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Water Balloon Cannon Among 5 Patents This Week

May 29, 2015 1:47 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

This patent cites the current unreliability of water balloon launching devices. For example, the water balloon will often (apparently) burst while inside the barrel of the launching device ...

MIT Cheetah Robot Lands the Running Jump

May 29, 2015 11:45 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a leap for robot development, the MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have now...

U.S. Officials Revive Oil Train Safety Order After Complaints

May 29, 2015 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. transportation officials are extending an order for railroads to notify states about...

Advanced Manufacturing Canada

May 28, 2015 4:03 pm | by SME | Events

As advanced manufacturing technologies are enabling companies to manufacture goods faster,...

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Today in Engineering History: First Steam Vessel Navigates Lake Erie

May 28, 2015 2:32 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, May 28, 1818, the Walk-in-the-Water became the first steamboat to navigate Lake Erie. She was launched from the mouth of Scajaquada creek. The vessel was 135 feet long, 32 feet wide ...

Engineering Newswire 141: New Robot Walks Like a Cartoon

May 28, 2015 10:09 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re designing an all-terrain knee for all walks of life, getting a new point of view on SpaceX’s pad abort test, and mimicking Mickey Mouse’s movements ...

Top 5 from RAPID 2015

May 28, 2015 9:23 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Last week, Long Beach, California was home to the latest in 3D printing and scanning technology. RAPID celebrated its 25th anniversary with a smorgasbord of innovative technology from both established companies and ...

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Photos of the Day: ​Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER Helicopter Takes First Flight

May 27, 2015 9:35 am | by Sikorsky | News | Comments

During the first test flight, which lasted approximately one hour, RAIDER Pilot Bill Fell and Co-Pilot Kevin Bredenbeck took the aircraft through a series of maneuvers designed to test the aircraft’s ...

Electromagnetic Rail Launchers Among 5 Patents This Week

May 22, 2015 12:28 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

According to the patent, the new design seeks to increase a rail launcher's energy efficiency and compactness, as well as to allow the use of proven and simple technology components ...

CEO: Nissan Will Be Ready with Autonomous driving by 2020

May 18, 2015 8:45 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. will have vehicles packed with autonomous driving technology by 2020 but whether people will be able to drive them on roads is up to government regulators, Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said ...

Insufficient Friction Among 4 Design Fails This Week

May 15, 2015 1:44 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

IKEA is recalling sits pressure-mounted safety gates due to a fall hazard. The company has received 18 incident reports, including three in which children were injured after ...

Portable Beer Dispensing System Among 5 Patents This Week

May 15, 2015 12:14 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

According to the patent, this invention is “easy to use, convenient, compact, energy efficient, labor efficient, cost-effective, fast, safe, neat, electricity-independent, self-contained, [and] portable.” And? It’s for beer ...

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Designing the Future of Rail Travel

May 14, 2015 1:34 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Increased traffic, congestion, security of energy supply and climate change are just some of the many pressing issues that the EU currently faces. In order to fully tackle these challenges, the railway sector must modernise and ...

Integrating Rail Freight with Passenger Services

May 14, 2015 1:18 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Today's manufacturing techniques and logistics require reliable, time-sensitive delivery of lower density and higher value (LDHV) goods. This situation presents a market opportunity for the transportation of such freight by rail ...

Photos of the Day: Robot Rodeo Showcases Bomb Squad Expertise

May 14, 2015 10:00 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Bomb squads from across the country saddled up their robots and are duking it out at the ninth annual Western National Robot Rodeo and Capability Exercise at Sandia National Laboratories. The five-day event offers a ...

Bomb Squads Duke It Out at Robot Rodeo

May 14, 2015 10:00 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

The rodeo, which began Monday, is designed with elaborate props to model the atmosphere of real-life emergencies in a low-risk, competitive environment. Robots are life-saving tools for the nation’s hazardous device teams ...

Engineering Newswire 139: Flying Car Crash Lands in Test Flight

May 14, 2015 9:48 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re upgrading our phones with a new smartphone case, testing the limits of a flying car, and shedding weight from the army’s machine gun ...

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Safety Tech Might Have Prevented Deadly Amtrak Crash

May 14, 2015 9:11 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia appears to be yet another accident that didn't have to happen. It could have been avoided if a long-sought safety technology had been installed ...

May 2015: Replacing the Humvee

May 13, 2015 4:52 pm | by PD&D Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of PD&D we're replacing the Humvee and unveiling a small robot for compact spaces. Also, in this month’s Brainstorm we ask: How does the design and usability of wearables need to change in ...

Connecting to the Industrial Internet of Things

May 13, 2015 3:40 pm | by Tom Mariano, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Foliage | Articles | Comments

For the first time in its brief and storied history, the Internet has more machines and inanimate objects talking to each other than people. Cisco, the world’s largest provider of Internet equipment, estimates there are ...

A Small Robot for Compact Spaces

May 13, 2015 3:23 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

Robotic assembly is becoming the cornerstone of many factories. From large vehicles to small electronic components, robots are assembling many of world’s most popular products. However, as manufactured goods become ...

Amtrak Train Derails Killing 6; Investigation Begins

May 13, 2015 9:40 am | by Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Daylight on Wednesday revealed the destruction and devastation caused by an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that left at least six people dead and injured dozens more, several critically, as survivors recalled ...

Google Acknowledges 11 Accidents with Its Self-Driving Cars

May 11, 2015 4:40 pm | by Justin Prichard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. says its self-driving cars have been in 11 minor traffic accidents since it began experimenting with the technology six years ago. The company says ...

Robots Compete in 'Hack to the Future'

May 11, 2015 10:51 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The future, as defined in the first sequel to 1985’s classic time-travel saga “Back to the Future,” is this year: 2015. So, appropriately enough, that movie was selected as the theme for this year’s version of the annual competition ...

4 Things to Know About Accidents Involving Self-Driving Cars

May 11, 2015 9:24 am | by Justin Prichard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small fleet of cars that maneuver through traffic using an array of sensors and computing power is driving on California roads and highways. Since September, seven companies have ...

Laser Ablation Propulsion Among 5 Patents This Week

May 8, 2015 1:14 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

The United States of America (as represented by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration administrator) has been assigned a rocket propulsion patent, specifically for a ...

MIT Engineers Hand 'Cognitive' Control to Underwater Robots

May 7, 2015 11:47 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

For the last decade, scientists have deployed increasingly capable underwater robots to map and monitor pockets of the ocean to track the health of fisheries, and survey marine habitats and species. In general, such robots are ...

Engineering Newswire 138: Air-Powered Car Claims Zero Pollution

May 7, 2015 10:39 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re using drones to assess cyclone carnage, sword-fighting with robots, and riding in the first compressed air-powered car ...

If Ships Could Fly: Big Data Dawn on the High Seas

May 6, 2015 11:36 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A seaborne locomotive sounds like crazy idea, but engineer Andy McKeran, who designs heavy-duty offshore equipment at GE, might give it another look. “One of the big benefits of working here is that someone in ...

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