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Microsoft Makes Cheaper Version of Surface Pro 3 Tablet

March 31, 2015 9:22 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is making a cheaper version of its Surface Pro 3 tablet computer in an effort to reach students and budget-conscious families. Graphic artists, engineers and finance professionals needing to run complex ...


Israel Installs Solar Panels at Parliament to Save Energy

March 31, 2015 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Israel has installed solar panels on the roof of its parliament building, creating what it calls the largest solar field of any national assembly in the world. The office of the parliament speaker says energy generated from ...


Twin Fools NASA at Brother's Launch on 1-Year Flight

March 31, 2015 9:12 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Astronaut Scott Kelly's identical twin pulled a fast one on NASA right before his brother blasted off on a one-year space station mission. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told Kelly on Monday that he almost had a ...


Toyota Cuts Price of Automatic Braking Safety Devices

March 31, 2015 9:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Those pricey high-tech systems that automatically stop or slow your car if it's about to run into something are getting a lot cheaper. Toyota says it will offer lower-cost versions of the safety features in new Lexus and ...


GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 77

March 31, 2015 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 77 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims ...


Tesla to Unveil New Product Next Month

March 31, 2015 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors says it will reveal a new product next month, but it's not a car. CEO Elon Musk tweeted Monday that "a major new Tesla product line" will be revealed April 30. Tesla shares rose 3 percent to $190.60 after the tweet ...


Philips Sells Stake in LED Components, Automotive Lighting

March 31, 2015 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronics giant Philips says it is selling a majority stake in its LED components and automotive lighting division to a consortium led by investment fund GO Scale Capital in a deal worth up to $2.9 billion. Philips announced ...


Big Rigs Often Go Faster Than Tires Can Handle

March 31, 2015 8:53 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The American Trucking Associations, an industry group, says it opposes speed limits over 65 mph, and it has petitioned the government to require speed-limiting devices on trucks. ATA spokesman Sean McNally provided a 2007 survey ...


Boeing Supplier Wages Low; Dyson Opens Engineering School

March 30, 2015 4:40 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

Companies ebb and flow like water, staking their fortunes on the next big thing. Some strategies are proven, while others seem to work based on luck, chance, and chutzpah. A new generation of students always brings new variables into the equation. Here are the stories of up-and-coming think tanks and established companies on rocky roads to success, from all across the design engineering industry.

DoD Sniper Targeting Pods Among Contracts Awarded

March 30, 2015 2:21 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday that it will be handing out contracts to Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Carnegie Mellon University, Boeing Company, Rolls-Royce Corporation, Raytheon and ...


EVs May Be More Useful Than Previously Thought

March 30, 2015 2:13 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

In the first study of its kind, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) quantitatively show that electric vehicles (EVs) will ...


Racing Into the Future of Automotive Energy

March 30, 2015 2:05 pm | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

In the race through the automotive industry, companies are jockeying for position to find the next big thing. Whether it's electricity or algae, a new fuel may have to replace fossil fuel eventually, and the winner will need enough infrastructure to easily and conveniently support existing ...

Today in Engineering History: Heinkel Fighter Sets World Airspeed Record

March 30, 2015 1:59 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1939, German pilot Hans Dieterle set a world record speed when he reached 746,606 km/h (463.919 mph) in a Heinkel He 100 fighter aircraft. Dieterle set the record near the town of Oranienburg, just north of Berlin ... 


The Bright Future of Lighting

March 30, 2015 1:11 pm | by Sonia Fernandez, UC Santa Barbara | News | Comments

LEDs (light-emitting diodes) have become ubiquitous, and are favored for their energy savings capability. In addition, their versatility makes them the lighting of choice for electronic devices, smart buildings, vehicles, displays, public ...


Senate Approves Long-Delayed Bill to Boost Energy Efficiency

March 30, 2015 1:04 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate approved a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency Friday that includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes. Senators approved the bill by voice vote shortly before ...    



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