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High Time for Satellite Tracking of All International Flights

March 2, 2015 | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

This coming March 8 will mark one year since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from radar en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing somewhere over the Indian Ocean. The wreckage has never been found, although communications experts ...

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Amazon Wants to Put 3D Printers in Delivery Trucks

March 3, 2015 10:01 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Comments

Amazon's drone delivery program may be grounded, but who needs a drone to drop off an item when you could have it produced curbside of your home? That's what the e-tailer's latest ambition entails, as last week Amazon filed several ... 

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Today in Engineering History: First Concorde Test Flight

March 2, 2015 12:39 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1969, the Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde made its first test flight from Toulouse, piloted by André Turcat. The test flight reached about 10,000 ft., but it didn’t fly more than 300 mph. The Concorde was later ...  

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Today in Engineering History: Cigar Rolling Machine Patented

February 27, 2015 1:15 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1883, Oscar Hammerstein patented his cigar rolling machine. As a young man, Hammerstein moved to New York City from the Kingdom of Prussia (now Poland) in 1864. He began working at a cigar factory and eventually ...

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Wingless, Hovering MAV Among 5 Patents This Week

February 27, 2015 12:29 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Winged micro air vehicles (MAV) are vulnerable to wind gusts for various reasons, citing these issues, this patent describes the need for a MAV design that is less sensitive to wind ...

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Preparing for Change

February 27, 2015 9:54 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions, LLC | Comments

Planning a change initiative carefully is imperative.  Not only must we plan a way to reach everyone, follow through effectively, and mentor the use of methods and tools, we should also plan how to prepare our organization to accept ... 

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Today in Engineering History: First Non-Stop Flight Around World

February 26, 2015 1:01 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1949, Lucky Lady II became the first airplane to fly around the world non-stop. The United States Air Force Boeing B-50 Superfortress was in the air for a total of 94 hours and 1 minute, and was aided by ...   

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Company Refuses to Ship Milling Machine for 3D-Printed Firearms

February 26, 2015 9:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight ... unless you’re shipping something controversial. Ever since Cody Wilson started toying with the idea of perfecting a completely 3D-printed gun, he’s given potential business ...

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Today in Engineering History: 1st Tunnel Under Hudson River Opens

February 25, 2015 1:21 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1908, the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Tunnel was formally opened. On the afternoon of February 25, President Theodore Roosevelt pressed a button from the White House that turned the electrical power to the ...  

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Resourcing Continual Improvement

February 25, 2015 10:00 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions, LLC | Comments

We all know there is no free lunch.  Continual Improvement (CI) takes time and energy. There is a significant learning curve, skilled people need time away from “normal” work to analyze and plan improvements, and there is disruption ... 

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Today in Engineering History: Hudson Motor Car Company Founded

February 24, 2015 2:52 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1909, the Hudson Motor Car Company was founded by eight Detroit businessmen. Among them was department store owner Joseph L. Hudson who mainly funded the venture. Within one year of its founding, Hudson ...  

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Red-Light Cameras: Proceed with Caution

February 24, 2015 9:13 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

The Latin phrase "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" means "Who will guard the guards themselves?" It may have originated with the Roman poet Juvenal, who flourished around the first century A. D., but the problem it highlights is much older ...

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Today in Engineering History: 'Sphairistike' Patented

February 23, 2015 1:52 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1874, Major Walter Wingfield, a Welsh inventor, patented what he called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis). He borrowed the name from the ancient Greek term, meaning skill in playing ball. The name never became popular ...

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3 Vehicle Trends to Keep an Eye On

February 20, 2015 9:20 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Recent reports have indicated that Apple may be making a bigger push into the car market, Nissan is again playing with paint and Toyota is trying to make getting around town a little easier ...         

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Today in Engineering History: Edison Patents the Phonograph

February 19, 2015 12:17 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

On this day in history, 1878, Thomas Edison patented the phonograph, the first device to both record and play sound. The patent, number 200,521, specifically described a device for capturing sound on ...       

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Today in Engineering History: Enterprise Goes on Maiden Flight

February 18, 2015 1:57 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1977, Enterprise (the first Space Shuttle Orbiter) took its maiden flight while mated atop a modified Boeing 747. Enterprise was manufactured for NASA as part of the Space Shuttle program to execute test flights in the

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