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August 14, 2014 4:32 pm | by The Old Lean Dude | Blogs | Comments

While I am an unabashed proponent of learning by doing, I have a list of books that have over the years been essential to me as a framework for experiential learning. Most of these books were written before 1990, and one of the most insightful ...

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Photos of the Day: A Self-Organizing Thousand-Robot Swarm

August 14, 2014 3:51 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Just as trillions of individual cells can assemble into an intelligent organism, or a thousand starlings can form a great flowing murmuration across the sky, the Kilobots demonstrate how complexity can arise from very simple behaviors ...

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Autonomous Kilobots Arrange Themselves into Vast, Complex Shapes

August 14, 2014 3:50 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University. “Form a sea star shape,” directs a computer scientist, sending the command to 1,024 little bots simultaneously via an infrared light. The robots begin to ...   

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Kemper Plant Starts Making Power Using Natural Gas

August 14, 2014 3:24 pm | by Jeff Amy - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi Power Co. says a key part of its $5.5 billion Kemper County power plant is operational. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. announced Thursday that it has put three power generating turbines into commercial operation ...  

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More Potential Problems for the Tesla Model S

August 14, 2014 2:35 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Tesla Model S was once the darling of Consumer Reports but a recent article states that the car now'has more than its share of problems ...                

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GE in Talks to Sell Historic Appliance Division

August 14, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division as part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and more profitable industrial equipment. The confirmation came after the Swedish appliance ...

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Engineering Newswire 103: Marine’s Driverless Jeep Built on a Growler

August 14, 2014 10:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re reaching 290 mph with the Hennessey Venom F5, 3d printing on the Stratasys Uprint, and taking a spin in the marine’s new self-driving jeep ...                   

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High-Res Camera to Spend Two Years Recording Meteor Showers

August 14, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

Those who enjoy the spectacle of the Perseids, Geminids or other annual meteor showers likely aren’t thinking about where these shooting stars originated or whether they might pose a danger. Scientists, however, think about such things ...

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Photos of the Day: Monitoring Meteor Showers from Space

August 14, 2014 9:59 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The WORF provides a stable platform for hand-held photography and other research activities at the U.S. Laboratory Science Window, the highest optical-quality window ever installed on a human space vehicle. The Window enables the use of ...

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M235i Revives Classic BMW Memories

August 14, 2014 9:41 am | by Ann M. Job, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2014 BMW M235i is the best temptation yet for American car buyers to get back into sporty, two-door coupes. The agile, turbocharged, rear-wheel drive M235i is downright fun to drive and relatively affordable — for a BMW with ...  

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Apple Takes First Steps to Protect Workers from Toxins

August 14, 2014 9:12 am | by Green America | News | Comments

Green America continues to urge Apple to go further to ensure the safety of all workers in its supply chain. Beyond benzene and n-hexane, there are thousands of chemicals used in the manufacturing of electronics—some which are largely ...

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Apple Bans Use of 2 Chemicals in iPhone Assembly

August 13, 2014 7:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during in the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect factory workers who build its trendy devices. The decision announced ...

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Cisco to Lay Off Up to 6,000 Workers

August 13, 2014 6:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring. The company, which makes routers, switches and software, said the layoffs will affect workers in operations around the ...

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Bipartisan Bill To Designate 'Manufacturing Universities'

August 13, 2014 5:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons and Lindsey Graham have introduced bipartisan legislation to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing. The bill would designate ...   

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Outside the Box: 5 Packaging Considerations

August 13, 2014 5:01 pm | by Dana Goldberg, Line/Shape/Space | Blogs | Comments

So you’ve conceived, designed, prototyped, and manufactured the next Big Thing—the product that will change the world. Congratulations! But guess what? You’re not done yet. Now you’ve got to come up with some truly killer packaging to ...

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