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posted in August 2012
Why Aren't Engineering Students Happier? Because It's Hard
STEM Connection 
8/29/2012  33 comments
The Princeton Review came out with its annual edition of "The Best 377 Colleges" last week, and engineering schools again did poorly in the area of student happiness.
Want to Track Sharks? There's an App for That
Blog 
8/28/2012  40 comments
A surfboard-like robot floating in the Pacific off San Francisco is following great white sharks and transmitting information about them back to shore.
Slideshow: These Robots Soar
Blog 
8/27/2012  30 comments
Flying robots are generally small in size, but vary widely in design and purpose.
Learn How to Photograph Your Product
Blog 
8/27/2012  16 comments
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a good photo must have a value many times that number.
What You Need to Know About Design Engineers
Guest Blogs 
8/24/2012  10 comments
Design engineers must have a good grasp of architecture, understand the functions of various construction equipment or machinery, and be proficient in reading blueprints and drawings.
Should the US Adopt Metric Standards?
Blog 
8/23/2012  72 comments
Metrication creeps forward in the US, but it's time to make the last 100-meter run and, to borrow Nike's slogan, just do it.
RobotExpert Brings Simplified Simulation to the Shop Floor
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/22/2012  10 comments
Siemens PLM Software has broadened its Tecnomatix digital manufacturing portfolio with RobotExpert, an out-of-the-box solution for shop floor robotic simulation and programming.
Robot Assists Heart Surgeons
Blog 
8/21/2012  27 comments
The CorPath200 robotic system helps cardiologists with a procedure that restores blood flow to blocked arteries.
Robot Provides Virtual Medical Care
News 
8/17/2012  13 comments
iRobot and InTouch Health have joined forces to create a state-of-the-art device called RP-VITA, which is making it easier for doctors to visit hospitalized patients' bedsides even if they can't get there in person.
Video: Robots to Recycle Space Junk
Blog 
8/16/2012  40 comments
DARPA's Phoenix program plans to harvest the components of retired, nonworking geostationary earth orbit (GEO) communication satellites and reuse them, saving money, and cleaning up space junk.
Video: Humanoid Robot Used to Treat Autism
News 
8/13/2012  18 comments
Zeno will help children with autism develop more appropriate emotional responses to everyday social interactions.
Robot Will Harvest Your Crops
News 
8/10/2012  13 comments
A multinational engineering project aims to create an intelligent robotics platform that can identify and harvest specific types of crops to help foster sustainable agriculture.
Update: Curiosity Rover Lands on Mars
News 
8/6/2012  14 comments
Curiosity carries 10 science instruments. Some of the tools are the first of their kind on Mars, including a laser-firing instrument for checking elemental composition of rocks from a distance.
Video: Robots Climb Stairs, Walk Like a Human
Blog 
8/3/2012  29 comments
A pair of robotic legs modeled closely on human walking mechanisms walk with a biomechanically accurate gait.
Mechatronify Common Mechanisms
Guest Blogs 
8/1/2012  Post a comment
Renaissance mechanisms become mechatronic through knowledge, process, and determination.
More On Sigma-Delta ADCs
Mechatronics Zone 
8/1/2012  Post a comment
Analog Devices has a step-by-step online demonstration that shows how a sigma-delta ADC works.




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