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11 Robots Take Flight
Blog 
11/17/2014  9 comments
Flying robot hardware is still important, but what's getting as interesting now is some of the new uses, such as equipping them with medical equipment for aiding first responders, monitoring and recording biometric health data about athletes, and commercial aircraft inspection.
Video: German Kids Can Build Better LEGO Robots
STEM Connection 
11/17/2014  4 comments
Google has teamed up with the German research institute Fraunhofer IAIS to develop and offer OpenRoberta, which simplifies programming for LEGO Mindstorm robots for German kids and teachers and lets them control the robots from mobile devices.
Do You Dream in CAD? You Might Be an Engineer
Blog 
11/14/2014  20 comments
You let us know through your comments on the last “You know you’re an engineer if ...” post that you agree and disagree with the notions of what makes an engineer tick. Here are a dozen more to consider.
Slideshow: Makers Decorate White House for the Holidays
STEM Connection 
11/14/2014  6 comments
The ornaments will be the result of the first-ever White House 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge, a contest that shows the Obama administration promoting one of the most disruptive design technologies to date.
Engineering Disasters: A Deadly Mistake in Kansas City
Electronics News 
11/13/2014  51 comments
More than 35 years later, the post-mortem on one of the country’s worst engineering disasters appears to be simple. A contractor asked for a change in an original design. The change was approved by engineers, later resulting in a mammoth structural collapse that killed 114 people and injured 216 more.
The Sound Beneath the Floors
Guest Blogs 
11/13/2014  4 comments
At its core, sound is a relatively simple natural phenomenon caused by pressure pulsations or vibrations propagating through various mediums in the world around us. Studies have shown that the complete absence of sound can drive a person insane, causing them to experience hallucinations. Likewise, loud and overwhelming sound can have the same effect. This especially holds true in manufacturing and plant environments where loud noises are the norm.
Solar Sponge Generates Steam by Soaking Up the Sun's Rays
Blog 
11/13/2014  4 comments
While previous methods of creating steam involved heating liquids, this solar sponge generates a great amount of steam for hygienic and green energy purposes by simply using solar energy.
Welding Gun Not So 'New & Improved'
Made by Monkeys 
11/12/2014  1 comment
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
How Did a Concept Car Shed 26 Pounds?
Engineering Materials 
11/12/2014  19 comments
A lightweight electric urban concept car designed by several European companies weighs only 992 lb without its battery. It would have weighed 26.7 lb more if its windows were made of glass instead of the specially coated LEXAN polycarbonate resin from SABIC Innovative Plastics.
Do Good Engineers Make Good Engineering Managers?
Blog 
11/11/2014  20 comments
Being a good engineer is a prerequisite for being a good engineering manager. However, it’s a necessary but not sufficient condition: not every good engineer will make a good engineering manager, or even want to be one in the first place. This is why good engineering managers are few and far between.
Inexpensive Incubator Tops Dyson Awards
STEM Connection 
11/11/2014  1 comment
This year's James Dyson Award winner created an inexpensive incubator to help curb childhood death in the developing world.
Update: 4D Printing Self-Assembling Shapes In Carbon Composites, Wood
Engineering Materials 
11/11/2014  10 comments
Skylar Tibbits' team in MIT's Self-Assembly Lab is now 4D printing self-assembling shapes made of programmable carbon composites and custom wood grain. The composites are being used in a sport car airfoil, and the wood grain is beautiful.
'Extreme' Battery Aims to Shock EV Market
Automotive News 
11/10/2014  38 comments
An MIT spin-off says it’s on track to do the near-impossible task of making an electric car battery that offers three times as much energy for a fraction of the cost.
Would You Let Your Kids Play With Atomic Energy?
STEM Connection 
11/10/2014  27 comments
In the early 1950s, the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab offered young people the opportunity to watch radioactive decay with a spinthariscope, measure the radioactivity of uranium ore with an electroscope, watch the tracks formed by alpha particles in a cloud chamber, and even prospect for uranium using a Geiger counter. Yikes!
Andiamo 3D Prints Orthotics for Disabled Kids
Blog 
11/10/2014  Post a comment
Andiamo aims to dramatically reduce the time and cost of orthotic equipment for children by using 3D printing to rapidly and inexpensively create orthotic devices.
Gadget Freak of the Year Reader Vote: Round 1
Gadget Freak 
11/10/2014  2 comments
Last year you helped Design News and Allied Electronics crown its first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need your help again.
The Best & Worst of Engineering in Hollywood
Electronics News 
11/7/2014  46 comments
It’s time once again for the Annual Design News Science and Engineering Movie Contest, which names no winners, awards no prizes, isn’t really a contest, and appears every three years or so.
Gadget Freak Case # 265: Propane – Oxygen Cannon & Shock Tube Demonstrator
Gadget Freak 
11/7/2014  11 comments
This project is an experiment in generating supersonic shock waves called detonation waves.
3D Printing Super-Hard Metal Matrix Composites
Engineering Materials 
11/7/2014  6 comments
The NanoSteel Company has produced high-hardness ferrous metal matrix composite (MMC) parts using a new nanosteel powder in a one-step 3D-printing process. Parts are 99.9% dense, crack-free, and with wear resistance comparable to M2 tool steels.
30 Seconds With Festo's AquaJelly
Electronics News 
11/7/2014  1 comment
Frank Langro of Festo Corp. describes how AquaJelly, the intelligent artificial jellyfish, works. Festo demonstrated AquaJelly at its booth at Pack Expo 2014 in Chicago this week.
Did You Know the Lead Engineer on the Brooklyn Bridge was a Woman?
Blog 
11/6/2014  30 comments
It may come as a surprise to some people to know that it was a woman who was in charge of engineering of the Brooklyn Bridge; a woman who was the first computer programmer; and a woman who designed an important junction of Los Angeles’ complex highway system.
Why You Need to Take a Break
Blog 
11/6/2014  30 comments
This is the article your manager doesn’t want you to read. Are you working on a tough engineering problem? Don’t keep plugging away at it. Take a break and do something else for a while. Your manager will thank you later.
How Many Licks Does it Take to Get to the Center of Google's Nexus 9?
Blog 
11/5/2014  2 comments
It's a good time for tablet fans. Apple gave it both barrels last month, with a pair of new iPads -- and today, Google fires back with the Nexus 9 and its newly revised OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Astronauts to Get Out-of-this-World Java
Blog 
11/5/2014  7 comments
Dubbed ISSpresso, the world’s first galactic coffee machine has been designed by Italy's famous coffee company Lavazza, and engineered by a Turin-based engineering company, Argotec, to be rocketed into space early next year.
The Washer Suffered from Planned Obsolescence
Made by Monkeys 
11/5/2014  16 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Students: NASA Wants You to Design its Next Space Tool
STEM Connection 
11/5/2014  1 comment
The winner of NASA's Design a Space Tool Challenge will watch the winning tool being printed on the 3D printer launched to the International Space Station in September. Students in grades K through 12 have until December 15 to submit entries.
Engineering Job Prospects 10 Years Out
Blog 
11/4/2014  19 comments
Job prospects for US engineers in the coming decade is a mixed bag, with some disciplines seeing a 27% growth rate (biomedical engineering), while others are flatlining (materials engineering).
Google Reveals Prototype of 'Project Ara' Customizable Modular Smartphone
Blog 
11/4/2014  2 comments
Google has revealed a working model and announced two January 2015 dates for developer conferences around its Project Ara modular smartphone.
How GM Failed Me
Blog 
11/4/2014  31 comments
I’m willing to believe that Mary Barra is sincere in her desire to fix GM’s mistakes. I’m even willing to forgive GM for the defective ignition switch. However, after the abysmal service my daughter and I received, it’s hard for me to imagine ever buying another GM product.
Solar Energy Does Grow on Trees
Blog 
11/3/2014  16 comments
Israeli company Sologic's eTrees are metal, tree-like structures for harvesting solar energy.
Does it Still Make Sense to Go Offshore?
Guest Blogs 
11/3/2014  5 comments
It has been common wisdom of late that anything you needed to manufacture could be made more cost-effectively on foreign shores. Following World War II, the label “Made in Japan” was as ubiquitous as is the “Made in China” version today and often had very similar -- not always positive -- connotations. Along the way, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and other Pacific-rim nations have each had their turn at being the preferred low-cost alternative to manufacturing here in the US.
Gadget Freak Case #267: What Happens When You Combine Arduino and iOS?
Gadget Freak 
10/31/2014  8 comments
The Arduino is great for connecting with hardware but has a limited user interface. Apple’s iOS devices have a great user interface but are limited when connecting with hardware.
HP Finally Reveals 3D Printing Plans
Engineering Materials 
10/31/2014  8 comments
After a year or so of missteps, false starts, retractions, and postponements, inkjet office printer giant Hewlett-Packard has finally revealed just what it plans to do in 3D printing.
Apple's at it Again: Check Out the iPad Mini 3 Teardown
Blog 
10/30/2014  7 comments
Bigger than an iPhone 6 Plus, but smaller than an iPad Air 2. What am I? If you answered iPad Mini 3, you are correct.
Is Apple's iPad Air 2 Easy to Repair?
Blog 
10/29/2014  4 comments
What's lighter than Air? An Air 2. Join us as we disassemble the new, shaved-down iPad Air 2, and see whether Apple's thinnest device is still its least-repairable.
Latest Ferrari goes Invite-Only
Blog 
10/29/2014  41 comments
Think there’s already a high bar in owning a Ferrari? Well, grab a pole vault, because that bar just got raised.
Dryer Dies Due to a 12-Cent Resistor
Made by Monkeys 
10/29/2014  16 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Update: 3D-Printed Optics From New Material, Process
Engineering Materials 
10/29/2014  23 comments
The company that brought you 3D-printed eyeglasses has launched both an improved clear polymer material for 3D printing optical components and a high-speed, precision, 3D-printing process for making small- and medium-sized batches in a few days.
You Know You're An Engineer If …
Blog 
10/28/2014  71 comments
If these statements are close to your heart and your daily way of life, you're probably an engineer.
Windowless Planes: The Future of Flight or Fright?
Blog 
10/28/2014  76 comments
Would you fly in a plane that had no windows? British developers at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) believe that taking out the tiny porthole windows in planes and replacing them with giant flexible OLED screens is the future of flight, and posit it could even become a reality in less than 10 years.
Take Care – Coating Side Effects Could Be Killing Your Product Quality
Blog 
10/28/2014  2 comments
Coatings are a great way to modify the surface characteristics of a product, but don’t assume that the property you’re trying to change is the only one that will be affected.
10 Talented Robot Arms & Hands
Engineering Materials 
10/27/2014  14 comments
We've found an amazing variety of robot hands & arms in medicine, space, and service robots, as well as R&D and assembly. Some are based on industrial designs modified for speed or dexterity, while others more closely emulate human movements, as well as human size and shape.
Engineering Disaster: The Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death
Blog 
10/27/2014  32 comments
The Xbox Red Ring of Death in 2007 was the hardware error signal from the Xbox 360 video game console that announced your machine was toast. There was no coming back from the red disease -- your machine had to go back to the mothership for serious revamping or replacing. What caused the Red Ring of Death? Was it poor ASIC or lead-free solder?
Europe’s Great Forest Drone Race
Blog 
10/27/2014  8 comments
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s two drones racing each other through a forest, and it is, for lack of a better word, AWESOME. Not seeing the forest for the trees can be a bad thing in life, but for drones, it turns out to be a decidedly good thing.
A Lesson In Lithium-Ion Volatility -- Don't Try This at Home
Blog 
10/24/2014  22 comments
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Gadget Freak Case #266: The Window Watcher
Gadget Freak 
10/24/2014  28 comments
The Window Watcher stops the burglar before he does damage or enters the house. House alarm service companies set off alarms and call the service only after the burglar has damaged and entered the house.
Mac Mini (Late 2014) — The Teardown
Blog 
10/23/2014  5 comments
It's been two years since the Mac Mini's last appearance on iFixit's teardown table, but a newly revised version joins Apple's lineup this week.
354 Reasons Why Audi's SQ5 Is Worth a Look
Guest Blogs 
10/23/2014  1 comment
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
30 Seconds With Formlabs
Electronics News 
10/23/2014  Post a comment
Kevin Gautier of Formlabs describes the making of a carbon fiber mold for an intake manifold, using a $3,300 3D printer, during Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest.
Let Isaac Asimov Lead Your Brainstorming Session
Blog 
10/23/2014  7 comments
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
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