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Explosions Are Bad for Business: PG&E's $1.6B Fine

April 21, 2015 | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

Back in 1956, the California utility company Pacific Gas & Electric laid a new gas pipeline, designated "132", to supply the growing needs of San Francisco and cities to its south along the peninsula.  The 30-inch-diameter pipeline's sections ...

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New Taser System Among 5 Patents This Week

April 24, 2015 12:25 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

This patent, assigned to TASER International, cites the desirability to improve the accuracy with which Taser electrodes strike a target, and the need for a user interface capable of multiple functions ...

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Today in Engineering History: 17th Century Warship Salvaged

April 24, 2015 11:45 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, April 24, 1961, the 17th century Swedish warship Vasa, which sunk 1,300 meters into her maiden voyage in 1628, was salvaged. The ship was commissioned by Swedish King Gustav II Adolf in 1625, and she was ...

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The 9th Waste & the Goose That Lays Golden Eggs

April 24, 2015 9:17 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions, LLC | Comments

Perhaps the biggest mistake business leaders make is to assume that people are resources like any other. The truth is that people are resources unlike any other.  At the heart of many business disasters is the misunderstanding that ...

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Today in Engineering History: Soyuz 1 Launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome

April 23, 2015 1:35 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, April 23, 1967, Soyuz 1 launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, carrying cosmonaut Colonel Vladimir Komarov. Soyuz 1 was the first crewed flight of the Soyuz spacecraft, and Komarov became the first man to travel ...

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Preventative Human Maintenance Will Tell You Right & Wrong

April 22, 2015 3:44 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Comments

I have yet to jump on the wearable bandwagon. I am without Fitbit and smart shoe, and I find the prospect of textiles as hardware unnerving. Some of this is due to a shopping aversion, but a large part of it is that, even as a self-confessed ...

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Brainstorm: M2M Communication

April 22, 2015 3:33 pm | by PD&D Staff | Comments

What are some of the security risks involved with the implementation of M2M communication in industrial applications? What are some of the tools currently in the market that help protect against, or alleviate some of these security risks ...

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Autonomous Driving: A Problem Solved?

April 22, 2015 3:04 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Musk once warned us that artificial intelligence is more dangerous than nuclear weapons – but he isn’t worried about autonomous cars. In fact, he believes that one day (in the distant future) lawmakers may make human-driven cars illegal ...

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Today in Engineering History: Intel Releases 486SX Chip

April 22, 2015 1:30 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, April 22, 1991, Intel released the 486SX chip with the intention of bringing a lower-cost processor to the PC market. The chip sold for $258, which was less than half the price of the full 486DX – Intel’s most powerful ...

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Today in Engineering History: First Movie Projector Demonstrated in U.S.

April 21, 2015 11:53 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, April 21, 1895, Woodville Latham and his sons, Otway and Gray, demonstrated the first movie projector created in the U.S., which they called the “Panopticon” (eventually renamed Eidoloscope). Although Thomas ...

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Today in Engineering History: Armstrong Takes X-15 to 63,250 M

April 20, 2015 12:40 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, April 20, 1962, NASA civilian test pilot, Neil Armstrong, flew the X-15 rocket plane to 63,250 m. The X-15 hypersonic research program was conducted by NASA with the Air Force, the Navy, and North American Aviation ...

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers

April 20, 2015 10:07 am | by Louise Rainone, Director of Strategy and Business Development, PCDworks | Comments

I have to admit, I’ve never really LOVED spending time with other people’s children. I like quiet and clean and neither of those things are often associated in the context of large groups of children. I have two little boys and I love them more ...

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Today in Engineering History: Apollo 13 'Safely' Returns to Earth

April 17, 2015 1:07 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, April 17, 1970, Apollo 13, the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space program and the third intended mission to land on the Moon, returned to earth. James A. Lovell commanded the mission ...

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Mini UAV Torpedoes Among 5 Patents This Week

April 17, 2015 1:05 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

This patent, assigned to Boeing, describes a miniature, lightweight torpedo that can be carried and launched by an unmanned aerial vehicle. According to the patent, the torpedo features ...

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Today in Engineering History: India's First Passenger Rail Opens

April 16, 2015 1:55 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, April 16, 1853, the first passenger rail opened between Bombay (now Mubai) and Tannah (now Thane). The Great Indian Peninsula Rail covered a distance of approximately 21 miles, and three locomotives ...

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Today in Engineering History: B-52 Bomber Takes Off on Maiden Flight

April 15, 2015 12:47 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, April 15, 1952, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress took off on its maiden flight from Seattle, WA, piloted by Col. Alvin M. “Tex” Johnson. With a length of 159 ft. and a take-off weight of ...

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