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We tested popular cellphones for radiofrequency radiation. Now the FCC is investigating.

We tested popular cellphones for radiofrequency radiation. Now the FCC is investigating.

MCT Campus

August 27, 2019

The Apple iPhone 7 was set to operate at full power and secured below a tub of clear liquid, specially formulated to simulate human tissue. With the push of a button, a robotic arm swung into action, sending a pencil-thin probe dipping into the tub. For 18 minutes, it repeatedly measured the amount of radi...

Facebook lured advertisers by inflating ad-watch times up to 900 percent: lawsuit

Facebook lured advertisers by inflating ad-watch times up to 900 percent: lawsuit

October 23, 2018

Not only did Facebook inflate ad-watching metrics by up to 900 percent, it knew for more than a year that its average-viewership estimates were wrong and kept quiet about it, a new legal filing claims. A group of small advertisers suing the Menlo Park social media titan alleged in the filing that Fa...

What are companies looking for in college students?

Hunter Bergman

September 27, 2018

One of the most important things about going to college is getting a job after. Yes, one graduates with a degree, but what skills are employers looking for? As a business administration major, I had never even thought about going into the ag sector. It's not that I have anything against it, but I...

Northeast continues to train the next generation of media professionals

Northeast continues to train the next generation of media professionals

May 11, 2018

NORFOLK, NE – If you saw the feature motion pictures Mad Max: Fury Road or Kingsman: The Secret Service, they were shot using the same type of cameras and equipment that are being used by the next generation of media professionals at Northeast Community College. Now...

For these startups, Silicon Valley’s diversity problem brings big business

For these startups, Silicon Valley’s diversity problem brings big business

May 2, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. — It’s one of the tech industry’s biggest embarrassments. But for a handful of startups, Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity is also a money-making machine. Capitalizing on the pressure Bay Area tech companies face to hire and promote more women and people of color, a new class o...

3-D technology is game-changer for recruiting future engineers

3-D technology is game-changer for recruiting future engineers

April 25, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — Stratasys Ltd. employees ran a marathon of sorts earlier this month as they dashed to dozens of Twin Cities schools to introduce 3,500 students to the wonderment of 3-D printing. The effort was the company’s first large-scale effort to instantly reach out to thousands of students ...

Inside the car-eat-car world of self-driving technology

Inside the car-eat-car world of self-driving technology

April 11, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. — First, it was just a dream. Then it became a quirky research project undertaken by a handful of the nerdiest engineers in the robotics industry. Now self-driving cars are on the brink of transforming transportation. The industry creating the technology for autonomous vehicles has mor...

Creating a lithium ion battery that won’t catch fire

Creating a lithium ion battery that won’t catch fire

April 4, 2017

SAN DIEGO — At American Lithium Energy’s headquarters outside San Diego, President and co-founder Jiang Fan opens a padlocked door to the company’s battery testing chamber. Here, squat machines puncture batteries with nails, crush them with a weight and pump so much voltage into them during rec...

T-Mobile moves the needle in its research lab to compete with larger rivals

T-Mobile moves the needle in its research lab to compete with larger rivals

March 28, 2017

SEATTLE — For a couple of minutes in a small, nondescript T-Mobile US conference room, the future of wireless is here. Two phone-book sized pieces of equipment stand about 8 feet apart, one representing a cell tower, the other the smartphone of the future. A nearby screen shows the transceiver is beam...

Amazon invests in Costa Rica as tiny nation carves out profitable niche in world economy

March 21, 2017

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — In the 19th century, the customs house here brimmed with the imported wares that first helped this tiny Spanish-speaking nation become part of the wider world economy. During a balmy weekend last month, the old brick and iron warehouse was packed again, this time with multilingual...

Biotech firm carves a large niche in tools for research

Biotech firm carves a large niche in tools for research

March 16, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — More than 600,000 times, researchers have cited Bio-Techne Corp. in academic papers as a manufacturer of tools that helped in their search for new tests and treatments. The company, Minnesota’s biggest biotech company, makes tiny bits of biology plus analytical machines and kits used in...

Doctor and biomedical engineer team up on nerve stimulation device

Doctor and biomedical engineer team up on nerve stimulation device

February 28, 2017

By Alex Van Abbema Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) MINNEAPOLIS — Daniel Romo and Daniel Gulick, the young scientists behind the Minneapolis-based startup Aucta Technologies, are used to being flexible with their research. After spending last year wading through the field of noninvasive neuron stimulat...

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