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Content posted in November 2011
Petroski on Engineering: Made in Japan
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11/30/2011  18 comments
According to Duke University engineering professor Henry Petroski, Japan may not be a leader in prize-winning science, but it certainly is a force to be reckoned with in consumer products.
US Army's Boot-Based Energy Harvester Lightens Soldier's Load
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11/21/2011  34 comments
Sustainable power sources are high on the Pentagonís must-have list of soldier technologies. One promising concept is biomechanical energy harvesting.
Photovoltaics Evolve Amid Cost Challenges
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11/17/2011  15 comments
The evolving solar photovoltaic (PV) market presents numerous challenges to design engineers.
When Mechanicals Outlast the Electronics
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11/7/2011  23 comments
Electronic touch screens and entertainment components will wear out well before the vehicle does. What do we do about that?
Solyndra Seeds Doubts About Photovoltaic Manufacturability
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11/4/2011  18 comments
The real lesson in successive crashes at Solyndra, Beacon Power, and First Solar may be that designers are not keeping issues of practicality and manufacturability paramount.
Top 10 Design Principles
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11/3/2011  7 comments
With practice, these principles become transparent in a design.




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