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Slideshow: Solving the Driver Distraction Dilemma
Captain Hybrid 
11/7/2012  70 comments
Automakers and suppliers are taking it upon themselves to improve the safety of devices that they're building and putting into vehicles.
Steer-By-Wire to Reach Production Vehicles
Captain Hybrid 
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.
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.
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.
Smoking Trailer Brakes Cause Alarm
Sherlock Ohms 
11/29/2012  49 comments
When all four brakes on the boat trailer started smoking, it was time to examine the braking system.
Slideshow: Paris Auto Show Drives Electric
Captain Hybrid 
11/1/2012  46 comments
The Paris Auto Show featured the latest in EV and hybrid technology.
Slideshow: Service Robots Can Do Most Anything
Blog 
11/12/2012  41 comments
The range of services that robots can perform is extremely broad -- from assisting the elderly to cleaning polluted water to repairing spacecraft.
Wind Power Operating, Maintenance Costs Drop 38 Percent
Engineering Materials 
11/28/2012  41 comments
The costs of wind power are falling, not only for turbine cost and performance, but also for operating and maintaining onshore wind farms. In just the last four years, operation and maintenance costs have dropped 38 percent.
Video: The Incredible Lego 'Great Ball Contraption'
Gadget Freak 
11/5/2012  35 comments
Hey Gadget Freaks -- check out the largest, most intricate Lego machine we've ever seen!
Just How Toxic Are Carbon Nanotubes?
Engineering Materials 
11/29/2012  32 comments
Researchers at Texas Tech University have come up with a new method for detecting extremely small CNTs in soils, which will help determine their toxicity.
Future of Farming Geared for Efficient Robotic Workers
Blog 
11/28/2012  32 comments
With overpopulation and a decaying environment, the world needs more food, faster. Robots come to rescue, delivering tireless efficiency to the farmland.
Slideshow: Great Space Rovers
Blog 
11/20/2012  31 comments
The Canadian Space Agency, makers of the International Space Station's 30-year robotic Canadarm project, is working on lunar and Mars robot rovers.
Slideshow: GM Debuts Pure-Electric Spark
Captain Hybrid 
11/29/2012  29 comments
General Motors rolled out the battery-powered Spark EV, marking the first time it has introduced an all-electric car since it scrapped the infamous EV1 a decade ago.
First Civil Jet Flies on 100 Percent Non-Food Biofuel
Engineering Materials 
11/7/2012  28 comments
The first civil jet to fly on 100 percent biofuel that meets petroleum jet fuel specifications took to the skies Oct. 29 in a test flight in Ottawa, Ontario.
The Work Day of the Future
Blog 
11/15/2012  27 comments
In 20 years, what will the typical work day be like? That is the question the Working Worlds in 2030 project is trying to answer.
Lightning Knocks Out Aircraft's Compass
Sherlock Ohms 
11/20/2012  27 comments
When lightning hit the Boeing jet, the instruments went haywire.
Want to Generate Energy? Go Fly a Kite
Blog 
11/12/2012  26 comments
Kite energy farms are more efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly than wind turbines, according to Nature Technology Systems.
Video: Making a 10,000-Year Clock
Blog 
11/8/2012  24 comments
The Long Now Foundation is building a clock designed to last 10,000 years.
NASA 3D Prints Rocket Engine Parts
Engineering Materials 
11/21/2012  24 comments
NASA is using 3D printing to build engine parts for its next-generation heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System.
Indignation With Taking Liberties
Blog 
11/12/2012  23 comments
What happens when the talented but willful production team takes engineering directives as suggestions?
Is Your Network Safe?
Blog 
11/13/2012  23 comments
Network security has become a major issue now that plants are connected to the outside world.
The Dodge Truck Was a Magnetized Mess
Sherlock Ohms 
11/1/2012  23 comments
This Sherlock Ohms nearly had to dismantle the car in order to find a magnetic snafu.
Gadget Freak Case #229: Modify Your Wall Art
Gadget Freak 
11/9/2012  21 comments
Al Linke has created a gadget that modifies wall art using LED matrix panels behind the art.
Lessons From Paper Clips
Guest Blogs 
11/7/2012  21 comments
There always seems to be new challenges for the inventor of the paper clip.
Robots Take Human Factor Out of Mining
Blog 
11/16/2012  21 comments
Engineers have developed robots to take the human factor out of mining work and provide automation in the process, making it more efficient and less dangerous for the people involved.
European Commission Limits Food-Based Biofuel
Engineering Materials 
11/2/2012  21 comments
The European Commission wants to limit the use of food crops as a source of biofuel and instead promote non-food sources, such as algae, straw, and various types of waste.
Servo Woes Fired Up the Machine
Made by Monkeys 
11/5/2012  20 comments
The servo drives kept overheating, and some caught fire, but the driver manufacturer said nothing was wrong.
Water Wand Plugged With Rust
Made by Monkeys 
11/19/2012  19 comments
The new water wand was plugged with rust after just a couple days of use.
Video: What Do You Call a One-Armed Bartender?
Blog 
11/19/2012  19 comments
JAMES, a robotic bartender, can take orders, serve drinks, and respond to commands from customers.
Slideshow: Apple iPad Mini Teardown
Blog 
11/6/2012  19 comments
Despite Steve Jobs' protestations that 7-inch tablets were "too big to compete with a smartphone; too small to compete with an iPad," on Oct. 23, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced Apple's latest device, the iPad Mini.
3-Island Pacific Nation Goes 100 Percent Renewable
Engineering Materials 
11/14/2012  19 comments
A new system will make residents of a small Pacific nation dependent on solar power and biofuel from local coconuts for electricity.
Slideshow: Apple iPad 4 Teardown
Blog 
11/13/2012  17 comments
Apple stunned reporters with the announcement of a fourth-generation iPad (or iPad 4), just over six months since the launch of the iPad 3.
Embedding Power Everywhere
Guest Blogs 
11/14/2012  17 comments
What if you needed a wrench and found they were all the same size? Solar power systems face that problem now.
Video: Robot Turns Your Dreams Into Art
Blog 
11/16/2012  16 comments
Ever wondered what your nightly tossing, turning, and snoring would look like if turned into art by a robot? Winners of a chance to stay at a European hotel chain will find out when their sleep pattern data is captured by sensors and painted by an ABB robot.
Engineers: It's BYOD for Life
Blog 
11/19/2012  16 comments
The concept of "bring your own device" to work is causing every type of business to do some restructuring for the sake of security.
SparkFun Takes Electronics to Future Engineers & Scientists
STEM Connection 
11/30/2012  16 comments
SparkFun has started a crowd-funding project to sponsor a tour that will promote electronics education throughout the US and perhaps in Canada, too.
Slideshow: Sports & Technology
Blog 
11/19/2012  15 comments
Check out some of the amazing technologies that sports and athletes have adopted over the years.
The Ghost Image Messed With the Display
Sherlock Ohms 
11/6/2012  15 comments
There was a ghost image on the display, but nothing was wrong with the connection. So what was the problem?
Tier 1 Auto Supplier Tests Hybrid Systems Using Simulation
Blog 
11/6/2012  15 comments
Lear Corp. is testing and validating its hybrid and EV power systems with software simulation.
Is Your Personal Device Personal?
Blog 
11/13/2012  14 comments
Do you use your personal mobile device in your plant, and does your company expect you to use your own iPad or smartphone for company use?
Texas Instruments' Color TI-84+C Graphing Calculator Surfaces
Blog 
11/30/2012  14 comments
TI graphing calculators haven't changed much in 22 years. Is that about to change with the color TI-84+C? A walk through their history might shed some light.
Video: German Robot May Beat You at Ping-Pong
Blog 
11/15/2012  13 comments
A German research team created the first robot that can not only play ping-pong like a human, but also improve its game by learning from its human opponents.
Slideshow: Pack Expo Packs 'Em In
Blog 
11/8/2012  13 comments
The world's biggest packaging show, Pack Expo in Chicago, provided a glimpse of the future of automated machinery and robotics.
Acoustic Signatures Reveal Railway Bearing Defects
Mechatronics Zone 
11/13/2012  13 comments
The RailBAM can detect damage to the wheelset bearings in trains sooner than other techniques, improving reliability and reducing maintenance costs.
Bodkin Develops Homemade Explosive Detector
Blog 
11/20/2012  12 comments
Bodkin develops explosive detection to keep soldiers at a distance.
Video: Pneumatics Power Scary Guy
Electronic News & Comment 
11/2/2012  12 comments
Bimba Manufacturing Co. gave a demonstration of the air-powered Scary Guy on Halloween at Pack Expo in Chicago.
BASF, TenCate Join Forces on Car Composites
Engineering Materials 
11/26/2012  11 comments
BASF and TenCate Advanced Composites have joined forces to develop and produce glass and carbon continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics for high-volume car production.
Slideshow: Making Sense of Connected Sensors
Blog 
11/26/2012  11 comments
The Embedded Technology 2012 trade show held recently in Yokohama, Japan, focused on five smart technologies: energy, healthcare, agriculture, automotive, and transportation systems, as well as mobile and cloud computing.
Strange Case of the High VSWRs
Sherlock Ohms 
11/26/2012  11 comments
The amplifiers failed tests time after time. Maybe it's not the amplifiers' problem.
Slideshow: Finding Success by Focusing on Failure
Guest Blogs 
11/27/2012  10 comments
Rob Manning, chief engineer of the Mars Science Laboratory, sits down for a chat with Design News.
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