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Rocket Failure Underscores Dangers of Spaceflight
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10/31/2014   16 comments
Getting into space is risky business, as witnessed by the explosion of Antares. This survey of early failures reminds us just how risky.
London Comms Museum Ticks All the Right Boxes
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10/31/2014   2 comments
London's Science Museum communications and IT sectors tick all the right boxes.
Sweden's Self-Driving Cars for Sustainable Mobility
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10/28/2014   13 comments
Volvo has launched its Drive Me project in normal driving conditions on public roads in Gothenburg, Sweden. The automaker plans to have 100 autonomous vehicles on public roads by 2017.
Reinvention of Broadcast TV: 10 Things to Know
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10/23/2014   42 comments
As US consumers grow more comfortable with streaming video mobile devices while continuing to watch cable and satellite TV, terrestrial broadcasters find themselves fighting to redefine an over-the-air digital broadcast system that's now almost 20 years old.
Ethernet Dike Sprouts Cracks
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10/17/2014   15 comments
At least a half dozen new efforts are sprouting up to patch gaps in Ethernet, forcing engineers to reconsider the road map for the ubiquitous networking technology.
Do Engineers Dream of Electric Sheep?
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10/17/2014   65 comments
Frustration, confusion, and fear are among the most common themes that haunt engineers in their dreams, which are frequently centered on work and school.
An Exceptional DIY Hardware & Software Conference
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10/13/2014   Post a comment
The EHSM isn't your ordinary software or hardware conference centered on buzzwords. This open-source conference in Hamburg, Germany, drew a variety of participants to create projects and share knowledge.
10 Industrial Robot Applications
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10/10/2014   1 comment
Robotics are allowing for safer work and greater factory productivity. Here's how.
What I Saw at PCB West 2014
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10/10/2014   17 comments
Flexible circuits still rule in this snapshot of this year's PCB West.
Slideshow: Maxim Integrates IoT
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10/10/2014   3 comments
The Internet of Things in its industrial and consumer flavors was a main focus for Maxim's annual demo day for its chips and reference designs.
Get 20 Takes on ARM Tech Con
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10/3/2014   6 comments
ARM servers are progressing, but not ready for prime time, the race is on to a mainstream FinFET node, and IoT continued to appear everywhere at this year’s ARM Tech Con.


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