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Power Plants Have a Big Cyber Security Problem
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3/31/2015  Post a comment
An attack on the grid could do mammoth damage and experts say our power plants are the least equipped to withstand cyber attacks.
Myo Wants to Be a Mouse for All Your Electronic Devices
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3/31/2015  Post a comment
Thalmic Labs' Myo is an arm-worn device that lets users control computers, smartphones, drones, and other digital devices using only hand and arm gestures.
Now Witness the Power of These DIY Star Wars Drones
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3/31/2015  Post a comment
A France-based inventor has built drones modeled after i>Star Wars spacecraft. And he's showing everyone else how to do it, too.
Seamless 3D Simulation – Blending Big Data into CAD
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3/31/2015  Post a comment
The big data processing of 3D simulation is now blended into CAD programs to ease and speed the design workflow.
Do You Know How to Engineer, Modify, and Use Emergency Preparedness Systems?
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3/30/2015  2 comments
If a major catastrophe strikes your area, will you be prepared? Do you know how to modify the tech you've already got or MacGyver what you need to fit your own situation? A free, five-day Continuing Education Center course starting April 6 will show you how.
ACE Awards Will Honor the Best in Electronics Design Engineering
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3/30/2015  Post a comment
EDN and EETimes are welcoming nominations for their ACE (Annual Creativity in Electronics) Awards.
3D Simulation Goes Mainstream
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3/30/2015  Post a comment
Simulation is no longer reserved for large automotive and aerospace companies. Even small companies in the life sciences are now benefiting from simulation.
Nano-Scale Steel Powders Upgrade Additive Manufacturing Parts
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3/30/2015  Post a comment
NanoSteel Co., which develops high-performance steel alloys, began producing steel powders for additive manufacturing (AM) last year and now supplies them commercially for freeform laser deposition and laser powder bed fusion processes.
Amazon Holds Contest to Innovate Warehouse Automation
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3/30/2015  1 comment
The Amazon Picking Challenge wants contestants to push the next step of warehouse automation.
The Design Basics for Solar Parking Lots You Need to Know
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3/30/2015  4 comments
Parking lots, garage rooftops, and carports are prime spaces for commercial-scale solar energy systems. But engineering a solar carport comes with unique challenges. Here are the basics that system engineers need to know.
Cyber Attacks Fuel Security Innovations
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3/27/2015  Post a comment
A Frost & Sullivan study finds that increased cyber attacks are prompting a flurry of innovative protection tools.
The Internet Of Bring-Your-Own Things
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3/27/2015  Post a comment
Devices and interconnected systems are finding a foothold not only in our homes but in mainstream organizations. Here are three tips to mitigate the risk.
China Aims for Industry 4.0 by 2025
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3/26/2015  Post a comment
In a speech at China's National People’s Congress in Beijing this month, Premier Li Keqiang laid out plans to revamp the country's manufacturing infrastructure with advanced technology.
Clean Diesel Industry Asserts It Is Unfairly Treated
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3/25/2015  37 comments
How far is today's diesel fuel removed from the black cloud your childhood school bus emitted? What makes “clean diesel” more than just promotional rhetoric?
The Smart Oil Field
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3/25/2015  Post a comment
Active data management within the smart oil field is resulting in a push for more open standards, vendor cooperation, and wireless networking solutions.
Carbon3D Just Solved 3D Printing's Painful Speed Problem
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3/24/2015  1 comment
3D printing is agonizingly slow, but a new technology inspired by the movie Terminator 2 is going to get additive manufacturing up to speed.
New Design Apps for a New World
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3/24/2015  Post a comment
New applications are appearing that are designed to help the design engineer improve efficiency and enhance speed-to-market.
Getting Your Hands on the Cypress PSoC
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3/23/2015  Post a comment
The Programmable System-on-Chip BLE dev kit from Cypress Semiconductor only costs $49, and the kit makes it easy to build sophisticated devices such as glucose and heart-rate monitors. Learn more about it and how to use it during an upcoming Continuing Education Center course.
Mechanical Engineer Salaries in 15 US Cities
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3/20/2015  1 comment
If you’re a mechanical engineer, your salary will probably be determined largely by where you live-- and not just by region. Salaries can vary greatly within the same state, according to Glassdoor.com. Salary levels don’t seem to be set by cost of living -- ME salaries are high in Seattle yet low in New York City. Beyond all else, competition for engineers is probably the strongest factor.
See How Solarbox Turns Iconic London Phone Booths into Mobile Charging Stations
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3/20/2015  3 comments
A young entrepreneurial duo in London is finding a way to revive that city’s classic red phone booths and give them a contemporary twist, turning them into solar-power charging stations for mobile devices.
NPE2015: 5 Must-See Exhibits
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3/20/2015  Post a comment
All indications are that this year's NPE event, which begins Monday, March 23 in Orlando, Fla., will be the largest in its history: More exhibitors, more international participation, and more attendees.
7 Silent Project Killers
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3/19/2015  2 comments
There are few things more discouraging to an engineer than pouring their heart, sweat and tears into a project only to have it fail. Failure can and does provide insights and growth experiences to those involved but the loss of time and effort can strike a devastating blow. There are many reasons that an embedded systems project can fail but there are seven key indicators that a project is dying a slow and silent death.
GE Gets Scientific About BBQ
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3/19/2015  2 comments
Nothing says Texas better than BBQ, and that’s where General Electric chose to hang its hat at SXSW, with a BBQ Research Center a short walk from Austin’s Convention Center to lure the hungry crowds. Hard to miss with its 12-foot super smoker, the firm said it was seeking whether it could use sensors and biofeedback to engineer the perfect plate of ribs.
Collaboration Systems Make CAD Models Accessible Across the Value Chain
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3/19/2015  Post a comment
Computer-aided design solutions remain a crucial technology tool of design engineering teams at manufacturing organizations, and such teams have long used digital technologies to share and collaborate on CAD models among themselves. However, a need for wider collaboration around CAD has emerged in recent years.
How EE Salaries Rank in 15 US Cities
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3/18/2015  5 comments
If you’re an electrical engineering, your salary may depend significantly on where you live -- and that’s not just by region. Salaries vary greatly even within the same state, according to Glassdoor.com.
AeroMobil Says it Will Put a Flying Car on the Market in 2 Years
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3/18/2015  16 comments
Speaking at SXSW Interactive 2015, AeroMobil co-founder and CEO Juraj Vaculik said his company is looking to bring a flying car to market by 2017 as well as develop a self-flying vehicle.
Q&A with David Goldberg: Universities Must Change to Keep Up with ‘Era of Design’
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3/18/2015  15 comments
Following a course that was established nine centuries ago, the type of education potential engineers and other students are getting at traditional universities just isn’t cutting it anymore. That’s the opinion of David Goldberg, founder of ThreeJoy Associates Inc., emeritus professor of engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and distinguished academic partner of Olin College.
Apple's Latest MacBook Pro Receives Lowest Repairability Score Yet
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3/17/2015  12 comments
During its March 9 keynote, Apple sprung four new MacBooks on us. As always, we had to get our paws on the revised MacBook Pro.
The 9 Most Innovative Technology Startups of SXSW 2015
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3/17/2015  1 comment
The winners of SXSW 2015's annual Startup Accelerator competition tackle innovation in manufacturing, electronics, entertainment, and even medtech.
Actuators Undergo Inventive Transformations
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3/17/2015  1 comment
Actuators have come a long way in recent years. They may serve the same function, but they do it more efficiently and with less energy.
The Path to Innovation Success Is Never Straight
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3/16/2015  7 comments
Conventional wisdom in product design, development, and engineering dictates a certain order of movement: You listen to customers and look at their application needs, perform market research, collaborate with them on conceptualization and feasibility, and go through the rest of the engineering design wringer and -- voila -- you have a product innovation or, better yet, an innovative product.
XPRIZE's Latest Challenge to Innovators is to Save the Ocean
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3/16/2015  4 comments
Speaking at SXSW 2015, XPRIZE's Paul Bunje laid out the foundation's latest challenge -- using technology to solve the problems plaguing our oceans.
Battle Scenes from the IoT Standards War
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3/13/2015  1 comment
The battle over IoT standards is just getting started, and already companies are vying to dominate. A leading communications CEO offers the details.
Watch Robert Downey Jr. Give a Kid a Real Bionic Arm
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3/13/2015  4 comments
When 7-year-old Alex got a new prosthetic arm he received a working, 3D-printed bionic arm from Tony Stark himself.
10 Views of Engineering Poster Art
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3/13/2015  3 comments
Take a look at these engineering posters. Some are funny, while others are sadly true. Page through these posters with pride in your profession.
Here are the Best Women in Technology on TV and Film
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3/12/2015  1 comment
The influence of female portrayals in media is undeniable. To that end the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), and Google have joined forces for the SET Award for Portrayal of a Female in Technology.
Prototype Bus Shelter is Powered by Energy-Harvesting Plants, Solar Panels
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3/12/2015  9 comments
The brainchild of two Cambridge University professors, a prototype bus shelter uses a wall of plants and solar panels to harvest energy to provide lighting to the structure.
Injectable Plastic Could Save Your Life
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3/12/2015  Post a comment
A new injectable polymer developed by researchers at the University of Washington (UW; Seattle) could strengthen blood clots and save countless lives on the battlefield, in rural areas and anywhere else where immediate medical treatment may not be available.
Someday You'll Clean Your Favorite Jeans With Sunlight
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3/12/2015  Post a comment
Imagine if you could “wash” your favorite jeans just by hanging them in direct sunlight. Well this could soon be a possibility thanks to cotton created by two Chinese scientists that rids itself of stains and bacteria when exposed to solar light.
Thunder Cloud Lamp Brings the Storm Indoors
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3/11/2015  24 comments
Designed by Richard Clarkson of Richard Clarkson Studio, a product, lighting, and furniture design studio based in New Zealand and New York, Cloud was inspired by Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast in 2012.
8 Views of Hot Manufacturing Tech
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3/11/2015  1 comment
The range of new technology hitting the scene is nothing short of impressive. These days, everything on the plant floor is touched by advances in connectivity, motion control, safety, security, robotics, and iHMI, and all of the new technology has an eye toward energy efficiency. This ain’t the Boomers’ plant. It's not even the Gen X plant; it’s the Millennial plant.
Biomimicry Center Emulates Nature to Solve Design Challenges
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3/11/2015  3 comments
Arizona State University has become one of a handful of research institutions to open a center devoted entirely to biomimicry, which some researchers believe is the way forward for sustainable design across numerous research disciplines.
Would You Wear a Dress Made From a Yoga Mat?
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3/11/2015  6 comments
Students from the Savannah College of Art and Design will open NPE2015 later this month with a fashion show highlighting creations made from recycled, reused, and repurposed plastics.
How CAD Systems Are Fitting Into the Digital Manufacturing Lifecycle
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3/11/2015  1 comment
Computer-aided design (CAD) tools in recent years have given design engineers the crucial capability to develop solid geometric models of parts and assemblies and share them among engineering teams. However, product design teams face growing challenges in the complex web of R&D and manufacturing operations wrapped around today's business environment.
2015 Salaries for 10 Engineering Disciplines
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3/10/2015  6 comments
Take a look at the new data on salaries; you will notice there is little change over the past year. A few of the salaries went up, though none went up more than $1,000 per year -- roughly the same as inflation.
The Growing Problem of e-Waste
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3/10/2015  6 comments
Users clamoring for new devices or waiting impatiently for the next iteration of a favored product is music to the ears of the average electronics OEM. At the same time, around the world, these same OEMs are coming face to face with the growing issue of e-waste.
Apple Launching Medical Research Platform, Apple Watch, and New Fanless MacBook
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3/9/2015  2 comments
Following the recent Apple Car rumors, Apple's March 9 event was highly anticipated. The event featured three major announcements from the company -- a usual mix of incremental innovation and potential breakthroughs.
The Top 6 Emerging Manufacturing Technologies of 2015
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3/9/2015  6 comments
The World Economic Forum has published its annual list of Top 10 Emerging Technologies and this year's list is dominated by technologies that will alter the manufacturing landscape forever.
How to Land a Job as an Engineering Intern or Co-op
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3/9/2015  2 comments
If you’re an engineering student, chances are good that you’re not planning to spend your summer vacation sitting on the beach. Instead, you’re probably looking for a summer internship, if you haven’t found one already. Internships are an important part of an engineering education.
15 Curious Things We Spotted at Mobile World Congress
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3/9/2015  1 comment
As the Mobile World Congress has literally morphed into the Everything Connected Show, the stuff we spotted on the show floor this year tend toward the universal.
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An attack on the grid could do mammoth damage and experts say our power plants are the least equipped to withstand cyber attacks.
Thalmic Labs' Myo is an arm-worn device that lets users control computers, smartphones, drones, and other digital devices using only hand and arm gestures.
The big data processing of 3D simulation is now blended into CAD programs to ease and speed the design workflow.
A France-based inventor has built drones modeled after i>Star Wars spacecraft. And he's showing everyone else how to do it, too.
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