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posted in November 2011
Wednesday, 2PM ET: Design News Radio Bridges Embedded, Mechanical
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/29/2011  5 comments
Design News Radio will explore "Bridging the Mechanical & Embedded Design Worlds" in a live radio program and companion chat Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 2 PM ET.
Malibu Headlamp Replacement Necessitates Bumper Removal
Made by Monkeys 
11/23/2011  65 comments
If you want to change the headlamp on the Chevy Malibu, get ready to take apart half the car.
Keep Your Eye on Donut Opportunities
Mechatronics Zone 
11/22/2011  7 comments
Our mechantronics blogger opines on entrepreneurs who fall lose sight of the overall problem and fix their vision on something unimportant.
US Army's Boot-Based Energy Harvester Lightens Soldier's Load
Guest Blogs 
11/21/2011  34 comments
Sustainable power sources are high on the Pentagon’s must-have list of soldier technologies. One promising concept is biomechanical energy harvesting.
Six-Wire Technique Nulls Stray Resistance
Mechatronics Zone 
11/15/2011  6 comments
Our Mechatronics Zone columnist showcases a technique for measuring in-circuit resistance.
Backwards PCV Valve Broke My Car
Made by Monkeys 
11/11/2011  18 comments
One simple and inexpensive PCV valve -- if it's defective -- can destroy your engine.
Japan Defense Ministry Spins Flying Spherical Robot
Blog 
11/11/2011  14 comments
Engineers from Japan's Ministry of Defense demonstrated what they called the "world's first spherical flying machine" at Digital Content Expo 2011.
Case of the Tricky Water Pressure Switch
Sherlock Ohms 
11/9/2011  11 comments
This Sherlock was a tad too quick to identify the problem. The penalty was $75.
An Engineer's Alphabet of Thoughts on Design
Blog 
11/8/2011  17 comments
Duke University engineering professor Henry Petroski offers his unique list of technically oriented A to Z definitions.
Industrial Distributors Face Integration Challenge
Blog 
11/8/2011  9 comments
Distributors in the industrial, automation, and mechanical engineering sectors are having to adapt to changing requirements among customers as engineers try to differentiate their designs through performance boosts, faster manufacturing cycles, and the need for easier maintenance.
Downsized MEMS Aim at Lab-on-a-Chip
News 
11/7/2011  2 comments
A new glass etching technique could lead to better microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) systems and faster, more reliable optical micro-gyroscopes and other apps.
Military Radar Comes to Home Security Market
Product News 
11/4/2011  6 comments
Digital beamforming radar migrates from the military to the security space.
Dish Network DVR Pushes My Buttons
Made by Monkeys 
11/3/2011  23 comments
The Dish Network DVR/receiver is crawling with annoying bugs.
Top 10 Design Principles
Guest Blogs 
11/3/2011  7 comments
With practice, these principles become transparent in a design.
Would You Buy a Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt?
Wolfe's Den 
11/2/2011  59 comments
We asked members of Design News's Systems & Product Design Engineering group on LinkedIn whether they're ready to embrace electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.
Day in the Life of an Engineer Video Contest
Blog 
11/1/2011  Post a comment
Element14 is giving engineers an opportunity to demonstrate the creative process with its "A Day in the Life of an Engineer" video challenge.
Short, Happy Life of GM LEDs
Made by Monkeys 
11/1/2011  19 comments
Two different GM vehicles suffered the same early LED burnout in the life of one frustrated car owner.




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