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Today in Engineering History: Astronauts Die in Launch Pad Fire

January 27, 2015 2:35 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1967, a fire claimed the lives of three U.S. astronauts during a preflight test for what was to be the first manned Apollo mission. When astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee entered the Apollo 204 spacecraft ...

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$25K Prize Offered in Engineering Video Contest

January 27, 2015 1:24 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

How can engineers create a joyous world? That’s one of the questions posed by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and the filmmaker who answers it could receive a $25,000 prize. The NAE is seeking contest submissions of ...   

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NASA Hurricane Mission Connects to K-12 Classrooms

January 27, 2015 1:18 pm | by Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission studied hurricanes and tropical storms during the 2012-2014 Atlantic hurricane seasons. Educators brought the science of HS3 to students in workshops during the all three years of ...

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First Solar Achieves 10 GW Globally, Launches Assessment Tool

January 27, 2015 12:49 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

First Solar became the first thin film photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer in the world to achieve 10 gigawatts (GW) of PV solar capacity installed globally, the company announced at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi on ... 

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Man with Carmat Artificial Heart Released from Hospital

January 27, 2015 12:40 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A man equipped with the lightest and most advanced total artificial heart in the world was released from Nantes University Hospital earlier this year and has returned home, said Carmat, the designer and developer of the electric heart. The patient has ...

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ExOne Unveils 3D Printing System for Research & Education

January 27, 2015 12:22 pm | by ExOne | News | Comments

Innovent, ExOne’s industrial-grade, laboratory-sized machine, allows for testing material properties, specifically in educational institutions, research laboratories, and research and development (R&D) departments at commercial organizations ...

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'Unbreakable' Bike Custom-Crafted

January 27, 2015 12:10 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

In 2013, Thunderbike presented its “Unbreakable” custom project for the first time at the European BikeWeek at Lake Faaker in Austria, the largest Harley get-together in Europe. The cruiser, made from turned and milled components ...  

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Women-Only Engineering Scholarships Offered

January 27, 2015 11:59 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

For the second year running, Brunel University London is offering £10,000 ($15,032) a year scholarships to women in its Master of Science (MSc) engineering courses, with 30 awards on offer. The move follows the successful introduction of ...

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Cocktail Keurig Brings Bartender to Your Kitchen

January 27, 2015 11:56 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

The self-proclaimed “Nespresso for cocktails,” the Somabar makes your favorite drinks in the comfort of your own home. The team spent three years prototyping and have successfully created a fully-functional, patent-pending ...   

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Brainstorm: Rapid Prototyping Materials (Part 2)

January 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Bill Camuel, Project Engineering Manager at RedEye | Blogs | Comments

Just this year, components made with FST-rated, fused deposition modeling (FDM) ULTEM 9085 were tested and verified for outer space at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to function on the exterior of a satellite to be launched in 2016 ... 

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New Electronics Manufacturing Equipment Tech Revolution

January 27, 2015 10:30 am | by NEPCON | News | Comments

With tech revolution 4.0 on the horizon and rapid economic and social development underway, electronics manufacturers need to improve on the quality and volume they produce. Workers born in the 1990s (Gen Y) are changing jobs more frequently ...

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DOE Creates Jobs Strategy Council to Focus on Job Growth

January 27, 2015 10:19 am | by U.S. Department of Energy | News | Comments

Secretary Moniz has announced the creation of the Jobs Strategy Council (JSC), an initiative focused on accelerating job growth in American-made clean energy sources while implementing the President’s Climate Action Plan, during a roundtable ...

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At War with Patent Trolls

January 27, 2015 10:09 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Why create a product when you could file a lawsuit instead? That’s the modus operandi of "patent trolls," those who abuse patent litigation laws, and the Consumer Electronics Association is urging United States citizens to ask the government to ...

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6 Things to Consider as the Internet of Things Intersects Medical Devices

January 27, 2015 9:38 am | by Dave Franchino, President, Design Concepts | Articles | Comments

We’re on the verge of a fascinating intersection — perhaps collision — as the world of Internet of Things (IoT) technology begins to deeply encroach into the world of medical device development. We’ve all experienced the remarkable impact of ...

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Quadcopters Straddle the Line Between Drones & Toys

January 27, 2015 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Quadcopters like the one that crashed at the White House on Monday are among the most popular remote-controlled aircraft being sold today. But are they drones or sophisticated toys? Sometimes it's very hard to distinguish between ...  

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