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New Taser System Among 5 Patents This Week

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

Volvo Truck Maker Names New CEO from Rival Scania

April 22, 2015 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swedish truck maker AB Volvo has tapped Martin Lundstedt, the top boss at rival Scania AB, to...

The Impossible to Describe Chevrolet-FNR Concept Car

April 21, 2015 1:57 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

General Motor’s unveiled its Chevrolet-FNR concept car at their Shanghai GM Gala Night, which...

Maglev Train Breaks Own Speed Record

April 21, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed...

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Mini UAV Torpedoes Among 5 Patents This Week

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

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

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

Engineering Newswire 136: NASA Prepares to Crash into Mercury

April 16, 2015 10:57 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re taking to the skies with the Solo drone, getting ready to crash into Mercury, and cooking in the world’s first robotic kitchen ...


China's Ninebot Buys Struggling U.S. Segway

April 15, 2015 9:25 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Segway, the iconic but struggling U.S. maker of self-balancing personal electric scooters, has been bought by a Chinese rival. Beijing-based Ninebot Inc., which makes a range of short-distance motorized transport devices ...

Photos of the Day: Testing a New Engine in the Tunnels of Dread

April 14, 2015 9:37 am | by GE Reports staff | News | Comments

The Tier 4 locomotive is the first freight train engine that meets the U.S. government’s strict Tier 4 emission standards. The locomotive’s design will cut particulate matter emissions by ...

Thrill Ride Turns Deadly at Racing Attraction

April 14, 2015 9:20 am | by Mike Schneider, Associated Press | News | Comments

For fans of speed, the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World offers a heart-pounding thrill. People who drive minivans during the week can settle in behind the wheel of ...

Engineering Newswire 135: TRON Lightcycle Breaks Out of the System

April 9, 2015 10:46 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re savings lives with a tiny dot, driving a super-efficient SuperTruck, rewriting rock history, and going to auction to bet on TRONs light cycle ...

Tesla Boosts Range, Power, Price of Low-End Model S

April 8, 2015 9:10 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is going after mainstream luxury car buyers by adding all-wheel-drive and more range and power to the base version of its only model ...


Photos of the Day: Tesla Unveils Model S 70D

April 8, 2015 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a photo from Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in Detroit, a Tesla Model S 70D is seen during a test drive. Electric car maker Tesla Motors is seeking mainstream luxury buyers by adding ...

Mobility Rolls into the Future

April 7, 2015 9:51 am | by Greg Cober, Altra Industrial Motion Product Training Manager | Articles | Comments

Physical inactivity is on the rise across the globe and has become the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. Approximately 31% of adults over the age of 15 are not active enough to maintain optimal health and wellbeing ...

College Tie-Ins Allow More to Join Michigan Robotics Craze

April 7, 2015 9:22 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

An increasing number of students from Michigan's most financially strapped urban school districts, including Detroit and Flint, are joining robotics teams because local universities are ...

Autonomous Car Completes 3,400-Mile U.S. Road Trip

April 2, 2015 4:08 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

An autonomous vehicle has completed a 3,400-mile U.S. road trip with almost no intervention from drivers. Auto supplier Delphi Corp. says the Audi Q5 fitted with ...

Hands-Free Stun Gun, Convertiplane Among 5 Patents This Week

April 2, 2015 3:23 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

The convertiplane has the advantages of being able to hover, and take off and land in confined spaces. However, there are design changes that need to be made to improve upon ...


Today in Engineering History: Titanic Undergoes Sea Trials

April 2, 2015 11:00 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1912, the RMS Titanic underwent sea trials beginning at 6 a.m. The trials had been delayed for a day due to bad weather. The sea trials were designed to test the Titanic’s handling characteristics and were carried out ...

Engineering Newswire 134: Robot Takes a Pounding in Dodgeball Barrage

April 2, 2015 10:09 am | by David Mantey, Melisa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we starting up the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, grabbing objects with a giant tongue gripper, and playing dodgeball with a bipedal robot ...

Photos of the Day: 2016 Jaguar XF Unveiled in a High-Wire Act

April 1, 2015 9:43 am | by Jaguar | News | Comments

Watch movie stuntman Jim Dowdall get behind the wheel of the all-new Jaguar XF in an attempt at the world's longest high-wire water crossing by car ...

Penske Warns NASCAR Team Not to Manipulate Tires

March 30, 2015 10:53 am | by Jenna Fryer, AP Auto Racing Writer | News | Comments

The team owner is aware of rampant industry speculation that some crews are drilling tiny holes in tires to allow air to escape during a race, a process known as "bleeding tires." NASCAR has confiscated ...

Boeing's Force Field Among 3 Patents This Week

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

Trains with Brains Haul Ore Through Earth’s Closest Thing to Mars

March 26, 2015 12:25 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A few years ago, NASA sent a “Spaceward Bound” expedition to Australia’s remote Pilbara region. The region’s rugged and red-hued plains appeared to be a good analog for Mars. Up to a point. The Pilbara, which is located in Western ...   

New Locomotives Ensure Energy-Efficient Transport

March 26, 2015 11:08 am | by Megan Locke Simpson, Fort Campbell Courier | News | Comments

The swift, efficient movement of freight and equipment is essential to the Army's mission, whether by air, land or sea. Fort Campbell's railroad operations are a key part of this mission to remain a premier power projection ...                

Engineering Newswire 133: New Rube Goldberg Designs Violin Playing Machine

March 26, 2015 10:24 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re controlling headlights with our eyes, learning how the bench top factory will change our lives, and building kinetic sculptures with the new Rube Goldberg ...

Brake Design Flaw Contributed to Chairlift Malfunction

March 26, 2015 10:18 am | by David Sharp, Associated Press | News | Comments

A chairlift malfunction that injured seven skiers at the Sugarloaf ski area was caused by a broken drive shaft in a gearbox that allowed the lift to move in reverse and by a brake system that failed to stop the lift because of a design flaw ...

Universal Robots Launches UR3 to Work Alongside Humans

March 20, 2015 4:39 pm | by Universal Robots | News | Comments

Industries worldwide have embraced the collaborative benefits of the user-friendly UR5 and UR10 robots that feature unrivaled performance vs. affordability and can work next to people with no safety guarding. With the new UR3 robot ...  

Space Gun Among 3 Patents This Week

March 20, 2015 3:15 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

QuickLaunch is a company attempting to launch payloads into low Earth orbit using a type of “space gun.” In their recently assigned patent, the company describes “a gas gun launcher having a ...

Autonomous Driving's Big Bang

March 20, 2015 1:48 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

NVIDIA invented the graphics processing unit (GPU) in 1999. Earlier this week Jen-Hsun Huang, the company’s CEO and co-founder, unveiled the TITAN X, the world's fasted GPU at the 2015 GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, CA ...

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