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Amazing time-lapse shots from Cassini and Voyager
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4/30/2012   6 comments
Words like mesmerizing, stunning, inspiring come to mind watching this time-lapse video of images from the Cassini and Voyager space probes.
Engineer down! Someone needs our help!
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4/27/2012   33 comments
I just received an email from someone who we will call Dave (because that's his name). Dave says...
Google drive: I wish I could drive them out of town!
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4/26/2012   21 comments
Google continues to make unreasonable claims with content on the Internet. Once the heroes of the Internet, they have turned into the “evil empire”…
Picoprojectors: the road back to the past, or enabling new paths?
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4/25/2012   3 comments
I'm having a "back to the future" sense here, but the reality will likely be quite different
University of Florida may gut computer science program
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4/25/2012   52 comments
The battle over preserving funding for University of Florida's CS program raises the question of what's more important: sports or academics?
The best book on Fuzzy Logic?
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4/23/2012   36 comments
I'm looking for a book from which I can get a good grip on Fuzzy Logic – sufficient to allow me to capture and implement a simple algorithm on an MCU or in an FPGA.
Crab computing: building a biological machine
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4/19/2012   5 comments
The buzz around cloud computing is oh so 2011! That’s because the latest and greatest in terms of computational advancements (or should we say "sidesteps") is a sort of biological concept "computer" based on swarms of soldier crabs.
What do you think of your job?
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4/19/2012   43 comments
We all show up every day for work and nurture our careers, but what do we really think about engineering?
Buying MIPS would bring AMD nothing much, say analysts
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4/17/2012   9 comments
A rumor doing the rounds on a couple of tech sites claims Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) might have set its sights on buying MIPS Technologies Inc.
Science & Engineering Festival coming April 28, 29
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4/16/2012   2 comments
The only national US science festival promises up-close interaction with renowned innovators, top researchers and celebrities in science and engineering.
Would the Chinese buy MIPS?
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4/13/2012   15 comments
A number of Chinese companies have made use of the MIPS architecture. Would one or more of them be interested in buying MIPS Technologies Inc. and taking royalties from Broadcom, Cavium, Cisco and others? Would they be allowed to do so?
Can you Define Yourself?
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4/12/2012   31 comments
We're launching a new contest asking our engineering readers to define, well, "Engineer" ... to a kid.
The Ballad of the Cosworth Vega
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4/12/2012   11 comments
Dave was showing off his new limited edition Vega with a Cosworth racing engine, dual overhead cams and computer controlled fuel injection, when...
Rescue your wet phone / camera / whatever…
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4/9/2012   12 comments
You just dropped your iPod or iPhone in the toilet AGAIN? Fear not, because the Bheestie Bag is poised to leap into action.
What were they thinking: Frighteningly powerful
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4/6/2012   3 comments
How are Frankenstein and power related? An interesting course of events…
SparkFun promotes electronics in schools with East Coast tour
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4/5/2012   1 comment
The SparkFun Crew will travel from Massachusetts to South Carolina spreading the Embedded Electronics Love
Touchscreen technology that will hold you in rapt attention
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4/5/2012   2 comments
Though in its very early stages, RAPT has big plans for the $17 billion touchscreen industry, with ambitions to plaster multi-touch surfaces everywhere, not just on computers, but to walls and even curved surfaces.
The price you pay for a free Windows phone
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4/3/2012   5 comments
In case you haven’t seen the promotion, Microsoft is offering a Windows Phone Challenge at Microsoft stores with the tag line “Will You Get Smoked?” The object is that you pit your smartphone against a Windows phone to do a specific function, determined by the Microsoft representative
BYT-ON – World’s first graphene-based processor (graphene-based FPGAs to follow)
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4/1/2012   16 comments
Digital Core Design, the world-famous design laboratory in Bytom, Poland, has developed the world’s first processor made of graphene – the BYT-ON.

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