the industrial nature of the city. Six towers will make a dramatic statement and support the cable...
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2.9.2018
10:29am
Out of the mass of drone startups comes this elegant little prototype from Cleo Robotics. It uses a centralized ducted fan to fly, and is designed to be easy...
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2.8.2018
10:42am
The Deep Space Atomic Clock, built at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, is a prototype of the clock designed to increase the precision of space...
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2.7.2018
10:45am
Harvard University researchers have built a spider robot that can carry items twice its body weight and can be used to transport small sensors. “The HAMR...
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2.5.2018
4:40pm
Intel has been facing some trouble lately with the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, and new competition might come to the chipmaker from a group of former...
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2.5.2018
3:51pm
The longest spacewalk ever performed by cosmonauts was completed on Feb. 2. Alexander Misurkin and Anton Shklaplerov floated outside of the International Space...
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2.5.2018
10:15am
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NASA’s Orion is a work in progress at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The first two sections of the crew module, which NASA hopes will eventually...
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2.2.2018
10:03am
Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that Lego bricks were perfect for their research into microfluidics. Instead of working on a lab-on-...
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2.1.2018
10:11am
The VTT Technical Research Center of Finland has pulled the tarp off a new optical solution appropriate for thermal infrared applications for military,...
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1.29.2018
4:59pm
Lockheed Martin Space unfurled the wings of the InSight Mars Lander in this time-lapse video posted Jan. 23. The InSight is intended to observe the geological...
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1.26.2018
10:34am
Google’s Lunar XPrize competition came to an anticlimactic ending on Tuesday with the announcement that none of the five finalists have progressed far enough...
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1.26.2018
9:41am
On Jan. 17, NASA announced the beginning of reactor core tests on a miniaturized fission reactor. “We want a power source that can handle extreme environments...
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1.19.2018
10:02am
The Nintendo Switch has charmed many people in the video game world with its reconfigurable, portable shape and library of impressive games. It turns out,...
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1.18.2018
10:41am
Researchers at Harvard University have developed a new technique to etch lithium niobate sheets for use in optoelectronics. Lithium niobate is particularly...
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1.18.2018
10:06am
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The Design Thinking for Business panel at CES International 2018 examined the emotional heart of design. With representatives from several industries including...
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1.17.2018
10:37am
The University of Pennsylvania is continuing its work on GPS-independent swarming quadcopters, which differentiate themselves from the mass of drone news out...
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1.17.2018
10:21am
Furrion makes RVs and appliances, among other things, but the company wants to branch out in a big way. Their giant, four-legged exoskeleton on display at CES...
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1.15.2018
10:18am
After meeting with the Wireless Power Consortium and identifying Qi wireless charging as one of the highlights of this year’s CES in terms of market adoption,...
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1.15.2018
10:00am
Powermat has become one of many groups to join the Wireless Power Consortium under the flag of the Qi charging standard, a move some pundits are seeing as a...
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1.12.2018
12:13am
The Zigbee Alliance showcased their Dotdot language over Thread’s IP network at CES 2018. Initially announced in December, the partnership and partial...
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1.11.2018
12:19am
Virtual reality is in a precarious place as one of the hot topics of CES. While hardware like the Oculus headset is becoming a common marketing tool for...
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1.10.2018
10:39pm
CTA’s Tuesday, Jan. 9 keynote panel was a small taste of the most on-message parts of CES. As part of the company’s introduction to their long-running trade...
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1.10.2018
2:26am
Qualcomm’s new low-power Bluetooth-supporting SoCs mark just one of Qualcomm’s many ambitious projects on display at CES 2018. In particular, the QCC5100...
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1.10.2018
2:07am
One of the first big announcements of CES 2018 came from Nvidia, which, along with an impressive gaming- and display-focused booth at the trade show, has...
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1.10.2018
2:02am
Roomba vacuums from iRobot will receive an update later in January that allows them to map indoor areas according to their Wi-Fi signals. Via a report from...
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1.4.2018
10:38am
Remotely controlled robots aren’t new, but GE’s Global Research is working in particular on making a control interface for robots that can fit into smaller...
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1.3.2018
10:46am
Last year, I visited the Johnson Space Center and saw, among other things, the International Space Station mockup used for astronaut training. Since then, JSC...
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1.2.2018
10:23am
From the International Space Station to communication satellites serving networks on Earth, the European Space Agency has a look at developments in space this...
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12.29.2017
10:45am
The mobile phone world is a competitive struggle, even for the tech giants. The Google Pixel is still struggling for market acceptance even with positive...
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12.29.2017
10:21am
We’ve been keeping an eye on the new detectors built and materials studied for the high-energy physics projects done at the particle colliders run by CERN. For...
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12.28.2017
10:42am
China has broken the record for flying the world’s largest amphibious airplane. On Sunday, Dec. 24 the four-engine AG600 flew for about an hour over the South...
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12.28.2017
10:04am
An engine not unlike a butane cigarette lighter will power the GomX-4B radio communications satellite, which will launch in February. Organized by the European...
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12.27.2017
10:01am