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Video: Would You Buy a Chevy Volt?
Captain Hybrid 
8/9/2011  63 comments
What would it take to make you buy the Chevy Volt?
Laws of Physics Under Attack by Economics
Guest Blogs 
12/2/2011  63 comments
Investment in STEM programs at all levels is a stated national priority. But this vital education and economic policy objective has slammed into an economic headwind that apparently makes rational budgeting a political impossibility.
Fixing This Car's Heater Is Easier Said Than Done
Made by Monkeys 
9/5/2012  63 comments
In order to fix the heater on this 1998 Oldsmobile, the owner had to nearly take the whole car apart.
Preflight Inspection Averted Crash
Sherlock Ohms 
7/17/2013  63 comments
The vacuum in the plane's gas tank was suspicious. Sure enough, there was a potentially devastating fuel line blockage.
Video: Flying Camera Is Your Personal Paparazzo
Blog 
3/4/2013  63 comments
The palm-sized MeCam from Always Innovating, based on open-source software, will follow you around and take videos of you and your friends.
Slideshow: From Aston Martin to DeLorean, the Best Movie Cars
Captain Hybrid 
6/24/2013  62 comments
Cars have played a significant role in films throughout movie history. We highlight some of the best.
Harley Hindered by Lower Belt Guard
Made by Monkeys 
12/7/2011  62 comments
One tiny screw stands between a safe highway ride and disaster.
US Army Goes Green With Solar Energy
Blog 
2/24/2014  62 comments
The solar array at Fort Carson, Colo., which is part of the Army's largest microgrid installation, is part of an overall strategy to use solar power to cut costs and for other tactical purposes.
NHTSA to Brake Unintended Acceleration
Captain Hybrid 
5/9/2012  61 comments
The debate over unintended acceleration, having lingered around the periphery of the auto industry for more than two decades, may be about to receive a fatal blow.
Can Your iPhone Bring Down a Plant?
Blog 
6/28/2013  61 comments
The network security challenge in a world where everything's connected.
3D Print Yourself
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/22/2013  61 comments
TwinKinds, a German startup, is creating 3D printed statues of its customers.
Wireless Power Pitched as Replacement for EV Batteries
Captain Hybrid 
2/15/2012  60 comments
Stanford University researchers believe they've found a better way to build a long-range electric car. Amazingly, their solution has nothing to do with batteries.
The Fun Side of 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/15/2012  60 comments
While 3D printers gain ground for traditional prototyping and limited-run manufacturing applications, the technology is also fueling a host of innovative use cases, from furniture design to collectibles, even for unmanned aircrafts.
Slideshow: Speedo Redesigns Banned Record-Breaking Swimsuit
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/21/2012  60 comments
Speedo, in partnership with ANSYS, leveraged multiphysics simulation software to create its Fastskin Racing System, which reduces full-body passive drag by up to 16.6 percent.
Power Glitch Tunes Out TV
Made by Monkeys 
5/6/2013  59 comments
All of the controls to this TV are in the remote. But the remote stopped working and the company doesn't offer a replacement.
Would You Buy a Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt?
Wolfe's Den 
11/2/2011  59 comments
We asked members of Design News's Systems & Product Design Engineering group on LinkedIn whether they're ready to embrace electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.
Restaurant in China Employs Robotic Wait Staff & Chefs
Blog 
2/18/2013  59 comments
The Harbin Haohai Robot Company in China has developed a robotic restaurant staff and opened a restaurant that uses them to cook, greet clients, and wait tables.
Lack of Qualified Engineering Candidates
Blog 
10/23/2012  59 comments
You have a 10V ideal voltage source in parallel with a 5Ω resistor. What is the impedance?
Slideshow: Electric Car Batteries Get Bigger
Captain Hybrid 
2/10/2012  58 comments
To boost the range of pure electric vehicles (EVs), automakers need more onboard energy. To get more energy, they need bigger battery packs.
'Revenge of the Electric Car' Gives Glimpse Into Minds of EV Faithful
Captain Hybrid 
4/23/2012  57 comments
Yes, the movie gives a one-sided view of the auto industry, but it also provides real insight into why we're moving toward EVs.
Why Are USB-A Connectors So Frail?
Made by Monkeys 
1/19/2012  57 comments
USBs are the most common PC connectors, yet they are also the most fragile.
Gadget Freak Case #239: Bridge Rectifier Eliminates LED Light Flicker
Gadget Freak 
4/29/2013  57 comments
Bernard R. Smith Jr. created a bridge rectifier that eliminates the flicker in LED light strings.
The Tesla Fires Are Fixable
Captain Hybrid 
2/21/2014  57 comments
By now, most followers of the electric car market know that another Tesla Model S caught fire in early February. The blaze happened in a homeowner’s garage in Toronto. After parking the car, the owner left his garage. Moments later, the smoke detector blared, the fire department was called, and the car was ruined. To date, no one knows why.
3D Print Your Own Analog Camera
Blog 
7/23/2013  57 comments
Recently graduated design student Leo Marius has made an open-source working 35 mm analog camera with a 3D printer, and so can you -- he's posted all the files and instructions online.
Can 48V Be the Auto Industry's Next Big Thing?
Electronic News & Comment 
7/30/2013  57 comments
Another new powertrain technology may be poised to bring major change to the auto industry by delivering the advantages of hybridization without some of the complexity.
Steer-By-Wire to Reach Production Vehicles
Captain Hybrid 
11/28/2012  56 comments
Taking a page from the world of aviation, Nissan Motor Co. plans to enter the "by-wire" world and control the steering of a future Infiniti vehicle with electronic signals.
Slideshow: Volkswagen to Build World's Most Fuel-Efficient Car
Captain Hybrid 
3/18/2013  56 comments
Volkswagen AG is planning to roll out a production car that will combine a plug-in hybrid powertrain with low weight and an aerodynamic shape to reportedly achieve a startling fuel efficiency rating of 261 mpg.
GM to Idle Chevy Volt Production Again
Captain Hybrid 
8/30/2012  56 comments
General Motors says it will shut down the plant that builds the Chevy Volt for four weeks to match supply with demand and to accommodate its Impala production schedule.
$100k Fisker Karma 'Bricked' During Consumer Reports Test
Captain Hybrid 
3/12/2012  56 comments
A Fisker Karma died in a parking lot during testing at the Consumer Reports automotive test facility in Connecticut last week.
Slideshow: 'Bizarre' Incident Led to Tesla Battery Fire
Electronic News & Comment 
10/8/2013  56 comments
The metal object that caused last week's Tesla Model S EV battery fire reportedly tore through the bottom of car, leaving a gaping hole in the armor plate that protects the battery.
'EV Triumph' Needs More Perspective, Less Hype
Captain Hybrid 
1/10/2013  55 comments
Many news stories about a Pike Research study of electric vehicle sales use accurate figures but need more context.
When Will Electric Cars Reach the Tipping Point?
Captain Hybrid 
1/6/2014  55 comments
The battery is still the wild card for future electric vehicles.
Bill Gates Funds 'Big Battery' Startup
Electronic News & Comment 
12/13/2011  55 comments
One of the great underappreciated issues of renewable energy isn't whether seagulls are banging into turbine blades, but whether intermittent sources of power have any real value in a world without energy storage.
Slideshow: The New Mustang's Technology Leads the Way
Electronic News & Comment 
2/3/2014  55 comments
Ford Motor Co. will give new meaning to the term “muscle car” in 2014 by rolling out a Mustang that features a small engine with big power numbers.
Why Did It Take GM a Decade to Identify Ignition Switch Problems?
Electronic News & Comment 
3/3/2014  55 comments
Further investigations on the matter may serve as a case study on how big manufacturers handle the smallest details of design.
Could Pure Electrics Emit More Than Hybrids?
Captain Hybrid 
11/15/2012  54 comments
After studying the life cycle of electrified cars, researchers have concluded that hybrids with smaller batteries pollute less than pure EVs.
Tesla Model S Hitting the Road This Summer
Captain Hybrid 
1/18/2012  54 comments
Tesla Motors' plan to build practical, competitive electric vehicles (EVs) will finally be put to the test this summer, as the upstart car company rolls out its long-awaited Model S.
10 Engineering Toys From Your Youth
Blog 
4/17/2014  54 comments
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
Wind Turbines Coming to a City Near You
Blog 
4/24/2013  54 comments
Professor Farzad Safaei of Australia’s University of Wollongong has developed a wind turbine that can be used in urban areas via positioning on skyscrapers and other buildings.
Honda's Latest Robot Mows Your Lawn
Blog 
9/4/2012  54 comments
Miimo is a robotic lawnmower that works via electronic sensors to continuously cut grass and safely navigate slopes and obstacles.
How Safe Is Safe Enough?
Electronic News & Comment 
5/6/2013  54 comments
One of the ugly truths of engineering is that life has a price. Cars, buildings, power plants, and industrial machinery can always be made safer for a cost, but manufacturers are at the mercy of the market.
Death of the Desktop
Guest Blogs 
12/3/2013  53 comments
At what point will mobile devices fully replace the old desktop computer?
Gadget Freak Case #230: The Inexpensive Dimmable LED Desk Lamp
Gadget Freak 
11/30/2012  53 comments
Andrew Morris designed a dimmable LED driver circuit that is simple and energy efficient. He then installed the circuit into a portable fluorescent lamp.
Video: Hover Car Concept Lifts Off
Blog 
6/8/2012  53 comments
The zero-emission two-seater levitates above the road and propels itself forward using electromagnetic road networks.
'Internet Snacking' Coming to GM Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
3/6/2013  53 comments
In the auto industry's biggest move yet to build connected cars, General Motors plans to install 4G data modems on millions of its future vehicles, enabling them to serve as Internet hotspots.
Amazon 'Octocopters' Face Technical Challenges
Electronic News & Comment 
12/3/2013  53 comments
Amazon.com's proposed drone-based package delivery scheme is achievable, but it could face significant technical hurdles before reaching the marketplace.
What's the Time?
Sherlock Ohms 
5/8/2013  52 comments
The radio station couldn't keep its clock synchronized. Apparently, the power company was goofing up the time.
Slideshow: Robots Creeping & Crawling Into New Territory
Blog 
5/25/2012  52 comments
Robots modeled after animals, insects, and worms are being developed for military and first-responder applications.
Slideshow: These Bots Were Made for Walking
Blog 
12/4/2013  52 comments
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
Slideshow: Why Automakers Are Rolling Out Electric Cars
Captain Hybrid 
12/5/2012  51 comments
Electric vehicle sales are anemic, and EV battery makers are fighting for their lives. Why are automakers rolling out a steady stream of new battery-powered cars?
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