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What's at the Core of Apple's 'Spring Forward' Event?
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3/4/2015  1 comment
From wearables to design changes to rumors of a car, Apple has multiple things cooking up in its kitchen. Here are six possibilities from Apple next week, with likely more than one coming to light.
Automation Gives Alternative Energy a Boost
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3/4/2015  1 comment
The key to the success of alt energy is advanced automation, which is still relatively new to the energy scene.
Fasteners Get Tinier, Tougher, and Smarter
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3/4/2015  Post a comment
New fastening and joining methods are making it possible to join multiple materials and thinner sheets in consumer and medical portable electronics, as well as automotive and aviation systems.
Jumpstart Your Motor Control Designs with MCUs & FPGAs
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3/4/2015  Post a comment
An upcoming Digi-Key Continuing Education Center class on designing motor control using MCUs and FPGAs will show you how to choose the best hardware and tools to speed up your development time.
The Slow Death of Hardware Design
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3/3/2015  6 comments
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
Solar Shingles Poised As Next Renewable Trend
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3/3/2015  7 comments
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
Not Even Air-Gapped Computers are Secure
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3/2/2015  16 comments
Kaspersky Labs indicated at its February meeting that cyber attacks are far more sophisticated than previous thought. It turns out even air-gapping (disconnecting computers from the Internet to protect against cyber intrusion) isn’t a foolproof way to avoid getting hacked. And Kaspersky implied the NSA is the smartest attacker.
Counterfeit Components Continue to Slam Electronics Industry
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3/2/2015  1 comment
Counterfeit parts are an increasing problem. Eaton has launched a program to educate buyers in identifying counterfeit electronic components.
This Student's Batsuit Will Protect You in a Real Fight
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3/2/2015  3 comments
It's the Batsuit Gotham needs. An industrial design student's Batsuit can protect would-be vigilantes from fists, blunt objects, and knives.
You Know You’re an Engineer If … It’s National Engineers Week
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2/27/2015  37 comments
You know you're an engineer if you chuckle whenever anyone says "centrifugal force," or you find yourself at the airport studying the baggage handling equipment.
A Look at Job Prospects During Engineers Week
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2/27/2015  2 comments
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
Iranian STEM Students Face Uphill Battle in US
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2/27/2015  4 comments
On Feb. 6, UMass Amherst announced that it would no longer be accepting Iranian graduate students in STEM fields. It has since abandoned that policy.
Plastics Industry Struggling with Long-Standing Controversies
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2/27/2015  4 comments
Two issues have been the bane of the plastics industry for as long as one can remember: The ban on plastic grocery bags and whether the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics such as polycarbonate and PVC is harmful to humans.
Ebola Jumpsuit Hits New York Fashion Week Runways
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2/27/2015  Post a comment
One expects to see outlandish apparel at major global fashion events, but New York Fashion Week may have outdone itself, and set a new bar for Paris and Milan, when it put an Ebola jumpsuit in the spotlight.
'Engineering Family Day' Shows Kids Fun, Importance of Tech
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2/27/2015  1 comment
Tomorrow is Discover Engineering Family Day at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. The day will feature specialized events aimed at introducing kids ages 4 to 12 to engineering and technology, giving many of them their first introduction to technology and its relevance.
The Best Podcasts Every Engineer Should Be Listening To
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2/26/2015  1 comment
In honor of National Engineers Week, here's a list of our favorite science and technology podcasts for learning something new or even just having a good laugh.
How to Select the Right Sensors for Your Wearable
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2/26/2015  2 comments
Looking to build your own wearable device? Here's a handy guide to all the sensors available to you.
FDA Clears 23andMe Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test
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2/26/2015  2 comments
23andMe has earned FDA clearance to market one of its home genetics tests, a move that bodes well for healthcare and the broader technology industry.
Share Your Excitement of Engineering with a Young Person
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2/26/2015  Post a comment
Engineers throughout the US are in the midst of celebrating Engineers Week. But the celebration extends beyond the country’s borders, and even beyond the Earth itself; the crew of the International Space Station joined the festivities, too!
CAD Systems Keep Up with Increasingly Changing Design Workflows
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2/26/2015  1 comment
Many engineering professionals have come to view CAD as something of a commodity, not an area where much innovation can be expected. CAD tools continue to get better, however, with software delivering powerful capabilities for the evolving product design process.
7 New Innovative Industrial Technologies to Watch
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2/25/2015  2 comments
From the Industrial Internet of Things to linear motors and conveyors, plant technology was on display at the recent Pacific Design and Manufacturing show in Anaheim, Calif.
National Engineers Week Gives Future Technologists an Edge
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2/25/2015  7 comments
It’s National Engineers Week and host DiscoverE -- an arm of the National Society of Professional Engineers -- and other organizations with a vested interest in the field are not forgetting to include the next generation of aspiring and future engineers as part of the festivities.
5 Trends to Watch at Mobile World Congress
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2/25/2015  1 comment
CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) may get all the mainstream press attention, but as many engineers know, a notable amount of important industry action also takes place each spring at MWC, the Mobile World Congress conference.
DiscoverE Encourages Girls to Find their Inner Engineer
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2/25/2015  7 comments
There is still a significant gender gap in engineering and other STEM fields, but the organization sponsoring Engineers Week is trying to change that. Tomorrow is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, sponsored by DiscoverE, an arm of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Developing World Is Hot on Connectivity
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2/24/2015  2 comments
Study by element14 reveals that those in China and India are eager for everything connected. Those in Europe and the US are skeptical.
FAA Drone Draft Has Parrot Talking
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2/24/2015  2 comments
When the Federal Aviation Administration released draft regulations for small commercial-use drones, much of the initial reaction from those living in the US leaned negative, largely because most companies seeking to profit from drones have a vested interest in minimum oversight.
Who Inspired You to be an Engineer?
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2/24/2015  18 comments
In honor of Engineers Week, DiscoverE asked its 2015 Thought Leaders this simple question. Now, dear readers, we'd like to hear your stories.
A Look Inside the Industrial Internet Consortium
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2/24/2015  Post a comment
Delivering an Industrial-strength Internet will require new technology, reference architectures, and security frameworks -- but, most of all, unparalleled collaboration.
The Impact of the Maker Movement
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2/24/2015  Post a comment
The Maker movement is bringing engineering into the mainstream. Makers around the world are inspiring each other to create (or “make”) smart gadgets, robotic gizmos, autonomous drones, and wearable devices. These innovations are no longer monopolized by multimillion dollar companies.
Welcome to National Engineers Week
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2/23/2015  1 comment
Through this week, DiscoverE will present National Engineers Week, a series of programs around the country that are designed to raise awareness of the importance of engineering.
3 Secrets to Becoming 'Awesomely, Amazingly, World-Class Excellent'
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2/23/2015  4 comments
Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that average Americans between the ages of 25 and 55 spend 30% of their lifetimes working weekends on top of already heavily loaded work weeks. In total, Americans spend almost three times the amount of waking hours at work than at home. But what do we get as a result of all this overachievement?
CAD Moves to the Start of Design
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2/23/2015  1 comment
Computer tools have replaced the drawing board as CAD software moves to the earliest stages of the design process.
Fanuc to Invest $1B in Plants & Research
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2/20/2015  Post a comment
Fanuc Corp. is cutting loose a chunk of its $8.4 billion stockpile of cash into order to build a new manufacturing plant and a research and development facility.
5 Ways to Tell if You are a Manager or a Leader
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2/20/2015  1 comment
It’s a professional reality that all bosses are not great bosses. Anyone can become a manager, but to become a leader, other behaviors become distinguishing factors.
Adhesives Get Tougher, Stronger, and More Versatile
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2/20/2015  1 comment
Engineers have more to pick from performance-wise when it comes to both structural and non-structural adhesives for many industries. New technologies for joining dissimilar materials can also reduce the need for fasteners and improve welds.
Buying Tesla? The Wildest Theory Yet About the Apple Car
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2/19/2015  12 comments
If Apple is really planning on building its own car, it'll take a bold move like this one to make it happen.
Shortcut to Embedded Programming with Baremetal C
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2/19/2015  Post a comment
An upcoming Digi-Key Continuing Education Center class on Baremetal C Programming for Embedded Systems will offer time-saving shortcuts.
Manufacturers Brace for Baby Boomer Exodus
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2/19/2015  6 comments
Manufacturers and distributors are planning for growth and getting ready for the leadership succession from the Boomers to the Gen Xers, according to a new survey.
H-1B Visas: What’s Your Take?
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2/18/2015  30 comments
H-1B visas are one of the most controversial issues in the engineering community. According to many companies, these visas (which allow for temporary employment of high-skilled foreign workers) are needed to address the so-called “skills gap.”
10 Must-Have Skills for Embedded Engineers
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2/17/2015  2 comments
From getting familiar with open source software to developing apps, industry professionals are urging embedded engineers to get out of their comfort zone and acquire new skills to stay relevant.
Feds Auction Off Coastal Waters for Offshore Wind Farm Development
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2/17/2015  13 comments
Two companies won leases to develop more than 350,000 acres of area in the waters off Massachusetts for wind energy in a federal auction of coastal waters, paving the way for the largest offshore wind farm to date in the United States.
Apple Could be Building its Own Car
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2/16/2015  5 comments
After a hiring push for automotive experts, Apple is fueling rumors it is building its own car.
Want to Live in a Wind Turbine?
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2/16/2015  29 comments
Ever look at the base structure of wind turbines and think it would be a cool place to live? Probably not, but a German designer from Dusseldorf has, and developed a concept to use that space to build apartments sustained by electricity generated by the turbines themselves.
Manufacturing Tech Tools You Need Now
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2/16/2015  Post a comment
Manufacturing vendors showed off their newest tech tools at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim, Calif. last week. This is what they had to say about them.
Mouser Rolls Out ‘Empowering Engineering’ Campaign with Celebrity Engineer Grant Imahara
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2/13/2015  Post a comment
Mouser will release a series of webisodes throughout 2015 related to cutting-edge engineering design and technologies that will highlight the components that go into them, including evaluation modules, processors, development boards, wireless cards and sensors.
Hot Technology from Pacific Design & Manufacturing
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2/13/2015  Post a comment
Here's a collection of new products that were featured at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim this week.
Emerging Objects is 3D Printing with Unusual Materials
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2/12/2015  14 comments
Salt, ceramic, sand, even chocolate are just a few of the materials Emerging Objects uses to print large structures.
IIoT Top of Mind at Manufacturing Show
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2/12/2015  1 comment
Manufacturing professionals at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing show in Anaheim this week discussed the opportunities and dangers of the Industrial Internet of Things.
IIoT Blooms with Applications and Possibilities
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2/11/2015  3 comments
Mass customization has already arrived. Buildings only light rooms when people are present. The farm soil will tell you when it needs water -- in fact, it will water itself. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is exploding with possibilities, and the deployment is now, not is some highly developed future.
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