Zink: Inkless Printing With Colorless Color

A magical new inkless printing technology has risen from Polaroid’s ashes

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Major innovations in printing don’t come around very often. The last one was the inkjet printer, in 1976. And now there’s Zink, a full-color printing technology that does away with a messy, expensive annoyance that consumers have learned to hate: ink.

Zink’s first generation of printers was really only a novelty, spitting out prints measuring 2 by 3 inches (about 5 by 8 centimeters), but its second generation, which is only now rolling off assembly lines, allows formats of 4 by 6 inches (about 10 by 15 cm). That’s enough to crack the key home-printing market. And the technology is still very young.

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DARPA Wants a Better, Badder Caspian Sea Monster

Liberty Lifter X-Plane will leverage ground effect

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DARPA

Arguably, the primary job of any military organization is moving enormous amounts of stuff from one place to another as quickly and efficiently as possible. Some of that stuff is weaponry, but the vast majority are things that support that weaponry—fuel, spare parts, personnel, and so on. At the moment, the US military has two options when it comes to transporting large amounts of payload. Option one is boats (sealift), which are efficient, but also slow and require ports. Option two is planes (airlift), which are faster by a couple of orders of magnitude, but also expensive and require runways.

To solve this, DARPA wants to combine traditional sealift and airlift with the Liberty Lifter program, which aims to “design, build, and flight test an affordable, innovative, and disruptive seaplane” that “enables efficient theater-range transport of large payloads at speeds far exceeding existing sea lift platforms.”

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IEEE Spectrum Wins Six Neal Awards

The publication was recognized for its editorial excellence, website, and art direction

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The IEEE editorial and art team show off two of their five awards.

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IEEE Spectrum garnered top honors at this year’s annual Jesse H. Neal Awards ceremony, held on 26 April. Known as the “Pulitzer Prizes” of business-to-business journalism, the Neal Awards recognize editorial excellence. The awards are given by the SIIA (Software and Information Industry Association).

For the fifth year in a row, IEEE Spectrum was awarded the Best Media Brand. The award is given for overall editorial excellence.

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Reduce EMI and EMC Issues with Engineering Simulation Software

Save time and money all while delivering accurate and reliable results

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Reduce EMI and EMC Issues with Engineering Simulation Software

Electronic components and systems exist today in nearly all consumer and industrial products. A major design consideration in all electronics is electromagnetic interference (EMI) and compatibility (EMC). EMI and EMC issues are complex. They can be hard to detect and can be taxing to a design. With the use of engineering simulation software, design engineers can mitigate issues before entering the prototype testing phase. Avoiding the test-retest cycle with simulation can help save time and money all while delivering robust and reliable products.