Blog Review: Nov. 11

Jellyfish efficiency; seeing terahertz waves; a STEM conversation; EDA histories; machine learning for alertness; tall chips; listening with NFC.

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In this week’s top five picks, Ansys’ Justin Nescott explores the importance of energy efficiency in lighting, buildings, and… jellyfish? Plus, getting more sky into apartments, and flying through the sky on a jetpack.

Terahertz waves are difficult to create and detect, but it may be easier thanks to a Swiss research team. Rambus’ Aharon Etengoff digs into how they used a common megapixel CCD device to capture images of THz beams with 25x higher resolution than the typical system, and at much lower cost.

The second annual ARM Forum focused on STEM education and how to inspire the next generation in tech. Neil Cooper presents a video of the event in its entirety.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan looks back on EDA’s past, and calls up Wally Rhines and Jim Solomon for a bit of their personal histories.

Don’t drive absent-minded: it’s the leading cause of fatal crashes. Instead, Mentor’s John Day suggests paying attention to Mitsubishi’s proposal for a deep learning system to keep drivers alert.

To see just how extreme a 50:1 high aspect ratio chip structure is, a Lam Research staff writer compares it to some of the tallest buildings in the world.

NXP’s Vanessa Lowe talks with the founder of Speech Code, an organization using NFC to aid those with visual impairments and language barriers in accessing textual information on objects.

If you missed last week’s IoT & Security newsletter, check out the featured blogs:

Editor In Chief Ed Sperling contends the tech industry has to prove smart devices are a smart investment.

Technology Editor Ernest Worthman provides a glimpse into the future with some upcoming changes in the consumer market.

Executive Editor Ann Mutschler finds that carmakers are embracing a rigorous verification methodology.

Mentor Graphics’ Brian Derrick observes that a definition of the IoT is critical to success.

Kilopass’ Charlie Cheng argues that no IoT device will be effective if the battery power is insufficient.

Marvell’s Alex Tan digs into things you never thought your car could do by itself.

Industry veterans Jim Hogan and Bernard Murphy examine a new growth market for a very good cause.