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Lock Your Home With Energy Harvested from Your Smartphone
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5/2/2016  Post a comment
A Finland-based company has introduced what it claims is the first smart door lock that can be powered from energy harvested from a mobile device.
The Pros & Cons of Drive-Train Tech
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5/2/2016  Post a comment
This charts show the pros and cons of five drive-train technologies.
Cybersecurity Is Top Concern of IEEE Members
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4/28/2016  Post a comment
Members of the IEEE Computer Society name cybersecurity as the top technology affecting their industries.
Best Paying Bachelor's Degrees? Engineering, By Far
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4/27/2016  6 comments
PayScale.com ranked the top 15 salaries for bachelor degrees, and 13 of the highest-paid degrees are in engineering.
Biobots Powered by Muscle Cells See, Follow Light
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4/25/2016  Post a comment
A biobot developed by researchers at the University of Illinois has an infrastructure of human muscle cells that can sense and follow light.
Wind Turbine Uses 3D-Printed Parts to Provide Portable Power
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4/18/2016  7 comments
A recent PhD in engineering from Canada was inspired by time living in Nicaragua to design a portable wind turbine for regions not served by the power grid
Robotic Spacecraft Will Service Local Satellites & Build Remote Ones
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4/15/2016  Post a comment
NASA is getting closer to a long-held dream: using robots to refuel and service GEO satellites in space, plus enable deep space exploration.
IoT Security Top of Mind at ESC
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4/15/2016  Post a comment
IoT security was a concerned voiced frequently at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston this week.
Manufacturing Is More Vulnerable to Cyber Attack as IoT Proliferates
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4/12/2016  1 comment
The GMSA in Europe has release cybersecurity guidelines to help protect manufacturing from attack.
Google's AI Beat a Go Champion by Mimicking Human Intuition
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4/6/2016  Post a comment
Google's AlphaGo has bested Korean champion Lee Sedol. But can the new AI technology find a role outside of playing games?
IPC to Develop New Shop Floor Communication Standard
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4/5/2016  2 comments
IPC seeks to replace IPC-2541 with a broader standard for connecting shop-floor equipment.
Building Your Engineering Team: More Tips on Finding and Retaining Talent
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4/4/2016  4 comments
We’ve long reported on the fact that there is a shortage of engineers and designers. Here are more ways companies can tap into a talent pipeline.
Factory of the Future Belongs to the Automation Vendor
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4/4/2016  Post a comment
GE is offering a factory-as-a-service business model to get small- and mid-size manufacturers automated.
Wind Turbines Turn to Palm Tree-Like Design for Next-Gen Power
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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.
Car-Pulling Microbots Inspired by Ants
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3/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers at Stanford University have developed microrobots inspired by ants that can pull large loads that outweigh them considerably.
Does a Mechanical Engineering Master’s Pay for Itself?
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3/23/2016  11 comments
Let's look at the costs of a mechanical engineering master's degree and see if it pays for itself in higher salaries.
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
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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.
10 of History's Greatest Women Inventors You Should Know
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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.
GE Adopts OPC UA as Its IIoT and Security Standard
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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
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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.
What's It Like To Be a Female Engineer?
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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.
How 7 HMIs Wow the Tech World
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3/4/2016  2 comments
The consumer-powered technology trends in new industrial HMI products become easily evident from a look at the latest offerings, which demonstrate how vendors are investing their development dollars.
Who'd Thunk It? Arduino and PLCs Hook Up Via RS232 and Modbus
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3/3/2016  Post a comment
There is a thriving online developer community using RS232, Arduinos, and PLCs to build industrial and home automation systems on the familiar serial communication protocol Modbus.
3D Vision Sensing Is Elevating Robotic Random Bin Picking
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3/3/2016  Post a comment
Sophisticated vision sensors and integrated software tools are delivering fast recognition of complex parts to reduce bin picking cycle times.
ABB Introduces Its First SCARA Robot with un-SCARA-like Performance
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3/2/2016  1 comment
ABB has announced a first-ever line of SCARA robots -- with a twist that these small robots are targeting applications that require fast, repeatable, and precise motions not typically associated with robotics.
Condition Monitoring, Predictive Analytics Materializing in the IoT
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3/1/2016  1 comment
Most manufacturing operations would put maintenance on the top of their pain lists. Lessening that pain is the long-promised ability to know when a machine is about to go down and do something about it.
Can ‘Moneyball’ Work in Manufacturing and Industry?
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2/29/2016  2 comments
Sabermetrics has almost replaced traditional scouting in eyeing baseball talent. Now the proliferation of data being promised is expected to change the game in analyzing industrial and manufacturing performance. Are humans still needed?
That Was Then, This Is Now: 4 Ways Engineering Resources Have Changed
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2/29/2016  3 comments
For engineers, resources of information have changed in significant ways. But here are the four biggest trends to be aware of.
What Happens When An Engineer is Asked to Be a Manager?
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2/28/2016  Post a comment
An engineer’s most common fear is taking on a management role, but with some self-assessment you may find a leadership position is more suited to you than you realize.
10 Ways for the Design News Community to Celebrate Engineering
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2/27/2016  2 comments
It’s been a great Engineers Week! And it’s never too early to start preparing for next year. Here are some ways how.
Watch These 7 Humanoid Robots Serve Their Human Masters
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2/26/2016  8 comments
What are humanoid robots? Most of them sort into two general categories. This time, we'll look at obviously mechanical objects shaped like people, like the earlier Terminator models before SkyNet wised up and made them look like Ahnald.
Industrial HMIs: Multi-Touch Is All the Rage These Days
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2/26/2016  Post a comment
The evolution of machine interfaces is being driven by touch technology, HTML 5, and the need for platform-agnostic solutions.
Shout It Out Loud! Engineering Is a Great Profession!
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2/26/2016  9 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer Nancy Golden writes about her gratitude to engineering and why it's beneficial more than just for one's career.
Born an Engineer, Always an Engineer
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2/26/2016  3 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week this week, Design News contributing writers have been telling their personal stories of how they got into engineering. Here, Jacob Beningo recalls that right away he knew engineering was his destiny.
The Top 5 Stories of the Week (Feb. 21-26, 2016)
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2/26/2016  Post a comment
Here's your chance to catch up on the best news, trends, and popular articles from Design News this week (February 21-26, 2016).
10 of the Greatest Inventions by African-Americans
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2/25/2016  13 comments
If you've turned on your lights, safely navigated traffic, played video games, or had a a water gun fight in your lifetime, you have these black inventors to thank. Design News celebrates Black History Month with a look at some of the greatest inventions created by African-Americans.
Engineers Today Making a Difference for Future Engineers
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2/25/2016  1 comment
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer Nancy Golden recalls the first time she came across the job title of "engineer."
20 Great Thoughts on Design Engineering
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2/24/2016  2 comments
No engineering task is more important than design, so for Engineers Week we’ve collected some of the most insightful and unusual thoughts on engineering’s most significant role.
My Journey Into Radio, NASA, and Engineering
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2/24/2016  2 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, Fred Eady recalls the most important engineering people in his life.
Industry 4.0 – Not Here Yet, But It’s Coming
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2/24/2016  2 comments
The Pacific Design & Manufacturing session on Industry 4.0 says advanced manufacturing is on its way, but it's coming slowly.
Engineering Humor to Help Get You Through the Work Week
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2/23/2016  8 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, let’s take a moment to look at the lighter side of the profession.
What Engineering Has Meant to Me
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2/23/2016  1 comment
In celebration and support of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer RP Siegel reveals his late-blooming relationship with engineering.
Seen in Anaheim: Gadget Freaks Race Their Slot Cars
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2/23/2016  Post a comment
Participants at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show showed off their Gadget Freak slot-car skills.
Did You Catch the Cool Stuff at Pacific Design & Manufacturing?
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2/23/2016  Post a comment
This year’s UBM Advanced Manufacturing Expo and Conferences drew 20,000 attendees, 2,000 exhibitors, and a lot of displays aimed at quenching the curiosity of engineers.
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