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Charles Murray

News
LG Chem Aims for Affordable, Long-Range Battery by 2017
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
7/28/2014  2
Battery maker LG Chem Power Inc. plans to offer a new cell chemistry that could serve as the foundation for an affordable electric car with a 200-mile driving range by 2017. The ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
Good News & Bad News About Ocean Plastics
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
7/28/2014  6
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
Sensors Are Everywhere: From the Factory Floor to Your Skin
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Control
7/28/2014  1
Sensors are becoming smarter, more connected, and less expensive. They are showing up in a wider range of settings, from vision sensors on the plant floor that allow robots to work ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
15 Great Robots of 1980s Film & TV
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Control
7/25/2014  20
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit and ...

Cabe Atwell

STEM Connection
Video: Voice-Command System Rivals Siri
Cabe Atwell, Contributing Editor, Design Hardware & Software
7/25/2014  5
The Raspberry Pi mini-PC has been used for countless DIY projects since its creation, including 3D printers, drones, a LEGO-based robot, and makeshift DJ soundboard. Now, two ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
GE Aviation, Lockheed & Optomec Star in Metal 3D Printing Project
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
7/25/2014  2
Optomec has been awarded its third America Makes project for metal 3D printing. This one will focus on using the company's LENS 3D metal printing technology for repairing aerospace ...

Lauren Muskett

Gadget Freak
Gadget Freak Review: The Coolest Cooler; Rotating Wireless Charger
Lauren Muskett, Assistant Managing Editor
7/24/2014  12
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels. The Coolest Cooler has built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a ...

Charles Murray

Product News
MCU Helps Keep Food Fresh During Shipping
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
7/24/2014  5
Texas Instruments is rolling out a new microcontroller (MCU) that could make the design of sensor networks and data logging systems simpler and less costly.

Wayne Eleazer

Made by Monkeys
Homebuilt Mower Is Better Than a New One
Wayne Eleazer
7/24/2014  8
When the old mower that had served me faithfully for 15 years started having stuck valves, I bought a new one just like it. Well, not just like it, since the company did not make ...

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Features

Transparent Conductive Polycarbonate Film
7/28/2014
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Nanoparticle technology wet coated on LEXAN film creates a polycarbonate material that is highly transparent, flexible, and conductive.

An Ecosystem of Innovation
7/25/2014
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Armed with unique bonding capabilities, reactive hot melts have a few distinct advantages in the handling and application process over other bonding options.

3D Printing Ultra-Strong Polymers for End Production
7/24/2014
 1
3D printing production-grade parts faces major challenges in processes and qualification to support engineering materials like carbon composites. Here are some novel solutions.

Smart Power for Smart Infrastructure
7/8/2014
 1
Remote wireless sensors powered for decades by primary lithium batteries are essential to revitalizing America's aging infrastructure.

ABCs of Micro Molding: Understanding the Differences
7/7/2014
 2
Designing parts using micro molding is similar in many ways to designing with conventional injection molding. But there are a few critical differences. This guide helps engineers navigate the process.

Keeping the Production Line Up
7/7/2014
 3
Ease of diagnostics and advanced parameter data are key reasons IO-Link is on the rise.

Ultracapacitors Can Provide the Necessary Charge for Remote Power
7/3/2014
 4
Similar to a standard capacitor, an ultracap can save the day in many applications.

Plant Networks Are Getting Smart About Security & Safety
7/1/2014
 1
Hackers are getting sneakier and more sophisticated, which means plant personnel need to be more aware of what is going on around them.

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This Hollywood movie-style gag bomb doubles as an alarm clock and a countdown timer.
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Video: Voice-Command System Rivals Siri
Two students have created a voice-command system for our homes, based on the simple and ...
GoEngineer Kicks Off Kids' Camp
These free camps are designed for children ages 10-18. Attendees are introduced to 3D CAD ...
Siemens PLM Partners With Penn State
Siemens PLM has given an in-kind grant -- to the tune of $750M -- to Penn State University so ...
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Homebuilt Mower Is Better Than a New One
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Parking Decal Puts Driver in Sticky Spot
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