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The World’s Most Dangerous Device Is …
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5/4/2016  1 comment
In today’s connected world we are seeing the beginning of connected homes, smart grids, self-driving automobiles, drones, and many other amazing devices. Out of all the soon-to-be connected devices, which device poses the greatest dangerous to its users and society?
Seeking Global Consensus on IIoT Standards
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5/4/2016  Post a comment
There is a new cooperation between the Industrial Internet Consortium and Plattform Industrie 4.0 to explore the potential alignment of their two architecture efforts: the Reference Architecture Model for Industrie 4.0 (RAMI4.0) and the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA).
7 Skills Every Engineering Grad Needs to be Successful
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5/3/2016  3 comments
The problem with a four-, five-, or six-year degree is that they don’t teach engineers the soft skills required to have a successful career. Here are seven skills that every engineering graduate needs to be successful.
This Mini Solid-State Battery Powers IoT Sensors, Devices
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5/3/2016  Post a comment
A UK-based company called Ilika has developed a miniature solid-state battery to power the IoT.
Roadmap for Autodesk A360 Focuses on Data-Driven Collaboration
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5/3/2016  Post a comment
Design teams are operating in a business environment that increasingly requires them to collaborate and share data across extended teams, multiple organizations, and widespread locations. Autodesk’s customers are looking for a solution that eliminates project bottlenecks, such as the time-consuming and error-ridden process of shuttling design reviews and revisions back and forth among team members.
Lock Your Home With Energy Harvested from Your Smartphone
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5/2/2016  1 comment
A Finland-based company has introduced what it claims is the first smart door lock that can be powered from energy harvested from a mobile device.
The Pros & Cons of Drive-Train Tech
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5/2/2016  Post a comment
This charts show the pros and cons of five drive-train technologies.
Consortium to Design, Build Integrated Photovoltaic Windows
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5/2/2016  Post a comment
A UK-based consortium comprised of the Centre for Process Innovation, Merck, and Polysolar are working on a design for integrated photovoltaic windows.
Harvesting Energy from Swaying Buildings
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4/29/2016  3 comments
A researcher from The Ohio State University has designed objects that harness vibrations from the movement of swaying buildings or bridges to provide alternative energy.
Cybersecurity Is Top Concern of IEEE Members
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4/28/2016  Post a comment
Members of the IEEE Computer Society name cybersecurity as the top technology affecting their industries.
CAD in the Cloud Increases Performance and Relieves Administration Headaches
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4/28/2016  Post a comment
Hosted CAD or PDM systems is an emerging technology that offers many advantages over traditional on premise workstation CAD configurations and is making many companies rethink how to deliver future CAD software solutions.
Best Paying Bachelor's Degrees? Engineering, By Far
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4/27/2016  6 comments
PayScale.com ranked the top 15 salaries for bachelor degrees, and 13 of the highest-paid degrees are in engineering.
Microbial Battery Eyed as Viable Storage for Renewables
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4/27/2016  1 comment
Researchers in The Netherlands have developed a microbial-based battery they said could provide environmentally friendly and cost-effective storage for renewable energy.
Researcher Accidentally Develops Way to Make Batteries Last 400 Times Longer
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4/26/2016  3 comments
Researchers have invented nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times.
Researchers Tap Wood, Not Glass, for Solar Panels
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4/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers in Sweden have developed a way to use wood as the transparent material in solar panels.
Biobots Powered by Muscle Cells See, Follow Light
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4/25/2016  Post a comment
A biobot developed by researchers at the University of Illinois has an infrastructure of human muscle cells that can sense and follow light.
10 of the Worst Environmental Disasters in Engineering History
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4/22/2016  28 comments
Earth Day was founded to raise environmental awareness after an oil spill. Poor engineering has lead to some of the most devastating environmental disasters in the world. To that end, we take a look at 10 of the worst man-made environmental disasters in history.
5 New Green Technology Trends to Watch in 2016
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4/21/2016  1 comment
Green is the new black. In preparation for Earth Day we take a look at the latest green technologies set to have a big impact in the coming years.
Under Armour’s 3D-Printed Training Shoe Breaks Barriers
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4/20/2016  2 comments
The UA Architech is a 360-degree performance training shoe that features a functional 3D-printed midsole and 3D ClutchFit auxetic upper design that creates a “super-hybrid” trainer.
DoE Level VI: Getting Your Measurement Technique Right
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4/20/2016  Post a comment
The new US Department of Energy Level VI standard for External Power Supplies leaves little room for error. Knowing what makes a difference will help you make proper and accurate measurements.
Photosynthesis Inspires New Method for Renewable Energy Storage
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4/20/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in Canada have made a breakthrough in the chemical process of storing energy, paving the way for more viable options for storing alternative energy sources on a larger scale.
Solar Cell Turns Raindrops Into Energy
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4/19/2016  Post a comment
Chinese engineers have developed a solar panel that can harvest energy not only from the sun but also from raindrops. Researchers in Qingdao, China, achieved this by adding a layer of graphene over a dye-sensitized solar cell to react with compounds in rainwater to produce an electrical charge.
Oculus Rift Teardown: Repairable VR for the Masses
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4/18/2016  Post a comment
The team at iFixit takes apart the long-anticipated, consumer-ready Oculus Rift CV1. What does the virtual reality headset have going on behind the curtain?
Wind Turbine Uses 3D-Printed Parts to Provide Portable Power
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4/18/2016  7 comments
A recent PhD in engineering from Canada was inspired by time living in Nicaragua to design a portable wind turbine for regions not served by the power grid
MC10 Wants Wearables to Be More Than Health and Fitness
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4/15/2016  Post a comment
At a time where wearables and healthcare have become nearly synonymous, MC10 is moving its technologies into broader consumer applications (including beauty and entertainment) as well as opening up new opportunities for industrial research.
IoT Security Top of Mind at ESC
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4/15/2016  Post a comment
IoT security was a concerned voiced frequently at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston this week.
Will Nest Be IoT's First High-Profile Failure?
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4/13/2016  17 comments
Nest was supposed to lead the Internet of Things' charge to connect all of the devices in our homes. But now it seems to be getting a reality check.
Manufacturing Is More Vulnerable to Cyber Attack as IoT Proliferates
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4/12/2016  1 comment
The GMSA in Europe has release cybersecurity guidelines to help protect manufacturing from attack.
Researchers Turn to Rotten Tomatoes for Biofuel
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4/11/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has developed a way to turn tomato waste into a new type of biofuel.
My Quest for the Ultimate Wearable
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4/7/2016  5 comments
I know the technology for my smart and learning wearable is out there because I’ve seen the future of printed flexible electronics that will enable it. But do I keep waiting for that perfect fit for me or just pick one or two options now and be content with what the market offers today? What would you do?
Take a Bite Out of Apple's iPhone SE
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4/6/2016  1 comment
After a long rumor cycle, Apple has released its new iPhone SE -- billed as a 5s with better specs. The team at iFixit got their hands on it and immediately took it apart. See what they found at its core.
Google's AI Beat a Go Champion by Mimicking Human Intuition
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4/6/2016  Post a comment
Google's AlphaGo has bested Korean champion Lee Sedol. But can the new AI technology find a role outside of playing games?
6 Reasons Your PLM & PDM Are Getting Smarter Than Ever
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4/5/2016  2 comments
Product Lifecycle Management and Product Data Management are undergoing a dramatic shift and becoming more connected, efficient, and smarter.
IPC to Develop New Shop Floor Communication Standard
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4/5/2016  2 comments
IPC seeks to replace IPC-2541 with a broader standard for connecting shop-floor equipment.
Building Your Engineering Team: More Tips on Finding and Retaining Talent
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4/4/2016  4 comments
We’ve long reported on the fact that there is a shortage of engineers and designers. Here are more ways companies can tap into a talent pipeline.
Factory of the Future Belongs to the Automation Vendor
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4/4/2016  Post a comment
GE is offering a factory-as-a-service business model to get small- and mid-size manufacturers automated.
Wind Turbines Turn to Palm Tree-Like Design for Next-Gen Power
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4/4/2016  7 comments
The Department of Energy has come up with a new design for gigantic wind-turbine blades (longer than two football fields) for harvesting offshore wind energy.
Tesla Model 3 Drives Green Future
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4/1/2016  25 comments
With the newly-unveiled Model 3, Tesla isn't just releasing a $35,000 car. It's also betting big on a future where electric vehicles are the norm, and pushing the infrastructure to make it so.
10 More of the Greatest Hoaxes in Engineering History
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4/1/2016  5 comments
A car that gets 200 miles per gallon? Gold from sea water? Chemtrails? Cloaking spray? Design News celebrates April Fools with a look at a new crop of engineering history's greatest hoaxes, cons, and tricks.
New-Age Hackers Are Ditching Smash-and-Grab Techniques
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4/1/2016  1 comment
Cyber attacks are taking a new form, with hackers going into a network and exploring for extended periods of time.
FBI Cracks Terrorist's iPhone Without Apple's Help, Won't Say How
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3/31/2016  5 comments
The FBI has cracked the iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooter with the help of an anonymous third party.
The Quiet Maker Revolution
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3/31/2016  1 comment
The open-source and maker movement revolution has come without scorched castle doors or protests at state offices. It’s been much quieter than we thought, but don’t mistake quiet with unimpactful.
Hard-to-Get Big Data Makes a Big Difference in Product Development
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3/29/2016  Post a comment
The promises that come from big data are stalled when the information is hard to obtain and even harder to manage.
Nanomotors Act As Tiny Repair Kits for Self-Healing Electronics
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3/28/2016  4 comments
Inspired by the natural processes of self-healing in the human body, a group of researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed nanomotors that can act as a self-healing system for electronics.
Batman v Superman – Scientifically Speaking, Who Would Win?
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3/25/2016  14 comments
Movie fans and comic geeks will all have their opinion on the battle of the ages. But what does science have to say?
Car-Pulling Microbots Inspired by Ants
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3/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers at Stanford University have developed microrobots inspired by ants that can pull large loads that outweigh them considerably.
MIT Develops Non-Toxic Alternative to Batteries
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3/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers at MIT have developed a way to generate portable power to replace batteries that uses heat rather than metals or toxic materials.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Disappoints on Repairability
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3/24/2016  Post a comment
It's the first smartphone to feature a liquid-cooling system. But is the new Samsung Galaxy S7 really all that "cool?" There's only one way to find out -- with a teardown!
SolidWorks Is Using Big Data to Improve User Experience
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3/24/2016  Post a comment
SolidWorks has been gathering user experience data for 15 years. Now the company has decided to study that data to enhance its products.
Does a Mechanical Engineering Master’s Pay for Itself?
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3/23/2016  11 comments
Let's look at the costs of a mechanical engineering master's degree and see if it pays for itself in higher salaries.
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