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Stratospheric Balloons Take Monitoring and Surveillance to New Heights

These eyes in the sky fly above drones and below satellites StoryTK Alphabet’s enthusiasm for ­balloons deflated earlier this year, when it announced that its high-altitude Internet company, Loon, could not become co.....»»

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This Huge DIY Workbench Gives You a Hand

A little bit of automation and a lot of space makes projects easier James Provost Finally, a bench that helps you build. As an avid experimenter and builder of random contraptions—and who isn’t the best.....»»

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We Don’t Need a Jetsons Future, Just a Sustainable One

“Cozy futurism” reimagines tech for the greater good Alvaro Dominguez For decades, our vision of the future has been stuck in a 1960s-era dream of science fiction embodied by The Jetsons and space travel. But that i.....»»

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How the IBM PC Won, Then Lost, the Personal Computer Market

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Nothing Can Keep This Drone Down

It uses elytra, a beetle-inspired set of wings, to self-right itself When life knocks you down, you’ve got to get back up. Ladybugs take this advice seriously in the most literal sense. If caught on their backs, the insects ar.....»»

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U.S. Mint Honors Game Developer Ralph Baer

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Cuba Jamming Ham Radio? Listen For Yourself

A public SDR network triangulates the island as the source of mystery signals As anti-government protests spilled onto the streets in Cuba on July 11, something strange was happening on the airwaves. Amateur radio operators in the United States.....»»

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Solar-to-Hydrogen Water Splitter Outlasts Next Best Tech By 14x

Photochemical device can now operate for up to 100 days To split water into hydrogen on a large scale, we need technologies that are sustainable, efficient, scalable and durable. Using solar energy (or other renewable energy sources) to sp.....»»

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Cloud Computing’s Coming Energy Crisis

The cloud’s electricity needs are growing unsustainably Harry Campbell How much of our computing now happens in the cloud? A lot. Providers of public cloud services alone take in more than a quarter of a trillion U.S......»»

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How to Keep the Automotive Chip Shortage From Happening Again

It’s time for the auto industry to really get to know the chip industry “The automotive supply chain is a very complicated animal,” said Bob O’Donnell president of TECHnalysis Research at an automotive technology panel held Monday at Gl.....»»

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Learn More About Important Digitizer Features and System-Level Aspects

High-speed data acquisition for partial discharge detection In this white paper, we discuss how digitizer and ADC specifications influence partial discharge detection system performance. How to estimate the required analog input bandwidt.....»»

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From Spacecraft to Sensor Fusion

Iverson Bell leveraged opportunities and risks to create a flexible skill set Randy Fields It’s easy to set up multiple video feeds in all kinds of locations. Merging those feeds together, combining them with other in.....»»

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12 Robotics Teams Will Hunt For (Virtual) Subterranean Artifacts

Simulated autonomous robots take on DARPA's SubT Virtual Finals Last week, DARPA announced the twelve teams who will be competing in the Virtual Track of the DARPA Subterranean Challenge Finals, scheduled to take place in September in Louisvill.....»»

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Ignoring Intel Rumors, GlobalFoundries Will Do $1-billion Expansion

Plus the foundry will build a new fab in New York state It used to be rare that the semiconductor industry made the news, as Thomas Caulfield, CEO of GlobalFoundries, said on Monday. Caulfield was addressing an assembly of i.....»»

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No Antenna Could Survive Europa’s Brutal, Radioactive Environment—Until Now

To explore Jupiter’s moon for signs of life, JPL developed a brand new, all-metal design Marek Denko/Noemotion There’s no planned mission to send a lander to Europa, but this artist’s rendition gives a sense of.....»»

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How to Prevent a Power Outage From Becoming a Crisis

Protecting the electricity vulnerable should be the first priority during a heat wave On 4 August 2020, a tropical storm knocked out power in many parts of New York City as well as neighboring counties and states. The electricity utility, Con.....»»

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New AI-Based Augmented Innovation Tool Promises to Transform Engineer Problem Solving

AI-enabled software suite helps automate innovation process – from ideation to disclosure submission. You’re an engineer trying to work out a solution to a complicated problem.  You have been at this problem for the last three days......»»

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NSF Engineering Alliance to Help Set Course for Research

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Tomorrow"s Hydropower Begins With Retrofitting Today"s Dams

Big dams that are as bad as fossil fuels can be turned green With wind and solar prices dropping, it can be easy to forget that two-thirds of the globe’s renewable energy comes from hydropower. But hydro’s future is muddled with ghostly cos.....»»

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Google"s Quantum Computer Exponentially Suppresses Errors

Research may help pave the way for scalable, fault-tolerant quantum computers In order to develop a practical quantum computer, scientists will have to design ways to deal with any errors that will inevitably pop up in its performance. Now Goog.....»»

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