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December 17, 2014 |

Check out the latest issue of IEEE Spark entitled: Engineering Inside... AnimationIn this issue of IEEE Spark, learn how technology is applied to the art of animation. Get an inside look at the technology behind your favorite animated features, see how animators use technology to bring animations to life, create an animated illusion, and explore tools to set your creativity in motion. Also see the results of the IEEE Spark Innovation through Animation Competition

December 11, 2014 |

Did you know that IEEE TryComputing.org is a free online resource to inform and engage pre-university students, their teachers, school counselors and parents about computing and associated careers? Visitors can learn how to prepare for undergraduate computing studies and search for accredited computing degree programs around the world. They can also explore how computing careers can make a difference and meet computing professionals, students, and heroes. IEEE TryComputing.org features a variety of lesson plans on computing topics as well as tools and opportunities to support and encourage students in computing.

To discover the amazing things you can do with computing visit www.trycomputing.org today!

Norbert von der Groeben/Stanford
December 8, 2014 | Innovations

Engineers at Stanford University have created a material that can radiate heat away from buildings and send it directly into space. Composed of layers of silicon dioxide and hafnium oxide atop of a layer of silver, the material is only 1.8 microns thick, which is 50 times thinner than a sheet of paper. The material can reflect sunlight back into space like a mirror and direct heat-bearing infrared rays away from the source and into the cosmos. The material, when applied to a surface, can cool it by 5 degrees Celsius through a process dubbed by the Stanford team as "photonic radiative cooling". The team has been able to use this technique to passively cool structures even during the day, which is typically challenging due to the warming presence of the sun. The material accomplishes this feat by combining high reflectivity with simultaneous radiating into space. The team has currently developed a small prototype, but will need to devise a way to scale the material up to potentially cover the roof of a building. The material can hopefully be used in this manner to help cool homes and businesses, reducing the need for air conditioning. 

December 1, 2014 | Student Opportunities

Are you a girl aged 11-18 in the UK with a passion for Engineering or Manufacturing? Talent 2030′s National Engineering Competition for Girls is a FREE competition offering you the chance to win £500 for yourself and £500 for your school.

The competition invites you to solve the major challenges of the 21st century, get creative, get thinking and most of all – have fun!

Want to apply? Submit your entry here. For more information on the competition visit: http://www.talent2030.org/competition/ 

Entries are due at  4pm on 19 December 2014

November 19, 2014 | Announcements

Vote for your favorite pre-university student-created animation in the IEEE Spark Innovation through Animation Competition by liking it on the IEEE EAD Facebook page. Like as many animations as you choose through 1 December 2014. The animation with the most likes will win the people's choice award in the competition.

Official competition rules can be found at: http://spark.ieee.org/animation-competition/

Visit IEEE Spark at http://spark.ieee.org/



origami boat
November 19, 2014 | Innovations

Scientists at New York University and the University of Melbourne have developed a method using DNA origami to turn one-dimensional nano materials into two dimensions. Their breakthrough offers the potential to enhance fiber optics and electronic devices by reducing their size and increasing their speed. “We can now take linear nano-materials and direct how they are organized in two dimensions, using a DNA origami platform to create any number of shapes,” explains NYU Chemistry Professor Nadrian Seeman, the paper’s senior author, who founded and developed the field of DNA nanotechnology, now pursued by laboratories around the globe, three decades ago.

Seeman’s collaborator, Sally Gras, an associate professor at the University of Melbourne, says, “We brought together two of life’s building blocks, DNA and protein, in an exciting new way. We are growing protein fibers within a DNA origami structure.” DNA origami employs approximately two hundred short DNA strands to direct longer strands in forming specific shapes. In their work, the scientists sought to create, and then manipulate the shape of, amyloid fibrils—rods of aggregated proteins, or peptides, that match the strength of spider’s silk. To do so, they engineered a collection of 20 DNA double helices to form a nanotube big enough (15 to 20 nanometers—just over one-billionth of a meter—in diameter) to house the fibrils.

IEEE Members: There's still time to mentor students in the IEEE Spark Innovation through Animation Competition! 


The IEEE Educational Activities Board is delighted to announce an animation competition to excite pre-university students about engineering, computing, and technology. We are asking IEEE members, student members, graduate student members and IEEE young professional members to encourage 12-18 year olds from within their family, friendship circle, or local schools to participate in the competition. The member will act as a nominee and mentor for that student(s). Entrants can submit animations in teams of up to three students.

Competition participants are required to create an animation, to record their creation and submit it on http://bit.ly/1s8LINs. It will then be uploaded to the IEEE EAD Facebook page. The animation needs to be based on a topic covered in a current / prior edition of IEEE Spark. (spark.ieee.org)

Entries may be developed with or without the use of technology (e.g. flipbook style animation, software created animation etc.). Suggested software includes but is not limited to: Blender (http://www.blender.org) for 3D animation or Pencil (http://www.pencil-animation.org) for 2D animation.

IEEE Members should submit the animation on behalf of their pre-university student on http://bit.ly/1s8LINs by 11:59PM EST on 17 November 2014.

For additional information and official rules visit: http://spark.ieee.org/animation-competition/  

October 31, 2014 | Student Opportunities

Animate a monster with this fun interactive on Made with Code. Program your monster's appearance and give it some smooth dance moves.  


October 27, 2014 | Innovations

Researchers at the University of Central Lancashire are patenting a 3D printing process that can be used to manufacture pharmaceuticals. To create the printer, the team replaced the 3D printer's typical filaments with a specialized drug-polymer filament system. New pharmaceutical ink enabled the research team to print tablets that were accurate in both weight and dosage. The printing system has the potential to improve the accessibility of medicines that were previously too expensive or impractical to manufactureFor example, changing the dosage of a medication would now only require a simple piece of software. This 3D printing technology also has the potential to open many doors in the area of personalized medicine, by making it possible to tailor medication to meet the needs of individual patients. 

October 24, 2014 | Innovations

Two teams of researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia made a major breakthrough in quantum computing using silicon. Both teams developed a different method of creating a quantum bit, or qubit, with an accuracy of 99%. Qubits are bits that can exist as a 1 and a 0 at the same time, offering quantum computers the possibility of making simultaneous calculations. One team created an artificial atom containing a nucleus qubit and an electron qubit. The artificial atom is strikingly similar to silicon transistors used in phones and laptops. The other team created a "natural" phosphorous atom qubit which was able to hold information in its nucleus for 35 seconds, a world record! This length of time makes it possible for very complicated, extensive calculations to be performed on that qubit. The teams created the qubits by surrounding them with a layer of purified silicon that does not disturb the operation of the qubit. The researchers believe that the two methods can eventually be combined together in a single quantum computer to take advantage of the best of both worlds. 



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