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Global Warming: Are the Skeptics Right?
Captain Hybrid 
2/3/2012  538 comments
Is the science of global warming incontrovertible? Sixteen distinguished scientists say no.
Hybrid Redux? Not for Most Owners
Captain Hybrid 
4/18/2012  236 comments
Despite efforts to promote production of eco-friendly vehicles, hybrids appear to be losing ground.
54.5 MPG Comes With Trade-Offs
Captain Hybrid 
8/24/2012  227 comments
The White House's goal of a 54.5 mile-per-gallon average fuel economy could inspire innovation, but it could also lead to safety and costs trade-offs.
Slideshow: Profs Say Fukushima Plant Passed Ultimate Test
Electronic News & Comment 
4/26/2013  159 comments
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant performed beyond its best expectations after being struck by a mammoth earthquake and a 40-ft-high tidal wave in 2011, experts said.
How Do We Engineer Autos for 54.5 MPG?
Wolfe's Den 
7/29/2011  123 comments
Lighter automotive materials and hybrid engines are two engineering approaches towards meeting the Obama administration's goal of 54.5 mpg CAFE standards for automakers by 2025.
Is Range Anxiety Real?
Captain Hybrid 
8/2/2013  113 comments
Range anxiety applies to exceptional needs, not average ones.
The 'Conspiracy' Behind the EV Market
Captain Hybrid 
6/18/2012  111 comments
Discussions about the cost of electric cars usually lead to questions about a conspiracy against them.
3D-Printed Weapons & the Consequences
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/11/2012  111 comments
A 3D-printed gun has been test fired, and it works. Is it an engineering marvel or a disaster waiting to happen?
Is Wireless EV Charging the Better Way?
Captain Hybrid 
10/25/2013  110 comments
Wireless EV chargers, designed by HEVO Power, have hit NYC streets. Park over one, and your electric vehicle could reach a near-full charge in about an hour.
EV Battery Might Triple Electric Car Range
Captain Hybrid 
3/6/2012  103 comments
A startup company has created a low-cost electric car battery with an energy density they claim is almost three times as high as that of the Nissan Leaf battery.
Engine Shakeup Stumps Service Crew
Made by Monkeys 
5/10/2012  101 comments
When the engine isn't running right, sometimes you have to wait until it breaks before you learn why.
How Would You Cope With High Gas Prices?
Captain Hybrid 
7/17/2012  95 comments
Imagine if gas prices shot up to $5, $6, or even $7 a gallon. How would you respond? Would you buy a hybrid? An electric car?
Experts Split on New 54.5MPG Rule
Captain Hybrid 
9/11/2012  94 comments
Experts disagreed last week on the long-term outcome of the government's recent 54.5-mpg rule, with consumer advocates hailing the new mandate, and engineering consultants warning that it would send costs skyrocketing.
Slideshow: Fuel-Stingy Technologies Set Sights on 54.5 MPG
Captain Hybrid 
9/18/2012  94 comments
From fuel injectors and air conditioning compressors to tires and power steering systems, we offer a potpourri of technologies aimed at boosting CAFE to 54.5mpg.
Big Battery EVs Under Fire
Captain Hybrid 
10/1/2012  92 comments
The latest news from the world of electric cars can't be good for EV battery makers.
Breaking: 54.5 MPG Standard Finalized by Obama Administration
Captain Hybrid 
8/28/2012  88 comments
The Obama Administration announced today that it has finalized a fuel economy standard that calls for automakers to meet a 54.5 mile-per-gallon average by the year 2025.
Slideshow: 15 Inventions That Changed Our Lives
Blog 
2/28/2014  87 comments
While there have been numerous inventions over the last 100 years that have made our lives better in some way, some more than others have significantly changed the way we do things in our everyday lives, and had the ability to change industries and markets. We present 15 of them.
The Microwave Door Refused to Open
Made by Monkeys 
6/27/2013  85 comments
The material to support the microwave's latch was not sufficient. Consequently, the latch failed.
German Student Creates Device That Harvests Energy From Air
Blog 
3/20/2013  84 comments
A German university student has designed an energy harvester that derives energy from electromagnetic fields in the air to recharge small batteries and appliances.
Slideshow: Conservative Design Makes Japanese Cars More Reliable
Captain Hybrid 
4/4/2013  82 comments
A more reliable car isn't necessarily engineered better. That's the takeaway from a recent Consumer Reports survey, which once again placed Toyota and Honda at the top of the heap.
Tesla's CEO: 'Half of Cars Will Be Electric in 15 Years'
Captain Hybrid 
7/19/2012  81 comments
Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects half of cars to be electric in 15 years, despite the long odds against it.
DOE Tool Compares Gasoline to Electricity Costs
Captain Hybrid 
6/20/2013  79 comments
If you've ever wondered how much it would cost to drive to work using electricity as a fuel, the US Department of Energy has an answer for you.
Reader Caption Contest: Old Time Factory Floor
Wolfe's Den 
4/19/2012  79 comments
Design News readers are asked to submit their captions for a cartoon, as part of our monthly reader caption contest.
Apple Blasted for Tiny Torx Screws
Blog 
2/13/2012  79 comments
During a DesignCon 2012 teardown, iFixit's CEO criticized Apple for replacing its Phillips screws with tamper-resistant ones.
China's Electric Cars No Better Than Ours
Captain Hybrid 
6/6/2012  78 comments
Chinese leaders are scaling back their plans to sell 500,000 electric vehicles a year by 2015.
Chevy Volt: It's Not Time to Panic
Captain Hybrid 
9/12/2012  77 comments
Is GM really losing $49,000 on each Chevy Volt?
Superbattery: The Next Great Triumph of Engineering
Blog 
1/13/2012  77 comments
The next great engineering advancement in batteries is in the lab and it is tantalizingly close to solution.
EV Batteries: Solid Concept, but Not Ready for Prime Time
Captain Hybrid 
4/6/2012  76 comments
Despite a spate of recent setbacks, plug-in hybrids are here to stay, and consumers and automakers alike need to be patient as the technology struggles toward competitiveness.
Slideshow: 15 Modern Inventions That Didnít Live Up to the Hype
Blog 
4/7/2014  76 comments
From grocery delivery services to the Segway, here are 15 modern inventions that fell flat.
Chevy Volt Owners: We'd Do It Again
Captain Hybrid 
1/3/2013  75 comments
The Chevy Volt and other electrified vehicles dominated a Consumer Reports survey asking if people would buy their cars again.
Wireless SD Card Connects Any Digital Camera to a Smart Device
Blog 
12/26/2013  74 comments
The Eye-Fi Mobi SD card links to smartphones, tablets, and PCs for easy transfer of photos and video.
Green Power Breaks Records in the West
Engineering Materials 
5/10/2013  74 comments
It has often been said that as California goes, so goes the nation. This spring, the state's wind power is setting energy generation records and solar energy generation is expected to rise sharply during the second half of 2013.
Chevy Volt's Big Problem Isn't Safety, It's Cost
Captain Hybrid 
2/9/2012  73 comments
In the wake of the Chevy Volt fire investigations, sales are down, and General Motors' (GM) CEO Dan Akerson is blaming the downturn on a spate of bad publicity.
Engineer Pulls Trigger on 3D-Printed Gun
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/15/2012  72 comments
Inspired by the growing 3D printer-driven maker revolution, an engineer has created a working 3D printed AR-15 automatic rifle.
Long-Range EV Has Motors in its Wheels
Engineering Materials 
8/23/2012  72 comments
A Japanese prototype with motors in its wheels can go 218 miles on a single charge, 30 percent farther than other mass-produced EVs, due in part to engineering plastics.
Should the US Adopt Metric Standards?
Blog 
8/23/2012  72 comments
Metrication creeps forward in the US, but it's time to make the last 100-meter run and, to borrow Nike's slogan, just do it.
Internal Combustion Engines Primed for Performance
Captain Hybrid 
3/26/2012  70 comments
From tiny inline-fours to muscular diesels to split-cycle engines, conventional internal combustion engines are advancing at a torrid pace.
The Maytag Repairman Is Plenty Busy Now
Made by Monkeys 
1/25/2013  70 comments
Maytag/Whirlpool appliances caused one headache after another for this homeowner.
Will DOT 'Distracted Driver Blueprint' Solve the Problem?
Captain Hybrid 
6/20/2012  70 comments
The Department of Transportation says it is putting its foot down on driver distraction.
What's Your Pick for Best Engineering Movie?
Mechatronics Zone 
1/25/2012  70 comments
The PBS film "Azorian" documents the construction of the equipment needed to raise a sunken Russian submarine.
Would Cellphone Ban Secure Car Safety?
Electronic News & Comment 
1/6/2012  69 comments
Automakers continue to expand the scope of electronic "infotainment" features, despite government pressure to ban them and deem them unsafe.
Ethanol Ate My WeedEater
Made by Monkeys 
9/19/2012  68 comments
A simple part on a WeedEater failed, simply because it was not designed to withstand the corrosive effects of ethanol.
Does the Return on Investment Justify High College Costs?
Blog 
3/15/2012  68 comments
Fortunately for the engineering community, the market sets a very high value on our degrees and associated skills.
Slideshow: Military Robots Go Where Soldiers Can't
Blog 
4/20/2012  68 comments
To keep soldiers out of life-threatening situations, designers are trying to build small tactical robots that can negotiate rough terrain and collect and relay data.
Slideshow: Solving the Driver Distraction Dilemma
Captain Hybrid 
11/7/2012  67 comments
Automakers and suppliers are taking it upon themselves to improve the safety of devices that they're building and putting into vehicles.
Auto Climate Control Is Backwards
Made by Monkeys 
2/22/2012  67 comments
The automated climate controls do exactly the opposite of what is needed, despite the season.
US Faces Off With China Over Rare Earths
Engineering Materials 
3/28/2012  66 comments
The US, the European Union (EU), and Japan have filed a World Trade Organization action against China for restricting the trade of rare earth minerals.
Slideshow: Airbags From the Inside Out
Captain Hybrid 
3/13/2012  65 comments
Automakers once balked at the idea of an airbag mandate. Today, airbags come standard, and are even seen in seatbelts and center consoles.
Malibu Headlamp Replacement Necessitates Bumper Removal
Made by Monkeys 
11/23/2011  65 comments
If you want to change the headlamp on the Chevy Malibu, get ready to take apart half the car.
Slideshow: 18 People You Didn't Know Were Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
4/23/2013  64 comments
Did you know Tom Landry and Dolph Lundgren are trained engineers? Find out who else earned engineering degrees and then found fame elsewhere.
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