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AI Is Creating Jobs, Not Destroying Them, Studies Find

Publish Date: October 23, 2017
"Artificial intelligence is coming for your job." That's been the mantra of skeptics, naysayers, and even pragmatic analysts for years.

13 Halloween Gadgets to Frighten Up Devil’s Night

Publish Date: October 23, 2017
The Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) is back in Minnesota and it’s bigger than ever. Over two days, Nov. 8-9, 2017, receive in-depth education geared to drive a year’s worth of work.

Ruggedized, High-Performance Storage Cards Target New Use Cases

Publish Date: October 20, 2017
Western Digital Corp. has rolled out new high-capacity data storage cards with faster read- and write-speeds to meet new use cases in automotive, as well as in drones,   surveillance cameras, and myriad industrial applications.

Nanomaterial Extracts Hydrogen from Seawater for Clean Fuel Development

Publish Date: October 20, 2017
Researchers have been working on ways for many years to extract hydrogen from seawater in a cost-effective way to produce an abundant source of clean fuel, to mixed results. Now a researcher at the University of Central Florida has developed a nanomaterial that uses solar energy to generate the gas from seawater more cheaply and efficiently than current materials, giving new promise to developing eco-friendly, hydrogen-based fuels.

Where, Oh Where, Are My Test Points!

Publish Date: October 19, 2017
For the umpteenth time in my career, I am debugging a prototype board that has exactly zero test points. I didn’t design this board, but have inherited it from a frantic colleague who is behind schedule and is having trouble communicating with an onboard SPI device. The first step in this troubleshooting endeavor is to simply take an oscilloscope or logic analyzer and check the signal lines to see if they are wiggling at all. Of course, the microcontroller pins are soldered under the chip, with no accessible vias or test points.

Cathode Design Bolsters Storage Capacity of Magnesium-Based Batteries

Publish Date: October 19, 2017
Researchers have discovered new ways to work with magnesium as well as overturned conventional wisdom about the material as used for energy storage to improve the storage capacity for magnesium-based batteries.

Nvidia Plans to Be a Force Behind Level 5 Autonomous Vehicles

Publish Date: October 18, 2017
Nvidia wants to be figuratively and literally under the hood of level 5 autonomous vehicles. The graphics chip maker has unveiled a series of new product developments – all targeted at or applicable to autonomous vehicles, and aimed at showcasing its move into the automotive space.

Addition of Asphalt Lets Lithium Batteries Charge In 5 Minutes

Publish Date: October 18, 2017
Something we walk and drive on every day could be the key to making lithium-based batteries charge 20 times faster than they currently do. That’s because researchers at Rice University have discovered that a small amount of asphalt may be the key to designing high-capacity lithium-metal batteries that charge 10 to 20 times faster than commercial lithium-ion batteries.

12 Vehicle Infotainment Systems That Distract Drivers

Publish Date: October 17, 2017
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Researchers 3D-Print Super-Strong Aluminum to Solve Longstanding Welding Problem

Publish Date: October 17, 2017
Researchers have made a significant breakthrough in metal additive manufacturing with a new technique for successfully 3D printing high-strength aluminum that makes previously unweldable metals weldable. The technique—developed at Malibu, Calif.-based HRL Laboratories—solves a 100-year old problem that paves the way for using additive manufacturing to print a number high-strength engineering-grade alloys. These metals can be used in aircraft and automobile parts in unprecedented ways, according to the team in the lab’s Sensors and Materials Laboratory.