You can find nearly anything on the Internet, but engineers have
always been fenced off from general-interest virtual communities, confined to
highly niched technical websites.
Now engineering is going mainstream. This week, όber-site Yahoo!
(www.yahoo.com) began offering access to
Thomas Register (www.thomasregister.com), the site for
buying and sourcing technical products and services.
You can find links to Thomas Register's database at two of
Yahoo!'s specialty sites: B2B Marketplace (http://b2b.yahoo.com) and Electronics
These business-oriented sites are designed to offer information and services
including research, news, and purchasing. The Thomas Register database features
more than 156,000 American and Canadian manufacturers, sorted into more than
63,000 types of products and services, nearly 8,000 online catalogs, and access
to millions of downloadable CAD drawings.
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.