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Content posted in May 2012
Slideshow: Scenes From the Indy 500
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5/31/2012  5 comments
We got a chance to tag along and capture some of the sights and technical essences of modern racing and bleeding-edge automotive electronics during the Indy 500.
Video: KV Racing's Tech Director Talks Track
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5/30/2012  3 comments
KV Racing's Eric Cowdin talks about the importance of electronics and engineering when it comes to getting a top finish at the Indy 500.
Robots Learn to Pick Up Oddly-Shaped Objects
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5/29/2012  24 comments
An algorithm inspired by a robot gripper hand can teach any robot how to pick up unfamiliar, oddly-shaped objects.
Slideshow: Robots Creeping & Crawling Into New Territory
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5/25/2012  52 comments
Robots modeled after animals, insects, and worms are being developed for military and first-responder applications.
EVs Second to Natural Gas for Fiat
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5/25/2012  25 comments
Almost every automaker has had to 'pick a side' when it comes to alternative fuel options and ways to divest from a reliance on gasoline. Fiat is looking to back compressed natural gas or liquid propane as an interim solution.
Video: Engineering Ferrari
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5/23/2012  26 comments
Take a tour of Ferrari's museum and plant, the "Ferrari citadel."
Plastic Doesn't Pollute – People Do
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5/17/2012  18 comments
Plastic may not be the most beloved of materials to the more environmentally minded, but Plasti 2012 aimed to mold a different opinion of the material in people's minds.
DN Insight: What Rare Earth Shortages Mean for Engineers, Part 5
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5/16/2012  13 comments
The rare earth element market has become steadily more rational, and new sources coming online will continue to reduce costs. Still, it is unlikely that prices will drop to their former lows.
Slideshow: US Tech Fest Showcases Young Engineers
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5/4/2012  17 comments
Ten of thousands of K-12 students from around the nation showed up for the second annual USA Science and Engineering Festival.
IBM's Watson Is a True Computing Star
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5/2/2012  21 comments
The latest celebrity computer gained fame by winning “Jeopardy” and will now take on the medical establishment.
Ultracapacitors Make Wind Power Viable
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5/1/2012  20 comments
Low-maintenance energy storage system offers better performance and longer life over batteries.




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