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Slideshow: The Wild World of Concept Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
10/28/2013  33 comments
Daimlerís recent introduction of a doorless, open-roof electric car might have startled some, but in the wild world of concept cars itís far from daring.
Slideshow: Koenigsegg's $1.46M 'Hypercar' Goes From 0-62 in 2.9 Seconds Flat
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10/9/2013  28 comments
Koenigsegg Automotive AB's 2014 Agera S "hypercar" goes from 0 to 62 in under 3 seconds, hits a top speed of 260 mph, and starts at $1.46 million.
Slideshow: 'Bizarre' Incident Led to Tesla Battery Fire
Electronic News & Comment 
10/8/2013  56 comments
The metal object that caused last week's Tesla Model S EV battery fire reportedly tore through the bottom of car, leaving a gaping hole in the armor plate that protects the battery.
Video: Impact Caused Tesla Battery Fire
Electronic News & Comment 
10/4/2013  44 comments
A fire in a Tesla Model S electric sedan has once again placed a spotlight on the issue of lithium-ion battery safety.
Slideshow: More Cars From the Small & Silver Screens
Electronic News & Comment 
9/25/2013  44 comments
When we published a slideshow about movie cars last June, readers politely pointed to our obvious inadequacies in the area of pop culture.
Dark, Dirty & Dead-End? Manufacturers Say No
Electronic News & Comment 
9/17/2013  38 comments
If your son or daughter could go to a community college, receive a two-year degree in manufacturing technology, and earn $58,000/year inside of 18 months, would you encourage it?
Engineering Profs Get Low Marks in Princeton Review Survey
Electronic News & Comment 
8/29/2013  17 comments
Engineering schools made up five of the seven worst colleges in a Princeton Review survey that asked, "Are your instructors good teachers?"
Slideshow: Smartphone Images From Space
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8/28/2013  17 comments
Some of NASA's most recent images from space come, not from a multimillion-dollar satellite, but from a $3,500 steel box equipped with a smartphone.
Video: Simulating the Universe With NASA's Supercomputers
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8/26/2013  35 comments
Here's a look at the launch of NASA's "heavy lift" vehicle, and the birth of the universe on one of the world's most powerful supercomputers.
Video: Inside the World's Largest Wind Tunnel
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8/23/2013  29 comments
When NASA Ames runs its massive wind tunnels, the surrounding area knows it. Local aircraft are warned of potential updrafts. Electric utilities brace for sudden power draws. And nearby residents are said to hear its 300-knot airflows from miles away.
Slideshow: A Glimpse of NASA Technology
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8/21/2013  25 comments
Thanks to the sponsorship of Littelfuse Inc., Design News was able to take a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the work being done at NASA Ames Research Center.
Are Your Electronics Protected Against Lightning Strikes?
Electronic News & Comment 
8/20/2013  17 comments
Too often, design engineers donít want to hear about lightning. Never mind that its transient voltages can fry circuit boards, crash servers, and jeopardize data. Lightning discussions are a pain.
Last Chance to Register for Design News' LED Webinar
Electronic News & Comment 
8/12/2013  2 comments
If you're planning to use LEDs in your future products, then you'll want to take note of a Design News webinar, How LEDs Are Revolutionizing the Lighting Industry.
Slideshow: Ford's Self-Driving Test Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
8/9/2013  26 comments
Driving 15mph over a curb 30 times a day can be tough on drivers performing vehicle durability tests. Ford had a better idea: Let the vehicles drive themselves.
Universities Prepare for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Demand
Electronic News & Comment 
8/6/2013  21 comments
If youíre looking for a branch of engineering thatís on the cusp of growth, look no further than unmanned aerial vehicles.
UL Targets Lithium-Ion Battery Fires
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8/5/2013  27 comments
Inspired by recent overheating incidents, Underwriters Laboratories has developed a new testing methodology, along with guidelines and standards aimed at making lithium-ion battery applications safer.
Can 48V Be the Auto Industry's Next Big Thing?
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7/30/2013  57 comments
Another new powertrain technology may be poised to bring major change to the auto industry by delivering the advantages of hybridization without some of the complexity.
Slideshow: Toyota's Humanoid Robot Is Space-Bound
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7/18/2013  14 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. will enter outer space in August, as a robot it co-developed rides to the International Space Station.
Slideshow: Engineering the Perfect Crime
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7/1/2013  37 comments
Every year, a handful of engineers end up on the wrong side of the law, for offenses ranging from trade secret theft and spying to computer hacking and bank robbery.
To Invent Like Edison, Learn to Collaborate
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6/10/2013  25 comments
A new book by Thomas Edison's great-grandniece takes on the notion that he was a lone-wolf inventor and replaces it with an image of a man who ascribed great value to the ideas of colleagues.
Feds: Autonomous Cars Not Ready for Prime Time
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6/7/2013  30 comments
In response to rising interest in autonomous vehicles, the federal government has called upon states not to authorize operation of self-driving cars, except for the purpose of testing.
Slideshow: Semi-Autonomous Features Boost Driver Safety
Electronic News & Comment 
5/28/2013  18 comments
While self-driving cars grab headlines, semi-autonomous features are quietly working their way into production vehicles and boosting safety today.
Slideshow: LEDs Gaining Traction in Vehicles
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5/23/2013  25 comments
With LEDs dropping in price virtually every year, automakers have begun employing them, not only on luxury vehicles, but on entry-level models, as well.
LEDs at Heart of Cadillac CTS 'Signature'
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5/22/2013  36 comments
Using almost 200 light-emitting diodes in the front and back of the new 2014 CTS, Cadillac designers are showing how LEDs can change the character of a vehicle.
Slideshow: 22 More People You Didn't Know Were Engineers
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5/15/2013  37 comments
We recently posted an online slideshow called, ď18 People You Didnít Know Were Engineers.Ē Within hours of its publication, readers began to suggest names of other luminaries -- astronauts, politicians, athletes and actors -- who were educated or had worked as engineers.
Video: Simulator Lets Race Drivers Feel Their Designs
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5/14/2013  8 comments
Formula One and Indy racing teams are increasingly converging on a simulator in Italy to give themselves an edge in the design of their cars.
Slideshow: Aston Martin Puts Hydrogen on the Race Track
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5/9/2013  27 comments
In yet another sign that hydrogen is creeping into the consciousness of global automotive designers, sports car maker Aston Martin plans to run a hydrogen-fueled vehicle in a 24-hour Grand Touring race later this month.
How Safe Is Safe Enough?
Electronic News & Comment 
5/6/2013  54 comments
One of the ugly truths of engineering is that life has a price. Cars, buildings, power plants, and industrial machinery can always be made safer for a cost, but manufacturers are at the mercy of the market.
Front-Seat TV Unwelcome in US Auto Market
Electronic News & Comment 
5/2/2013  39 comments
Front-seat television technology is beginning to creep into the worldwide automotive market, but regulators, automakers, and suppliers say itís unlikely to take hold in the US.
Slideshow: Profs Say Fukushima Plant Passed Ultimate Test
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4/26/2013  159 comments
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant performed beyond its best expectations after being struck by a mammoth earthquake and a 40-ft-high tidal wave in 2011, experts said.
Slideshow: 18 People You Didn't Know Were Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
4/23/2013  66 comments
Did you know Tom Landry and Dolph Lundgren are trained engineers? Find out who else earned engineering degrees and then found fame elsewhere.
Gesture Control Coming to a Television Near You
Electronic News & Comment 
4/3/2013  36 comments
A new technology will enable couch potatoes to change channels, adjust the volume, rewind a movie, browse the Internet, or control myriad other functions with simple physical gestures.
Chip Suppliers Target Vehicle Complexity
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4/2/2013  21 comments
Chip makers are hoping a new breed of microcontrollers will begin laying the foundation for a solution to one of the auto industryís most vexing design problems -- electronic complexity.
Slideshow: Electronics Add Glitter to New Rolls-Royce
Electronic News & Comment 
4/1/2013  27 comments
Rolls-Royce is rolling out a new fastback-style vehicle that cranks out 624 HP, goes from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds, and employs more electronic technology than any vehicle in company history.
Boeing Should Never Say Never
Electronic News & Comment 
3/20/2013  49 comments
Boeing's insistence that its new 787 battery design eliminates the possibility of fire may pacify the average consumer, but it hasn't made engineers happy.
Smart Basketball Analyzes Shooting, Dribbling
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3/19/2013  32 comments
InfoMotion Sports Technologies' 94Fifty can measure the arc and backspin on a shot, or the speed and force of a playerís dribbling.
'Internet Snacking' Coming to GM Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
3/6/2013  53 comments
In the auto industry's biggest move yet to build connected cars, General Motors plans to install 4G data modems on millions of its future vehicles, enabling them to serve as Internet hotspots.
Video: BallCam Puts Football Fans on the Field
Electronic News & Comment 
3/5/2013  32 comments
Football fans are about to get the ultimate view of their favorite sport, thanks to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.
Prospective Engineers Get a 'Good Feeling'
Electronic News & Comment 
2/28/2013  24 comments
A music video set to Flo Rida, extolling the virtues of engineering salaries, comes from the most unlikely of sources.
MD&M Show Highlights New Technologies
Electronic News & Comment 
2/20/2013  4 comments
From sensors to electronics to additive manufacturing systems, the recent Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim demonstrated thousands of new and existing products.
Futurist: 3D Printing Will Pave the Way for a New Era of Manufacturing
Electronic News & Comment 
2/14/2013  25 comments
Future manufacturing will be shaped by the consumer's desire for individually tailored products that can be created quickly and on the spot, a futurist told an audience of engineers at this week's Medical Design & Manufacturing West Show.
Electronic Innovation Will Drive Medical Design
Electronic News & Comment 
2/13/2013  18 comments
Most of us are only vaguely aware of it, but there's a mini revolution taking place in the medical device industry that's going to change the way we monitor our health in the coming decade.
Boeing's Woes Shouldn't Be an Indictment of Electric Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
2/4/2013  38 comments
If Boeing's problems with its 787 Dreamliner serve as an indictment of lithium-ion batteries, then that's a shame.
Correction Technique Adds 'Warmth' to Dimmable LED Light
Electronic News & Comment 
1/15/2013  26 comments
Engineers at NXP Semiconductors say they've found a way to take the "coldness" out of white LED light.
Are Automotive 'Black Boxes' Secure?
Electronic News & Comment 
12/21/2012  22 comments
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed a rule this month ordering automakers to put so-called "black boxes" in all new vehicles by late 2014, but some experts are concerned that the new rule won't protect the security of the data stored inside.
The Secret to Eliminating ESD Damage? Read Your Datasheet
Electronic News & Comment 
11/21/2012  10 comments
The scourge of electronic devices -- electrostatic discharge (ESD) -- can be virtually eliminated by designers doing one simple task: reading their datasheets.
Video: Pneumatics Power Scary Guy
Electronic News & Comment 
11/2/2012  12 comments
Bimba Manufacturing Co. gave a demonstration of the air-powered Scary Guy on Halloween at Pack Expo in Chicago.
Can You Make the Popinator Work?
Electronic News & Comment 
10/11/2012  39 comments
The maker of a popcorn-launching machine has a design task for dyed-in-the-wool gadget freaks.
Circuit Protection Can't Be an Afterthought
Electronic News & Comment 
8/14/2012  11 comments
Time-challenged engineers need to start thinking about circuit protection at the beginning of a project, not the end.
Battery Makers Roll Out Grid Storage
Electronic News & Comment 
8/9/2012  29 comments
Intermittent power sources, such as wind and solar, will need a backup to balance utility supply against consumer demand.
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