10 Shields That Get the Most Out of the Arduino | EE Times


The Arduino open-source development board is an immensely popular platform for engineers and makers to prototype their projects quickly.

It’s success, and versatility is driven by its community who have used it to drive home automation, power robotics, augment reality, and a host of other projects.

While on its own, the Arduino is an excellent tool for any project, but pairing it with a Shield expands its capabilities and raises the platform to a new level.

In this roundup, we will take a look at some of the more useful Shields that can turn an ordinary project into an excellent one.

Source: 10 Shields That Get the Most Out of the Arduino | EE Times

5 Paradoxes of an Innovation Culture | Nextgov


A recent trend has been to set up an innovation office to serve as a catalyst for new ideas. These offices can be helpful starting points and an inspiration to employees across an organization.

However, most leaders want to create a culture of innovation across their entire workforce, not just in an elite subset of employees.

Harvard professor Gary Pisano has studied what it takes to create an innovation culture in dozens of companies across the world and in a recent Harvard Business Review article he observes that “innovative cultures are seen as desirable . . . [but] are hard to create and sustain.” He says five characteristics exemplify an “innovation culture” in organizations:

  • A tolerance for failure
  • A willingness to experiment
  • Provides psychological safety
  • Is highly collaborative
  • Is nonhierarchical

Source: 5 Paradoxes of an Innovation Culture – Nextgov

Low Cost DIY Robotics Platform Allows Mechatronics Development | Design News


Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary field consisting of electrical-electronics, electromechanical. mechanical systems, and embedded software.

Entry into exploring mechatronics can be cost prohibitive when purchasing a development board and systems accessories. Also, inventories of such development platforms may be low or discontinued from the manufacturer or associated distributor.

Crickit is a Creative Interactive Construction Kit developed by founder of Adafruit Industries Limor Fried for the rapid development of robotics.

The Crickit allows engineers, students, and makers the ability to build and test robots using materials like paper, wood, plastics, and metals.

Source: Low Cost DIY Robotics Platform Allows Mechatronics Development | Design News

Spaceflight Might Increase Cancer Risk for Astronauts


As space organizations like NASA become more ambitious with exploration plans, additional studies are needed to see what the long-term health impact of spaceflight is on humans.

A research team led by University of Arizona scientists has now found that long-term spaceflights influence certain cells found in the immune system called natural killer cells (NK-cells)—white blood cells that kill cancerous cells in the body and prevent older viruses from reactivating.

Source: Spaceflight Might Increase Cancer Risk for Astronauts

Who’s Who in AI Today | EE Times


As a reporter covering this industry, I’m humbled by my ignorance of AI.

Luckily, I was approached by Rajiv Joshi at IBM Research Division who organized last fall the AI Compute Symposium at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. He told me how the first AI Symposium came about in close collaboration with the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and the IEEE Electron Device Society.

I asked Joshi to thumbnail the discussion at the AI Symposium (since I wasn’t there to cover it), and he filed an easy-to-digest on-the-ground report.

Although the conference was more than two months ago, Joshi’s report (read it in its entirety below) offers the big picture of what’s happening on the front lines of AI research.

It’s a great tool to find out who’s who in the field, and the AI problems researchers are pushing to solve.

Source: Who’s Who in AI Today | EE Times

Foldables, DRAMs, and Other Puzzles | EE Times


Engineers face big challenges delivering foldable smartphones, rollable displays, and next-generation DRAMs. However, they also have opportunities to deliver new classes of health-care devices and 3D chip stacks.

Those were some of the highlights of a day of technology talks at the annual Industry Strategy Symposium hosted by the SEMI trade group here earlier this month.

Source: Foldables, DRAMs, and Other Puzzles | EE Times

The Accidental Invention of Bubble Wrap | Smithsonian


.. And so Howard Fielding, who was about 5 years old at the time, became the very first person—for fun—to pop Bubble Wrap.

The invention revolutionized the shipping industry and made the e-commerce era possible, protecting billions of products shipped worldwide each year.

Source: The Accidental Invention of Bubble Wrap | Innovation | Smithsonian

Why Open Secrets Exist in Organizations


In 2017, the New York Times broke the now widely-known scandal of media mogul Harvey Weinstein’s apparent decades-long pattern of sexual abuse and harassment. The story came as a shock to the public. However, as details emerged it became clear that Weinstein’s transgressions were not unknown to Hollywood insiders. They were, in fact, an “open secret.”

This raises the question: Why do issues remain open secrets in organizations where multiple employees know about a problem or a concern, but no one publicly brings it up?

We explore this in a set of studies recently published in the Academy of Management Journal.

We found that as issues become more common knowledge among frontline employees, the willingness of any individual employee to bring those issues to the attention of the top-management decreased.

Instead of speaking up, what we observed among our participants was something like the bystander effect, a psychological phenomena describing how people stay on the sidelines as passive bystanders, waiting for others to act rather than do something themselves.

Source: Why Open Secrets Exist in Organizations

Sculpture of Smiling Satan Causes Controversy in Spain | Time


Segovia, a city in central Spain, is divided over plans to install the bronze statue portraying the devil grinning and taking a selfie, the BBC reports.

The effigy alludes to a local folktale, which says the city’s Roman-era aqueduct was built by the devil in exchange for a young girl’s soul. (She ended up getting it back, the story goes.)

The two-tiered structure, built around the year 50 and spanning half a mile, is listed along with the old town center as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Source: Sculpture of Smiling Satan Causes Controversy in Spain | Time

Major Facebook Users Are Worse At Making Decisions | GovExec.com


The findings, which appear in the Journal of Behavior Addictions, are the first to examine the relationship between social media use and risky decision-making capabilities.

“Decision making is oftentimes compromised in individuals with substance use disorders. They sometimes fail to learn from their mistakes and continue down a path of negative outcomes,” Dar Meshi says.

“But no one previously looked at this behavior as it relates to excessive social media users, so we investigated this possible parallel between excessive social media users and substance abusers. While we didn’t test for the cause of poor decision-making, we tested for its correlation with problematic social media use.”

Source: Major Facebook Users Are Worse At Making Decisions – Management Matters – Management – GovExec.com