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Wind Turbines Turn to Palm Tree-Like Design for Next-Gen Power
Blog 
4/4/2016  7 comments
The Department of Energy has come up with a new design for gigantic wind-turbine blades (longer than two football fields) for harvesting offshore wind energy.
Tesla Model 3 Drives Green Future
Blog 
4/1/2016  25 comments
With the newly-unveiled Model 3, Tesla isn't just releasing a $35,000 car. It's also betting big on a future where electric vehicles are the norm, and pushing the infrastructure to make it so.
10 More of the Greatest Hoaxes in Engineering History
Blog 
4/1/2016  5 comments
A car that gets 200 miles per gallon? Gold from sea water? Chemtrails? Cloaking spray? Design News celebrates April Fools with a look at a new crop of engineering history's greatest hoaxes, cons, and tricks.
New-Age Hackers Are Ditching Smash-and-Grab Techniques
Blog 
4/1/2016  1 comment
Cyber attacks are taking a new form, with hackers going into a network and exploring for extended periods of time.
What the Tesla Model 3 Will Mean to the Auto Industry
Automotive News 
3/31/2016  10 comments
Tesla Motors’ $35,000, 200-mile electric car may not revolutionize the auto industry by itself, but it could serve as a starting point for a long, steady climb to a day when half of the world’s vehicles will be plug-ins.
FBI Cracks Terrorist's iPhone Without Apple's Help, Won't Say How
Blog 
3/31/2016  5 comments
The FBI has cracked the iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooter with the help of an anonymous third party.
The Quiet Maker Revolution
Blog 
3/31/2016  1 comment
The open-source and maker movement revolution has come without scorched castle doors or protests at state offices. It’s been much quieter than we thought, but don’t mistake quiet with unimpactful.
Monohull Boat Will Sail on Recyclable Carbon Composites
Engineering Materials 
3/31/2016  Post a comment
A recyclable thermoplastic composite using a resin you can actually buy makes possible the first monohull sailboat with an entirely recyclable carbon composite hull and deck.
How to Hack a 3D Printer to Steal the Latest Designs
Engineering Materials 
3/30/2016  20 comments
The threat of stolen intellectual property that's hovered around the world of 3D printing since its inception just got hotter. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have captured the sounds that 3D printers make when printing out a part and used that data to reverse engineer the part's source code.
Gadget Freak Case #278: How to Hack an Electronic Trade Show Badge
Gadget Freak 
3/29/2016  6 comments
Are you sick of the same boring badges at every trade show? The ESC 2016 Conference in Boston is featuring an electronic one you can use to play games, control robots, meet new friends, or build your own custom hacks.
Hard-to-Get Big Data Makes a Big Difference in Product Development
Blog 
3/29/2016  Post a comment
The promises that come from big data are stalled when the information is hard to obtain and even harder to manage.
Higher-Temperature Carbon Composites For Production Car Volumes
Engineering Materials 
3/29/2016  Post a comment
At the recent JEC World 2016 composites show in Paris, Dow Automotive Systems introduced commercial availability of two new higher-temperature grade versions of its VORAFORCE epoxy resin matrix for thermoset carbon composites.
To Boost Product Reliability, Cut Back on the Excitement
Automotive News 
3/28/2016  6 comments
Consumer Reports’ new automotive reliability survey may be targeted at car buyers, but it also provides hard evidence that product reliability is a choice, and not an accident, for design engineers.
Nanomotors Act As Tiny Repair Kits for Self-Healing Electronics
Blog 
3/28/2016  4 comments
Inspired by the natural processes of self-healing in the human body, a group of researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed nanomotors that can act as a self-healing system for electronics.
Batman v Superman – Scientifically Speaking, Who Would Win?
Blog 
3/25/2016  14 comments
Movie fans and comic geeks will all have their opinion on the battle of the ages. But what does science have to say?
Car-Pulling Microbots Inspired by Ants
Blog 
3/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers at Stanford University have developed microrobots inspired by ants that can pull large loads that outweigh them considerably.
MIT Develops Non-Toxic Alternative to Batteries
Blog 
3/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers at MIT have developed a way to generate portable power to replace batteries that uses heat rather than metals or toxic materials.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Disappoints on Repairability
Blog 
3/24/2016  Post a comment
It's the first smartphone to feature a liquid-cooling system. But is the new Samsung Galaxy S7 really all that "cool?" There's only one way to find out -- with a teardown!
SolidWorks Is Using Big Data to Improve User Experience
Blog 
3/24/2016  Post a comment
SolidWorks has been gathering user experience data for 15 years. Now the company has decided to study that data to enhance its products.
Does a Mechanical Engineering Master’s Pay for Itself?
Blog 
3/23/2016  10 comments
Let's look at the costs of a mechanical engineering master's degree and see if it pays for itself in higher salaries.
Andrew Grove, Semiconductor Pioneer and Former Intel CEO, Dies at 79
Blog 
3/23/2016  9 comments
Silicon Valley legend Andrew Grove, the man who put "Intel Inside" and spurred proliferation of microprocessors, has died at the age of 79.
Seaweed-Based Materials Favored over Plastic For Packaging
Blog 
3/23/2016  1 comment
A Japanese design group called AMAN is exploring how agar, a gelatinous substance found in seaweed, can be used as a basis for an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic packaging.
15 of the Auto Industry's Most Reliable Vehicles
Automotive News 
3/22/2016  13 comments
When it comes to automotive reliability, it’s no secret that Japanese cars dominate. Still, Consumer Reports' latest reliability ratings may come as a surprise to some.
Real Hoverboard For Consumers Flies On Aerospace-Grade Composites
Engineering Materials 
3/21/2016  42 comments
On April 14, you'll be able to buy what its makers say is the first real hoverboard: no wheels. That is, if you've got $14,900. Just watching this video will make you wish you did.
The Cold Forming Value Chain in Micro/Miniature Component Design - Part 2
Blog 
3/21/2016  Post a comment
This second part of a two-part series examines the roles of the four main participants in the cold forming value chain.
The Most Innovative Products at SXSW Interactive 2016
Blog 
3/18/2016  1 comment
Earbuds that give you superhuman hearing, portable apartments, and plant-like robots make up some of the technologies that won the 2016 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards.
The Cold Forming Value Chain in Micro/Miniature Component Design - Part 1
Blog 
3/18/2016  Post a comment
This is the first part of a two-part series that looks at the material science of cold forming.
6 Recycled and Renewable 3D Printing Plastics
Engineering Materials 
3/17/2016  3 comments
Here's a bunch of new and notable recycled, biodegradable, plant-based, and otherwise sustainable plastics for 3D printing, a growing class of materials.
Making Full Vehicle OTA Updates a Reality
Blog 
3/17/2016  Post a comment
At present, new vehicles actually have the ability to receive updates. Even the cars that do support over-the-air (OTA) updates are only designed to update the infotainment or telematics systems.
15 Vehicles That Get Dinged for Poor Reliability
Automotive News 
3/16/2016  21 comments
Vehicle reliability has climbed steadily the past two decades, but some vehicles still frustrate their owners with repeated issues, says the April issue of Consumer Reports.
Quality at the Heart of PLM
Blog 
3/16/2016  1 comment
Quality tools are getting embedded in PLM systems to help design engineers manage quality data.
The Maker Community Is Going High-Tech with FPGAs
Electronics News 
3/15/2016  2 comments
Lower cost and greater simplicity are combining to bring the FPGA to a new class of users -- the DIY community.
Your Next Car Might Be Made With Wood-Based Carbon Fiber
Engineering Materials 
3/15/2016  9 comments
Swedish researchers have created a carbon fiber out of wood and used the lightweight, affordable material to make car roofs and even a battery.
Bonding Tapes or Liquid Adhesives? It's a Question of Process and Performance
Engineering Materials 
3/14/2016  Post a comment
Why would you use bonding tapes instead of liquid adhesives in your assembly? Here are some guidelines for answering that question.
Don't Be Left Seeing 'RED' with EU's New Radio Equipment Directive
Blog 
3/14/2016  2 comments
On June 13, new products must start complying with the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU, which updates what constitutes as radio equipment in the European Union -- and it's not just radios, TVs, and phones anymore.
It's a Gadget Freak Blast From the Past
Gadget Freak 
3/11/2016  Post a comment
Since starting Gadget Freak we've seen a lot of amazing, creative, and sometimes outright weird stuff from our contributors. Here's a look of some of our favorite Gadget Freaks from years gone by
How Do You Make Graphene Commercially Viable? Freeze It & 3D Print It
Engineering Materials 
3/11/2016  4 comments
How do you make delicate graphene into structures that won't fall down? Researchers have found the key in 3D printing and cold temperatures.
This Sensor Turns Your Smartphone Case Into a Weather Station
Electronics News 
3/11/2016  2 comments
A tiny new environmental sensor package from Bosch Sensortec is carving out an unusual niche in the world of smartphones and, at the same time, serving as a novel business model for sensor manufacturers.
10 of History's Greatest Women Inventors You Should Know
Blog 
3/10/2016  10 comments
Did you know a Hollywood actress laid the foundation for WiFi? Or that the first computer programmer was a woman? Design News celebrates Women's History Month by honoring some of history's greatest female inventors.
Should You Trust a Rescue Robot? A New Study Says Probably Not
Engineering Materials 
3/10/2016  3 comments
A new Georgia Tech study reveals that people trust robots way too much, even when their own safety is jeopardized.
Labs Across the US Open to Students for 'National Week at the Labs'
STEM Connection 
3/10/2016  1 comment
The White House recently hosted National Week at the Labs to open up laboratories all over the US to students to encourage their interest in STEM.
The Best Supercars of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Automotive News 
3/9/2016  1 comment
The Geneva International Motor Show has earned a reputation for being the venue for the introduction of so-called “supercars,” and last week’s 2016 version was no exception. Here's a look at best (and fastest) the show had to offer.
Bosch and TI Want to Make Sensor Integration Simpler
Electronics News 
3/9/2016  2 comments
Suppliers are rolling out hardware and software aimed at reducing the complexity of sensor-based applications.
Desert-Inspired Materials Harvest Water From the Air
Blog 
3/9/2016  1 comment
Harvard University researchers have drawn inspiration from desert-dwelling plants and insects to develop materials that can harvest water droplets from thin air.
Are Microcontrollers Up For the Challenge of the Internet of Things?
Electronics News 
3/8/2016  1 comment
Internet of Things (IoT) applications are a breed apart. They need lots of software and memory. And they might need to work forever without a battery charge. And they need microcontrollers to make it all happen.
GE Adopts OPC UA as Its IIoT and Security Standard
Blog 
3/8/2016  1 comment
As OPC UA continues to grow in popularity as an IIoT protocol, GE is the latest company that has decided to standardize it.
QuickSilver Controls Resurrects the Long-Popular SilverMax Hybrid Servomotor
Blog 
3/8/2016  Post a comment
QuickSilver Controls has brought its SilverMax integrated hybrid servomotor line out of retirement with some new capabilities and enhancements for the non-integrated space.
Apple vs. the FBI vs. Our Privacy
Chris Wiltz 
3/7/2016  29 comments
Apple Computer's refusal to comply with an FBI request to unlock a mass shooter's iPhone has set off a debate at all levels of the technology sector. Here's everything you need to know about this landmark legal battle.
Chaos Reigns Firmware Development. Why Does It Have to Be That Way?
Blog 
3/7/2016  9 comments
Remember Pat Benatar's song about battlefields? Same goes with embedded development as with love. Here are ways engineers can work to get a project from devolving into disarray.
What's It Like To Be a Female Engineer?
Blog 
3/7/2016  3 comments
According to a new report only 12% of engineers are women and there are way fewer women in computing today than back in 1990. Read on for why that is, plus advice from women engineers in a recent webcast.
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