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The Science of Diffusion and the Spread of Public Policy

Most of us think of diffusion in the context of its scientific definition as the process whereby particles of liquids, gases or solids intermingle and in dissolved substances move from a region of higher to one of lower concentration. However, it also applies to the spread of policies between and...

Borough President Eric Adams Asks Students to Design Smarter Guns

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams wants students to use their design skills to keep Brooklyn safe. Yesterday, he challenged local colleges and universities to come up with proposals for smarter guns — a gun, for example, that could only be operated by one specific person. “As a...

Borough President to Local Colleges: Make Us a Smart Gun

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams launched his Smart Gun Design Competition Tuesday, calling on students at local colleges to create a gun that can’t be fired by an unauthorized user — and offering a $1 million prize to the school team that can do it. “We expect every other...

Designing Safety Helmets -- Science of the Summer Olympics: Engineering in Sports (Video)

For many athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics, safety helmets will be an essential part of their athletic gear. Nikhil Gupta, a mechanical engineer at New York University, explains how safety helmets are designed, constructed and tested. (See video...)

What is mmWave and How Does it Fit Into 5G?

Millimeter wave spectrum is the band of spectrum between 30 GHz and 300 GHz. Wedged between microwave and infrared waves, this spectrum can be used for high-speed wireless communications as seen with the latest 802.11ad Wi-Fi standard (operating at 60 GHz). It is being considered by standards...

Hacker Claims to be Selling Stolen NSA Spy Tools

On Saturday, a load of computer code — whose purpose is to break into other computers — was leaked to the public by an anonymous entity called "The Shadow Brokers." The same mysterious entity also promised an upcoming "cyber weapons auction" — the digital...

Q&A: What You Can Learn from a 23-year-old Technologist and Self-Starter

Nicholas Lee is only 23, but he’s already on a bright career path as CTO and Partner at design and development company Tendigi, where he leads the agency's engineering team and heads some pretty innovative mobile products. For the past few years, Lee’s company has been redefining...

Google, NYU Reveal Business Model of Unwanted Software Bundles

Google and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering conducted a yearlong study to reveal the business practices of those who pay vendors to install unwanted software in their install bundles. The Investigating Commercial Pay-Per-Install and the Distribution of Unwanted Software report examined the...

Reducing Background Noise in Hearing Devices

People who wear cochlear implants and hearing aids are often faced with the challenge of distinguishing the words of the speaker they are trying to listen to from "babble" - the combined noise of other speakers in the background. However, a research team at New York University (NYU) has...

How to Grow a Successful Startup

When David Mahfouda founded Bandwagon, a ride-sharing company that connects taxi passengers leaving from the same location, he knew his idea was golden. It made sense for New Yorkers — the intuitive app saves riders time and money — and New York City — it shrinks taxi lines and...