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Content posted in August 2013
Engineering Profs Get Low Marks in Princeton Review Survey
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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?
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8/20/2013  17 comments
Too often, design engineers don’t 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
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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
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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
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8/6/2013  21 comments
If you’re looking for a branch of engineering that’s 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.




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Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
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