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Urban Program Helps Boost Minorities, Women in Engineering

ST. LOUIS—Eric’El Johnson was great at science and math in high school, so you’d think the move to engineering school would have been smooth for her. But two things stood in the way: stereotypes and money. “Guys are expected to do well in math and science, and girls aren’t,” says Johnson, who, in addition to being female, is part of two other …

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Internet of Things Security Strategy Takes Shape

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McAfee’s involvement in the formation of the Open Interconnect Consortium—a group that aims to unravel the specification, certification, and branding around everything IoT—suggests that major industry players like Intel, Dell, and Samsung are ready to take a serious look at the need for better security. Given the rapid market expansion of our smart world, a lack of universally agreed upon …

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Nanotechnology Gains Momentum in Manufacturing

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It is hard to imagine the size of a nanometer. At one-billionth of a meter, a nanometer has been compared to 1/80,000th the diameter of a human hair, a million times smaller than the length of an ant, or the amount a man’s beard grows in the time it takes him to lift a razor to his face. Yet, nanotechnology—the …

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China’s Maker Movement Shapes New Manufacturing Paradigm

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When we think of Chinese manufacturing, what immediately comes to mind is production of commodity products, subtracting for multinational manufacturers, and knockoff retail products. It’s a rapidly growing maker movement, however, that’s at the heart of a new Chinese manufacturing paradigm. An agile, flexible, and open ecosystem that’s producing innovative branded products in the consumer electronics space and beyond. Eric …

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Move Over Smart Cars, Smart Roads Are Here

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Earlier this year, Google announced the commission of 100 experimental self-driven cars. Unlike their previous retro-fitted Prius models, this custom-built fleet eschews driver controls entirely. Google’s latest move continues its strategy to drive innovation and dominate the conversation around smart cars, but while driverless vehicles will change the paradigm of America’s car culture, it’s not the only change coming to …

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Virtual Reality: The Next Big Thing in Education?

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Virtual reality. When we hear these words, we may immediately think of computer or video games, while others may conjure up images of Neo from the 1999 sci-fi classic The Matrix. And while it’s true that the origin of virtual reality (VR) and most of its uses have been rooted in gaming, thanks to technological advances and the buzz around …

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Smart Trash Cans Improve Waste Management

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Imagine if your trash bin not only collected garbage, but helped better manage the waste you produce. This is what the city of Barcelona, Spain, has done by placing monitoring sensors on recycling bins that send out an alert when full to help its residents reduce household waste and increase recycling. Similar programs are in place in other cities around the world. The Internet of …

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Technology Helps 5 U.S. Cities Become “Smart”

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It’s no secret that the number of people living in cities across the globe is increasing at a rapid pace. Today, about 54 percent of the world’s population live in urban areas and consume about two-thirds of the world’s energy. And according to the United Nations, this number will increase to about 6.3 billion (66 percent of the world’s population) …

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Robots: How Human Should We Make Them?

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In both the consumer and industrial worlds, scientists are working to make robots more human like. But while there are some common goals—and even similar applications—the vision can be quite different. Hiroshi Ishiguro, professor of Intelligent Robotics Laboratories at Osaka University in Japan firmly believes interactive, human-like robotic androids will become companions to people within the next half-decade, and will …

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In-Car Sensors Put Insurers In The Driver’s Seat

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Jeff Branson, the police chief of Mattoon, Illinois has been tracking a lead-footed driver for nearly two years. A couple of times, he’s caught the guy doing 70 in a 55. He’s confiscated the vehicle twice but never issued a ticket. The speed demon just happens to be his 18-year-old son, Chase. Branson monitors his son’s driving habits with a …

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