To Invent Like Edison, Learn to Collaborate
Electronic News & Comment 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.
Slideshow: 22 More People You Didn't Know Were Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 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.
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.
Chip Suppliers Target Vehicle Complexity
Electronic News & Comment 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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
Multicore Gaining Momentum in Automotive Powertrains
Electronic News & Comment 4/27/2012 7 comments In a bid to help automakers cut the fuel consumption and emissions of next generation engines, Freescale Semiconductor is rolling out a three-core microcontroller said to boost computing performance without drawing more power.
Bill Gates Funds 'Big Battery' Startup
Electronic News & Comment 12/13/2011 55 comments One of the great underappreciated issues of renewable energy isn't whether seagulls are banging into turbine blades, but whether intermittent sources of power have any real value in a world without energy storage.
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PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
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