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Content posted in October 2013
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MIT's ConceptNet Helps Advance Artificial Intelligence
Blog 
10/15/2013  3 comments
The idea behind MIT's ConceptNet is to give systems and technical devices a better understanding of the human language.
Department of Defense Corrosion Conference Goes Virtual
Guest Blogs 
10/15/2013  10 comments
The US government shutdown forced the Department of Defense Corrosion Conference to move from Hawaii to an online-only platform.
Reader Vote Round 4: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
10/14/2013  12 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers.
Plastic Car Sandwich Material Modeled on Bone
Engineering Materials 
10/14/2013  19 comments
Bayer MaterialScience has designed a prototype car trunk lid, using a sandwich structure with a dense outer skin made of a glass fiber/polycarbonate-based thermoplastic composite and a polyurethane foam inner core.
SolidWorks 2014 Looks to Improve User Experience
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/14/2013  5 comments
Dassault Systemes' SolidWorks 2014 is chock full of new features that are sure to increase users' productivity and efficiency.
$600 for a 50-Cent Fix
Made by Monkeys 
10/14/2013  30 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: Composite Bridge Deck Lightens Loads
Engineering Materials 
10/11/2013  29 comments
Washington, D.C.'s crumbling 29th Street bridge has been replaced with one that has a fiberglass-reinforced composite deck.
Tactile Sensing: Humanoid Robots With a Sense of Touch
Guest Blogs 
10/11/2013  21 comments
Bots like iRobot's Roomba and Rethink Robotics's Baxter are at the forefront of humanoid robot development.
It's All in the Robot's Timing
Sherlock Ohms 
10/11/2013  23 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.
Researchers Create Brain-to-Brain Interface in Rats
Blog 
10/11/2013  10 comments
Duke University researchers are linking rats' minds in the hopes of restoring motor control to paralyzed patients one day.
Video: 0-62 MPH in 2.9 seconds
Blog 
10/10/2013  7 comments
Swedish automaker Koenigsegg's 2014 Agera S “hypercar” will take you from 0 to 62 mph in a scant 2.9 seconds and will hit a top speed of 260 mph -- for a starting price of $1.46 million.
Can You Diagnose This Engineering Mystery?
Sherlock Ohms 
10/10/2013  29 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.
Dassault's Virtual Reality Cave Helps Visualize Projects
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/10/2013  11 comments
Dassault Systemes displayed its virtual reality cave during its SolidWorks 2014 release conference.
Slideshow: Koenigsegg's $1.46M 'Hypercar' Goes From 0-62 in 2.9 Seconds Flat
Electronics News 
10/9/2013  28 comments
Koenigsegg Automotive AB's 2014 Agera S "hypercar" goes from 0 to 62 in under 3 seconds, hits a top speed of 260 mph, and starts at $1.46 million.
Aerodynamics Simulation Gets Faster in Virtual Wind Tunnel
Blog 
10/9/2013  11 comments
At the 2013 Americas Altair Technology Conference, Altair introduced Virtual Wind Tunnel, an application that speeds wind tunnel simulation and makes it more accurate for evaluating a vehicle's external aerodynamics.
Where Rubber (& Oil) Meet the Road
Made by Monkeys 
10/9/2013  38 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Record 44.7% Solar-Cell Efficiency Achieved
Blog 
10/9/2013  12 comments
Researchers achieved a new world record in solar-cell efficiency with a four-junction solar cell comprised of four solar subcells based on III-V compound semiconductors for use in concentrator photovoltaics.
Slideshow: 'Bizarre' Incident Led to Tesla Battery Fire
Electronics News 
10/8/2013  56 comments
The metal object that caused last week's Tesla Model S EV battery fire reportedly tore through the bottom of car, leaving a gaping hole in the armor plate that protects the battery.
3D Printer Has an Eye-Popping Price Tag
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/8/2013  22 comments
The Peachy Printer is a $100 3D printer with a unique method of printing and a huge following on Kickstarter.
It Takes a Good Vendor to Get a Good Outcome
Sherlock Ohms 
10/8/2013  23 comments
Reaching out for additional expertise without delay can make the difference between good outcomes and slow, costly ones.
Designers Take Note: Win $3,000 for Your Creativity
Blog 
10/8/2013  3 comments
Texas Instruments' LDC1000 Inductance-to-digital converter (and your imagination) are the key elements in a contest that nets you $3,000 and special recognition at DESIGN West 2014.
Green Engineering: Researchers Turn Plastic Bags Into Usable Nanomaterial
Blog 
10/8/2013  21 comments
Australian researchers have developed nanotechnology that uses non-biodegradable plastic bags to create carbon nanotube membranes. The membranes can be used in filtration, sensing, energy storage, and biomedical technology.
Slideshow: Honda Rolls Out 50-MPG Hybrid
Automotive News 
10/7/2013  39 comments
Honda rolled out its 2014 Accord Hybrid this week, which promises to get 50 mpg city. The car will use a gasoline-electric powertrain to also reach an EPA rating of 45 highway mpg, and 47 combined mpg.
NFC Ring Opens Many Doors
Guest Blogs 
10/7/2013  10 comments
Near field communication (NFC) is bringing the excitement surrounding wearable tech to an all-time high.
Flax-Based Bike Helmet Is Heavy but Safer for the Environment
Blog 
10/7/2013  22 comments
An environmentally friendly bike helmet that is comprised of a bio-resin foam core interior and a knitted flax woven outer resin shell is molded using ultra-violet light.
Littelfuse Intrinsically Safe Fuses
Blog 
10/7/2013  2 comments
The deadline to enter Littelfuse's Speed2Design contest is fast approaching. Enter today for a chance to win a trip to NASA Johnson Space Center.
Video: Impact Caused Tesla Battery Fire
Electronics News 
10/4/2013  44 comments
A fire in a Tesla Model S electric sedan has once again placed a spotlight on the issue of lithium-ion battery safety.
3D Printing: Game-Changing Applications for Consumers
Guest Blogs 
10/4/2013  10 comments
3D-print your car (Kor Ecologic’s Urbee), a bed (from FRONT), eyeglasses (from Make Eyewear), and even the hard-to-come-by toy your kid wants for Christmas.
Lume Light-Infused Clothing Highlights Wearable Tech
Blog 
10/4/2013  17 comments
Clothing outfitted with LEDs is the latest trend in wearable tech, right up there with Google Glass.
The Lightning Came With a Crash
Sherlock Ohms 
10/4/2013  25 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.
Multi-Axis Digital Tension Control
Blog 
10/4/2013  3 comments
Bosch-Rexroth has published a technical report that provides an overview of how digital roll-to-roll web processing is enabling mass production of printed electronic devices.
Toyota Is Sticking With Hybrids
Automotive News 
10/3/2013  26 comments
The "father of the Prius" said this week that his company plans to continue to push the state of the art in hybrid technology, and added that most consumers aren't ready yet for pure electric vehicles.
Design Excellence Road Show Coming to Town Near You
Blog 
10/3/2013  4 comments
Designers and manufacturers across the country will be able to learn about the latest version of SolidWorks 3D design software and discuss leading-edge technologies at the Fisher/Unitech Design Excellence Forum.
Cold Shoulder Leaves Engineer Hot
Made by Monkeys 
10/3/2013  33 comments
After getting presented with every possible solution, the company decided to reject them all.
DIY: Build Your Own Robotic Bug
Engineering Materials 
10/2/2013  27 comments
A crowdfunded DIY version of the cockroach-like DASH robot invented by engineering students at the University of California, Berkeley, is now available on Dragon Innovation.
Battery Lab Could Help GM Reach EV Vision
Automotive News 
10/2/2013  16 comments
General Motors is plowing more money into its electric vehicle vision, nearly tripling the size of the lab where it tests and validates batteries for the Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR, and Spark EV.
Game Technologies Rolls With Digital Dice
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/2/2013  18 comments
The Polish startup Game Technologies has developed new dice packed with an incredible amount of technology for use with game applications.
PLM's Growing Importance as an Enterprise Application
Guest Blogs 
10/2/2013  8 comments
When we look at the progression of enterprise IT, PLM technology continues to expand and overlap into adjacent areas of enterprise application functionality.
Create FIR Filters in Software
Blog 
10/2/2013  Post a comment
For this demonstration of FIR filters in operation an ARM mbed module was used in combination with an NXP LPC1768 microcontroller (ARM Cortex-M3 processor).
What Do You Leave for Last?
Blog 
10/1/2013  7 comments
Take extra caution if circuit protection falls to the bottom of your list of priorities during the design phase.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Multiple Materials, Colors & Textures Gets Closer
Engineering Materials 
10/1/2013  21 comments
The ability to 3D-print multiple materials, colors, and textures in the same piece is getting closer with some major breakthroughs in hardware and software.
There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch, or Is There?
Blog 
10/1/2013  12 comments
Brand Director Rich Nass recently met with Allied Electronics, RS Components, and SpaceClaim as they presented their “free” CAD tool.
Don’t Like the Problem? Don’t Believe It
Sherlock Ohms 
10/1/2013  33 comments
If you bring your problem to the boss and he doesn't believe you, start looking for a new job.
Crises Stimulate Opportunities
Guest Blogs 
10/1/2013  4 comments
Crises in universities and industry must uncover new ways to collaborate.
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