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Internal Combustion Engines Primed for Performance
Automotive News 
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.
Will DOT 'Distracted Driver Blueprint' Solve the Problem?
Automotive News 
6/20/2012  70 comments
The Department of Transportation says it is putting its foot down on driver distraction.
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.
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.
Slideshow: Military Robots Go Where Soldiers Can't
Blog 
4/20/2012  69 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.
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.
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.
DN Readers Say Climate Science Still Not Settled
Opinion 
11/12/2014  67 comments
Climate science isn’t a tennis match, and it certainly can’t be resolved by quoting numbers on a scoreboard. But if you’ve been watching the “Quick Poll” tucked into the lower right corner of Design News's homepage, then you may have noticed two surprising numbers related to global warming.
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: 18 People You Didn't Know Were Engineers
Electronics News 
4/23/2013  66 comments
Did you know Tom Landry and Dolph Lundgren are trained engineers? Find out who else earned engineering degrees and then found fame elsewhere.
Slideshow: Airbags From the Inside Out
Automotive News 
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.
Video: Flying Camera Is Your Personal Paparazzo
Blog 
3/4/2013  65 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.
10 Technologies That Make Us Super-Human
Blog 
4/22/2014  64 comments
Research and other advancements in the realms of robotics, diagnostic and treatment devices, nanotechnology, and medical implants may one day make humans superior versions of their natural selves.
Video: Would You Buy a Chevy Volt?
Automotive News 
8/9/2011  63 comments
What would it take to make you buy the Chevy Volt?
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.
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.
Slideshow: Tokyo Museum Features Eerily Human Robot Guides
Blog 
6/27/2014  63 comments
The Japanese have long been early adopters of robots and are generally more comfortable with human-robot interaction than people in many other countries, including the US.
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.
Driverless Cars Require More Passenger Trust
Blog 
11/24/2014  62 comments
The key to autonomous driving is not to forget about the driver, and to remember that passengers want a sense of control, as opposed to being utterly passive backseat drivers.
NHTSA to Brake Unintended Acceleration
Automotive News 
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.
The Fun Side of 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/15/2012  61 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.
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
Automotive News 
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.
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.
Yes, Autonomous Cars Have Accidents; Here are 3 Reasons Why
Blog 
5/14/2015  60 comments
Reports have surfaced that Google's self-driving cars have been involved in a handful of accidents since they began testing. What factors are contributing to this? And can they be solved?
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.
Tricky Spark Plugs Take Hours to Replace
Made by Monkeys 
4/4/2014  59 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
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.
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?
Backup Camera Mandate Will Lead to More Electronic Innovation
Electronics News 
4/24/2014  59 comments
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recent backup camera mandate could open the door to more vehicle innovations, including better graphical displays, 360-degree camera views, and the increased use of Ethernet.
The Tesla Fires Are Fixable
Automotive News 
2/21/2014  58 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.
Slideshow: Electric Car Batteries Get Bigger
Automotive News 
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.
Charge Your Mobile Device via Text Message
Blog 
4/9/2013  58 comments
The BuffaloGrid Project aims to provide energy in electricity-poor regions by targeting mobile-phone recharging through the use of portable micro generators.
15 Cars That Like Visiting the Mechanic
Electronics News 
5/9/2014  58 comments
For most car owners, the most desirable feature isn’t torque, horsepower, or connectivity. It’s reliability.
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.
'Revenge of the Electric Car' Gives Glimpse Into Minds of EV Faithful
Automotive News 
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.
When Will Electric Cars Reach the Tipping Point?
Automotive News 
1/6/2014  57 comments
The battery is still the wild card for future electric vehicles.
Steer-By-Wire to Reach Production Vehicles
Automotive News 
11/28/2012  57 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.
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.
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.
Wind Turbines Coming to a City Near You
Blog 
4/24/2013  57 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.
Can 48V Be the Auto Industry's Next Big Thing?
Electronics News 
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.
Belichick's 'DeflateGate' Explanation Falls Flat on Technical Details
Electronics News 
1/29/2015  57 comments
The ideal gas law, first stated in 1834, has suddenly become big news.
GM to Idle Chevy Volt Production Again
Automotive News 
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.
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