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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.
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?
Gadget Freak Case #228: Super LED Flashlight Hits 3,000 Lumens
Gadget Freak 
10/19/2012  47 comments
John Duffy, a 15-year-old Gadget Freak, has put together a powerful LED flashlight that runs at almost 30W and 3,000 lumens.
Myth of the College Experience
Guest Blogs 
10/3/2012  40 comments
The best way to prepare for success in your career and in life is to start out at a community college.
Can You Make the Popinator Work?
Electronic News & Comment 
10/11/2012  39 comments
The maker of a popcorn-launching machine has a design task for dyed-in-the-wool gadget freaks.
Snafus With the Speakers
Made by Monkeys 
10/31/2012  38 comments
The owner of this audio equipment manufacturer discovered monkeys in his assembly operation.
Hot-Seat Emergency in the Outback
Made by Monkeys 
10/1/2012  37 comments
What were the Outback designers thinking when they placed the emergency button and the seat warmer switch in bumpable positions?
Slideshow: Even More Messy Desks
Blog 
10/8/2012  37 comments
Is it true that the messier the desk, the more of a genius its owner must be?
Nissan's Robotic Car Parks Itself, Picks You Up
Blog 
10/22/2012  36 comments
Nissan's NSC-2015 can find its own parking spot and return to pick you up after being summoned via mobile app.
Aluminum Wheels Take Higher Max Load Than Steel
Engineering Materials 
10/5/2012  34 comments
Two new forged aluminum wheels from Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products have higher maximum per-wheel loads than comparable steel wheels.
Not So Simple Mirror Replacement
Made by Monkeys 
10/16/2012  34 comments
Replacing the side view mirror on the Nissan Frontier looks easy, until you have to find the cable connector.
Slideshow: Robots in Space
Blog 
10/2/2012  33 comments
Robots have been going into space for a long time, as satellites, probes, and landers, while others don't get quite that far.
These Fuses Melt in Water
Sherlock Ohms 
10/15/2012  32 comments
The new building came with a slew of electrical problems -- blown fuses and faulty phone lines.
Self-Healing Gel Could Replace Cartilage
Engineering Materials 
10/3/2012  32 comments
A new flexible, self-healing hydrogel that could replace cartilage can be stretched to 21 times its length before breaking.
Slideshow: Evolution of the Robotic Canadarm
Blog 
10/16/2012  29 comments
Canada's main contribution to the US Space Shuttle program has been the Canadian Space Agency robotic manipulator arms, Canadarm and Canadarm2. See how they have evolved.
What's Your First 'Engineering' Story?
Blog 
10/29/2012  28 comments
Brand Director Rich Nass recalls his first engineering experience, in which he built a color organ with his dad. Do you remember yours?
'MacGyver' Robot Can Use Found Objects to Solve Problems
Blog 
10/12/2012  27 comments
Locked out of your car with nothing to break in but a piece of chewing gum and a hair tie? No problem -- there’s a robot for that.
Composite Conducts Heat to Remove Salt From Seawater
Engineering Materials 
10/25/2012  27 comments
A new composite material for saltwater desalination plant pipelines may help bring down the cost of the process.
Gadget Freak Case #227: Wearable Computer Keeps Tabs on Fido & Kitty
Gadget Freak 
10/5/2012  26 comments
Pete Cross created the PetInspect gadget to record data on how a pet is being treated while it is boarded. The gadget helps you track the pet's environment and if it is getting exercise.
I Fixed My Broken Corvette for $0.00
Sherlock Ohms 
10/26/2012  25 comments
Rather than running up a huge repair bill, one savvy car owner found a Corvette forum and fixed the car himself.
Skepticism Prevented a Nasty Crash
Sherlock Ohms 
10/3/2012  25 comments
It took a lot of second guessing to find an aircraft flaw that would have caused a crash.
Glue & Sealant Gunk Up the Line
Sherlock Ohms 
10/24/2012  24 comments
The hot glue was a problem on the line, then came the goof-up with the sealant.
Disastrous Automotive Soldering Connections
Made by Monkeys 
10/23/2012  23 comments
Car after car had the same running lights problem -- poor soldering joints.
Humans, Do You Speak !~+V•&T1F0()?
Blog 
10/4/2012  23 comments
Software that will let people and robots communicate in their own languages to plan difficult and complex tasks is being developed at a Scottish university.
Why Can't Engineers Get Good Jobs?
Blog 
10/15/2012  23 comments
In his new book, Peter Cappelli says many companies, overwhelmed by the flood of résumés they receive for each job posting, rely on computers to weed out the unqualified. This is hurting many applicants.
Formlabs Launches 'Prosumer' 3D Printer
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/4/2012  22 comments
Leveraging a unique go-to-market strategy based on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform, Formlabs has debuted the Form 1, a low-cost 3D printer for professionals.
Lousy Cables Made by Somebody’s Brother-in-Law
Made by Monkeys 
10/10/2012  20 comments
The motors kept failing due to faulty cables. Who was responsible for them?
The Datsun's Wiring Was a Mess
Made by Monkeys 
10/26/2012  19 comments
The Datsun 1200 was one wiring problem after another.
Open-Source Kits Put Robots in Many Hands
Mechatronics Zone 
10/11/2012  19 comments
Multiplo, a four person startup, sought venture funds via Kickstarter to create and manufacture kits for anyone interested in robotics.
Battery Management Technology Could Boost EV Performance
Captain Hybrid 
10/17/2012  18 comments
Researchers are working on a math-based battery management technique that could dramatically cut charging times for electric vehicles, while boosting useable battery energy and power.
The Rust & Squeak of a Brand New Mower
Made by Monkeys 
10/9/2012  18 comments
The mower was brand new, so why did the wheels quickly rust and squeak?
Biggest, Fastest Titanium 3D Printer
Engineering Materials 
10/8/2012  17 comments
A pact among Airbus, aerostructure manufacturer Aerosud, and the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to develop the biggest, fastest 3D printer possible for making titanium aircraft and satellite components.
Slideshow: Machine-Made Cocktails
Blog 
10/12/2012  17 comments
The Inebriator, powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 microprocessor project board, makes mixing up the perfect cocktail seem effortless.
Robot 'Thinks' Like a Honey Bee
Blog 
10/9/2012  16 comments
Scientists in the UK are working on the creation of artificial intelligence to power a flying robot that can autonomously think like a honey bee, rather than be programmed to perform tasks.
Sea Turtle Robot Will Swim Autonomously
Blog 
10/19/2012  16 comments
Engineers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have built a robot modeled on a sea turtle that is capable of underwater autonomous navigation.
Engineer Solves Glass Slipper Dilemma
Blog 
10/19/2012  16 comments
What qualities would the glass in Cinderella's slippers need to have in order for her to walk and dance comfortably, and hold her weight?
Biofuel From Seaweed Saves Water, Land Area
Engineering Materials 
10/18/2012  16 comments
Making biofuels from seaweed is one of the latest ideas for creating sustainable fuels that don't compete with food crops. Two different teams, one US-led and one in India, are working on solutions.
3D Printing Flies High
Engineering Materials 
10/15/2012  15 comments
Materials and processes for creating 3D printed production parts from plastics, metals, and even carbon composites are on the horizon for aerospace applications.
The Car Was Puffed Up on Hot Air
Sherlock Ohms 
10/8/2012  15 comments
The air bag suspension kept the Lincoln Town Car riding high -- too high.
Designers, Where Do You Start?
Blog 
10/2/2012  15 comments
When you sit down to start a new design, what's the first thing you do?
Energy Efficiency: How Does Your State Rank?
Blog 
10/5/2012  14 comments
Massachusetts again hits No. 1 as the state with the strongest energy efficiency program.
Future Batteries, by the Numbers
Captain Hybrid 
10/12/2012  14 comments
To take EV batteries to the next level, materials scientists are examining a wide array of chemistries, from lithium-sulfur and lithium-air to a new breed of lead-acid.
Slideshow: Scenes From Convergence 2012
Captain Hybrid 
10/23/2012  14 comments
The Society of Automotive Engineers' Convergence 2012 conference in Detroit provided a glimpse of future automotive electronics.
Biosynthetic Micro-Robot Will Combine Cells, Electronics
Blog 
10/22/2012  14 comments
The Cyberplasm micro-robot will combine engineered cellular devices, electronics, and new methods of communicating and interfacing between biological and electronic components.
Materials Buyers Are Multitaskers
Engineering Materials 
10/23/2012  14 comments
Our recent Materials Survey shows that design engineers will be setting the parameters of many designs. Today's engineers have cross-discipline expertise and are involved in multiple job functions.
3D Printing Shapes Factory of the Future
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/25/2012  14 comments
Shapeways is opening a state-of-the-art 3D printing facility that gives small engineering shops and hobbyists an affordable way to produce their designs.
Patent Pushes Back Against 3D Printing Piracy
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/30/2012  13 comments
A broad patent filed by Microsoft vet Nathan Myhrvold's company centers on a "manufacturing control system" that establishes digital rights management for 3D printing.
Michael Waltrip Throttles Up a Digital Simulation Edge
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/3/2012  13 comments
The nascent NASCAR team is fast tracking a winning season with a revamped digital aerodynamics design initiative that shifts digital CFD simulation into high gear.
MCUs Simplify Resolver-Based Motor Control Systems
Blog 
10/25/2012  13 comments
You can buy resolver-to-digital converters, but a fast microcontroller can do the job just as well.
Rising Engineering Stars: Message Received Loud & Clear
Blog 
10/17/2012  11 comments
Design News is looking for rising engineering stars -- those who are influencing or have the potential to influence the design engineering community.
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