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Two Robots, One Challenge, Endless Possibility

December 10, 2014 9:37 am | by NASA | News | Comments

To the theme song of "2001: A Space Odyssey," a robot with a twisty spine rolled toward Thomas Rosenbaum, the new president of the California Institute of Technology, on Oct. 24, as he stood on a stage at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory ...

Photos of the Day: Ape-Like Robot Moves Around on 4 Limbs

December 10, 2014 9:36 am | by NASA | News | Comments

RoboSimian is an ape-like robot that moves around on four limbs designed. It was designed and...

Engineering Newswire 119: Stephen Hawking Gets an Upgrade

December 4, 2014 10:23 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re turning our arms into touchscreens, communicating with...

NASA Aeronautics Contributes to Orion’s Atmospheric Flight Capability

December 4, 2014 10:12 am | by Jim Banke, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate | News | Comments

The round trip to space begins and ends with a journey through Earth’s atmosphere, and NASA’s...

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Engineering Newswire 118: Musk Unveils Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

November 26, 2014 10:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re bringing sports car sounds to the minivan, landing drones on an autonomous spaceport ship, and sculpting the world’s smallest human ... in the nude ...          

Hackers Dissect Cars, Automakers React

November 24, 2014 9:53 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance. Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that — given time — they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut the brakes or ... 

Engineering Newswire 117: Electric Scooter Unfolds in a Second

November 20, 2014 11:18 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re searching the sea with robotic ocean gliders, unfolding an electric scooter in a single second, and shielding our eyes from blinding headlights ...          


Engineering Newswire 116: Karate Robot Does Crane Kick on Cinder Blocks

November 13, 2014 11:20 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re showing off the world’s smallest reed switch, flying atom planes that are stronger than graphene, and doing karate with the Atlas robot ...            

H2W Technologies Aquires Baldor Linear Motor Product Lines

November 6, 2014 1:26 pm | by H2W Technologies | News | Comments

Effective September 24, 2014, H2W Technologies, headquartered in Santa Clarita, CA, acquired the following Baldor linear motor products: Cog Free Brushless, Iron Core Brushless, Single Axis Stepper, Dual Axis Stepper, Polynoid, AC Induction ...

Photos of the Day: Electric Watercraft Flies Above the Water

November 5, 2014 5:34 pm | by PD&D Staff | News | Comments

The Quadrofoil is a two-person electric powered hydrofoiling personal watercraft. Powered by industry standard batteries with an integrated battery management system, it has a range of up to 100 km, and is fully charged in less than ...  

What Architecture Is Best for a Particular Application

November 3, 2014 10:23 am | by Dr. Arne Linder, Product Management, KOLLMORGEN, Ratingen | Articles | Comments

Decentralizing servo technology can bring machine and plant construction savings during installation. Two additional advantages include reduced cabinet heat loads and more straight forward drive architecture. The question arises however, which ...

Software Helps Hold Ships Steady in Heavy Seas

October 31, 2014 10:27 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

One of the many characters in Melville’s Moby Dick is Bulkington, an intrepid sailor for whom “land seemed scorching to his feet” and who on a “shivering winter’s night” thrust the mighty ship Pequod’s “vindictive bows into the cold malicious waves,” as it ...


International RobotX Autonomous Boat Competition

October 31, 2014 10:01 am | by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL | News | Comments

This week a team featuring multiple Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) researchers took home the grand prize in an international competition centered on autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Members of CSAIL’s ...

Engineering Newswire 112: Boeing UAV Completes Secret Space Mission

October 16, 2014 11:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re inverting EV inverters, attempting to destroy an industrial keyboard, and carrying a classified payload to space in a Boeing UAV ...             

Solar Robot Keeps Solar Panels Shining

October 15, 2014 1:08 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

Solar panels can get filthy, so to keep them clean Stefan Hamminga designed the Scrobby Solar, a panel cleaning robot ...                     

Winners Announced for 3rd Annual STEM Education Awards

October 14, 2014 2:24 pm | by AutomationDirect | Automationdirect | News | Comments

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) has announced that AutomationDirect has been named as the Corporate Outreach category winner for the 2014 Georgia ...       

Spider-Man May Swing Over Beijing in New Theme Park

October 14, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spider-Man could soon swing over Beijing, chasing Optimus Prime and despicable minions through a $3.3 billion Universal theme park aimed at capitalizing on China's rising middle class and growing demand for all things animated ...   


Fastening Technology & Bolted/Screwed Joint Design Seminar

October 13, 2014 2:53 pm | by Seminars for Engineers | Events

This two-day seminar was developed to give engineers and other technical personnel current specifications for, and a better understanding of, the complexities of mechanical joining with fasteners. Insufficient guidelines and outdated ...

Photos of the Day: A 'Thoughtful' Ping-Pong Playing Robot

October 13, 2014 10:28 am | by OMRON Corporation | News | Comments

The ping-pong robot developed by OMRON Corporation received the Grand Prix in the Innovation Awards as Selected by U.S. Journalists at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, the biggest exhibit of the latest lT and ...   

Boiling Fuel, Broken Circuits Among 5 Design Fails This Week

October 10, 2014 12:53 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

In this week’s recall round up, boiling fuel poses a burn hazard, moving mats blog gas pedals, breathing circuits break, incorrect assemblies may cause explosions, and lopper shears break on branches ...       

High Speed Linear Roller Blocks & Rail Systems

October 10, 2014 10:23 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

LM76 is now carrying new SAIBO SB-LGA Roller Block and Rail Systems. The SB-LGA systems are available in three sizes to meet load requirements up to 1200 N. (270 lbs) and lengths to 4000 mm ...

A Short Flight for a Jet, A Giant Leap for a Jet Engine

October 10, 2014 9:55 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Over the last several weeks, crews at GE Aviation’s flight test base in Victorville, CA, at the edge of the Mojave Desert, installed a next-generation jet engine with ceramic components and 3-D printed parts to the wing of a modified Boeing 747 ...

Photos of the Day: Tesla's 'D' Adds New Safety Features

October 10, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Musk said unlike all-wheel-drive systems on gas-powered cars, Tesla's system improves the speed, acceleration and mileage by optimizing which motor is used. The dual motor version of the P85 performance sedan will have a top speed of ...

Tesla Unveils the 'D'

October 10, 2014 9:23 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Taking the stage before an adoring crowd, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk played both catch up and leap frog. At an open-to-the-public unveiling Thursday night that included bumping music, free alcohol and test rides on an airport tarmac ...  

Engineering Newswire 111: Professor Designs Cloaking Device on Vacation

October 9, 2014 10:31 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re swarming navy threats with autonomous ships, securing our homes with coins, and bending light to blind you with science or designing a killer cloak with off-the-shelf materials ...     

NASA Parachute Engineers Have Appetite for Destruction

October 9, 2014 9:58 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The upcoming test, employing a Navy Seahawk helicopter, almost 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) of synthetic rope and a rocket sled packing four solid rocket motors with 280,000 pounds (127,000 kilograms) of thrust, is scheduled to ...   

NASA Aeronautics Research Tests New Tool for Early Wildfire Detection

October 8, 2014 10:39 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s research in unmanned aerial systems may soon provide a means for early detection and mitigation of fires in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, a nearly 50,000-square-acre region centered on the ...     

55,000-Lb. Vibration-Simulating Table Shakes Orion Up

October 6, 2014 10:27 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The 22-foot-wide, 55,000-pound vibration-simulating table was delivered to Glenn Research Center’s Space Power Facility at the Plum Brook Station in Sandusky this week. It uses four horizontal servo-hydraulic actuators and 16 vertical to ...

Mickey's Fun Wheel Malfunctions, Leaves Guests Stranded

October 3, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Guests at the Disney California Adventure Park in California had a little too much adventure when a malfunctioning Ferris wheel stranded them for nearly two hours ...             

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