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Can American Manufacturing Afford a Raise?

July 6, 2015 | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

In a recent blog post, A Hard Day’s Work deserves a Fair Day’s Pay, Obama explains his plans to extend overtime protection to nearly 5 million workers in 2016, covering all salaried ...

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Today in Engineering History: Soviet AK-47 Goes into Production

July 6, 2015 12:37 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, July 6, 1947, the AK-47 (Avtomat Kalashnikova model 1947) went into production in the Soviet Union. The designer Mikhail Kalashnikov was conscripted into the Red Army in 1938, and

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Today in Engineering History: Steam-Powered Engine Patented

July 2, 2015 11:39 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, July 2, 1698, Thomas Savery, an English inventor and engineer, patented the first steam engine. He demonstrated the new steam engine to the Royal Society on ...

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Self-Aerating Wine Bottle Among 5 Patents This Week

July 2, 2015 11:24 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

The wine bottle design has remained relatively unchanged for years. While new devices have been created for wine aeration, they can be expensive and fragile ...

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I Saw a Snake-Inspired Robot in Milan

July 1, 2015 4:12 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

Last month, I traveled to Milan, Italy for the unveiling of Comau’s newest robot, the Racer3. Quite honestly, I had little idea of what to expect, but as I’m always looking for new story ideas and ...

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Today in Engineering History: Explorer 33 Launched on Scientific Mission

July 1, 2015 1:24 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, July 1, 1966, NASA launched Explorer 33 from Cape Canaveral on a scientific exploration mission. The spacecraft was originally intended for a lunar orbit ...

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Today in Engineering History: First Corvette Built

June 30, 2015 12:14 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, June 30, 1953, the first production Corvette was built at the General Motors facility in Flint, Michigan. All 1953 Corvettes were manufactured with a white exterior ...

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Today in Engineering History: U.S. Space Shuttle Docks with Russian Space Station

June 29, 2015 12:38 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, June 29, 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis successfully docked with the Russian space station Mir, marking a new era in international space ...

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Takata Debacle Exposes What's Wrong with America's Recall Process

June 29, 2015 9:55 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Comments

Takata’s lack of oversight resulted in the largest auto recall in U.S. history. The number of vehicles involved in the recall continues to grow, with GM adding another 243,000 cars to the tally ...

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On-Vehicle Atmosphere Cleaning Among 5 Patents This Week

June 26, 2015 2:12 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Ozone is produced by a photochemical reaction between HC and NOx which are contained in exhaust gases. Therefore, this patent explains ...

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Today in Engineering History: Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 Approved By Congress

June 26, 2015 12:13 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, June 26, 1956, the U.S. Congress approved the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956. The highway legislation initially set aside $25 billion for the construction of ...

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Re-Engineering the Water Cycle

June 26, 2015 10:17 am | by Matt Kelland, EngineerJobs.com | Comments

Controlling the water cycle is a serious engineering problem.  It’s not that there’s not enough water; after all, 71% of the planet’s surface is covered in the stuff. All told, we have over ...

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Today in Engineering History: Boulder Canyon Project Act Becomes Effective

June 25, 2015 2:24 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, June 25, 1929, the Boulder Canyon Project Act became effective, following ratification of the Colorado River Compact by six of the seven states of the Colorado ...

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Today in Engineering History: First Demonstration of Home Video Recorder

June 24, 2015 1:52 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

The reel-to-reel system used ordinary ¼ inch audio tape, and recorded linearly with stationary heads. The high tape speed of linear recording (120 inches per second) could only produce a ...

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How an Actress Made $1B Tapping Into a Chemophobe Nation's Fears

June 24, 2015 10:09 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

If you wanted to clear a room full of nervous mothers of small children you could do it by yelling one word: “Chemicals!” Jessica Alba — famous for her roles in “Fantastic Four” and ...

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Today in Engineering History: 'Mercedes' Registered as a Brand Name

June 23, 2015 1:09 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, June 23, 1902, German automaker Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) registered “Mercedes” as a brand name. The name received full legal protection the following ...

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