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Just for kicks, RoboCup expands to include nanobots
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6/29/2007   Post a comment
Like many professional sports leagues, robot soccer is expanding this year.
Vibrations good for harvesting electricity
Design How-To  
6/28/2007   Post a comment
Harvesting vibrations to produce electricity enables remote devices to be powered without batteries.
Cell-transistor interface clears biolectronics hurdle
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute demonstrate a cell-transistor interface that allows cells to be studied without destroying them. In the lab, the interface enabled noninvasive monitoring of serotonin levels by a computer monitoring living cells in culture.
Freescale's platform pitch: Lose the remote
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
Freescale says its entertainment control platform obsoletes today's remote controls, replacing them with controllers and controlled consumer electronic devices that wirelessly communicate among themselves.
Freescale teams with Mocana to secure network nodes
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
Freescale's PowerQuicc embedded microprocessors can now be purchased with Mocana security software preprogrammed, relieving application engineers of the chore.
First military-temperature MRAMs ready to serve
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
By fielding the first extended-temperature-range MRAMs, Freescale has provided the last piece of the puzzle for the defense and aerospace communities that funded much of the memory category's development.
Heat generates electricity
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6/12/2007   Post a comment
University researchers have invented a technology that harvests waste heat to make electricity, by virtue of a heat-powered thermoacoustic "prime mover" acoustically coupled to a piezoelectric transducer.
Wireless energy transfer turns on bulb in MIT demo
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6/11/2007   Post a comment
MIT researchers demonstrate wireless power transfer to a 60-watt light bulb over a six-foot distance using magnetically coupled resonance between matched antennas.
People study group gets technical
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6/11/2007   Post a comment
The knowledge gained by Intel Corp.'s People and Practices Research Group is translated into insights that have had a strong influence on the company's overall corporate strategies and technology development.
Thin accelerometer raises bar for consumer sensor design
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6/11/2007   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. today will unveil the thinnest three-axis accelerometer devised to date at the Sensors Expo & Conference in Chicago. By slimming down the microelectromechanical-system (MEMS) chip to just 0.8 mm and adding smart recognition functions, Freescale (Austin, Texas) hopes to win design slots in a range of consumer gear.

Ramjet designer's new pitch: safe, cheap fusion reactor
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6/4/2007   Post a comment
There's a way for fusion reactors to sidestep high-temperature plasmas, steam turbines, neutron radiation and even nuclear waste--and still generate inexhaustible nuclear energy for less money than Google's annual electricity bill.


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Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

Max Maxfield

Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Karen Field

July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

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