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Commercial Drone Ruins Attempt to Control Wildfire

June 26, 2015 12:15 pm | by Jake Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Industry Briefs | Comments

An attempt to contain a wildfire in California was squashed Wednesday when a hobby drone got in the way of planes carrying flame retardant.

At an estimated four feet wide, the problem drone was flown near a...


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 | Blogs | 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 ...


Self-Driving Cars Nearly Collide

June 26, 2015 11:20 am | by Jake Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Industry Briefs | Comments

An autonomous Google car cut off a Delphi Automotive-backed autonomous car this week in what could be the first near collision between two self-driving vehicles ...


Biggest Passive Building in the World Planned for New York City

June 26, 2015 10:55 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Industry Briefs | Comments

In order to create a passive building - one that requires little in the way of cooling or heating - the interior must be as self-contained as possible, pressurized and meticulously sealed. Architects at work ...


NASA & Microsoft to Develop Virtual Assistance Tech for ISS Astronauts

June 26, 2015 10:33 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has partnered with tech giant Microsoft to develop a virtual assistance technology for astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Called Sidekick, the technology features ...


Drones Patrol Australian Greyhound Kennels for Live Baiting Crackdown

June 26, 2015 10:30 am | by Jake Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Industry Briefs | Comments

Drones are being used in the Australian state of Queensland in an attempt to catch live baiting practices at greyhound kennels. With the ability to fly up to 120 meters high, the UAVs record surveillance footage...


GOP Measure Would Permit Longer Tandem Trucks

June 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the objections of safety advocates, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a trucking industry bid to allow longer tandem trucks on the nation's ...


Economic Officials Say Tesla Factory Will Open in a Year

June 26, 2015 10:24 am | by Riley Snyder, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada economic officials say work on a massive Tesla Motors battery factory east of Reno is going smoothly and it should be operational within a year. Steve Hill, director of the ...


Re-Engineering the Water Cycle

June 26, 2015 10:17 am | by Matt Kelland, | Blogs | 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 ...


How Simulation Can Improve the Reliability of Consumer Electronics

June 26, 2015 10:08 am | by Bhaumik Dave,Sr. FEA Consultant, Hi-Tech FEA | Articles | Comments

Early product failures turn very much costly for manufacturers, resulting in a substantial loss in revenue, value and customer’s trust towards the brand. It is however very much common for many ...


Fishy Electronics, Reversed Wiring Among 5 Design Fails This Week

June 26, 2015 9:58 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

This week in recalls, bicycle bolts are breaking, hoodies are snapping back, a little digger has a lot of lead, and ...


Photos of the Day: An Inside Look at Italy's Maserati Plant

June 26, 2015 9:56 am | by Comau | News | Comments

The whole Maserati process involves the assembly of parts and subgroups through the insertion of 4,785 welding spots for each model. Of these, 1,083 are performed in ...


Microsoft Should Have Created 'Xphone,' Says Former Xbox Head

June 26, 2015 9:55 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Industry Briefs | Comments

Microsoft should have put out a smartphone before the iPhone, former Xbox division leader Robbie Bach said in hindsight.

That's not to say that Microsoft had plans for a touch phone in the days of the...


Total Recall: Honda Announces Altered Earnings Due to Takata Headache

June 26, 2015 9:45 am | by Jake Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Industry Briefs | Comments

Honda announced its altered financial results for the fiscal year that ended in March, due to additional costs brought about by the large recall of its cars possessing faulty Takata airbags ...


Arrested Protesters Post Bail, Return to Hawaii Mountain

June 26, 2015 9:41 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Protesters arrested while preventing construction of a giant telescope posted bail and were returning to the Hawaii mountain they say they're protecting from desecration ...



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