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Engineers Make Great Comedians
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9/16/2014  Post a comment
In this TED presentation, Wayne Cotter, a computer engineer turned standup comic, explains why engineers are natural comedians.
IBM's SyNAPSE Chip Mimics the Human Brain
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9/16/2014  Post a comment
IBM's new SyNAPSE chip makes it possible for computers to both memorize and compute simultaneously.
20 Top Employers for Engineers
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9/15/2014  7 comments
We searched far and wide for the top employers for engineers. These companies were ranked by engineering professionals, engineering students, and engineering instructors and professors. Does your employer make the grade?
Motorola's Moto 360 Is Round, But Is It Repairable?
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9/11/2014  16 comments
Hello, Moto. Join the iFixit team as it takes apart the world's first circular smartwatch, the Motorola Moto 360.
Apple iPhone 6 Release Highlights Importance of Supply Chain Management
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9/11/2014  5 comments
By implementing efficient and thorough quality-management processes, companies can help prevent or mitigate the effects of the supply-chain issues that reportedly plagued the Apple iPhone 6 before its release this week.
Onshoring Continues to Gain Ground
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9/11/2014  6 comments
A recent IPC report shows that onshoring is becoming a reality for major global manufacturers.
Robot Printer Comes to You
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9/10/2014  14 comments
Have you ever accidentally abandoned a document on the office printer simply because you didn't feel like getting up to retrieve it right away? Well, fellow American, now your printer can come to you. Meet the Fuji Xerox.
Video: These Robots Have X-ray Vision
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9/9/2014  8 comments
Two small, wheeled robots can "see" through a concrete wall using nothing but WiFi wireless communication. They can detect and measure everything on the other side: people and objects, their positions and geometry, whether they're moving, and what materials they're made of.
Video: An Engineer’s Nightmare Product Meeting
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9/9/2014  9 comments
This comedy video nails the maddening communication problem that an engineer faces during a product meeting.
Researchers Develop Transparent Solar Coating for Windows, Phones
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9/9/2014  5 comments
Researchers in Michigan have developed a transparent solar-energy-harvesting material for windows and other glass surfaces.
Slideshow: Killer Robot Combats Ebola in Africa
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9/8/2014  20 comments
The recent Ebola outbreak that has affected four countries in West Africa has government and health officials trying to combat and contain the deadly virus. One doctor who developed a virus-fighting robot in the United States has traveled to Liberia with two of his inventions to aid them in that battle.
Slideshow: Emerging Video Technology
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9/5/2014  9 comments
With new 4k technology and invention of video drones, the world of photographer and film is about to make one of the largest shifts of the century. If you thought camera technology had reached its peak, think again.
Do You Want Your Own Portable Wind Turbine?
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9/5/2014  23 comments
Omni3D, a Polish 3D printing and manufacturing startup, has created AirEnergy 3D, a portable wind turbine that can generate up to 300W of electrical power.
Sugar Biobattery Outlasts Lithium-Ion
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9/5/2014  18 comments
A researcher at Virginia Tech has developed a bio-battery that turns sugar into energy and has up to 10 times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.
What Mechanical Engineers Need to Know
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9/3/2014  3 comments
J. Robert Sims, president of ASME, explains the importance of mechanical engineering to technological advances in manufacturing, old energy, and new energy.
RFID: Watching the Plant Over the Radio
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9/2/2014  3 comments
RFID offers visibility into the plant. What inventory is being consumed? What stuff is being built? What's done and out the door?
Top 20 US Undergraduate Engineering Schools
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8/29/2014  46 comments
Take a look at the top 20 US undergraduate engineering programs. Then tell us -- did your school make the cut?
Video: Temporary Tats Harvest Energy from Sweat
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8/29/2014  21 comments
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
Video: 'Candy’ 3D-Prints Your Sweets
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8/27/2014  24 comments
A London-based company has added some sweetness to the versatility of the 3D printing market with a printer designed solely to print candy and confections.
Programs & Technology Boost Manufacturing's Return
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8/26/2014  3 comments
Programs to boost domestic manufacturing combined with technological advances are bringing production back to the US.
Google's Project Tango Tablet: From the Outside In
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8/25/2014  4 comments
Google's Project Tango is in its second iteration, this time taking the form of a tablet. Join us as we unravel the new goodies that Google has packed into the Project Tango Tablet.
Analytics Becomes Big Data & Goes Mainstream
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8/25/2014  1 comment
Plants are using big data to improve equipment performance and optimize the entire production system.
Gull Wings Can Power Buildings
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8/22/2014  12 comments
Festo is developing small wind turbines for generating power to buildings. The model for the mini wind devices is the seagull wing.
Slideshow: Jewelry Harvests Energy in the Blink of an Eye
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8/20/2014  33 comments
An Israeli design student has created a series of unique pieces of jewelry that can harvest energy from default movements of the body and even use human blood as a way to conduct energy.
Video: Robot Hitchhikes Across Canada
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8/19/2014  29 comments
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
The ‘Holy Grail’ for Lithium-Based Batteries
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8/19/2014  9 comments
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Who Should Be the Next Rising Engineering Star?
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8/18/2014  12 comments
Help us recognize engineers who are ahead of the trends and making big moves in the design engineering community.
Big Stars Become Robots in the 2000s
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8/14/2014  13 comments
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
Enter Now for the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards
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8/14/2014  4 comments
Nominations are now open for our annual Golden Mousetrap Awards. Enter today!
Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 -- Unleashed
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8/13/2014  3 comments
Oculus VR, which took the world by surprise last year with the Oculus Rift, seeks to push the self-created envelope with the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2.
Rocket Scientist Designs Cookware Based on Jet Engines
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8/13/2014  18 comments
An Oxford rocket scientist has designed award-winning cookware that reduces the amount of heat needed by 40%.
Using Python to Program the Raspberry Pi
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8/12/2014  2 comments
The Continuing Education Center course looks at embedded programming with the Raspberry Pi using Python.
Top 16 Robots in Late-90s Film & TV
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8/11/2014  20 comments
Late-90s robots in film and TV included a wide range of mechanical and android-like creatures.
System Stores Energy for the Grid – Using Gravel
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8/8/2014  39 comments
British scientists have found a way to use gravel to store collected energy from renewable sources reliably and efficiently.
'Lab on a Chip' Provides Unprecedented Early Diagnosis of Disease
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8/8/2014  25 comments
A new technology presents a major breakthrough in preventative medicine by providing the ability to diagnose infectious or inherited diseases long before they’ve historically been identified.
Teardown: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
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8/7/2014  8 comments
We're tearing down the brand-new Galaxy S5 Mini, a smaller, lighter, and less powerful version of the S5. Call it Samsung's flagboat smartphone.
Plant Security: From Assets to iPhones
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8/6/2014  4 comments
Plants are moving their cyber security to the C-level as threats become more numerous.
Can Plastic Bearings Outperform Metal Ones?
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8/6/2014  7 comments
Plastic bearings are replacing metal in some pretty tough jobs. Sometimes they're equally effective and reliable, and sometimes they actually outperform those parts. We'll tell you all about how this is possible in an upcoming Design News Focus on Fundamentals course.
Video: Baseball ‘Fanbots’ Lead Cheers, Boost Morale
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8/5/2014  27 comments
This Korean baseball team has responded to its losing streak by packing a section of its stadium’s stands with interactive robots dubbed “Fanbots” to give the team and its fans a much-needed boost.
Flexible Supercapacitor Can Be Woven Into Clothing
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8/5/2014  10 comments
This flexible supercapacitor can power everything from wearable medical monitors to communications equipment without bulky battery packs.
Video: Robot-Driven Video Screens Bring Entertainment to Sea
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8/4/2014  6 comments
ABB Robotics is taking the advances in plant automation into the on-board world of cruise entertainment.
Light-Equipped Drone Is Your Personal Lighting Crew
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8/4/2014  5 comments
Litrobot drones are able to illuminate a dynamic subject to capture interesting pictures every time.
Fly Used as Model for Battery-Free, Intelligent Hearing Aid
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8/4/2014  16 comments
A new low-power microphone device inspired by the hearing of a fly could pave the way for a new generation of intelligent and battery-free hearing aids that focus only on what a listener wants to hear.
Great Film & TV Robots of the Early 1990s
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7/31/2014  8 comments
Take a look through these film and TV robots from 1990 through 1994.
Solar-Powered Smart Bench Charges Phones, Connects to WiFi
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7/31/2014  21 comments
The Soofa is an urban smart bench that provides mobile device charging as well as collects environmental information via wireless sensors.
Video: MIT Keeps You Warm While You Walk
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7/30/2014  11 comments
MIT’s Senseable City Lab recently announced the program’s next big project: “Local Warming.” The concept involves saving on energy by heating the occupants within a room, not the room itself.
Why Use Linux for Device Drivers?
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7/30/2014  2 comments
The fun factor continues to draw developers to Linux. This open-source system continues to succeed in the market and in the hearts and minds of developers. Design News will delve into this territory with next week's Continuing Education Class titled, “Introduction to Linux Device Drivers.”
Early Concepting: The Design Before the Design
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7/29/2014  15 comments
The new draw-it-on-a-napkin is the CAD program. As CAD programs become more ubiquitous and easier to use, they have replaced 2D sketching for early concepting.
Work Out While You Work
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7/29/2014  45 comments
A University of Chicago graduate has invented a compact elliptical trainer that lets people work out at their desk while they work.
Sensors Are Everywhere: From the Factory Floor to Your Skin
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7/28/2014  4 comments
New developments in sensors span a wide range of applications in all areas of manufacturing and plant automation.
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In this TED presentation, Wayne Cotter, a computer engineer turned standup comic, explains why engineers are natural comedians.
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