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Someday You'll Clean Your Favorite Jeans With Sunlight
Blog 
3/12/2015  Post a comment
Imagine if you could “wash” your favorite jeans just by hanging them in direct sunlight. Well this could soon be a possibility thanks to cotton created by two Chinese scientists that rids itself of stains and bacteria when exposed to solar light.
Supercars Roll at Geneva Motor Show
Automotive News 
3/11/2015  3 comments
Every year, ultra-luxury automakers roll out their best and brightest at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. This year was no different.
Thunder Cloud Lamp Brings the Storm Indoors
Blog 
3/11/2015  24 comments
Designed by Richard Clarkson of Richard Clarkson Studio, a product, lighting, and furniture design studio based in New Zealand and New York, Cloud was inspired by Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast in 2012.
8 Views of Hot Manufacturing Tech
Blog 
3/11/2015  1 comment
The range of new technology hitting the scene is nothing short of impressive. These days, everything on the plant floor is touched by advances in connectivity, motion control, safety, security, robotics, and iHMI, and all of the new technology has an eye toward energy efficiency. This ain’t the Boomers’ plant. It's not even the Gen X plant; it’s the Millennial plant.
Biomimicry Center Emulates Nature to Solve Design Challenges
Blog 
3/11/2015  3 comments
Arizona State University has become one of a handful of research institutions to open a center devoted entirely to biomimicry, which some researchers believe is the way forward for sustainable design across numerous research disciplines.
Would You Wear a Dress Made From a Yoga Mat?
Blog 
3/11/2015  6 comments
Students from the Savannah College of Art and Design will open NPE2015 later this month with a fashion show highlighting creations made from recycled, reused, and repurposed plastics.
How CAD Systems Are Fitting Into the Digital Manufacturing Lifecycle
Blog 
3/11/2015  1 comment
Computer-aided design (CAD) tools in recent years have given design engineers the crucial capability to develop solid geometric models of parts and assemblies and share them among engineering teams. However, product design teams face growing challenges in the complex web of R&D and manufacturing operations wrapped around today's business environment.
MEMS & Sensors Can Bring a New mHealth World
Guest Blogs 
3/11/2015  Post a comment
We now have the technology now to enable doctors to diagnose disease from across the globe, delivering the results to your smartphone. That technology is MEMS and sensors, and we are just glimpsing what it can uncover through the increase in quantified-self data from wearables and health monitoring devices.
2015 Salaries for 10 Engineering Disciplines
Blog 
3/10/2015  6 comments
Take a look at the new data on salaries; you will notice there is little change over the past year. A few of the salaries went up, though none went up more than $1,000 per year -- roughly the same as inflation.
5 Tips to Meet Control Panel Space Requirements
Guest Blogs 
3/10/2015  Post a comment
When designing a control panel, you have enough worries and responsibilities and should not be concerned with additional design challenges. The following tips can help achieve design flexibility and regulatory compliance while bringing you peace of mind.
‘Kano’ DIY Computer to Inspire Girls in Pioneering STEM Program
STEM Connection 
3/10/2015  7 comments
A pioneering STEM education program has a new tool in its arsenal to inspire young women to learn computer science with an innovative build-your-own device for kids called Kano.
The Growing Problem of e-Waste
Blog 
3/10/2015  6 comments
Users clamoring for new devices or waiting impatiently for the next iteration of a favored product is music to the ears of the average electronics OEM. At the same time, around the world, these same OEMs are coming face to face with the growing issue of e-waste.
Apple Launching Medical Research Platform, Apple Watch, and New Fanless MacBook
Blog 
3/9/2015  2 comments
Following the recent Apple Car rumors, Apple's March 9 event was highly anticipated. The event featured three major announcements from the company -- a usual mix of incremental innovation and potential breakthroughs.
The Top 6 Emerging Manufacturing Technologies of 2015
Blog 
3/9/2015  6 comments
The World Economic Forum has published its annual list of Top 10 Emerging Technologies and this year's list is dominated by technologies that will alter the manufacturing landscape forever.
How to Land a Job as an Engineering Intern or Co-op
Blog 
3/9/2015  2 comments
If you’re an engineering student, chances are good that you’re not planning to spend your summer vacation sitting on the beach. Instead, you’re probably looking for a summer internship, if you haven’t found one already. Internships are an important part of an engineering education.
15 Curious Things We Spotted at Mobile World Congress
Blog 
3/9/2015  1 comment
As the Mobile World Congress has literally morphed into the Everything Connected Show, the stuff we spotted on the show floor this year tend toward the universal.
Unsafe Stove Has Owner Seeing Red
Made by Monkeys 
3/9/2015  25 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Paralyzed Woman Controls Fighter Jet Simulator With Her Mind
Blog 
3/6/2015  7 comments
As part of a new DARPA project, Jan Scheuermann, a quadriplegic woman, was able to use neural implants to control a F-35 fighter jet in a simulator.
App Lightens Up Your Design's Materials
Blog 
3/6/2015  1 comment
An app for your Android phone finds lighter materials for your design and even tells you how much each will save (or cost) you.
Wireless Gaining Momentum in Remote Monitoring
Electronics News 
3/6/2015  Post a comment
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
How to Engineer a Good Job Move
Guest Blogs 
3/6/2015  1 comment
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
Carbon-Fiber 'Chairless Chair' Improves Ergonomics
Blog 
3/6/2015  3 comments
Audi is testing a new technology that eases many assembly activities at its Neckarsulm plant: the so-called "chairless chair." The device's carbon-fiber construction allows employees to sit without a chair. At the same time, it improves their posture and reduces the strain on their legs.
Engineering Disasters: SS Schenectady, a Lesson in Brittle Fracture
Blog 
3/5/2015  18 comments
It took engineers nearly half a century to determine why the SS Schenectady, while docked quietly in a harbor off Portland, Ore. one day, suddenly snapped in half.
How Poor Design Exposed Patients to a Deadly Superbug
Chris Wiltz 
3/5/2015  9 comments
The medical devices behind the superbug outbreak at UCLA suffer from a design flaw that experts have been aware of for decades.
Brushing Your Teeth -- There's an App For That
Blog 
3/5/2015  6 comments
Just when you thought mobile technology couldn’t get any more personal, Procter & Gamble have come up with a way to put your mobile where your mouth is, in the form of a Bluetooth 4.0 connected toothbrush.
6 Innovative Plastics For Cars, Lighting & Building
Engineering Materials 
3/5/2015  2 comments
The grab bag of plastic and rubber materials featured in this new product slideshow are aimed at lighting applications or automotive uses. The rest are for a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, oil & gas, RF and radar, automotive, building materials, and more.
Cable Box Causes Bigger Headache Than Daytime TV
Made by Monkeys 
3/5/2015  9 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Accelerate Your Stepper Motor Control Design Using MCU-Based Reference Designs
Blog 
3/5/2015  Post a comment
MCU manufacturers have become excellent sources for information you can use to get a head start on your next design. In addition to the normal data sheets and evaluation boards, MCU manufacturers also often provide complete reference designs -- working designs that establish a proven baseline for creating your own custom design.
What's at the Core of Apple's 'Spring Forward' Event?
Blog 
3/4/2015  2 comments
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  21 comments
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  10 comments
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  14 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  11 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  11 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Solar Shingles Poised As Next Renewable Trend
Blog 
3/3/2015  23 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  2 comments
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  20 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  2 comments
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  51 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.
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