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Fuel Cell Vehicle Among 5 Patents This Week

May 1, 2015 | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

In the invention summary, Suzuki Motor Corporation cites several technical problems currently experienced in fuel cell vehicles. One such problem is the inability to efficiently ...

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Today in Engineering History: Construction Begins on World's First Skyscraper

May 1, 2015 12:22 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, May 1, 1884, construction began on Chicago’s first skyscraper at the corner of Adams and LaSalle Streets. Before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, much of the city’s skyline was made up of wooden buildings ...

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Understanding Material Nuances from Metal 3D Printing

April 30, 2015 4:51 pm | by Stratasys Blog | Comments

3D printing with metals has never been more accessible to the manufacturing community. Each material adds a unique range of mechanical properties to broaden perfect-fit applications using 3D metal printing ...

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Today in Engineering History: Land Rover Makes Public Debut

April 30, 2015 12:08 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, April 30, 1948, the original Land Rover debuted at the Amsterdam Auto Show. Maurice Wilks, the chief designer at the British Rover Company, designed the first Land Rover, known as Series 1 ...

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Today in Engineering History: First Military Nuclear Power Plant Formally Opens

April 29, 2015 2:27 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, April 29, 1957, the first military nuclear power plant was formally opened in a public ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. SM-1 was a 2-megawatt nuclear reactor developed by the United States Atomic Energy ..

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Sphero's Star Wars Droid Is the Toy You're Looking For

April 29, 2015 11:21 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Excitement has been mounting for some time now as Star Wars fans prepare for the series' newest installment, The Force Awakens. Coming to the big screen in December, Episode VII features a variety of new creatures, droids, and robots ...

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Today in Engineering History: First Premeditated Jump with Army Ripcord Parachute

April 28, 2015 2:35 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, April 28, 1919, Leslie Irvin made the first free-fall parachute jump with the Army Air Corps ripcord Type A parachute, designed and tested by the Engineering Division of the Air Service at McCook Field ...

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Letter to the Editor: Engineers Must Take the Lead

April 28, 2015 10:43 am | by PD&D Staff | Comments

In every print publication’s At Issue I ask the reader’s to respond to me via email if they have any comments or questions about that month’s topic. Below is the response from one reader, Jay Lipeles, who emailed me in a “Letter to the Editor,” with his reactions to ...

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Today in Engineering History: U.S. Steamboat Explodes

April 27, 2015 11:56 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, April 27, 1865, the SS Sultana, a U.S. side-wheel steamboat, exploded and sank in the Mississippi River near Memphis, TN. Approximately 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers aboard died when three of the ...

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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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