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Today in Engineering History: Hula Hoop Patented

March 5, 2015 12:24 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1963, the Hula Hoop was patented. Friends Arthur Melin and Richard Knerr established a company in California in 1948, with the aim of selling a slingshot they created. Their slingshot had a special purpose – to shoot ...

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Imaging Technique Finds Reason for Next-Gen Battery Failures

March 5, 2015 10:45 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland, and Sandia National Laboratories, have for the first time imaged the inner workings of experimental solid-state batteries as they ...

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Woman in Silicon Valley Sex Discrimination Suit to Testify

March 5, 2015 10:37 am | by Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

The woman at the center of a sex discrimination lawsuit against one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious venture capital firms is set to take the stand in a case that has focused attention on the treatment of women in the high-tech ...

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Next-Generation Laser Destroys Truck

March 5, 2015 10:35 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A Lockheed Martin fiber-optic laser burned a hole through the engine of a running truck and stopped it in its tracks during a field test on March 3, demonstrating the highest power ever documented from a laser of its type ...   

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Dubai to Curate Next Hot Thing in 'Museum of the Future'

March 5, 2015 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The flashy Gulf city with a skyline that looks like something out of a science fiction movie is embracing its love of all things new with plans for a "Museum of the Future." The $136 million project is expected to open in ...

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National Industrial Design Day Established

March 5, 2015 10:23 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

March 5 marks the founding of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), established 50 years ago. This year, it is also the first National Industrial Design Day, organized by the IDSA to promote awareness and growth within ... 

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Photos of the Day: 5 Stunners from the Geneva Car Show

March 5, 2015 10:19 am | by Greg Keller & David McHugh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Forget driverless cars, electric power or even green technology. There is no doubt what visitors are coming to see at the glamorous Geneva motor show: supercars. It is the high-end, impossibly expensive but seductively powerful sports cars ...

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Engineering Newswire 130: Goddess of Strategic War Blasts a Hole Through a Truck

March 5, 2015 10:17 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re replacing nurses with bear-shaped robots, running marathons with edible wearables, and blasting a hole through a truck with the goddess of strategic war ...

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Technology is Raising a High Bar for High-End Mixology

March 5, 2015 10:12 am | by Michelle Locke, Associated Press | News | Comments

Want that cocktail shaken, not stirred? How about centrifuged? These days, it's possible as high-tech tools shake things up behind the bar with a razzle-dazzle flair that could make even an old fashioned feel newfangled ...

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Teardown: Globalstar Satellite Phone

March 5, 2015 10:07 am | by EEVblog | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the EEVblog Teardown, what's inside a 2000 vintage Globalstar GSP1600 Tri-Band Satellite Phone?

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IBM Buys Small Startup to Expand Watson

March 5, 2015 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM announced the purchase of AlchemyAPI, a small Denver startup, on Wednesday as part of its effort to expand its Watson cognitive computing system. AlchemyAPI, founded in 2005, works in a field known as deep learning ...

Digital Printing Service for Front Panels & Enclosures

March 5, 2015 9:53 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

OKW’s metal enclosures division METCASE has announced new digital printing for front panels, rack cases, and instrument housings. METCASE’s digital technology means legends, logos, and complex photo quality graphics can be printed on front panels and enclosures quickly. Customers need ...

Internet Invades Everything at Gadget Fair

March 5, 2015 9:47 am | by Joseph Wilson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The pervasive creep of the Internet from computers and phones to all kinds of objects is the theme of this year's edition of the Mobile World Congress wireless show. For those who couldn't join ...

IPhone 6's Popularity Drives Apple's China Share to Record

March 5, 2015 9:30 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A consumer survey showed the popularity of the iPhone 6 has driven Apple's market share in China to its highest ever while Samsung has continued to lose ground. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said Thursday that ...

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Hirschtick Ready to Gamble Again

March 5, 2015 9:26 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

The concept of developing a CAD software that runs on Microsoft Windows came from the mind of one pioneering individual, Jon Hirschtick, an MIT graduate who founded the company in 1993 with the $1 million he grossed while a member of ...

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