Tag: engineering

Remote Lab Allows ‘Hands-On’ Testing of Antennas from Thousands of Miles Away

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Imagine a lab that gives scientists the opportunity to do “hands-on” testing from thousands of miles away. Researchers at NC State have created a remotely-controlled testing facility that allows students, professors and private companies from around the world to test prototype antennas for wireless devices. The lab was created to provide a teaching and R&D

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Researchers Test Distributed Computing As Defense against Cyberattacks on Power Grids

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Imagine a cyberattack that does serious damage to the U.S. power grid. The results wouldn’t be pretty. The power grid is complicated, divided up into sections that cover everything from a single municipal area (like New York City) to large regions (like the entire state of California). But each of those sections is controlled by

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What Makes Spider-Man’s Web So Strong?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Spider-Man’s webs are pretty impressive, capable of supporting Spidey’s weight as he swings through New York, trapping super-villains and even suspending cars above city streets. What are they made of? And how are they made? Spider webs are notoriously strong, with spider silk reported as having a tensile strength of up to 1.75 gigapascals (GPa),

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Dogs, Technology and the Future of Disaster Response

Monday, May 5th, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

Imagine a team of humans, dogs, robots and drones swooping onto the scene in the aftermath of a disaster and working together to find and rescue anyone trapped in collapsed buildings. That’s the goal of a team of researchers from around the United States working on what they call the Smart Emergency Response System (SERS).

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Howling Robots: One Student’s Path from the Classroom to the Theme Park

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Tim Peeler, who writes for NC State University Communications. Now that she’s the co-creator of a robotic wolf, Michelle Phillips’ career path into the field of animatronics seems obvious. But that wasn’t always the case. Phillips had only been at NC State for a couple of semesters

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