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Educated Guesses & Immediacy in the Desert

June 22, 2015 | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Comments

With the industry now revolving around instant gratification and part availability, companies need to be careful to not overpromise and under-deliver with new product introductions ...

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Today in Engineering History: First Corvette Built

June 30, 2015 12:14 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, June 30, 1953, the first production Corvette was built at the General Motors facility in Flint, Michigan. All 1953 Corvettes were manufactured with a white exterior ...

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Today in Engineering History: U.S. Space Shuttle Docks with Russian Space Station

June 29, 2015 12:38 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, June 29, 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis successfully docked with the Russian space station Mir, marking a new era in international space ...

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Takata Debacle Exposes What's Wrong with America's Recall Process

June 29, 2015 9:55 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Comments

Takata’s lack of oversight resulted in the largest auto recall in U.S. history. The number of vehicles involved in the recall continues to grow, with GM adding another 243,000 cars to the tally ...

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On-Vehicle Atmosphere Cleaning Among 5 Patents This Week

June 26, 2015 2:12 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Ozone is produced by a photochemical reaction between HC and NOx which are contained in exhaust gases. Therefore, this patent explains ...

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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 | 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 ...

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Re-Engineering the Water Cycle

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

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Today in Engineering History: Boulder Canyon Project Act Becomes Effective

June 25, 2015 2:24 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, June 25, 1929, the Boulder Canyon Project Act became effective, following ratification of the Colorado River Compact by six of the seven states of the Colorado ...

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Today in Engineering History: First Demonstration of Home Video Recorder

June 24, 2015 1:52 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

The reel-to-reel system used ordinary ¼ inch audio tape, and recorded linearly with stationary heads. The high tape speed of linear recording (120 inches per second) could only produce a ...

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How an Actress Made $1B Tapping Into a Chemophobe Nation's Fears

June 24, 2015 10:09 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

If you wanted to clear a room full of nervous mothers of small children you could do it by yelling one word: “Chemicals!” Jessica Alba — famous for her roles in “Fantastic Four” and ...

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Today in Engineering History: 'Mercedes' Registered as a Brand Name

June 23, 2015 1:09 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, June 23, 1902, German automaker Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) registered “Mercedes” as a brand name. The name received full legal protection the following ...

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Future of Virtual Reality: From Cardboard Boxes to Space Suits

June 23, 2015 10:03 am | by Patrick Sisson, Line/Shape/Space | Comments

Technological shifts don’t always begin with keynote speeches or media frenzies. Sometimes, they just arrive in the mail. This past spring, high school students and aspiring ...

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Conference Audio for IT: What's Going on in an Echo Canceller?

June 22, 2015 4:55 pm | by Tim Root, CTO & EVP of New Business Development, Revolabs | Comments

Working for a company that develops speakerphones, we are often asked about the technology inside our units. From the outside, a conference phone doesn’t look imposing or high tech ...

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Today in Engineering History: Space Shuttle Atlantis Returns to Earth

June 22, 2015 2:45 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, June 22, 2007, STS-117 landed after 14 days in orbit. The Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on June 8, 2007 ...

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The Brainstorm: Automation

June 22, 2015 2:03 pm | by PD&D Staff | Comments

What future automation systems should design engineers know about now in order to stay ahead of the curve? Rather than looking to the future, engineers should look to what is ...

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The Weak Dollar, Wage War & Why 'Made in America' Is Still Better

June 22, 2015 12:54 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

At the International Plastics Showcase (NPE) in Orlando, FL, the usual excitement surrounded 3D printing. What may have been more impressive was the amount of companies that were ...

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