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What's at the Core of Apple's 'Spring Forward' Event?
Blog 
3/4/2015  1 comment
From wearables to design changes to rumors of a car, Apple has multiple things cooking up in its kitchen. Here are six possibilities from Apple next week, with likely more than one coming to light.
Automation Gives Alternative Energy a Boost
Blog 
3/4/2015  1 comment
The key to the success of alt energy is advanced automation, which is still relatively new to the energy scene.
Flagrant Fan Fuels Diagnostic Failure
Sherlock Ohms 
3/4/2015  1 comment
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Fasteners Get Tinier, Tougher, and Smarter
Blog 
3/4/2015  1 comment
New fastening and joining methods are making it possible to join multiple materials and thinner sheets in consumer and medical portable electronics, as well as automotive and aviation systems.
Jumpstart Your Motor Control Designs with MCUs & FPGAs
Blog 
3/4/2015  Post a comment
An upcoming Digi-Key Continuing Education Center class on designing motor control using MCUs and FPGAs will show you how to choose the best hardware and tools to speed up your development time.
Thermal, Electromagnetic, Capacitive Sensor Simulation Software Makes Switching Easy
Guest Blogs 
3/4/2015  Post a comment
There are drivers everywhere who turn on their headlights or windshield wipers with no awareness of the development effort behind a switch. Yet from freezing winter to sweltering summer, on dull rainy days and in bright sunshine, switches are expected to function consistently for the lifetime of a car.
New Ford Focus Predicts Spin-Outs
Automotive News 
3/3/2015  10 comments
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
The Slow Death of Hardware Design
Blog 
3/3/2015  8 comments
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
Karaoke Machine Has Owner Singing the Blues
Made by Monkeys 
3/3/2015  5 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Solar Shingles Poised As Next Renewable Trend
Blog 
3/3/2015  9 comments
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
Alliance in the Skies
Guest Blogs 
3/3/2015  Post a comment
Jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney sees additive manufacturing as a production approach that's complementary to -- not a replacement for -- traditional manufacturing processes.
6 Ways to Make a Positive Impact on Young Engineers
STEM Connection 
3/3/2015  1 comment
DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week may be in the books, but who needs a designated timeframe in which to celebrate and inspire young engineers?
Not Even Air-Gapped Computers are Secure
Blog 
3/2/2015  17 comments
Kaspersky Labs indicated at its February meeting that cyber attacks are far more sophisticated than previous thought. It turns out even air-gapping (disconnecting computers from the Internet to protect against cyber intrusion) isn’t a foolproof way to avoid getting hacked. And Kaspersky implied the NSA is the smartest attacker.
Counterfeit Components Continue to Slam Electronics Industry
Blog 
3/2/2015  1 comment
Counterfeit parts are an increasing problem. Eaton has launched a program to educate buyers in identifying counterfeit electronic components.
This Student's Batsuit Will Protect You in a Real Fight
Blog 
3/2/2015  3 comments
It's the Batsuit Gotham needs. An industrial design student's Batsuit can protect would-be vigilantes from fists, blunt objects, and knives.
3D Printer Gives You Fully Functional Electronics
Engineering Materials 
3/2/2015  2 comments
A new 3D printer that prints fully functional electronics -- like quadcopters -- will be available later this year from Voxel8, brainchild of Harvard prof Jennifer A. Lewis.
Ecolab-Tested Cable Jacket for Washdown Applications
Guest Blogs 
3/2/2015  Post a comment
The standards electrical machines and components are required to meet in the food processing industry are far more stringent than those in traditional plant construction. For specialized production environments such as these, components must not only resist thermal and physical stresses, but they must also be resistant to the chemicals used to sterilize equipment.
You Know You’re an Engineer If … It’s National Engineers Week
Blog 
2/27/2015  38 comments
You know you're an engineer if you chuckle whenever anyone says "centrifugal force," or you find yourself at the airport studying the baggage handling equipment.
When Will the Smart Home Really Be Smart?
Guest Blogs 
2/27/2015  6 comments
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
A Look at Job Prospects During Engineers Week
Blog 
2/27/2015  2 comments
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
Iranian STEM Students Face Uphill Battle in US
Blog 
2/27/2015  4 comments
On Feb. 6, UMass Amherst announced that it would no longer be accepting Iranian graduate students in STEM fields. It has since abandoned that policy.
Plastics Industry Struggling with Long-Standing Controversies
Blog 
2/27/2015  4 comments
Two issues have been the bane of the plastics industry for as long as one can remember: The ban on plastic grocery bags and whether the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics such as polycarbonate and PVC is harmful to humans.
Ebola Jumpsuit Hits New York Fashion Week Runways
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2/27/2015  Post a comment
One expects to see outlandish apparel at major global fashion events, but New York Fashion Week may have outdone itself, and set a new bar for Paris and Milan, when it put an Ebola jumpsuit in the spotlight.
'Engineering Family Day' Shows Kids Fun, Importance of Tech
Blog 
2/27/2015  1 comment
Tomorrow is Discover Engineering Family Day at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. The day will feature specialized events aimed at introducing kids ages 4 to 12 to engineering and technology, giving many of them their first introduction to technology and its relevance.
The Best Podcasts Every Engineer Should Be Listening To
Blog 
2/26/2015  1 comment
In honor of National Engineers Week, here's a list of our favorite science and technology podcasts for learning something new or even just having a good laugh.
How to Select the Right Sensors for Your Wearable
Blog 
2/26/2015  2 comments
Looking to build your own wearable device? Here's a handy guide to all the sensors available to you.
9 New Adhesives Hold Things Together
Engineering Materials 
2/26/2015  Post a comment
Many of the new adhesives we're featuring in this slideshow are for use in automotive and other transportation applications. The rest of these new products are for a wide variety of applications including aviation, aerospace, electrical motors, electronics, industrial, and semiconductors.
FDA Clears 23andMe Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test
Blog 
2/26/2015  2 comments
23andMe has earned FDA clearance to market one of its home genetics tests, a move that bodes well for healthcare and the broader technology industry.
Share Your Excitement of Engineering with a Young Person
Blog 
2/26/2015  Post a comment
Engineers throughout the US are in the midst of celebrating Engineers Week. But the celebration extends beyond the country’s borders, and even beyond the Earth itself; the crew of the International Space Station joined the festivities, too!
CAD Systems Keep Up with Increasingly Changing Design Workflows
Blog 
2/26/2015  1 comment
Many engineering professionals have come to view CAD as something of a commodity, not an area where much innovation can be expected. CAD tools continue to get better, however, with software delivering powerful capabilities for the evolving product design process.
Microscopic Nanobots Will Need to Self-Repair
Engineering Materials 
2/26/2015  1 comment
A Columbia University team working on molecular-scale nano-robots with moving parts has run into wear-and-tear issues. They've become the first team to observe in detail and quantify this process, and are devising coping strategies by observing how living cells prevent aging.
What Will it Take for Apple's Next Big Thing to be a Car?
Automotive News 
2/25/2015  22 comments
If any big company can make a sudden and successful leap into the business of building cars, Apple Inc. would have to be considered the most likely candidate.
Personal Power Management & Minimizing the Stress of Decision Fatigue
Guest Blogs 
2/25/2015  1 comment
Was Steve Job’s signature outfit of a black turtleneck, jeans, and sneakers the secret behind his success? Maybe, or maybe not, but it was likely an indication of a decision-making philosophy that enabled him to become one of the most successful innovators of all time.
7 New Innovative Industrial Technologies to Watch
Blog 
2/25/2015  2 comments
From the Industrial Internet of Things to linear motors and conveyors, plant technology was on display at the recent Pacific Design and Manufacturing show in Anaheim, Calif.
National Engineers Week Gives Future Technologists an Edge
Blog 
2/25/2015  7 comments
It’s National Engineers Week and host DiscoverE -- an arm of the National Society of Professional Engineers -- and other organizations with a vested interest in the field are not forgetting to include the next generation of aspiring and future engineers as part of the festivities.
5 Trends to Watch at Mobile World Congress
Blog 
2/25/2015  1 comment
CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) may get all the mainstream press attention, but as many engineers know, a notable amount of important industry action also takes place each spring at MWC, the Mobile World Congress conference.
DiscoverE Encourages Girls to Find their Inner Engineer
Blog 
2/25/2015  7 comments
There is still a significant gender gap in engineering and other STEM fields, but the organization sponsoring Engineers Week is trying to change that. Tomorrow is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, sponsored by DiscoverE, an arm of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Developing World Is Hot on Connectivity
Blog 
2/24/2015  2 comments
Study by element14 reveals that those in China and India are eager for everything connected. Those in Europe and the US are skeptical.
FAA Drone Draft Has Parrot Talking
Blog 
2/24/2015  2 comments
When the Federal Aviation Administration released draft regulations for small commercial-use drones, much of the initial reaction from those living in the US leaned negative, largely because most companies seeking to profit from drones have a vested interest in minimum oversight.
Who Inspired You to be an Engineer?
Blog 
2/24/2015  18 comments
In honor of Engineers Week, DiscoverE asked its 2015 Thought Leaders this simple question. Now, dear readers, we'd like to hear your stories.
A Look Inside the Industrial Internet Consortium
Blog 
2/24/2015  Post a comment
Delivering an Industrial-strength Internet will require new technology, reference architectures, and security frameworks -- but, most of all, unparalleled collaboration.
Controlled Landing and Ascent
Guest Blogs 
2/24/2015  Post a comment
Electromechanical actuators and propulsion system enable the first controlled landing and ascent from a solar system body other than the moon.
The Impact of the Maker Movement
Blog 
2/24/2015  Post a comment
The Maker movement is bringing engineering into the mainstream. Makers around the world are inspiring each other to create (or “make”) smart gadgets, robotic gizmos, autonomous drones, and wearable devices. These innovations are no longer monopolized by multimillion dollar companies.
Top 15 Cities for High-Paying STEM Jobs
STEM Connection 
2/23/2015  14 comments
Looking for a high-paying STEM job? The San Francisco Bay Area remains a good place to go to have a successful career in these fields, according to a recent study by financial analyst and data firm, SmartAsset, but it's still not the highest paying area of the country.
Welcome to National Engineers Week
Blog 
2/23/2015  1 comment
Through this week, DiscoverE will present National Engineers Week, a series of programs around the country that are designed to raise awareness of the importance of engineering.
3 Secrets to Becoming 'Awesomely, Amazingly, World-Class Excellent'
Blog 
2/23/2015  4 comments
Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that average Americans between the ages of 25 and 55 spend 30% of their lifetimes working weekends on top of already heavily loaded work weeks. In total, Americans spend almost three times the amount of waking hours at work than at home. But what do we get as a result of all this overachievement?
This Year's 10 Next-Gen Medical Materials
Engineering Materials 
2/23/2015  1 comment
Many of the new materials on display at MD&M West were developed to be strong, tough replacements for metal parts in different kinds of medical equipment: IV poles, connectors for medical devices, medical device trays, and torque-applying instruments for orthopedic surgery. Others are made for close contact with patients.
CAD Moves to the Start of Design
Blog 
2/23/2015  1 comment
Computer tools have replaced the drawing board as CAD software moves to the earliest stages of the design process.
Keithley Introduces New Touchscreen Digital Multimeter
Electronics News 
2/23/2015  Post a comment
In an effort to appeal to individuals who don’t consider themselves test experts, Keithley Instruments has rolled out a new digital multimeter that combines a touchscreen interface with a digitizer.
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