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Green Power Breaks Records in the West
Engineering Materials 
5/10/2013  74 comments
It has often been said that as California goes, so goes the nation. This spring, the state's wind power is setting energy generation records and solar energy generation is expected to rise sharply during the second half of 2013.
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.
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.
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: Architects Make Curves With Carbon Composites
Engineering Materials 
5/3/2013  47 comments
Composites are helping architects make highly unusual curved and freeform shapes in large buildings in the Middle East.
The Membrane Keys Messed With the Dishwasher
Made by Monkeys 
5/10/2013  41 comments
Watch out for membrane key cables that won't do their job.
Gadget Freak Case #241: Gloved Hand Controls Airplane's Flight
Gadget Freak 
5/17/2013  41 comments
A team of Colorado State University students has created a gadget that guides a remote control airplane through the sensors in a glove.
NASA to Use Dreamliner Lithium-Ion Battery Packs to Power ISS
Blog 
5/30/2013  40 comments
NASA, throughout the 787-battery mess, has held on to a contract with Boeing for the design of a lithium-ion battery pack that will replace aging NiMH batteries on the International Space Station.
Front-Seat TV Unwelcome in US Auto Market
Electronic News & Comment 
5/2/2013  39 comments
Front-seat television technology is beginning to creep into the worldwide automotive market, but regulators, automakers, and suppliers say it’s unlikely to take hold in the US.
This Phone Upgrade Will Take You Down
Made by Monkeys 
5/2/2013  37 comments
The phone message suggested a software upgrade, but the upgrade took on a life of its own.
Slideshow: 22 More People You Didn't Know Were Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
5/15/2013  37 comments
We recently posted an online slideshow called, “18 People You Didn’t Know Were Engineers.” Within hours of its publication, readers began to suggest names of other luminaries -- astronauts, politicians, athletes and actors -- who were educated or had worked as engineers.
LEDs at Heart of Cadillac CTS 'Signature'
Electronic News & Comment 
5/22/2013  36 comments
Using almost 200 light-emitting diodes in the front and back of the new 2014 CTS, Cadillac designers are showing how LEDs can change the character of a vehicle.
Video: Enter the Smartmouse
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/16/2013  31 comments
Laura Sapiens' Ego! Smartmouse offers users a unique interactive experience by providing 2D and 3D connectivity, hardware identity authentication, data storage, and more.
Slideshow: Brilliant Gadgets From the Hands of the Young
Gadget Freak 
5/24/2013  31 comments
We see Gadget Freak projects from all walks of life, but many of our most imaginative gadgets are created by budding engineers.
Straw Lampshade-Like Cover Turns Skyscraper Into Energy Harvester
Blog 
5/30/2013  31 comments
Strawscraper, the invention of Swedish architecture firm Belatchew Arkitekter, aims to extend a building in Stockholm with an energy-producing outer shell made of piezoelectric straws that can recover wind energy.
Slideshow: The Greenest Cars of 2013
Blog 
5/21/2013  29 comments
We looked at a number of sources to determine this year's greenest cars, from KBB to automotive trade magazines to environmental organizations. These 14 cars emerged as being great at either stretching fuel or reducing carbon footprint.
It's Still About the Battery
Captain Hybrid 
5/17/2013  29 comments
The Tesla Model S' performance in Consumer Reports tests was a major victory for electric cars, but a bigger challenge still lies ahead.
The Brake Sensor’s Gone Mad
Made by Monkeys 
5/20/2013  28 comments
The brakes work just fine, but the brake sensor light has a life of its own.
Slideshow: Automakers Look to a Hydrogen Car Future
Captain Hybrid 
5/8/2013  28 comments
Large-scale production of hydrogen cars may still be years away, but that hasn't stopped automakers from testing the feasibility of the technology.
Rebooting the Van
Sherlock Ohms 
5/27/2013  28 comments
Now that automotive electronics are as complex as a personal computer, sometimes they need a reboot like a computer.
Do We Really Need an App for That?
Blog 
5/15/2013  28 comments
Huggies TweetPee sends a tweet to your mobile device when your baby's diaper gets wet. Is this necessary?
Slideshow: Aston Martin Puts Hydrogen on the Race Track
Electronic News & Comment 
5/9/2013  27 comments
In yet another sign that hydrogen is creeping into the consciousness of global automotive designers, sports car maker Aston Martin plans to run a hydrogen-fueled vehicle in a 24-hour Grand Touring race later this month.
MIT Research Could Dramatically Improve Solar Cell Efficiency
Blog 
5/24/2013  26 comments
By experimenting with the photovoltaic reaction in solar cells, researchers at MIT have made a breakthrough in energy efficiency that significantly pushes the boundaries of current commercial cells on the market.
Video: Mobile App-Driven Robot Bartender Makes, Shakes Drinks to Order
Blog 
5/31/2013  25 comments
Makr Shakr works like this: People download an app to their Android or iPhone mobile device, then create drink combinations. The robot makes the drinks requested with assembly-line efficiency and graceful movements modeled on two professional dancers.
Slideshow: How 3D Printed Body Parts Are Changing Medicine
Blog 
5/13/2013  25 comments
3D printing is making it cheaper and easier to make artificial body parts from live tissue and synthetic materials.
Slideshow: LEDs Gaining Traction in Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
5/23/2013  25 comments
With LEDs dropping in price virtually every year, automakers have begun employing them, not only on luxury vehicles, but on entry-level models, as well.
SME Rapid Conference Hosts 3D Printing Art Gallery
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/10/2013  24 comments
The SME Rapid Conference has invited 3D printing artists to submit their artwork to be displayed at this year’s Contemporary Art Gallery.
Micro-Sized Battery Promises to Deliver Power That Is Anything But
Blog 
5/29/2013  24 comments
The most significant and limiting factor for the immediate advancement of miniaturized electronics is the availability of a battery that packs a punch and is still tiny in size.
Slideshow: Energy Harvesters Lift Power From Surprising Sources
Blog 
5/20/2013  24 comments
As energy efficiency becomes more and more a concern for makers of electronics devices, researchers are coming up with new ways to harvest energy from sound vibration, footsteps, and even electromagnetic fields in the air.
Slideshow: An Engineer Goes to Congress
Guest Blogs 
5/29/2013  24 comments
Many engineers often comment that Congress would make better decisions if it included more engineers. What they didn't know...
Video: NASA Working on Lunar Mining Robot
Blog 
5/2/2013  22 comments
NASA is working on a robot for lunar mining operations to produce rocket propellant, water, air, or construction materials for astronauts.
Stretchable Lithium-Ion Battery Could Power Athletes & Patients
Blog 
5/1/2013  22 comments
A lithium-ion battery from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University stretches up to three times its normal size.
The Power of Secret Energy
Sherlock Ohms 
5/14/2013  21 comments
The light amid darkness increased suspicions. A secret power source was the answer.
Video: Get Creative With the World's First 3D Pen
Blog 
5/9/2013  21 comments
Coining itself as the most affordable way to 3D print, the 3Doodler pushes out heated plastic that quickly cools to create different shapes and objects.
Who Needs That Much TV?
Blog 
5/3/2013  21 comments
Front-seat television technology is beginning to creep into the worldwide automotive market. Is it really necessary?
Slideshow: Next-Gen Wave Glider Robot Propelled by Solar
Engineering Materials 
5/7/2013  21 comments
The latest model of Liquid Robotics' Wave Glider autonomous, unmanned marine vehicle (UMV), the SV3, is reportedly the world's first hybrid wave- and solar-power-propelled unmanned ocean robot.
How to Make Light Go Faster
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2013  21 comments
Researchers at the Missouri University of Science & Technology have designed a new nanoscale material that can transmit light faster than the 186,000 miles per second it usually takes to travel through air.
Slideshow: Anatomy of a Composite-Heavy Jetliner
Engineering Materials 
5/31/2013  21 comments
The airframe of Airbus's A350 XWB consists of a bigger proportion of carbon-fiber-reinforced composite structures than any other commercial jet to date: over 53 percent by weight.
Gadget Freak Case #240: MEMS Mics Up Telescope
Gadget Freak 
5/9/2013  20 comments
Jerald Cogswell created a sonic telescope to grab sound and bring it as close to the user as the image.
Voices Gives Illiterate Access to the Internet
Blog 
5/7/2013  19 comments
The Voices project is working to give people who can't read the ability to connect and collaborate via the Internet.
Alvaro GIANT: 84 Inches of Ultra-HD Multi-Touch Display
Blog 
5/14/2013  19 comments
As some companies try to increase the quality and functionality of high-definition touchscreens for miniaturized, mobile applications, others, like MyMultitouch, are blowing up the size of multi-touch displays to create a completely new way to experience the advanced technology.
Bioplastic's Algae Content Raised to 51% for Injection Molding
Engineering Materials 
5/29/2013  19 comments
Bioplastic manufacturing leader Cereplast has increased the post-industrial biomatter content of its second injection-molding grade of algae-based resin to 51%.
Slideshow: Semi-Autonomous Features Boost Driver Safety
Electronic News & Comment 
5/28/2013  18 comments
While self-driving cars grab headlines, semi-autonomous features are quietly working their way into production vehicles and boosting safety today.
Fuse Holder Mismatched to Fuse
Sherlock Ohms 
5/20/2013  17 comments
If the fuse and fuse holder don't match up right, hefty repair bills might follow.
8 Ways to Design End-of-Life Into Your Products
Guest Blogs 
5/16/2013  17 comments
An analysis of what’s needed to implement Design for Disassembly and Design for Recycling results in eight strategies engineers can use to design an intentional end-of-life stage into their products.
Boston Bombings Likely to Boost Video Surveillance Gear Sales
Blog 
5/2/2013  16 comments
The tragic bombings that took place during the Boston Marathon are likely to spur a dramatic increase in spending on video surveillance equipment, according to market research firm IHS.
3D Printing Round-Up: Innovative Medical Field & Space Exploration Pursuits
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/23/2013  16 comments
The 3D printing revolution seems to have a knack for quickly moving technology ahead by way of collaborative effort and even a little friendly competition -- all of course in the name of scientific advancement.
Video: Worm Hooks Inspire Better Bandages
Engineering Materials 
5/17/2013  16 comments
Inspired by the hooks a parasitic worm uses to penetrate its host's intestines, the Karp Lab has invented a flexible adhesive patch covered with microneedles that adheres well to wet, soft tissues, but doesn't cause damage when removed.
The Power of Human Touch
Sherlock Ohms 
5/3/2013  15 comments
When all of the testing via instruments leave a problem unsolved, it may be time to deploy human senses.
Slideshow: Feds Study Human Brain; DARPA Wants to Make Robots Autonomous
Blog 
5/20/2013  15 comments
The government wants to study your brain, and DARPA wants to use similar information to give robots true autonomy beyond any artificial intelligence developed to date. Sound like science fiction? It's not.
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