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Content posted in September 2011
Slideshow: Humanoid Robots Get Real
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9/26/2011  41 comments
"Uncanny valley" refers to the revulsion that humans feel when they see a humanoid robot.
U.S. News Names Best Engineering Schools
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9/14/2011  21 comments
U.S. News & World Report issued its engineering school rankings this week. Are the list's top schools really the best?
Slideshow: CAD's New Age of Functionality
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9/9/2011  15 comments
After a semi-lost decade, CAD vendors have reinvigorated their focus on CAD, introducing an array of innovative functionality and 3D modeling advances that take CAD to the next level.
Slideshow: Racing at Indy Grand Prix & Le Mans
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9/7/2011  17 comments
Racecars at the American Le Mans Series raceway in Elkhart Lake, Wis., and at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Calif.




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