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Crowdfunding the Future

January 26, 2015 | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

The crowdfunding site Indiegogo was founded in 2008, and Kickstarter began a year later. Since then, millions of contributors have brought products just like Jibo, 'The World’s First Family Robot,' to life. A company representative states ...

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Today in Engineering History: Submersible Sets Depth Record

January 23, 2015 2:08 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1960, the U.S. Navy-operated bathyscaphe Trieste traveled more than 35,000 feet to the deepest known point in the Pacific Ocean. Jacques Piccard and Navy lieutenant Donald Walsh boarded the Trieste from a rubber raft ...

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Boeing's Winglets, Sandia's Robot Hands Among 5 Patents This Week

January 22, 2015 3:47 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

In other patent news this week, a self-tightening shoe and adjustable flossing mouthpieces are making mornings easier. A mobile celebration device has also been approved in time for the weekend, or if you can’t make it that long ...  

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Today in Engineering History: Space Shuttle Discovery Lifts Off

January 22, 2015 3:01 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1992, Space Shuttle Discovery took off from NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center on mission STS-42. The mission’s main objective was to study the effects of microgravity on various organisms. The mission’s primary ...

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Who’s Minding the Minders?

January 22, 2015 12:45 pm | by Alan Nicol | Comments

What relationship do the various functions and personnel in your organization have with your quality group? Is it collaborative, adversarial, or one of total domination? That spectrum represents a slippery slope from successful to disastrous ...

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Today in Engineering History: Supersonic Airliner Takes Flight

January 21, 2015 11:55 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

On this day in history, 1977, the first Concordes with commercial passengers took flight from London's Heathrow Airport and Orly Airport outside Paris. The aircrafts were 12 years in the making, a project that pitted English and French engineers against the USSR ...

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Will Remote Car Hacking Stop Before It Starts?

January 21, 2015 9:42 am | by Karl David Stephan, professor at Texas State University | Comments

The bomb exploded as the car reached the intersection of Park Place and Forest Park Boulevard in Fort Worth, Texas. The explosion was loud enough to be heard at an elementary school a couple of blocks away, and I was one of several students who ...

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Today in Engineering History: GM Buys into Oakland Motor Car

January 20, 2015 1:49 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1909, General Motors (GM) bought into the Oakland Motor Car Corporation, which would eventually become GM’s Pontiac division. Edward Murphy, a manufacturer of horse-drawn carriages, founded Oakland Motor ...  

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Value Added vs. Value Ensured

January 20, 2015 9:26 am | by Alan Nicol | Comments

In our quest to minimize our work to only the essential value-added elements, we often overlook the benefits of non-value-added activities. One such activity is the quality process audit. Few of us enjoy conducting audits ...   

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Today in Engineering History: Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster

January 16, 2015 1:57 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia lifted off from Kennedy Space Center with a seven member crew. During the launch of mission STS-107, a piece of foam insulation broke off from the Space Shuttle’s external tank and hit ...

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Why Quantum Dots Are the Next Big Display Tech

January 16, 2015 9:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, ECN Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Nestled in between the bloated 4K, 8K, and “Beyond 4K” TVs at this year’s CES was an older lighting technology that’s just now gaining traction with consumer display manufacturers — quantum dots. The inimitable display tech ...  

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Drone Leashes, Inflatable Fuselage Among 5 Patents This Week

January 15, 2015 2:42 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

There are thousands of patents issued each week, and each Tuesday, the Official Gazette for Patents publishes them online. While one of them may be the next big thing, others just make us laugh ...        

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Today in Engineering History: Ford Improves Assembly-Line

January 14, 2015 2:25 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

On this day in history, 1914, the Ford Motor Company made a significant upgrade to its assembly-line operations by using an ...                    

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Today in Engineering History: NY Times Claims Rockets Can’t Fly

January 13, 2015 12:35 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1920, the New York Times reported that rockets couldn’t fly, and on this day in 1993, Endeavour launched on STS-54, her third mission, to deploy the sixth satellite in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite ...  

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Can Manufacturing Learn a Lesson From Farm-to-Table?

January 13, 2015 9:32 am | by Andrew Anagnost, Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy & Marketing at Autodesk | Comments

There’s a lot of talk about manufacturing’s "New Industrial Revolution." But the way we interpret "industrial" — and its definition moving forward — is going to change dramatically. Fewer smokestacks, more 3D printers, more choices ...  

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Today in Engineering History: Ford Sets Speed Record

January 12, 2015 11:53 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

On this day in history, 1904, Henry Ford set the land-speed record driving 91.37 mph on the frozen Lake St. Clair in Michigan, racing one mile in ...                

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