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Preparing the New Martians for Survival

April 1, 2015 | by Vincent Hyman, Mars One volunteer | Comments

Christopher McKay, PhD, is a planetary scientist at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, where his research includes the origins of life in the solar system and active involvement for future Mars missions. He’s also an explorer with ...

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Today in Engineering History: Apple Computer Founded

April 1, 2015 1:18 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1976, Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne with the intention of developing and selling personal computers. The company was incorporated on January 3, 1977 in ...

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6 Hilarious Tech Pranks for April Fools'

April 1, 2015 11:45 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Today is April Fool’s day, and many companies are taking advantage of the date to release a variety of new products. Here is a rundown of my favorite pranks of the day ...

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Today in Engineering History: Eiffel Tower Opens in Paris

March 31, 2015 1:18 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1889, the Eiffel Tower officially opened in Paris to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution. Gustave Eiffel, the owner of the company that built the structure, presided over the ceremony, while French Prime ...

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The True Leadership Challenge in a World that Changes Faster Every Day

March 31, 2015 9:46 am | by Joakim Ahlström | Comments

To secure long-term survival in a complex and volatile world you need to develop an organization with the ability to collectively adapt and continuously improve as one synchronized entity. Better information technology and more efficient ...

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Today in Engineering History: Heinkel Fighter Sets World Airspeed Record

March 30, 2015 1:59 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1939, German pilot Hans Dieterle set a world record speed when he reached 746,606 km/h (463.919 mph) in a Heinkel He 100 fighter aircraft. Dieterle set the record near the town of Oranienburg, just north of Berlin ... 

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Not All Clouds Are the Same

March 30, 2015 10:23 am | by Milos Zupanski, Solidworks | Comments

Every day, cloud-based services are playing bigger and more important role in our personal and work lives. Cloud offerings are becoming so much more than just renting and accessing hardware, owned by someone else, while you provide ...    

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Today in Engineering History: Soviet Venera 8 Launched to Venus

March 27, 2015 1:38 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1972, the Soviet spacecraft Venera 8 was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It made the first successful landing on the day side of Venus. The 495-kilogram lander was designed to withstand ...   

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Boeing's Force Field Among 3 Patents This Week

March 27, 2015 12:07 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

The Boeing Company has just been assigned a patent for a force field (technically, the methods and systems for shockwave attenuation.) The patent describes ...

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5 Problems with 3D Printing & How to Fix Them

March 27, 2015 8:54 am | by Jeff Kowalski, Chief Technology Officer, Autodesk | Comments

The problem with 3D printing is that it . . . well . . . kinda sucks right now. Don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of things that are cool about 3D printing. It gives us the ability to handle any level of complexity. It ensures pinpoint ...

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Spacecraft of the Week: Space Shuttle Orbiters

March 26, 2015 3:25 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Many people know the streamlined Space Shuttle orbiters by sight. This week, we look at what set the orbiters apart and what every engineer can learn from their construction...

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Today in Engineering History: Goddard's L-13 Rocket Reaches 9,000 Ft.

March 26, 2015 1:42 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1937, Dr. Robert Goddard’s L-B series rocket (L-13) reached its highest height of approximately 9,000 feet. The duration of the flight lasted 22.3 seconds. The L-B series were check tests of 5.75 inch-diameter chambers ...

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Risk Management in Real Time & Wishful Thinking

March 26, 2015 9:26 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions, LLC | Comments

There are a great many risk management tools available to us in a variety of forms. Most of us are familiar with Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) for design risk management or some form of risk matrix for project risk planning ...

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Today in Engineering History: First NASA X-15 Flight Reaches Mach 2.0

March 25, 2015 2:12 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1960, NASA Flight Research Center test pilot, Joe Walker, flew the first NASA flight in a North American X-15 rocket aircraft. During the flight, the aircraft reached Mach 2.0 at 48,630 feet. The X-15 rocket-powered ...

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How Real-Time Ray Tracing Can Avert a Real-Life 'Death Ray'

March 25, 2015 9:30 am | by Greg Estes, VP Enterprise Marketing, NVIDIA | Comments

You know something’s awry when your building starts melting nearby cars. London’s year-old 20 Fenchurch Street tower is a stunner. But the same curved glass that gives the 37-story tower the nickname “The Walkie Talkie,” also has a ...   

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Today in Engineering History: Exxon Valdez Spills 11M Gallons of Oil

March 24, 2015 1:23 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef in Prince William Sound in southern Alaska. The vessel spilled approximately 11 million gallons of crude oil in the water, marking the incident as the worst ...

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