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Engineering in the News 2016

News stories from around the world featuring the College of Engineering faculty and students.
Published originally: Forbes (Dec. 14, 2016)

Reddit for Sale: How We Made Viral Fake News for $200

“The front page of the internet” is being gamed by vested interests. This is a story about how easy – and cheap – it is to buy your way onto the world’s most popular and influential forum.

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Published originally: Scientific American (Nov. 30, 2016)

China's Big Year in Space Sparks Excitement and Speculation

The Chinese space agency launched a new space lab, sent up its longest crewed mission ever and tested out powerful new rockets.

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Published originally: Inside Indiana Business (Nov. 30, 2016)

Notre Dame Makes "Golden" Discovery for Breast Cancer Detection

It seems fitting that a University of Notre Dame professor would use gold to fight breast cancer, but it wasn’t the school’s reverence for the heavy metal that led to its use in Dr. Ryan Roeder’s laboratory.

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Published originally: South Bend Tribune (Nov. 12, 2016)

A Super Show from the Moon that We Haven't Seen in Years

Published originally: Muskogee Phoenix (Nov. 3, 2016)

Solar Power Use Could Benefit Homeowners

Published originally: CNET (Oct. 26. 2016)

How Apple and Facebook Bring Tech Accessibility to the Masses

The Silicon Valley giants are embracing users with disabilities, resulting in tech and features that everyone can appreciate.

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Published originally: PBS.org/NovaNext (2016)

Flying with the Fourth State of Matter

A terrestrial technology that could benefit from plasma aerodynamics are big-rig trucks and other highway vehicles. Plasma DBDs could be installed on the surfaces of truck bodies where they could smooth turbulent airflows and cut drag and thus fuel consumption rates, particularly at higher speeds.

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Published originally: NewsWise (Oct. 11, 2016)

President Obama's Vision to Send Americans to Mars Is Underfunded and Unsustainable

Like President Kennedy’s vision for space, President Obama’s hopes challenge our nation to reach beyond what has been done before. And like President Kennedy no thought has been given to the sustainability of exploration and eventual human settlement.

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Published originally: ABC 57 News (Sept. 24, 2016)

One Notre Dame Team Is Facing a Different Opponent — Allergies

Published originally: South Bend Tribune (August 1, 2016)

Flynn Named Interim Director of Notre Dame California

Published originally: South Bend Tribune (July 14, 2016)

Notre Dame Camp Gets Girls Interested in STEM Fields

Middle-school girls create apps, program robots, and more in the GE Girls@Notre Dame summer camp.

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Published originally: Scientific American and STAT (June 30, 2016)

The Sound of Your Voice May Diagnose Disease

How you talk could reveal heart disease or concussions, say researchers and companies developing the novel technology.

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Published originally: The Christian Science Monitor (June 27, 2016)

Successful Rocket Launch Keeps China on Track for a Second Space Station

The successful launch and recovery of an experimental probe aboard China's new Long March 7 rocket keeps the country on schedule to launch a second space station this year, with an eye toward traveling to Mars by the end of the decade.

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Published originally: New Scientist [Technology News] (June 15, 2016)

We Now Have the Tech to Fingerprint Babies — but Should We?

Babies can now have their fingerprints taken, which could help with vaccinations and finding missing children. But the technology makes some people uneasy.

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Published originally: The Wall Street Journal (June 7, 2016)

How to Revitalize U.S. Manufacturing

Nine policies that could spark new growth in factory jobs and the economic benefits they bring, including a quote from Professor Steven Schmid, aerospace and mechanical engineering.

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Published originally: WNDU-TV (May 11, 2016)

SERO Helps Katelyn Toth Regain Independence

Struck by lightning almost ten years ago and still battling the injuries sustained from that accident, Katelyn Toth is getting help from Notre Dame students and a new shot at independence.

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Published originally: South Bend Tribune (April 15, 2016)

Notre Dame Licenses Wind Technology

Device developed at Notre Dame helps turbines generate more energy.

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Published originally: South Bend Tribune (April 13, 2016)

Notre Dame Engineering Professor Wins 1st Source Award

Gary Bernstein has been named this year’s recipient of the 1st Source Bank Commercialization Award.

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