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Integration of Design Software Gets Hot
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5/12/2016  Post a comment
Design software platforms from multiple vendors are now integrating to make the design process simpler for users.
Self-Healing Material Could Be Health Tech Breakthrough
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5/12/2016  Post a comment
A new ultra-stretchy, self-healing material developed by researchers at Stanford University could be a breakthrough for artificial muscle technology.
Paper-Like Battery Electrode Aims at Space Exploration, Aero
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5/12/2016  Post a comment
A novel paper-like battery electrode made out of silicon oxycarbide glass and graphene could meet the specific needs of aerospace applications, such as those used in space exploration or unmanned aerial vehicles
Top 15 Most Important Auto Safety Technologies
Automotive News 
5/11/2016  20 comments
Take a look at 15 of the most important automotive safety technologies from the past 50 years and the next half-century.
Developing a Scalable Firmware Development Environment
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5/11/2016  Post a comment
Selecting the right combination of tools and environment for a scalable development environment can be difficult when surrounded by customized tools.
Researchers Create Better Way to Boil Water, Controlling Bubbles
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5/11/2016  Post a comment
University engineers have discovered a way to induce and control the formation of boiling-water bubbles, which could benefit electronics, as well as have applications in advanced lasers, radars, and solar energy.
Cyber Attacks Increase in Danger
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5/10/2016  4 comments
Cybersecurity is getting to be a greater issue as attackers become better organized and more dangerous.
Smart Printed Sensors Aim at Movement-Monitoring Wearables
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5/10/2016  Post a comment
A transparent sensor material that can be printed with simple manufacturing aims to offer a cost-effective way to mass produce wearables.
5 Tips to Avoid Common FMEA Mistakes
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5/10/2016  Post a comment
Too often Failure Mode and Effects Analysis issues occur because simple guidelines and best practices were not followed throughout the entire development process. Learn to avoid missteps with these five tips.
Nanowires Boost Solar Panel Efficiency to Record Levels
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5/10/2016  Post a comment
A Swedish startup is developing nanowire thin-film technology it said can boost solar-panel efficiency to record levels.
12 New Plastics For Cars, Planes & Medical Devices That Are No Joke
Engineering Materials 
5/9/2016  1 comment
Along with a new bunch of materials, we will also tell you about some new applications they make possible. Several new plastics and elastomers are aimed at aircraft interiors, automotive parts, and medical devices.
So, What's Teslaphoresis? And How Can it Make Self-Assembling Circuits?
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5/9/2016  3 comments
Scientists at Rice University have discovered a new phenomenon they've dubbed Teslaphoresis that could pave the way for self-assembling, wirelessly powered circuits.
3D Printing Database Creators Invent Material/Machine Datasets
Engineering Materials 
5/9/2016  1 comment
The creators of the free, searchable Senvol Database have begun issuing a new set of industrial additive manufacturing and 3D printing tools for engineers wanting to use additive technology for end-production: datasets for AM material characterization.
Maplesoft and SolidWorks Become the Latest Design Software Blend
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5/9/2016  Post a comment
Maplesoft has become a SolidWorks Certified Solutions Partner, thus integrating the two companies' software.
Engineers, Thank Your Mothers
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5/6/2016  4 comments
You didn’t become an engineer on your own, junior.
These Vibrating Insoles Could Make You a Better Athlete
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5/6/2016  2 comments
An electronic, vibrating shoe insole developed by the Wyss Institute at Harvard has been shown to enhance athletic performance as well as provide therapeutic benefits.
Don't Just Drink Your Tea ... Wear it!
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5/6/2016  Post a comment
A researcher at the Iowa State University has developed biodegradable fabric from a byproduct of kombucha tea that is similar to leather and can be used to create textiles.
How to Build an Arcade Machine For All Your Favorite Video Games
Gadget Freak 
5/5/2016  1 comment
Do you long for the days of retro video gaming? Here's how you can turn an old PC into an old-school arcade cabinet with only $100 and a bit of woodwork.
Offshore Power ... It's Not Just for Oil Rigs Anymore
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5/5/2016  3 comments
A Vienna, Austria-based startup called Heliofloat has designed a platform of solar panels that can be deployed in lakes or oceans to generate solar-based electricity.
Battery-Free IoT Computing Platform Draws Energy from Air
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5/5/2016  Post a comment
Electrical engineers from the University of Washington and Delft University of Technology have developed a new type of sensor-based platform that harvests energy from radio waves for electricity.
The World’s Most Dangerous Device Is …
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5/4/2016  32 comments
In today’s connected world we are seeing the beginning of connected homes, smart grids, self-driving automobiles, drones, and many other amazing devices. Out of all the soon-to-be connected devices, which device poses the greatest dangerous to its users and society?
Seeking Global Consensus on IIoT Standards
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5/4/2016  Post a comment
There is a new cooperation between the Industrial Internet Consortium and Plattform Industrie 4.0 to explore the potential alignment of their two architecture efforts: the Reference Architecture Model for Industrie 4.0 (RAMI4.0) and the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA).
7 Skills Every Engineering Grad Needs to be Successful
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5/3/2016  5 comments
The problem with a four-, five-, or six-year degree is that they don’t teach engineers the soft skills required to have a successful career. Here are seven skills that every engineering graduate needs to be successful.
This Mini Solid-State Battery Powers IoT Sensors, Devices
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5/3/2016  Post a comment
A UK-based company called Ilika has developed a miniature solid-state battery to power the IoT.
Roadmap for Autodesk A360 Focuses on Data-Driven Collaboration
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5/3/2016  Post a comment
Design teams are operating in a business environment that increasingly requires them to collaborate and share data across extended teams, multiple organizations, and widespread locations. Autodesk’s customers are looking for a solution that eliminates project bottlenecks, such as the time-consuming and error-ridden process of shuttling design reviews and revisions back and forth among team members.
Lock Your Home With Energy Harvested from Your Smartphone
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5/2/2016  1 comment
A Finland-based company has introduced what it claims is the first smart door lock that can be powered from energy harvested from a mobile device.
The Pros & Cons of Drive-Train Tech
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5/2/2016  Post a comment
This charts show the pros and cons of five drive-train technologies.
Consortium to Design, Build Integrated Photovoltaic Windows
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5/2/2016  Post a comment
A UK-based consortium comprised of the Centre for Process Innovation, Merck, and Polysolar are working on a design for integrated photovoltaic windows.
Harvesting Energy from Swaying Buildings
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4/29/2016  3 comments
A researcher from The Ohio State University has designed objects that harness vibrations from the movement of swaying buildings or bridges to provide alternative energy.
ORNL Wants You To License Its Fast, Cheap Carbon Fiber
Engineering Materials 
4/29/2016  Post a comment
Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a carbon fiber production method it wants to share with you: a faster, cheaper, greener method for manufacturing industrial-grade structural carbon fiber.
9 New 3D Printing Technologies: Composites, Metals & Multimaterials
Engineering Materials 
4/28/2016  Post a comment
This slideshow includes several versions of multi-materials machines, two different composites processes including one at microscale, and two vastly different metals processes. Potential game-changers down the line include three microscale processes.
Cybersecurity Is Top Concern of IEEE Members
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4/28/2016  Post a comment
Members of the IEEE Computer Society name cybersecurity as the top technology affecting their industries.
CAD in the Cloud Increases Performance and Relieves Administration Headaches
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4/28/2016  Post a comment
Hosted CAD or PDM systems is an emerging technology that offers many advantages over traditional on premise workstation CAD configurations and is making many companies rethink how to deliver future CAD software solutions.
Best Paying Bachelor's Degrees? Engineering, By Far
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4/27/2016  6 comments
PayScale.com ranked the top 15 salaries for bachelor degrees, and 13 of the highest-paid degrees are in engineering.
Microbial Battery Eyed as Viable Storage for Renewables
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4/27/2016  1 comment
Researchers in The Netherlands have developed a microbial-based battery they said could provide environmentally friendly and cost-effective storage for renewable energy.
UL and EOS to Teach Users 3D Printing/AM Best Practices
Engineering Materials 
4/27/2016  Post a comment
UL is partnering with metals additive manufacturing (AM) supplier EOS to provide AM training to EOS's customers. It's designed to promote correct usage of AM technologies by OEMs and others in manufacturing.
The Auto Industry’s Latest and Greatest Engines
Automotive News 
4/26/2016  3 comments
If there’s a rule of thumb in modern engine design, it’s that smaller is better. Smaller engines weigh less, burn less fuel, and simplify packaging.
Prince: Legendary Musician, Advocate of STEM
STEM Connection 
4/26/2016  5 comments
In the wake of the legendary musician's death, information is coming forward that Prince was an advocate of green technology and was a major backer behind an organization that teaches underprivileged children how to code.
Researcher Accidentally Develops Way to Make Batteries Last 400 Times Longer
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4/26/2016  3 comments
Researchers have invented nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times.
Boeing-Inspired Golf Club Helps Win the Masters
Electronics News 
4/25/2016  1 comment
In his recent victory at the US Masters tournament, golfer Danny Willett unknowingly received an assist from an unexpected source -- The Boeing Co.’s computational fluid dynamics software.
Researchers Tap Wood, Not Glass, for Solar Panels
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4/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers in Sweden have developed a way to use wood as the transparent material in solar panels.
Biobots Powered by Muscle Cells See, Follow Light
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4/25/2016  Post a comment
A biobot developed by researchers at the University of Illinois has an infrastructure of human muscle cells that can sense and follow light.
10 of the Worst Environmental Disasters in Engineering History
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4/22/2016  28 comments
Earth Day was founded to raise environmental awareness after an oil spill. Poor engineering has lead to some of the most devastating environmental disasters in the world. To that end, we take a look at 10 of the worst man-made environmental disasters in history.
Is There More Plastic Than Fish In The Sea?
Engineering Materials 
4/22/2016  11 comments
To commemorate Earth Day, we take a look at the state of ocean plastic. If things don't change, by 2050 the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight. Here are the problems, as well as some solutions.
5 New Green Technology Trends to Watch in 2016
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4/21/2016  2 comments
Green is the new black. In preparation for Earth Day we take a look at the latest green technologies set to have a big impact in the coming years.
Test Solutions for ‘Giga-Gate’ Designs
Electronics News 
4/21/2016  Post a comment
A new breed of test products is needed to handle of the challenge of chips that contain hundreds of millions, or even billions, of logic gates.
Under Armour’s 3D-Printed Training Shoe Breaks Barriers
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4/20/2016  2 comments
The UA Architech is a 360-degree performance training shoe that features a functional 3D-printed midsole and 3D ClutchFit auxetic upper design that creates a “super-hybrid” trainer.
DoE Level VI: Getting Your Measurement Technique Right
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4/20/2016  Post a comment
The new US Department of Energy Level VI standard for External Power Supplies leaves little room for error. Knowing what makes a difference will help you make proper and accurate measurements.
Photosynthesis Inspires New Method for Renewable Energy Storage
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4/20/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in Canada have made a breakthrough in the chemical process of storing energy, paving the way for more viable options for storing alternative energy sources on a larger scale.
Medical Implant, Packaging Materials Lighten Up
Engineering Materials 
4/20/2016  Post a comment
As we learned at BIOMEDevice Boston, newer soft tissue implants must be lighter in weight and manufactured with less overall material. The same goes for medical packaging.
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