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Content posted in August 2011
Renewable Energy's Achilles' Heel Is Storage
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8/31/2011  46 comments
There's a push to phase out nuclear power. But is renewable energy ready for prime time?
Fukishima Disaster Holds Lessons for Engineers
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8/29/2011  27 comments
Nearly six months after a devastating earthquake rocked the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, engineers say the design lessons are starting to come into sharper focus.
Bringing FPGAs to Mechanical Engineers
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8/18/2011  1 comment
Xilinx Inc. and National Instruments are trying to make it easier for mechanical engineers and other "domain experts" to employ field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
The Dawning of the Office Robot
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8/12/2011  11 comments
Anybots' QB wants to be your avatar - and make business travel obsolete.
Engineering Schools Dominate 'Unhappiness' List
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8/10/2011  14 comments
According to a Princeton Review survey, long study hours and poor communication lead to student gloom.
National Instruments Sets Sights on Grand Challenges
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8/3/2011  5 comments
The opportunity to work on society’s biggest problems appeals to engineers.




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