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IAPD Plastics Expo Gives Engineers Alternatives
Engineering Materials 
10/8/2014  8 comments
You can find out practically everything you need to know about engineering plastics as alternatives to other materials at the 2014 IAPD Plastics Expo. Admission is free for engineers, designers, specifiers, and OEMs, as well as students and faculty.
Top 20 US Graduate Engineering Programs
Blog 
10/7/2014  7 comments
As promised when we listed the top undergraduate engineering schools, here are the top 20 US engineering schools based on their graduate programs. We looked at a number of rankings and created an overall list based on an average.
Is Your Star Rising?
Blog 
10/7/2014  1 comment
Help Design News recognize engineers who are ahead of the trends and making big moves in the design engineering community. Nominate a Rising Engineering Star today.
What's the Big Deal About the Totem Headset?
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/7/2014  12 comments
Virtual Reality (VR) headsets are getting ready to explode onto the market and it appears all the heavy tech companies are trying to out-develop one another with better features than their competition. Fledgling start-up Vrvana has joined the fray.
Rapid Prototyping for Consumer Products
Guest Blogs 
10/7/2014  3 comments
Time to market is everything, but at the same time, you can’t sacrifice quality for speed. That’s where additive manufacturing comes into play.
Survey: Women Largely Unaware of Career Opportunities in Manufacturing
Blog 
10/7/2014  20 comments
While job opportunities for women in the manufacturing sector are in line with what young women want from prospective careers, a recent survey has found many women are unaware of the potential for career advancement that exists in the sector.
Engineering Disasters: NASA’s Genesis Probe Got it Backwards
Blog 
10/6/2014  22 comments
The Genesis was a NASA probe designed to gather a sample of solar wind and return it to earth -- the first mission designed to bring samples back since the Apollo Program. Launched on August 8, 2004, the probe did a great job getting close enough to the sun to collect samples. But the return ride turned into a disaster.
Littelfuse Takes Its Message to EE Students
Electronic News & Comment 
10/6/2014  8 comments
In an attempt to deal with the insidious problems of over-voltage and over-current, engineers from Littelfuse Inc. are taking their message about circuit protection to engineering schools.
The Challenge of Designing a 1- to 4-Way Signal Distributor
Sherlock Ohms 
10/6/2014  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.
MacArthur Genius Grants: Don't Call Them, They'll Call You
Blog 
10/6/2014  4 comments
On Sept. 17, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded no-strings-attached fellowships of $625,000 each to 21 people recognized as exceptionally creative. The foundation has given out these “genius grants” every year since 1981.
Will IBM's Solar Concentrator Be More Affordable?
Engineering Materials 
10/6/2014  14 comments
IBM's "sunflower" solar concentrator converts 80% of the sun's radiation into useful energy.
Samsung's Metal-Framed Galaxy Alpha -- the Teardown
Blog 
10/3/2014  3 comments
After years of research, billions of dollars, and countless hours of development, Samsung has finally landed upon the game changer in its race against Apple -- a Galaxy smartphone with a metal frame.
The Job Market: Robots vs. Humans
Engineering Materials 
10/3/2014  6 comments
Some studies say that robots take away certain jobs from humans, but give us others in return. So far that's worked in the past, but things may be changing.
Stratasys Adds 3D Printing to Next-Gen Smart Appliances
Blog 
10/3/2014  6 comments
Stratasys will lend its 3D printing expertise to GE’s community effort to build the next-generation of home appliances. The 3D printing manufacturer and service provider is providing 3D printers as part of a new partnership of FirstBuild, an affiliate of GE that aims to use the ingenuity of technologists in an online community to build more intelligent appliances.
12 Tech Acquisitions That Made You Say, 'Huh?'
Blog 
10/2/2014  15 comments
Check out these strange technology acquisitions. Many of these mergers became burdens the companies couldn't bear.
SABIC Dishes On 3D-Printed Car Materials
Engineering Materials 
10/2/2014  2 comments
The Strati EV car printed at IMTS is made of SABIC's LNP STAT KON AE003. SABIC tells Design News why this carbon fiber-reinforced compound was chosen by Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
Can You Really Slip on a Banana Peel?
Blog 
10/2/2014  12 comments
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Flexible Solar Cell Can Be Woven Into Energy-Harvesting Fabric
Blog 
10/2/2014  1 comment
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
Chew On This: Chin Strap Harvests Energy
Blog 
10/1/2014  20 comments
Researchers in Canada have developed a chin strap that harvests energy from chewing and can potentially power a digital earplug that can provide both protection and communication capabilities.
6 Reasons to Go For the Golden Mousetrap
Blog 
10/1/2014  2 comments
In case you haven't heard, the deadline to enter the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards is coming up fast – Oct. 28! Have you entered yet?
Kitchen Timer Buckles Under Pressure
Made by Monkeys 
10/1/2014  13 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
'Feeling' Virtual Objects in Virtual Space With 3D-Haptics Technology
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/1/2014  5 comments
A Tokyo company, Miraisens Inc., has unveiled a device that allows users to move virtual 3D objects around and "feel" them via a vibration sensor. The device has many applications within the gaming, medical, and 3D-printing industries.
CFD Analysis: Making Better Buildings
Guest Blogs 
10/1/2014  3 comments
In the last few years, use of CFD in building design has increased manifolds. Computational fluid dynamics is effective in analyzing the flow and thermal properties of air within spaces. It can be used in buildings to find the best measures for comfortable temperature at low energy use.
3D-Printed Limbs Turn Kids into Superheroes
Blog 
9/30/2014  29 comments
Enabling the Future is designing prosthetic appendages modeled more like superhero arms and hands than your average static artificial limbs. And they’re doing it through a website and grassroots movement inspired by two men’s design and creation in 2012 of a metal prosthetic for a child in South Africa.
Security Is Going Down to the Device
Blog 
9/30/2014  1 comment
In order to keep an enterprise truly safe from hackers, cyber security has to go all the way down to the device level. Icon Labs is making the point that security has to be built into device components.
India's Mangalyaan Probe Reaches Mars
Blog 
9/30/2014  13 comments
Three days after NASA's MAVEN probe reached Mars, India's Mangalyaan probe went into orbit around the red planet. India's first interplanetary mission, and the first successful Mars probe launched by an Asian nation, has a total project cost of nearly $600 million less than MAVEN's.
Siemens Furthers STEM Initiative in NC
STEM Connection 
9/30/2014  2 comments
Siemens PLM Software has made an in-kind donation of software to Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division.
Video: Interactive, Arcade-Style Sandbox
Blog 
9/29/2014  17 comments
Sega is releasing a new futuristic sandbox that uses height sensors and projection mapped projectors to cast pictures that correspond to what you're making.
Malfunctioning Fridge Causes Meltdown
Sherlock Ohms 
9/29/2014  21 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.
Conference Supports & Highlights Women in Engineering
STEM Connection 
9/29/2014  26 comments
About 7,000 female engineers and organizations interested in fostering diversity are expected to attend the Society of Women Engineers conference Oct. 23-25 in Los Angeles.
Battery-Free Power in Ant-Sized Chip
Pamela Moore 
9/29/2014  8 comments
Here's a battery-free chip the size of ant. It gathers power from electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna, allowing it to power itself as it operates.
4 Steps For Improving Your Design Engineering Career
Pamela Moore 
9/26/2014  15 comments
Designers increasingly need to have a seat at the management table, says Steve Vassallo, general partner at VC investing company Foundation Capital. Here's how to get yours.
Are Samsungs' LEDs Better?
Pamela Moore 
9/26/2014  11 comments
Seoul Semiconductor has been touting an AC LED for many years, yet few other manufacturers have jumped onto the bandwagon. That is, until recently: Samsung has announced its own AC LED.
13 Reasons to Enter the 3D Printing Student Design Contest
STEM Connection 
9/26/2014  12 comments
Conducted by 3D printing leader Stratasys, the 2015 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge is open to students around the world in engineering, design, and art or architecture.
What Made the Mustang Burn Oil?
Sherlock Ohms 
9/26/2014  36 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.
Plant HMI Goes Millennial
Blog 
9/26/2014  17 comments
Plant user interfaces are beginning to incorporate the consumer features such as swipe, double tap, and pinch. The driver is Millennials who expect plant equipment to match the sophistication of the smartphone.
Recycled Tires Find New Use in Car Batteries
Blog 
9/26/2014  10 comments
A team out of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is using materials from old tires to design new car batteries.
MAVEN Arrives at Mars
Engineering Materials 
9/25/2014  17 comments
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has entered Mars' atmosphere, carrying instruments to help Earthlings figure out what happened to it. Launched last November, the spacecraft arrived at the red planet right on time after a journey of 442 million miles.
EV Makers Await More Battery Innovation
Captain Hybrid 
9/25/2014  47 comments
Electric vehicle batteries are progressing rapidly, but there’s still no sign on the horizon that the technology is going to revolutionize the auto industry anytime soon, experts said at The Battery Show in Detroit last week.
Teaching Electrical Engineering Concepts With Squishy Circuits
STEM Connection 
9/25/2014  18 comments
Is it possible to teach electrical engineering concepts to 5 year olds? AnnMarie Thomas, an engineering professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, thinks so.
Fairchild Pivots to Quicken Customers’ Time to Market
Blog 
9/25/2014  1 comment
Fairchild Semiconductor recently rebranded itself to focus the company’s resources on the development of power products and services designed to help design engineers shorten the time-to-market for mobile devices and wearable technologies, among other products.
Teardown: Apple's iPhone 6
Blog 
9/24/2014  23 comments
Released on September 19, 2014, this 4.7-inch screen iPhone is the smaller version of the iPhone 6 Plus.
Wearables Need to Get More Human
Pamela Moore 
9/24/2014  38 comments
Gadi Amit, founder and principal designer at New Deal Design, explains how to improve human factors in wearable design.
3D-Printed Filament Is Wood-Reinforced Bioplastic
Engineering Materials 
9/24/2014  5 comments
More bioplastic materials have entered the 3D-printable filament fray. These PLA formulations reinforced with wood or bamboo fibers will debut at the October Composites Europe show in Germany.
A $20K Unserviceable TV Graphics Machine
Made by Monkeys 
9/24/2014  18 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
iPhone 6 Plus Teardown
Blog 
9/23/2014  31 comments
Released on September 19, 2014, this 5.5 inch screen iPhone is the larger version of the iPhone 6, whose teardown follows tomorrow.
Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About SoC FPGAs But Were Afraid to Ask
Electronic News & Comment 
9/23/2014  2 comments
A Design News course on field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) should help engineers who are considering the technology for their upcoming designs.
What Can Engineers Learn From 4 Year Olds?
STEM Connection 
9/23/2014  16 comments
In many engineering workplaces, there’s a generational conflict between recent engineering graduates and older, more experienced engineers. However, a recent study published in the psychology journal Cognition suggests that both may have something to learn from another group: 4 year olds.
16 Great Engineering Schools You Never Hear About
Electronic News & Comment 
9/22/2014  12 comments
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
More Video Hum Bar Problems
Sherlock Ohms 
9/22/2014  5 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.
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