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Content posted in March 2012
DN Insight: What Rare Earth Shortages Mean for Engineers, Part 2
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3/22/2012  12 comments
With the price increase in rare earth oxides, engineers find themselves considering alternative designs to minimize such magnets in a system without affecting performance.
Slideshow: Medical Robots Assist Surgeons, Aid Paraplegics
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3/20/2012  22 comments
Robots are helping those who are paralyzed or have leg injuries walk again, and they can fetch and manipulate everyday objects.
Does the Return on Investment Justify High College Costs?
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3/15/2012  68 comments
Fortunately for the engineering community, the market sets a very high value on our degrees and associated skills.
DN Insight: What Rare Earth Shortages Mean for Engineers, Part 1
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3/5/2012  44 comments
A range of market forces will prop up prices for rare earth metals. Learn how to mitigate the effect.




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