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Building Your Engineering Team: More Tips on Finding and Retaining Talent
Blog 
4/4/2016  5 comments
We’ve long reported on the fact that there is a shortage of engineers and designers. Here are more ways companies can tap into a talent pipeline.
Tesla Model 3 Drives Green Future
Blog 
4/1/2016  25 comments
With the newly-unveiled Model 3, Tesla isn't just releasing a $35,000 car. It's also betting big on a future where electric vehicles are the norm, and pushing the infrastructure to make it so.
10 More of the Greatest Hoaxes in Engineering History
Blog 
4/1/2016  5 comments
A car that gets 200 miles per gallon? Gold from sea water? Chemtrails? Cloaking spray? Design News celebrates April Fools with a look at a new crop of engineering history's greatest hoaxes, cons, and tricks.
New-Age Hackers Are Ditching Smash-and-Grab Techniques
Blog 
4/1/2016  1 comment
Cyber attacks are taking a new form, with hackers going into a network and exploring for extended periods of time.
FBI Cracks Terrorist's iPhone Without Apple's Help, Won't Say How
Blog 
3/31/2016  5 comments
The FBI has cracked the iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooter with the help of an anonymous third party.
The Quiet Maker Revolution
Blog 
3/31/2016  1 comment
The open-source and maker movement revolution has come without scorched castle doors or protests at state offices. It’s been much quieter than we thought, but don’t mistake quiet with unimpactful.
MCU Targets Voice Detection for the Internet of Things
Product News 
3/30/2016  Post a comment
A new microcontroller family could provide a low-power solution for battery-operated, IoT voice detection apps, ranging from baby monitoring to home automation to building control.
Gadget Freak Case #278: How to Hack an Electronic Trade Show Badge
Gadget Freak 
3/29/2016  6 comments
Are you sick of the same boring badges at every trade show? The ESC 2016 Conference in Boston is featuring an electronic one you can use to play games, control robots, meet new friends, or build your own custom hacks.
Nanomotors Act As Tiny Repair Kits for Self-Healing Electronics
Blog 
3/28/2016  4 comments
Inspired by the natural processes of self-healing in the human body, a group of researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed nanomotors that can act as a self-healing system for electronics.
MIT Develops Non-Toxic Alternative to Batteries
Blog 
3/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers at MIT have developed a way to generate portable power to replace batteries that uses heat rather than metals or toxic materials.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Disappoints on Repairability
Blog 
3/24/2016  Post a comment
It's the first smartphone to feature a liquid-cooling system. But is the new Samsung Galaxy S7 really all that "cool?" There's only one way to find out -- with a teardown!
Does a Mechanical Engineering Master’s Pay for Itself?
Blog 
3/23/2016  11 comments
Let's look at the costs of a mechanical engineering master's degree and see if it pays for itself in higher salaries.
Andrew Grove, Semiconductor Pioneer and Former Intel CEO, Dies at 79
Blog 
3/23/2016  9 comments
Silicon Valley legend Andrew Grove, the man who put "Intel Inside" and spurred proliferation of microprocessors, has died at the age of 79.
Real Hoverboard For Consumers Flies On Aerospace-Grade Composites
Engineering Materials 
3/21/2016  42 comments
On April 14, you'll be able to buy what its makers say is the first real hoverboard: no wheels. That is, if you've got $14,900. Just watching this video will make you wish you did.
The Most Innovative Products at SXSW Interactive 2016
Blog 
3/18/2016  1 comment
Earbuds that give you superhuman hearing, portable apartments, and plant-like robots make up some of the technologies that won the 2016 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards.
The Maker Community Is Going High-Tech with FPGAs
Electronics News 
3/15/2016  2 comments
Lower cost and greater simplicity are combining to bring the FPGA to a new class of users -- the DIY community.
Bonding Tapes or Liquid Adhesives? It's a Question of Process and Performance
Engineering Materials 
3/14/2016  Post a comment
Why would you use bonding tapes instead of liquid adhesives in your assembly? Here are some guidelines for answering that question.
Don't Be Left Seeing 'RED' with EU's New Radio Equipment Directive
Blog 
3/14/2016  2 comments
On June 13, new products must start complying with the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU, which updates what constitutes as radio equipment in the European Union -- and it's not just radios, TVs, and phones anymore.
How Do You Make Graphene Commercially Viable? Freeze It & 3D Print It
Engineering Materials 
3/11/2016  4 comments
How do you make delicate graphene into structures that won't fall down? Researchers have found the key in 3D printing and cold temperatures.
10 of History's Greatest Women Inventors You Should Know
Blog 
3/10/2016  10 comments
Did you know a Hollywood actress laid the foundation for WiFi? Or that the first computer programmer was a woman? Design News celebrates Women's History Month by honoring some of history's greatest female inventors.
Apple vs. the FBI vs. Our Privacy
Chris Wiltz 
3/7/2016  29 comments
Apple Computer's refusal to comply with an FBI request to unlock a mass shooter's iPhone has set off a debate at all levels of the technology sector. Here's everything you need to know about this landmark legal battle.
Chaos Reigns Firmware Development. Why Does It Have to Be That Way?
Blog 
3/7/2016  9 comments
Remember Pat Benatar's song about battlefields? Same goes with embedded development as with love. Here are ways engineers can work to get a project from devolving into disarray.
What's It Like To Be a Female Engineer?
Blog 
3/7/2016  3 comments
According to a new report only 12% of engineers are women and there are way fewer women in computing today than back in 1990. Read on for why that is, plus advice from women engineers in a recent webcast.
How 7 HMIs Wow the Tech World
Blog 
3/4/2016  2 comments
The consumer-powered technology trends in new industrial HMI products become easily evident from a look at the latest offerings, which demonstrate how vendors are investing their development dollars.
Who'd Thunk It? Arduino and PLCs Hook Up Via RS232 and Modbus
Blog 
3/3/2016  Post a comment
There is a thriving online developer community using RS232, Arduinos, and PLCs to build industrial and home automation systems on the familiar serial communication protocol Modbus.
Hello There! Huh? Read This, and You’ll Understand
Blog 
3/2/2016  Post a comment
Design & Manufacturing New England returns once again to deliver hands-on access to the latest design engineering and manufacturing technologies and education to help you stay ahead of the competition.
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Quick Poll 
3/1/2016  15 comments
Microchip Reinforces Commitment to 8-Bit Development with New Offerings
Blog 
3/1/2016  Post a comment
Microchip Technology has been unveiling a slew of new hardware and software to prop up its 8-bit tool chain. What are the latest goodies for the 8-bit developer?
UL Teams with SPE on 3D Printing/AM Training Program
News 
3/1/2016  Post a comment
Partnering with UL, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has begun offering UL's additive manufacturing training program to its members. Since February 1, members have been eligible for discounts on UL's training courses and related content. UL is also sponsoring new members who are interested in this training by paying their SPE dues.
Can ‘Moneyball’ Work in Manufacturing and Industry?
Blog 
2/29/2016  2 comments
Sabermetrics has almost replaced traditional scouting in eyeing baseball talent. Now the proliferation of data being promised is expected to change the game in analyzing industrial and manufacturing performance. Are humans still needed?
That Was Then, This Is Now: 4 Ways Engineering Resources Have Changed
Blog 
2/29/2016  3 comments
For engineers, resources of information have changed in significant ways. But here are the four biggest trends to be aware of.
What Happens When An Engineer is Asked to Be a Manager?
Blog 
2/28/2016  Post a comment
An engineer’s most common fear is taking on a management role, but with some self-assessment you may find a leadership position is more suited to you than you realize.
10 Ways for the Design News Community to Celebrate Engineering
Blog 
2/27/2016  2 comments
It’s been a great Engineers Week! And it’s never too early to start preparing for next year. Here are some ways how.
Shout It Out Loud! Engineering Is a Great Profession!
Blog 
2/26/2016  9 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer Nancy Golden writes about her gratitude to engineering and why it's beneficial more than just for one's career.
Born an Engineer, Always an Engineer
Blog 
2/26/2016  3 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week this week, Design News contributing writers have been telling their personal stories of how they got into engineering. Here, Jacob Beningo recalls that right away he knew engineering was his destiny.
The Top 5 Stories of the Week (Feb. 21-26, 2016)
Blog 
2/26/2016  Post a comment
Here's your chance to catch up on the best news, trends, and popular articles from Design News this week (February 21-26, 2016).
10 of the Greatest Inventions by African-Americans
Blog 
2/25/2016  13 comments
If you've turned on your lights, safely navigated traffic, played video games, or had a a water gun fight in your lifetime, you have these black inventors to thank. Design News celebrates Black History Month with a look at some of the greatest inventions created by African-Americans.
Engineers Today Making a Difference for Future Engineers
Blog 
2/25/2016  1 comment
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer Nancy Golden recalls the first time she came across the job title of "engineer."
20 Great Thoughts on Design Engineering
Blog 
2/24/2016  2 comments
No engineering task is more important than design, so for Engineers Week we’ve collected some of the most insightful and unusual thoughts on engineering’s most significant role.
My Journey Into Radio, NASA, and Engineering
Blog 
2/24/2016  2 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, Fred Eady recalls the most important engineering people in his life.
Engineering Humor to Help Get You Through the Work Week
Blog 
2/23/2016  9 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, let’s take a moment to look at the lighter side of the profession.
What Engineering Has Meant to Me
Blog 
2/23/2016  1 comment
In celebration and support of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer RP Siegel reveals his late-blooming relationship with engineering.
Seen in Anaheim: Gadget Freaks Race Their Slot Cars
Blog 
2/23/2016  Post a comment
Participants at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show showed off their Gadget Freak slot-car skills.
Did You Catch the Cool Stuff at Pacific Design & Manufacturing?
Blog 
2/23/2016  Post a comment
This year’s UBM Advanced Manufacturing Expo and Conferences drew 20,000 attendees, 2,000 exhibitors, and a lot of displays aimed at quenching the curiosity of engineers.
Hoverboard Teardown: A Time Bomb on Two Wheels?
Blog 
2/22/2016  11 comments
iFixit teamed up with The Wirecutter and Ken Shirriff to tear down the Swagway hoverboard. Does it really have swagger? Or is it just a new way to set your home on fire?
Why Engineering Is in My DNA
Blog 
2/22/2016  2 comments
In celebration and support of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this first installment, contributing writer Don Wilcher reveals why writing about and teaching engineering are so important.
Turn the 'TIDE' in Your Understanding of Digital Manufacturing and Industry 4.0
Blog 
2/22/2016  1 comment
The convergence of manufacturing with the front-office, enabled by connectivity, is going to create the Totally Integrated Digital Enterprise, or TIDE. Sensorization at the plant floor and on edge devices in manufacturing is leading to radical changes in industrial automation. How will you deal?
Seen in Anaheim: 3D Printing & Baxter's Little Sis
Engineering Materials 
2/19/2016  Post a comment
At this year's Anaheim shows everyone was reinventing 3D printing to meet their own needs, while Baxter Robot's "little sister" Sawyer was touted as being used by companies around the globe, and a host of new and notable adhesives, cleaners, dispensing systems, and plastics manufacturing systems were also on display.
The Top 5 Stories of the Week (Week of Feb. 20, 2016)
Blog 
2/19/2016  Post a comment
Here's your chance to catch up on the best news, trends, and popular articles from Design News this week (ending February 20, 2016).
REACH Becomes Far More Stringent
Blog 
2/19/2016  1 comment
The REACH regulation in Europe has changed, and for many industries such as automotive, the changes will have a profound effect on doing business.
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