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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....

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,...

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...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Crushing Hazard Among 2 Design Fails This Week

March 20, 2015 1:41 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

Coastal Carolina Elevators is recalling its residential hydraulic elevators due to a crushing hazard, as the  elevator can operate while the gate door is open. According to the recall, the company has received three reports of ...       

Hair Singeing Trimmers Among 4 Design Fails This Week

March 13, 2015 2:29 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Edit | News | Comments

This week in recalls, ski boots are failing to release, incorrect wiring is shocking consumers, ice augers aren’t turning off, and gas trimmers are singeing hair ...

Boeing's 'Electricity Over Air' Among 5 Patents This Week

March 13, 2015 12:44 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

The system is described as “Electricity Over Air (EOA),” wherein a thermoelectric generator uses cabin air temperature differential to make electricity. The patent explains ...

'Iron Man' Presents Boy with Bionic Arm

March 13, 2015 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Just like Tony "Iron Man" Stark, Robert Downey Jr. is a part-time superhero — at least in the eyes of one seven-year-old boy. In a video posted online Thursday, the actor, dressed as Stark, who becomes Iron Man in the movies, presents ...

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Mars Rover Moving Robotic Arm Again after Electrical Short

March 13, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA says the robotic arm on the Curiosity rover is moving again after a short circuit temporarily halted its work on Mars. The space agency said Thursday that Curiosity ...

Engineering Newswire 131: Elio Unveils Engine Prototype for 3-Wheel, 84 MPG Car

March 12, 2015 1:51 pm | by Melisa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re battling gorilla arm, putting an end to public urination, and building an all-new internal combustion engine for the first time in 60 years ...

Toyota Recalls Cars, SUVs for Steering, Software Issues

March 12, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 112,500 cars and SUVs to fix problems with electric power steering controls and electric vehicle software. The largest of two recalls announced Wednesday covers about ...

Demon Deterring Device Among 6 Patents This Week

March 6, 2015 12:41 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

We were all afraid of the monster in the closet or under the bed as children. Now, thanks to technology and a new patent assigned to Crucs Holdings, there is no more need to fear dark corners in the bedroom ...

Orion's Launch Abort System Motor Exceeds Expectations

March 6, 2015 9:39 am | News | Comments

Three seconds. That’s all it took for the attitude control motor of NASA’s Orion Launch Abort System (LAS) to prove that its material can survive not only the intense temperatures, pressures, noise and vibrations experienced during ...

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Photos of the Day: Testing One of the Most Complex Solid Rocket Systems Ever Built

March 6, 2015 9:38 am | by NASA | News | Comments

On March 4, Orbital ATK, in collaboration with NASA and Lockheed Martin, completed its latest test of Orion’s Launch Abort System attitude control motor, proving that the motor could withstand ...

Deceleration Expected for Chinese Machinery Production This Year

March 5, 2015 2:13 pm | by IHS Inc. | News | Comments

Machinery production in China this year is forecast to expand by 6.9 percent, the slowest rate since 2012, according to the Chinese Machinery Production Quarterly Tracker report from IHS Inc. The banking and financial service institution ...

Engineering Newswire 130: Goddess of Strategic War Blasts a Hole Through a Truck

March 5, 2015 10:17 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re replacing nurses with bear-shaped robots, running marathons with edible wearables, and blasting a hole through a truck with the goddess of strategic war ...

Balluff Supports Electro-Mechanical Program at Cincinnati State

March 4, 2015 5:10 pm | by Balluff Inc. | News | Comments

Balluff makes a donation of hardware to the Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology (EMET) Program and employs multiple co-op students from Cincinnati State. The donation was made in support of the EMET automation & process ...  

NASA Investigating Short Circuit on Mars Rover Curiosity

March 4, 2015 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Curiosity rover has temporarily stopped work on Mars while NASA engineers investigate a short circuit. The space agency said Tuesday that the electrical problem was discovered over the weekend as ...

Worker Robots That Can 'Think' On Their Feet

March 3, 2015 9:17 am | by National Science Foundation | Videos | Comments

Assembly line workers won't be swapping stories with their robotic counterparts any time soon, but future robots will be more aware of the humans they're working alongside. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) ...  

Güdel Advances Linear Motion Expertise

March 2, 2015 1:35 pm | by Güdel | News | Comments

Güdel, a supplier of linear, drive and system technology, has acquired Sumer, a French manufacturer of high-performance planetary gearboxes. This extends the range of Güdel products for linear motion. The new company operates ...   

No Plane, Many Discoveries in Yearlong Search for Flight 370

March 2, 2015 9:41 am | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

The yearlong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has turned up no sign of the plane, but that doesn't mean it's been unproductive. It has yielded lessons and discoveries that could benefit millions, including ...

Norgren Announces Name Change as Part of Global IMI Transition

February 27, 2015 4:29 pm | by IMI Precision Engineering | News | Comments

Beginning in January 2015, Norgren, a world leader in pneumatic motion and fluid control technologies, will be part of a new division of long-time parent company, IMI plc. All of IMI’s fluid power businesses will be brought into a single ...

Automate 2015

February 27, 2015 3:35 pm | by Association for Advancing Automation (A3) | Events

Automation is helping companies in every industry become stronger global competitors. To succeed, you need the right solution providers, the right technology, and the right expertise. Automate 2015 will provide it all and more! Automate showcases the full spectrum of automation technologies and ...

Wingless, Hovering MAV Among 5 Patents This Week

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

Engineering Newswire 129: Bicycle Hybrid Reaches 100 MPH

February 26, 2015 10:59 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re flying rockets through the Northern Lights, sticking giant earth catheters into geysers, and taking the fastest bike ride in the world ...            

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