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Electronics: Auto Industry Working Hard to Make an Electric Vehicle Battery

April 14, 2008
Spotlight Story:
Auto Industry Working Hard to
Make an Electric Vehicle Battery

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles won’t roll out until the EV battery is finished. Full Story
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Boeing Flies Fuel Cell-Powered Plane Boeing officials today announced the first successful flight of a manned plane powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Full Story
Engineering’s Terrorism Link? “Engineers of Jihad,” a report from Oxford University’s Dept. of Sociology, examines whether there is something about engineers that makes them more likely to join extreme Islamic groups. Full Story
FTF 2008 Drives Sustainable Engineering The Freescale Technology Forum is a little greener this year. Each forum has a design challenge — and the finalists' prototypes will all be products that can benefit the environment. Full Story
Engineering Jobs in Peril
Some of the U.S.’s biggest engineering employers have made bleak announcements that could have a profound effect on technical workers. Read More
Gadget Freak Case #118: Spying on Your Freezer
There's a lot at steak for William Grill, so he created a gadget that would keep an eye on his frozen food. Full Story
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Auto Industry Working Hard to Make an Electric Vehicle Battery
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Engineering’s Terrorism Link?
FTF 2008 Drives Sustainable Engineering
Engineering Jobs in Peril
Gadget Freak Case #118: Spying on Your Freezer

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