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Silicon Supplants Carbon To Improve Li-Ion Batteries

By Kevin Clemens | April 16, 2018

Lithium-ion batteries power our lives. The electrical energy stored in their unique chemistry is changing how we live via applications like hybrid and battery electric vehicles, the support of large power grids, and cell phones, laptops, and other personal electronic devices. Limits to the amount of energy that can be safely stored is, however, becoming a problem.

Keeping the Driverless Car Unhackable – Securing the IIoT in Autonomous Systems

By Rob Spiegel | April 13, 2018

One of the key drivers of the Internet of Industrial Things (IIoT) is automating systems that were previously operated manually. The IIoT helps these systems go autonomous, whether it’s cars, medical systems, or the power grid. These complex systems require the coordination of multiple software components distributed across diverse platforms. Securing these complicated systems is not simple.


Don’t Underestimate the Business Side of Your Start-Up

By Charles Murray | April 13, 2018

Building a successful product company requires more than just great engineering, experts will say at the upcoming Embedded Systems Conference in Boston.

Overcoming the Catastrophe of Forgetful AI

By Chris Wiltz | April 12, 2018

If there's one thing we'd like artificial intelligence to overcome it's forgetfulness. The ultimate aim of deep learning and neural networks is to create algorithms that mimic the human brain. The idea is to reinforce learning by strengthening the “neural” pathways that lead to rewarding actions.

A Less Costly Way to Validate Battery Life

By Charles Murray | April 12, 2018

Validating battery life in low-power wireless sensor networks can be a challenging task requiring costly equipment, but that needn’t always be the case, a consultant will say at the upcoming Embedded Systems Conference in Boston.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Is Ideal for Embedded Systems, Machine Learning

By Chris Wiltz | April 11, 2018

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B has gotten an upgrade focused on making it an even better tool for serious embedded applications engineers and makers looking to explore more advanced applications such as AI and machine learning.

Injectable Hydrogel Bandage Could Save Lives on the Battlefield

By Elizabeth Montalbano | April 11, 2018

A team from the Inspired Nanomaterials and Tissue Engineering Laboratory at Texas A&M University have developed an injectable, hydrogel bandage that can stop the bleeding from deep injuries, such as those suffered by soldiers on the battlefield, and promote faster healing. The researchers found that the hydrogels reduce the clotting time from five to six minutes to about two minutes, which can be the difference between life and death.

12 Future Electric Crossover Utility Vehicles to Watch

By Kevin Clemens | April 10, 2018

Senior Editor Kevin Clemens has been writing about energy, automotive, and transportation topics for more than 30 years. He has masters degrees in Materials Engineering and Environmental Education and a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in aerodynamics. He has set several world land speed records on electric motorcycles that he built in his workshop.

Senior Technical Editor Charles Murray contributed to this story.

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Japanese Kirigami Inspires Design of Flexible Circuits

By Elizabeth Montalbano | April 10, 2018

Researchers have already found inspiration in the Japanese paper-folding art origami to design a bio-battery and a solar panel that could be used in space.

Innoviz Designed a LIDAR to Make Any Car Autonomous

By Chris Wiltz | April 9, 2018

LIDAR has been and is going to continue to be one of the key technologies behind self-driving cars. A January 2018 report from Research and Markets has predicted the global automotive LIDAR sensors market to grow with a CAGR of 35.2% over the period of 2017-2023. But LIDAR isn't perfect.