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Sawfish’s fearsome snout evolved to be undetectable to prey
Watch outage fotostock/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Richard SchiffmanSomething looked fishy to Sam Evans as he watched a TV show about sawfish. The sawfish’s long, rigid snout – called a rostrum – looked oddly...
Tech veteran says he's wary of hiring someone who did well at Uber
Note to techies looking for work: Having Uber on your resume might not be as valuable as it was even a few weeks ago. There are signs that tech recruiters have gotten warier of hiring of former Uber employees,...
Aerospace firms start recruiting in prekindergarten
University of Southern California mechanical engineering junior Stephanie Balais developed a passion for aerospace after joining the university’s AeroDesign team and helping to construct an airplane fuselage...
Udacity Fuels Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Dreams
Online education company Udacity on Tuesday introduced a new "nanodegree" program in self-driving auto engineering. President Sebastian Thrun made the announcement. The goal is to build a crowdsourced,...
Clay nanotube-biopolymer composite scaffolds for tissue engineering
Scientists combined three biopolymers, chitosan and agarose (polysaccharides), and a protein gelatine, as the materials to produce tissue engineering scaffolds and demonstrated the enhancement of mechanical...
Persistent Systems, IBM Team Up for New IoT Development
The alliance adds Persistent Systems' longtime expertise in continuous engineering, analytics and enterprise development into the IBM Watson IoT platform. No single company can hope to become the majority...
Cisco closes Jasper deal, establishes IoT unit amidst engineering reorg
Cisco on Tuesday said it has completed its $1.4 billion acquisition of Jasper Technologies, less than two months after announcing the deal. What's Hot on ZDNet The Trump factor: In a world of bosses and...
Survival of the hardest working
An engineering team has developed a cellular kill switch, a sensor that rewards hard working cells and eliminates their lazy counterparts. The high-tech engineering fix could help improve production of...
Engineers bridge the divide between technology and society
One of the many reasons women are under represented in “tech-sector” engineering disciplines such as software, mechanical, electrical, computer and mechatronics engineering is because...
GE aviation cuts 7 percent of engineering jobs
GE Aviation is cutting 238 engineering jobs in southwestern Ohio and 69 at other U.S. sites as it trims more than 7 percent of its engineering workforce. A spokesman for the General Electric unit based...
Tired of computer bugs? MIT may have the answer
Researchers at MIT have developed a system to automatically repair computer bugs. The program can comb through repairs to open-source computer programs and learn their general properties, according to...
Report: Twitter Losing Its Product, Media, Engineering Heads; Adding New CMO
Yet more personnel changes are afoot at Twitter. According to reports in Recode (here and here), the social media site is about to lose not just one but several senior executives as soon as tomorrow....
Poll Technica: The engineering survey
Ars is constantly trying to better understand our diverse audience: what you like, what you do, and what you want from us. Today, we’ve partnered with TE Connectivity to conduct a survey about upcoming...
Airbnb moves in product, engineering teams to Portland office
Airbnb is planting more roots at its office in Portland, Oregon with the addition of product and engineering teams to the Pacific Northwest office. Read this The minimalist guide to summer travel tech...
Polyurethane phase morphology induces endothelial cell organization
A group of researchers from the Biomaterials and Regenerative Therapeutics Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at University at Buffalo has shown that nanostructured phases of segmental...
Engineering students fix common glitch in digitization of books published before 1700
Computer scientists use machine learning to correct glitches. Digitizing books published before 1700 has created an aesthetic as well as quite pragmatic "black-dot problem" in translated texts, with the...
Study examines motivations behind adult learners' engineering degree pursuit
Students who transfer from a community college to an engineering program at a four-year university often do so because they are motivated to solve problems and understand how things work. But, according...
Gigster On-Demand App Dev Startup Snags $10M in VC Funding
Andreessen Horowitz leads a $10 million Series A round of funding for Gigster, an on-demand software development and design shop. Gigster, an on-demand software development and design provider, today...
INSPIRE gift guide offers STEM, engineering toy ideas
A young boy shows off his building skills to his father with one of several toys listed in the INSPIRE Gift Guide. Credit: Purdue University photo/John Underwood For the second straight year, the INSPIRE...
Engineering empathy: Faculty works to build empathy into engineering program
When Mark Hain decided to leave his job as an emergency medical technician to pursue a degree in environmental engineering at the University of Georgia, he assumed he would immediately get his hands dirty...
Forming glass shapes: Lowering the 'softening temperature' via electric field
On a serendipitous occasion, while attending a conference and listening to Rishi Raj, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, speak about the remarkable effect of moderate...
Student moves from theory to proof in fuel cell research
Sadia Kabir is exploring a new world in the basement of Farris Engineering Building. The Ph.D. engineering student works in the research group headed by University of New Mexico Distinguished Professor...
“Data Science Machine” Replaces Human Intuition with Algorithms
Engineers from MIT have developed a new system that replaces human intuition with algorithms. The “Data Science Machine” outperformed 615 of 906 human teams in three recent data science competitions....
World's first accelerated testing facility for bridges
Rutgers is launching the world's first outdoor laboratory capable of simulating deterioration that occurs on bridges by inflicting and intensifying stresses from the environment and heavy traffic on sections...
Startup commercializes assistive wheelchair technology, develops first prototype
A Purdue startup is commercializing an assistive wheelchair technology that could provide people with disabilities an efficient and easy-to-use method to more easily position and remove an iPad or other...
Engineers and students grapple with 3-D printing a habitable structure on Mars
We are in the midst of a "Mars moment." This fall, the Matt Damon film, "The Martian," a story about a stranded astronaut who must learn to survive on Mars, grossed a whopping $55 million at the box office...
Affordable camera reveals hidden details invisible to the naked eye
Compared to an image taken with a normal camera (left), HyperCam images (right) reveal detailed vein and skin texture patterns that are unique to each individual. Credit: University of Washington Peering...
Artificial whisker reveals source of harbor seal's uncanny prey-sensing ability
Harbor seals have an amazingly fine-tuned sense for detecting prey, as marine biologists have noted for years. Even when blindfolded, trained seals are able to chase the precise path of an object that...
Engineers create artificial skin that can send pressure sensation to brain cell
Human finger touches robotic finger. The transparent plastic and black device on the golden "fingertip" is the skin-like sensor developed by Stanford engineers. This sensor can detect pressure and transmit...
3-D printing of microwave circuits
The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has recently assisted Imperial College London to investigate the design, fabrication and testing of waveguides manufactured using 3D-printing techniques, by providing...
3-D-printed 'soft' robotic tentacle displays new level of agility (w/ Video)
Credit: Cornell University Cornell University engineers have developed a method to re-create the arrangement of muscles of an octopus tentacle, using an elastomer and 3D printer. The research was groundbreaking...
Predictive tools could help rescue workers contain disasters
The software, developed by the EU-funded PREDICT project, has been designed to be capable of foreseeing and predicting the possible 'cascade effects' of a disaster. By simulating the evolution of possible...
Researchers using human sensing technology to study underserved populations
As its first year wraps up, the Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K) has made significant progress toward its goal of using mobile sensor data to realize precision medicine....
Feds eye pilotless helicopters to battle wildfires
A remote-controlled Lockheed Martin K-MAX helicopter takes off Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, from the U.S. Forest Service's Lucky Peak Helibase about 20 miles east of Boise, Idaho, with a water drop bucket...
BrainShield to enhance football helmet effectiveness
Researchers at Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus have developed an impact-diverting decal that, when affixed to a helmet, can significantly reduce the sharp twisting and compression of the brain...
Methodology could lead to more sustainable manufacturing systems
Engineers at Oregon State University have developed a new "sustainable development methodology" to help address a social and regulatory demand for manufacturing processes that more effectively consider...
Basic technology for preventing collisions by predicting changes in pedestrian movement
Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd., and Clarion Co., Ltd. today announced that they have developed the basic technology for preventing collisions while maintaining safe and practical speeds by predicting...
With this new universal wireless charger, compatibility won't be an issue
A wireless charger that's compatible with different consumer electronics from different brands is one step closer to becoming a reality thanks to research by electrical engineers at the University of California,...
Heading for data-driven rail systems
The Allach locomotive plant on the outskirts of Munich is a high-tech location for train-related data analysis. Since 2014 it has been home to the Siemens Mobility Data Services Center. There, experts...
Getting intelligence to the boots on the ground
In today's modern digital battlefield, warfighters face a more daunting challenge than a straightforward night parachute jump. Over the past few decades, the Department of Defense has developed and fielded...
Finnish-Japanese technology to support the everyday life of the elderly
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the Japanese research institute AIST are studying how the adoption of ICT-based applications designed for the elderly will improve care service both at home...
Stop that drone: UAV freeze technique readied by British firms
A system with rays that can freeze drones mid-flight has been developed by three British companies, said BBC News earlier this month. The companies call it the Auds (stands for Anti-UAV Defense System)....
Engineers develop sonar navigation, mapping system for unmanned aircraft
Researchers at the University of Georgia are working to bring a new level of precision to the navigation systems used to guide drones. The work is supported through a contract with Southern Company, one...
Electronics that better mimic natural light promise more vivid, healthy illumination
This image of single-doped organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) shining a high-quality white light on a Magic Cube shows how OLEDs can vividly illuminate the colors of the cube across the full range...
Now, a mobile app to help you prepare for your dream job
Comments Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | Updated: October 9, 2015 5:52 pm Testbook app has as many as three lakh registered users who have together solved 2.5 crore questions in just 20 months....
3-D laser printer captures 'maker' movement's attention
Entrepreneur Dan Shapiro has a long history in the high-tech industry. He founded Sparkbuy, a price-comparison site, was CEO of Google Comparison and launched photo-sharing service PhotoBucket. But his...
Male Engineering Student Perfectly Explains Why Female Classmates Aren't His Equals
When Jared Mauldin saw how his female peers were treated, he realized men and women in STEM are definitely not equal. The senior in mechanical engineering at Eastern Washington University sent a...
A yacht that pilots itself
Buffalo Automation Group, a robotics startup founded by three University at Buffalo undergraduate engineering students, is developing technology to create autonomous boats similar to Google's driverless...
Government tests technology to find illegal drone operators
The Federal Aviation Administration has signed an agreement to test technology that could locate the operators of small drones that are flying illegally near airports, as the government tries to crack...
Smart vehicles in the urban traffic of the future
Head-up display on the windshield, connected simulations, tactical behavior of bicyclists and phased traffic lights for trucks: These are among the technologies being presented by the Technical University...
Researcher maps human locomotion in detail to improve rehabilitative and assistive robotics
It's not every day that graduate students get to test out their research on their advisors. But MIT's David Hill, a PhD student in media arts and sciences, builds computational models of human locomotion,...
We Need Engineering Heroes
While there has been much concern about innovation in the United States, engineering is often undervalued. So kids are more likely to dream of being sports stars and rock musicians than engineers. But...
US proposes nearly $2 million fine against drone operator
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday proposed a record $1.9 million fine against an aerial photography company for flying drones in crowded New York and Chicago airspace without permiss...
NASA Engineers Successfully Test Heat Shield for Future Mars Exploration Vehicles
NASA engineers have successfully completed heat shield testing of an Adaptive Deployable Entry and Placement Technology (ADEPT) model under conditions akin to entering the Martian atmosphere. As NASA...
Back to the future with nature's own construction materials?
Europe's construction industry has a crucial role in cutting carbon emissions and energy consumption. But getting companies to ditch traditional building materials for greener, bio-based alternatives remains...
Video: Moderating extremes in building design
Leon Glicksman designs buildings with an eye toward improved energy efficiency, and, like many of his MIT colleagues, he brings with him a high-tech portfolio. He develops aerogel panels to improve insulation...
Dutch create world's largest man-made wave
In a country where most people live below sea level, studying the oceans is a matter of survival. Now Dutch scientists have created the world's biggest man-made wave in a bid to prepare for the worst....
A 2-D microwave camera developed
The National Institutes of Natural Sciences National Institute for Fusion Science has developed a high-speed two-dimensional microwave camera for performing diagnostics of high-temperature plasma. By using...
Liquid cooling moves onto the chip for denser electronics
Using microfluidic passages cut directly into the backsides of production field-programmable gate array (FPGA) devices, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are putting liquid cooling right where...
Study: Airlines could achieve improved fuel savings
The airline industry has the ability to sustain significant fuel savings and greatly reduce its greenhouse emissions, according to the conclusions reached in a Virginia Tech led study for the Federal Aviation...
Why better technology won’t stop violent videos going viral
Will technology help to combat violent videos on Facebook?Reuters/Dado RuvicBy Chelsea WhyteOn Easter Sunday, a man chose 74-year old Robert Godwin Sr at random on a street in Cleveland, Ohio, shot him,...
Facebook and Apple have spent more on lobbying than they ever have this year
As Facebook has been tinkering with brain-computer interfaces and an augmented reality camera platform, it's also been cultivating some good old fashioned Washington influence. According to federal lobbying...
Facebook is looking to hire a head of news products to combat fake news
Facebook is looking to hire someone to head up its news products, a significant new role charged with helping to combat the proliferation of so-called fake news on its service. Facebook is talking to...
Facebook's moonshots: Making brains type and skin hear
It looks like just another beige office park building next to a dental office in Menlo Park, California. Yet Building 8, across the street from Facebook’s main campus, houses the social network’s biggest...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark