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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.
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.
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.
Tesla Aims to Win Over Skeptics With Battery Swap Stations
Automotive News 
7/2/2013  51 comments
Tesla Motors has added battery swap to its arsenal of technologies aimed at displacing gasoline-burning vehicles.
How Much Would You Pay for an EV?
Automotive News 
7/16/2013  48 comments
Ford, Nissan, Honda, and Fiat have cut prices on their pure electric cars. Chevy has shaved the sticker on its Volt plug-in hybrid. Now the auto industry will hold its collective breath and see what happens.
Dumb Design Darkens Microwave
Made by Monkeys 
7/5/2013  46 comments
Poor design leaves this microwave dark and smelly.
Small Hinge Hampers Maytag
Made by Monkeys 
7/22/2013  45 comments
A poorly designed hinge corroded early, sidelining a Maytag washer/dryer.
Leaking Gas Fueled the Car
Made by Monkeys 
7/3/2013  40 comments
When the fuel line started to leak, the leaking fuel kept the car running.
Ruinous Remote Sidelines Stair Lift
Made by Monkeys 
7/11/2013  39 comments
A small and poorly designed remote control rendered a stair lift useless.
Slideshow: Engineering the Perfect Crime
Electronics News 
7/1/2013  37 comments
Every year, a handful of engineers end up on the wrong side of the law, for offenses ranging from trade secret theft and spying to computer hacking and bank robbery.
Gadget Freak Case #243: MR Shock Improves Biking
Gadget Freak 
7/22/2013  34 comments
A trio of Colorado State engineering students created a magnetorheological bicycle shock absorber that can be adjusted using a touchscreen to affect the bike's ride.
An Engineer Examines Engineering
Blog 
7/12/2013  34 comments
A new book looks at the 101 things an engineer learned in engineering school.
The Whirlpool Washer Was Trouble
Made by Monkeys 
7/8/2013  33 comments
When the Whirlpool Calypso washer is working, it's a great machine. But keeping it working is the problem.
My Opinion on Increased Military Spending: It’s a Good Thing
Blog 
7/2/2013  33 comments
My simple thinking is that manufacturing of just about anything is a good thing, as it has a snowball effect.
Dipstick Messes With the Distributor
Made by Monkeys 
7/10/2013  32 comments
With the dipstick out of place, the car was performing in a very odd manner.
Slideshow: BMW Unveils Premium Electric Car
Automotive News 
7/31/2013  31 comments
In a glitzy ceremony that featured a New Years’ Eve-style countdown in three cities around the world, BMW AG unveiled its all-electric i3 this week.
2 New Nuclear Reactors Scheduled to Come Online in 2016
Blog 
7/15/2013  30 comments
The US recently approved new reactors that will be built at the Vogtle nuclear plant site using Westinghouse’s AP1000 passively cooled reactor design.
NASA Builds 3D Printer for Space
Engineering Materials 
7/3/2013  30 comments
After nearly two years of R&D and testing several different commercial 3D printers in zero gravity, NASA has partnered with Made in Space to develop a 3D printer.
Shorts Recharge Your Cellphone on the Go
Blog 
7/12/2013  29 comments
Vodafone's Power Shorts can harvest energy from a person's movements to recharge a cellphone battery.
Slideshow: Get Ready for Start-Stop
Automotive News 
7/15/2013  28 comments
The auto industry’s biggest change over the next 10 years will be its move to start-stop micro-hybrid – a conventional gasoline-burning vehicle that uses an enhanced gear-based starter to enable its engine to shut down for short stops.
NASA Tests 3D-Printed Rocket Engine Part
Engineering Materials 
7/29/2013  28 comments
NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have completed hot-fire tests on a rocket injector assembly made with a selective laser melting 3D printing process and powdered metals.
Slideshow: Welcome to the Brilliant Plant
Blog 
7/8/2013  27 comments
The new plant is clean, quiet, and requires less space. It also takes some of the pressure off the control engineer.
Researchers Develop World's First Soft Robot
Blog 
7/19/2013  27 comments
A consortium of European researchers are designing a robotic octopus they say will be the first entirely soft robot.
X-Wind Envisions Wind-Powered Electric Railways
Blog 
7/24/2013  27 comments
Turbines could bring a renewable source of power to railways and any areas where there is wind and limited space, restricted access, or noise considerations.
Slideshow: Plastic Can Protect Astronauts
Engineering Materials 
7/16/2013  26 comments
A thermoplastic material invented to simulate human tissue may be powerful enough to shield astronauts against radiation in space, which is no mean feat.
Panasonic, Imec Develop Vibration Energy Harvester
Blog 
7/23/2013  25 comments
Panasonic and Belgian company Imec have teamed up to develop an electrostatic energy harvester that can power tire pressure monitoring systems using vibration and noise from the tires themselves.
3D-Printed Lithium-Ion Battery Is the Size of a Pinhead
Blog 
7/9/2013  23 comments
Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and visiting South Korean researchers have produced a 3D-printed lithium-ion battery that could one day be used to power tiny medical devices and robots.
Army Robots Carry Their Weight
Blog 
7/10/2013  22 comments
The US Army is developing robots to help soldiers in the field.
Running the Robot to Ruin
Sherlock Ohms 
7/9/2013  22 comments
When the robot's speed was increased to improve production, it was set on a collision course for disaster.
Now Is the Time for Battery Alternatives
Guest Blogs 
7/31/2013  20 comments
From a design, environmental, and reliability standpoint, energy harvesting is the technology with a future.
Unlimited Lifetime Data Storage Using Nanostructured Glass
Blog 
7/24/2013  20 comments
Researchers at the University of Southampton have created a glass storage disk that holds an unprecedented capacity of 360 terabytes.
Video: This Touchscreen Can Sense Fingerprints
Blog 
7/31/2013  20 comments
The Fiberio tabletop touchscreen detects fingerprints and other objects.
3D Printing & Printed 3D Electronics
Engineering Materials 
7/1/2013  19 comments
Combining a conformal printed electronics process with 3D printing in the same machine could speed up manufacturing, cut costs, and give engineers more design freedom. It's not that far away.
Slideshow: 3D Printed Multi-Material Audio Speakers
Blog 
7/26/2013  17 comments
A New Zealand designer has 3D-printed a speaker for his home audio system made with the multi-material Objet Connex 3D printing system from Stratasys.
Video: Purdue Researchers Develop Hands-On 3D Digital Modeling Tool
Blog 
7/22/2013  16 comments
Researchers at Purdue University have created a hands-on design tool that interprets gestures and movements, thus enabling designers to create and modify 3D shapes with their hands.
Researchers Develop Electricity-Conducting Yarn for Smart Clothing
Blog 
7/22/2013  16 comments
Clothing is about to get smarter thanks to a new yarn developed by researchers in Australia that can conduct and store electricity, and can be used to create fabric with its own built-in power source.
Researchers Extract Plant Material for Use in Solar-Energy Harvesting
Blog 
7/11/2013  16 comments
University of Georgia researchers have developed a way to interrupt plant photosynthesis so material from them can be used to harvest solar energy.
Australian Researchers Develop Robots to Improve Agriculture
Blog 
7/16/2013  16 comments
Researchers at the University of Sydney are giving the booming Australian agricultural industry some help with its search for cheap labor -- two robots called Mantis and Shrimp that help monitor crops and provide valuable information to farmers.
Building Out the Internet of Things With Printed Electronic Smart Labels
Guest Blogs 
7/2/2013  16 comments
Printed Smart Labels of various sorts can be envisioned for a wide range of products and use cases that weren't feasible before.
Teen Develops Flashlight Powered by Human Hand
STEM Connection 
7/18/2013  16 comments
While other teenagers are out with their friends or playing video games, 15-year-old Ann Makosinski is inventing energy-harvesting devices that she hopes will make the world a better place.
Gadget Freak: Summer Lovin
Gadget Freak 
7/4/2013  15 comments
It's July 4, and that means summer has officially kicked into high gear. To celebrate, we've pulled together some of our favorite gadgets inspired by warm weather.
Slideshow: GM, Honda Team Up on Fuel Cell Challenges
Automotive News 
7/10/2013  15 comments
Two automakers that are among the most committed to a hydrogen fuel cell future have agreed to work together on the technology.
FPGAs Use Flash Memory to Enhance Performance
Blog 
7/11/2013  14 comments
Microsemi's Igloo2 is aimed at industrial, commercial aviation, defense, communications, and security applications.
Slideshow: Toyota's Humanoid Robot Is Space-Bound
Electronics News 
7/18/2013  14 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. will enter outer space in August, as a robot it co-developed rides to the International Space Station.
NASA 3D-Printed Rocket Engine Is Ready
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/31/2013  13 comments
NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne created a 3D-printed rocket engine using fused deposition modeling and stereolithography.
Video: Interview With an Avatar
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/22/2013  13 comments
The idea of learning to interact socially is being tackled by MIT’s MACH (My Automated Conversation Coach).
Video: Dance Performance Perfected Through 3D Virtual Experience
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/24/2013  13 comments
Dassault Systemes' 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is being used in the arts to allow dance performers to preview their routine through 3D virtual experiences that accurately simulate real-world environments.
Pythagoras Smiled From Above
Sherlock Ohms 
7/23/2013  13 comments
The energy measured from the wind turbines was way off. The solution came from something learned in high school.
Orthogonal Awakenings & Innovation Ice Breakers
Guest Blogs 
7/29/2013  13 comments
The journey from disruptive concept to implementation is orthogonal awakening, and it’s considered such when the implementation is extraordinary.
Video: WiSee Takes Gesture Recognition to the Next Level
Blog 
7/17/2013  12 comments
University of Washington scientists have developed WiSee, a way to sense human gestures and movement using WiFi signals inside a room.
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