Nissan''s Rearview Mirror Switches to an LCD at the Touch of a Button
What if your rearview mirror could see through your backseat passengers'' heads? We''ve seen cameras and screens integrated into cars in many ways over the years, but Nissan will make them front and center soon. Nissan''s new Smart Rearview Mirror will launch next year, offering a blend of a traditi...
Facebook eyes up solar-powered drones, to blanket the world with internet access
Facebook, with the thinly veiled veneer of ''bringing internet access to the underconnected,'' is looking to acquire Titan Aerospace -- an American maker of high-altitude UAVs (drones). The idea is that these Titan drones would be used to connect the 5 billion or so people who don''t yet have reliab...
Facebook In Talks To Buy Drone Company, Could Battle Google''s Internet Balloons
Facebook is in discussions to purchase Titan Aerospace, a company that makes solar-powered drones that can apparently stay up in the skies for up to five years at a time. According to Techcrunch''s sources, Facebook wants solar-powered drones to deliver sky-based internet access, with a view to buil...
Energy Firm Cyber-Defence ''Too Weak''
Power companies are being refused insurance cover for cyber-attacks due to inadequate defences, the BBC learns.
''Tron'' Designer Creates Lotus Motorcycle Minus The Blue Glow
The clean lines, low riding position, and silhouette of the C-01 are definitely reminiscent of the "Tron" bikes.
How the World''s Next Tallest Building Will Be Built
A crucial step towards building the next tallest building on Earth is underway: Engineers on the Kingdom Tower, a proposed 3,280 foot tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, are beginning tests to figure out how to pump wet concrete more than half a mile into the sky.
Engineering Education "Today in History" Blog: One-Billionth Car Crosses the Golden Gate Bridge
Today in History - February 22, 1985 - one billionth car crosses the Golden Gate Bridge, the bridge crosses the Golden Gate Strait between San Francisco and Marin County to the north. Construction began on January 5, 1933. The bridge was open to pedestrian traffic on May 27, 1937, but was not open t...
PICO, Prototype of World''s Smallest Hearing Aid Looking to Become Real Product
The race seems to be on to commercialize a hearing aid that fits entirely inside the ear. A few days ago we reported on a project from an academic engineering team in Germany that''s working on miniaturizing and unifying components of hearing aids. Now we got word about a team based in Serbia that i...
This is NASA''s New Giant Crawler For Its Next-Generation Spaceship
Things keep moving at the Kennedy Space Center in preparation for the first mission of NASA''s Space Launch System and its Orion spacecraft in 2017. The crawler-transporter just passed "the first phase of an important milestone test.
12 Buildings Nominated For the Year''s Best Design
A cemetery in Sweden. A floating school in Nigeria. A cast-iron facade in the UK. The wildly divergent list of nominees for the Design Museum''s annual awards make you wonder: How the do you pick a single building to represent such a broad profession?
Intel Finally Shares Haswell''s Secrets, Reveals New Work On Ultra-Low-Power Chips
Intel debuted multiple new papers and low-power advances at ISSCC this year, including a GPU core far more efficient than any the manufacturer has previously produced.
Fighter Pilots Couldn''t Ask for a Better Wingman Than the Little Buddy
Evading RF (radar frequency) missiles is not unlike running from a bear. You don''t have to outrun the threat itself but merely offer up a more tasty morsel instead-be that your pudgy buddy or, in the case of air combat, a juicy decoy with an enormous radar cross-section.
It''s No Game: Xbox-Sensor Guards Korean Border
Microsoft''s movement-recognition Kinect software has morphed from virtual shooter gaming to the real-life challenge of guarding the world''s last Cold War border.
"UK Kicking Out Engineers to Work for Competitors" Says Dyson
Britain must stop kicking out the foreign-born engineers it trains and pay native students to study engineering, according to James Dyson.
Almunia Gives Google The Antitrust All-Clear In Europe: Competitors Call Decision A “Disgrace??
Joachin Alumnia, the European Commission''s antitrust chief, has today finally given his final verdict on a decade-long antitrust investigation over its search practices against Google: the U.S.-based giant has been given all-clear and will now move forward on implementing remedies, after submitting...
You Take Risks Because You Can''t Stop Yourself
A new paper correlates brain activity with how people make decisions. Based on these images, the authors suggest that when individuals engage in risky behavior, such as drunk driving or unsafe sex, it''s not because their brains'' desire systems are too active, but because their self-control systems...
Building a 3-D Map of Brain''s Electrical System
The brain continues being an organ of mystery, keeping most of its secrets hidden from scientists and their research tools. Yet, new technologies are being developed that allow the building of neural pathway diagrams of the brain that may help explain how the organ actually works.
Meet The New World''s Biggest Wind Turbine
The newest king of offshore wind turbines represents not only the latest example of partnership in the offshore wind sector - but also the return of the longtime wind turbine leader.
This Map Shows How the Internet Travels Across the World''s Oceans
You may reach the internet via newfangled wireless connection most of the time, but all those ones and zeros cross the oceans the same way old-fashioned telephone connections did: by undersea cables. The map masters at TeleGeography have charted the course the internet takes to cross the seas in 201...
What''s The Only Thing Better Than Gasoline? Audi''s Bio-gasoline, Produced By Genetically Engineered Bacteria
Audi''s new partnership with energy start-up Global Bioenergies shows confidence in their novel method of making synthetic gasoline.