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20 Engineers From the World of Sports
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7/23/2014  Post a comment
From pitchers and forwards to quarterbacks and defensemen, we offer a peek at some of the more memorable engineers in sports history.
Do You Really Need 4 GB of RAM to Type a Letter?
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7/17/2014  25 comments
The recent decision by the German parliament to consider a move back to typewriters may serve as a lesson, not only in the need for secure products, but also in the dangers of overdesign.
Slideshow: Bloodshed Adds Electric Muscle to Vintage Performance Cars
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7/16/2014  15 comments
In the muscular tradition of the rubber-burning dragsters of the 1960s, start-up company Bloodshed Motors plans to put a new twist on the decades-old concept of the performance car.
Mentor, XSe Aim to Accelerate Automotive Electronics Design
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7/15/2014  3 comments
Mentor Graphics acquisition of XS Embedded GmbH last week could be meaningful for automotive electronics engineers, potentially enabling them to accelerate design and verification of products ranging from infotainment packages to autonomous safety systems.
Slideshow: Electric Motorcycles Get Revved
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7/10/2014  33 comments
From superbikes to cargo cycles, we offer a glimpse of the strange new world of electric motorcycles.
Hands Up! Your Money or Your Data
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6/17/2014  45 comments
Ransomware can lock up your data unless you pay to get it back. But there's nothing you can do about it.
11 Least Fuel-Efficient Trucks
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6/16/2014  23 comments
From pickups and minivans to sport utility vehicles, we offer a peek at a few of the least fuel-efficient light-duty trucks.
Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks
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6/11/2014  18 comments
From pickups to minivans to sport utility vehicles, here's a look at the 10 most fuel-efficient light-duty trucks for 2014.
Slideshow: Make Way for Autonomous Cars
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6/5/2014  29 comments
Google’s recent announcement that it would produce approximately 100 self-driving cars came as a surprise to the general public, but it’s hardly a new idea within the confines of the auto industry.
What's That Thing Atop the Google Car?
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6/4/2014  28 comments
Newshounds and auto aficionados were baffled last week after seeing what looked like a coffee maker atop the new prototype version of Google’s self-driving car. So what is it exactly?
12 Cars With the Worst Fuel Efficiency
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6/2/2014  46 comments
With fuel efficiency considered a national priority, media stories tend to naturally gravitate toward the cars with the best miles-per-gallon ratings. But low-mileage cars are still being built, and, in many cases, consumers are paying a premium for them.
Why Automotive Defect Numbers Are Soaring
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5/22/2014  24 comments
Recent reports of automotive defects and recalls are troubling, but they’re not unusual. They’re certainly not going to go away, no matter how hard engineers try.
20 Ways to Boost Fuel Efficiency
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5/21/2014  45 comments
From turbochargers and electric motors, to motor-generators and air conditioning compressors, we present some of the best fuel-sipping innovations.
Parts Commonality Can Make for Big Recall Headaches
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5/20/2014  12 comments
Economies of scale can cut manufacturing and development costs, but engineers who grow too fond of using common parts would do well to consider the recent recall numbers of General Motors.
15 Cars That Like Visiting the Mechanic
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5/9/2014  52 comments
For most car owners, the most desirable feature isn’t torque, horsepower, or connectivity. It’s reliability.
Chip Could Bring Surround View to Mainstream Vehicles
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5/6/2014  11 comments
Freescale Semiconductor and Broadcom Corp. have partnered to create a chip that could lay the foundation for surround-view cameras in more vehicles.
21 Cars That Drove Into Movie History
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5/5/2014  34 comments
In some movies, the cars are the stars. American Graffiti and Fast and Furious, to name a couple, drew much of their audience appeal from their use of noisy internal combustion engines. But cars needn’t be racy to play prominent roles.
Microcontroller Simplifies Embedded Development
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5/2/2014  2 comments
A new microcontroller from Freescale Semiconductor aims to simplify embedded software development for both experienced engineers and novices alike.
Backup Camera Mandate Will Lead to More Electronic Innovation
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4/24/2014  57 comments
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recent backup camera mandate could open the door to more vehicle innovations, including better graphical displays, 360-degree camera views, and the increased use of Ethernet.
Slideshow: Automotive Infotainment Still 'Bugs' Luxury Vehicles
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4/14/2014  10 comments
There's good news and bad news regarding the subsystems of today's vehicles. The good news is that new engines and transmissions are more trouble-free than in the past. The bad news is that the infotainment systems are still prone to be "buggy."
Automotive Litigation Spotlights Need for Software Safety
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4/4/2014  4 comments
Government fines and recalls are heightening the need for automakers to adopt more safety standards and software verification techniques, experts at EE Live said this week.
Problems Loom Large for Autonomous Cars
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4/3/2014  18 comments
The coming era of self-driving cars will call for a major change in engineering culture, an embedded design expert said this week.
Slideshow: 25 CEOs Who Started as Engineers
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4/2/2014  10 comments
For decades, the corporate path to the chief executive's office has often passed through engineering. Automotive, computer, electronics, and oil companies have frequently drawn their leaders from the engineering ranks.
Texas Motor Speedway Lights Up Massive Scoreboard
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3/27/2014  25 comments
The Texas Motor Speedway has flipped the switch on a high-definition video board that uses 14 million LEDs, weighs more than 200,000 pounds, and is 80% larger than the Dallas Cowboys' world-renowned scoreboard.
Slot Cars Make a Technological Comeback
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3/25/2014  38 comments
Scalextric's recent adoption of Bluetooth technology in its slot racing systems showed that the home sport still has some technological chops.
Bluetooth Brings Intelligence to Slot Racing
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3/24/2014  11 comments
Smartphone apps and Bluetooth connectivity are coming to the venerable hobby of slot car racing.
Tiny MCU Adds Intelligence to Internet of Things
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3/12/2014  7 comments
A new microcontroller that’s smaller than a golf ball dimple may offer a solution for future Internet of Things applications.
Why Did It Take GM a Decade to Identify Ignition Switch Problems?
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3/3/2014  55 comments
Further investigations on the matter may serve as a case study on how big manufacturers handle the smallest details of design.
Slideshow: Pickups Roll at Chicago Auto Show
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2/20/2014  38 comments
The Chicago Auto Show has long been a haven for truck introductions, and this year’s edition was no exception. Chevrolet, Nissan, and Toyota all showed off new trucks, while competitors rolled out concept cars and production vehicles.
World's Smallest Reed Switch Makes Technology Easier to Swallow
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2/19/2014  14 comments
A tiny new MEMS-based reed switch may enable engineers to reduce the size of the electronic circuitry in devices ranging from ingestible endoscopes and hearing aids to insulin delivery systems and brake fluid monitors.
Look to Learning Labs for Help With Medical Electronics
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2/4/2014  7 comments
Visitors to this year's Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show will have an opportunity to boost their electronics acumen, thanks to a series of Learning Labs covering topics ranging from medical sensors to smart packaging.
Slideshow: The New Mustang's Technology Leads the Way
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2/3/2014  55 comments
Ford Motor Co. will give new meaning to the term “muscle car” in 2014 by rolling out a Mustang that features a small engine with big power numbers.
Slideshow: Automakers, Start Your Engines!
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1/30/2014  36 comments
Automakers know they’ll never reach super-high corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) ratings without lighter, smarter, more efficient engines.
Slideshow: 25 Greatest Engineering Quotes
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1/29/2014  39 comments

From engineers and business executives to actors and cartoonists, we present insights on engineering from inside and outside the profession.

Slideshow: LEDs Light Up Detroit Auto Show
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1/28/2014  41 comments
Light-emitting diodes are chipping away at the century-old automotive lighting market in ways that no one foresaw even five years ago.
Golden Mousetraps Awards: Strong Field for Electronics, Few Winners
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1/22/2014  2 comments
Design News' Golden Mousetrap Awards featured a strong field of finalists in the Electronics & Test categories.
Slideshow: New Materials, Engines Light Up Detroit Auto Show
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1/20/2014  18 comments
The 2014 North American International Auto Show, which opened to the public in snowy Detroit last week, offered its annual seamless blend of cars, celebrities, bright lights, loud music, short dresses, and variable camshaft timing.
'Appvice' Blocks Distracted Driving
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1/10/2014  28 comments
Parents of teen drivers may now have a way to remotely prevent use of a smartphone while their child is behind the wheel.
Can An Engineer Prevent the Unknown?
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1/9/2014  26 comments
Will future engineers have to find ways to prove self-driving features don't cause accidents?
Slideshow: Engineering the NFL
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12/19/2013  40 comments
This holiday season, when you kick your feet up to watch football, remember this: There are engineers out there. Not just on college teams, but in the pros, as well.
Amazon 'Octocopters' Face Technical Challenges
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12/3/2013  53 comments
Amazon.com's proposed drone-based package delivery scheme is achievable, but it could face significant technical hurdles before reaching the marketplace.
Study: Self-Driving Cars Are Less Than 20 Years Away
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11/22/2013  40 comments
Semi-autonomous cars will hit the market by 2020, a study finds, and fully autonomous, self-driving vehicles could be available a decade later.
Slideshow: Tech Toys for Aspiring Engineers
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11/20/2013  33 comments
From Tinker Toys and Erector sets to LeapPads and littleBits, we offer a short history of some of the best toys for aspiring engineers.
Slideshow: Kickstarter's Latest & Greatest Inspire Us
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11/18/2013  15 comments
In 2012, 2.2 million people pledged $319 million to kick-start more than 18,000 of its projects on Kickstarter.com. Here's a look at some of the most inspired ideas from the ultimate crowdfunding platform.
Slideshow: Engineering the Silver Screen
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11/14/2013  51 comments
From James Stewart and Jack Lemmon to Ed Harris and Leonardo Dicaprio, we take a look at some of the most notable movie engineers.
Slideshow: Toyota's Automotive Aquarium
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11/13/2013  27 comments
What has four wheels, 800 gallons of salt water, and a talking sponge? That would Toyota's 2014 SpongeBob Highlander: Tanked Edition.
Slideshow: 20 Great Technology Quotations
Electronic News & Comment 
11/12/2013  40 comments
Everyone, from JFK to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and actor Matthew McConaughey, has opined on technology. From wise to funny to inaccurate, we offer a few of the most notable.
Video: What 3D Printing Can & Can't Do
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11/5/2013  18 comments
3D printers can create parts of virtually any geometry, but engineers need a solid grasp of the technology to make the investment in it worthwhile, experts at Stratasys' Manufacturing the Future Summit said.
Slideshow: 25 Great Engineering Quotations
Electronic News & Comment 
10/29/2013  38 comments
You don’t have to be an engineer to have an opinion about engineering. We offer insight from the minds of Albert Einstein, James Dyson, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and James Cameron, among many others.
Toyota's Unintended Acceleration Woes Are Likely to Drag On
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10/29/2013  35 comments
Toyota's recent loss in an unintended acceleration case should make one thing clear to observers: This is only the beginning.
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