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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.
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.
'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.
Drop Your Phone in the Sink – We Dare You
Engineering Materials 
1/29/2013  50 comments
What if you could actually drop your smartphone or tablet PC into the sink by accident, or into your plate of spaghetti sauce, and no harm would be done?
Burning Your Hands Instead of the Transmission
Made by Monkeys 
1/9/2013  42 comments
An omitted dipstick and a buried filler cap makes checking/replacing the transmission fluid quite a chore.
DuPont Recruits 500 Farmers for Non-Food Biofuel Project
Engineering Materials 
1/17/2013  42 comments
One of the first, and biggest commercial-scale cellulosic biorefineries in the world is targeted for completion next year by DuPont, which will make cellulosic ethanol from corn stalks and leaves.
Beeping Oven Called for a Debugging
Sherlock Ohms 
1/31/2013  39 comments
Removing the front panel of the control unit from a beeping oven taught this owner what debugging was really about.
4 Simple Ergonomic Steps to a More Productive Workplace
Guest Blogs 
1/8/2013  35 comments
Workplace ergonomics is getting a lot of attention nationwide in response to a sharp increase in incidents of repetitive strain injuries resulting in musculoskeletal disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Flexible Tablet Prototype Is Electronic Paper
Engineering Materials 
1/22/2013  35 comments
The PaperTab splits a tablet's windows into separate sheets of user-editable electronic paper that store a lot of data and communicate with one another.
Staples & Mcor Team Up to Bring High-Quality 3D Printing to the Masses
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/11/2013  30 comments
Staples is teaming up with resin-based 3D printer company Mcor for 3D printing services in retail stores. The Mcor Iris 3D resin printer will be available for anyone to print in store or online.
Are Telepresence Robots Becoming the Norm for Companies With Work-at-Home Employees?
Blog 
1/17/2013  30 comments
Use of telepresence robots going to work for employees is expected to expand in 2013. Suitable Technologies RPD, VGo telepresence robot, and Nasa's Robonaut 2 show that remote presence is a possibility already proven.
Healthcare You Can Wear
Blog 
1/30/2013  29 comments
Vancive Medical Technologies helps partners personalize prevention and wellness with wearable sensors to help doctors, caregivers, and lifestyle managers monitor their health and fitness.
Update on 100-Percent Non-Food Jet Biofuel
Engineering Materials 
1/28/2013  29 comments
The 100-percent non-food biofuel that meets petroleum jet fuel specifications used in the historic Canadian test flight reduced emissions by 50 percent.
Slideshow: Tesla's Model X Blends Electricity & Function
Captain Hybrid 
1/22/2013  28 comments
Tesla Motors will blend the qualities of a sport utility vehicle and a minivan in an all-electric car that's targeted to hit the streets in 2014.
C Is for Cookie, Not So Much for Counting
Made by Monkeys 
1/3/2013  27 comments
Attention toy companies -- if you are going to create and sell a toy that teaches kids to count -- like Count 'N Crunch Cookie Monster -- you might want it to count higher than the number three!
Correction Technique Adds 'Warmth' to Dimmable LED Light
Electronic News & Comment 
1/15/2013  26 comments
Engineers at NXP Semiconductors say they've found a way to take the "coldness" out of white LED light.
Legal Questions Arise as Cloud Computing Gains Traction
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/23/2013  25 comments
The use of cloud computing is on the rise within the legal profession, but the threat of security risks are causing hesitation for some. The cloud may not be as secure as some believe.
3D Printers Give New Life to Old Recordings
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/18/2013  24 comments
As 3D printers increase in popularity, more and more people are using them to bring their unique projects to life.
Brake Lights Were on the Blink
Sherlock Ohms 
1/4/2013  24 comments
An unsuspecting driver was startled by another driver's horn, after the brake lights on his vehicle did not illuminate before he turned. A $20 switch solved the problem.
Billboard Causes Computer Crash
Sherlock Ohms 
1/7/2013  24 comments
A brightly lit billboard was causing one company's computers to crash earlier each night. Sherlock is on the case.
Slideshow: Military Robots Extend Humans' Reach
Blog 
1/7/2013  24 comments
While many military robots are the increasingly familiar small and tank-like unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) moving on treads or wheels, other more specialized types are appearing.
3D-Printed Clothing Hits the Paris Runway
Blog 
1/25/2013  22 comments
Stratasys Ltd. and Materialise have printed 3D clothing pieces that were worn on the catwalk during the Iris van Herpen's haute couture show, "Voltage," at Paris Fashion Week.
Researchers Teach Robots Deception by Mimicking Squirrels
Blog 
1/29/2013  22 comments
Squirrels aren't exactly the first thing that come to mind when you think about withholding the truth, but researchers have used the bushy-tailed creatures to teach robots to do exactly that.
Slideshow: Cadillac ELR Trades Efficiency for Power
Captain Hybrid 
1/30/2013  21 comments
The new Cadillac ELR will offer more power and torque than its cousin, the Chevy Volt, but it may have to trade some efficiency to get it.
The Impact of Coding Over 30 Years
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/29/2013  21 comments
Over the past 30 years or so, coding has transformed the world -- from how it is built to the final software package. AutoCAD, C++, WordPerfect, and the Intel 8008 were introduced in 1982 and have shaped modern technology ever since.
Swarming Hedgehog Robots to Explore Space
Blog 
1/14/2013  20 comments
A robot swarm has been developed by Stanford University as a mothership-sphere system to explore planetary moons and asteroids.
Why Ford Chose Lithium-Ion for 2013 Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
1/2/2013  19 comments
When Ford Motor Co. announced in 2012 that its new hybrids would use lithium-ion batteries instead of nickel-metal hydride, many experts raised an eyebrow.
McDonald's Trucks Log 800,000 Miles on Recycled Cooking Oil
Engineering Materials 
1/16/2013  19 comments
McDonald's delivery trucks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have logged more than 800,000 miles on 100-percent, unblended biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil used in the chain's restaurants.
Freescale's Xtrinsic 3.0 Software Lets Touchscreens Overcome Water
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/7/2013  19 comments
Freescale's Xtrinsic 3.0 software lets touchscreens overcome water. Algorithms developed by freescale allow their MCU controllers and touch devices handle the electrical noise generated by moisture on capacitive touch panels.
Implantable Cartilage Created With Hybrid 3D Printer
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/21/2013  19 comments
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine used a hybrid 3D printer to fabricate implantable cartilage on the heels of printing a working kidney.
Virtual Support Engineer
Blog 
1/22/2013  18 comments
The high cost of sending an engineer or skilled technician onsite to solve machinery problems is putting the focus on new ways to achieve higher levels of remote access support.
Golden Mousetrap Awards: Design Hardware & Software Finalists
Blog 
1/21/2013  17 comments
After weeding through an impressive number of entries and even more impressive products, Design News presents the 2012 Golden Mousetrap Award finalists in the Design Tools: Hardware & Software category.
CADFusion Built Around Motion Control
Blog 
1/28/2013  16 comments
Aerotech's CADFusion is a cost-effective option for those who want to create complicated G-code programs from their drawings.
Anagear's Low-Power Circuits Harvest & Save Energy
Blog 
1/22/2013  15 comments
A Dutch company aims to change the way low-power electronics are designed by creating a separate component for power management to reduce the need for battery power in wireless sensor networks and other applications.
Objet's Largest 3D Printer Doesn't Lose Precision
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/2/2013  15 comments
The Objet1000 can print down to 16 microns, making it the most precise machine currently on the market.
My Opinion on Walking the Safety Walk
Blog 
1/5/2013  15 comments
A staggering statistic says that every 15 seconds, somewhere in the world, an employee dies, and 160 others sustain a disabling injury.
Slideshow: Meet 11 Finalists in Our Rising Engineering Stars Contest
Blog 
1/10/2013  14 comments
Here are 11 innovative engineers who are making a big impact on the industry.
Strap Grounds Field Failures
Sherlock Ohms 
1/23/2013  14 comments
When a customer changed the design on one of his products, another part of the design failed. It was time to call Sherlock.
Computer Shuts Down Unless You're Wearing Leather
Sherlock Ohms 
1/16/2013  14 comments
Synthetic-soled shoes and a pair of nylons prevented computers in a San Diego hospital from functioning properly.
Daimler Funds 3D Printer for Auto Production
Engineering Materials 
1/4/2013  14 comments
Daimler AG has funded the development of a large build volume additive manufacturing (AM) system for use in automotive production.
3D Printing for the Home
Blog 
1/24/2013  14 comments
Mcor and Up 3D USA are just two companies making great advancements in the world of 3D printing. Both are at SolidWorks World 2013 in Orlando this week.
Google & Siemens Show What's Possible in Green Energy
Blog 
1/10/2013  14 comments
Google has pumped nearly $1 billion into green technology, mostly by using it to run its infrastructure. Siemens has built the world's largest wind turbine.
Study: Service Robots Growing Faster Than Industrial Robots
Blog 
1/11/2013  14 comments
The demand for service robots is outpacing the growth of industrial robots and will surpass industrial machines by 2021, says a new study from Freedonia.
CES Slideshow: The Next Big (or Little) Things
Blog 
1/15/2013  14 comments
At CES, we found a sample of both small and big things on the show floor that might alter the consumer electronics landscape in 2013.
Repair Robot Will Do On-Site CNC Machining
Blog 
1/23/2013  13 comments
A European consortium is working on a repair and maintenance robot system for on-site CNC machining in dangerous or hard-to-access environments.
Buried Fuel Filter Is a Fire Hazard
Made by Monkeys 
1/2/2013  13 comments
The fuel filter in the mobile home was located in the fuel tank. Try changing that without creating a spark.
Top 5 Questions to Consider When Designing a Label
Guest Blogs 
1/11/2013  12 comments
There are many variables to evaluate when designing a label due to the complexity of each component.
Metal Replacement Gains Velocity in Automotive
Guest Blogs 
1/17/2013  12 comments
Polymers are making a stronger showing in automotive, thanks to materials development, CAFE standards, and growing design expertise.
A Forgotten Practice Can Save US Industry $500B a Year
Blog 
1/3/2013  12 comments
Tribology, the science of friction, lubrication, and wear, must be rediscovered.
Slideshow: Top Technologies of 2013
Blog 
1/18/2013  12 comments
It's a new year, and our sister publication, EE Times, has made a list of the overhyped/underexposed electronics technologies that are going to make a splash in the next 12 months. Do you agree?
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Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
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