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Photos of the Day: Porsche 918 Spyder

June 5, 2014 11:37 am | by Porsche | Comments

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a high-end vehicle created in the Porsche tradition of motorsports. It offers a naturally aspirated V8-enginer with the torque of two electric vehicles. It has a top speed of 93-mph running soley on electric and offers a fuel consumption of 3.1 - 3.0 liters per 100km. 

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This technology can hack your car from 1500 miles away

June 4, 2014 5:15 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Automotive security is odd in that it’s basically nonexistent. We drive around every day in giant, metal contraptions completely controlled by a central computer (more or less) and that computer is essentially open to whoever is bored (or mad) enough to hack it.

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Before recalls, safety was low in GM hierarchy

June 4, 2014 12:18 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

To understand how General Motors allowed a problem with a small part to balloon into a crisis, look at the organization chart. As of early last year, the director of vehicle safety was four rungs down the ladder from the CEO, according to a copy of the chart obtained by The Associated Press. Finance, sales and public relations had a direct path to the top.

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Photos of the Day: Solar Impulse 2 takes flight

June 3, 2014 3:57 pm | by Solar Impulse | Comments

Solar Impulse 2, a.k.a. the "Round-the-World" solar airplane, is a single-seater airplane made from carbon fiber with 17,000 solar cells that supple four electric 17.5 CV (each) with energy. Those solar cells recharge the lithium batteries that allow the plane to fly at night.

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Tab Routing panelization

June 2, 2014 4:12 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

In my prior post, I covered V-sore panelization. The other very common panelization method is called tab-routing, as in routed, but with tabs. (That's "routed" like using a router, not as in Napoleon being chased out of Russia.) Following this...

Photos of the Day: ISEE-3 Reboot project breathes life into 1978 NASA mission

June 2, 2014 3:24 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The ISEE-3 Reboot project has brought together a group of civilians and engineers from NASA with the joint goal of rebooting the original 1978 mission of the explorer. The spacecraft was launched on August 12, 1978 as one of three crafts designed to study Earth's magnetic field and the solar wind. It was the first craft to visit a comet, passing within 7,800 km of the nucleus of Comet Giacobini-Zinner.

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Snipers aren’t enough to win the war

June 2, 2014 9:09 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

A sniper is a powerful weapon. One sniper team on a battlefield can eliminate one opponent challenge after another with great effect. However, a sniper team can’t do it all. To win the war one must engage every asset at every level. The same is true for process improvement specialists and your business’ war on poor performance....

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Can this wind turbine reduce your energy bill by half?

May 30, 2014 8:43 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Two of the issues that come up frequently when discussing wind energy options are the noise and the actual output of the turbine. The noise issue is more of a problem for big turbines, that may look majestic from far away, when you live nearby they can make a bit of noise.

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Detroit is a 'hole'

May 29, 2014 9:07 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

So continues the era of the outspoken president. On a recent trip to Phoenix, AZ, I had the pleasure of listening to Ed Smith, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas (AEMA), give a presentation on the state of the company and more importantly, the state of the industry....

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iPhone case military drop-tested and editor-approved

May 28, 2014 3:36 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Like most people, I can be a tad … careless with my baby, aka, my iPhone 4S, but I can’t imagine life without it. Amazing that I grew up without the newfangled idea of portable phones. So finding suitable protection for what can only be described as my lifeblood is a top priority....

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Watch kids react to old computers

May 28, 2014 1:26 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

On the order of cheesy, manipulative internet memes, watching children befuddled by legacy technology ranks just above cat videos and duckfaces. And here’s another one. And let’s face it: Kids these days are spoiled. Kids are lucky to live in such an advanced technological age....

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Cars of the future aren’t just cars

May 28, 2014 9:36 am | by Ilya Gelfenbeyn, CEO, Speaktoit | Comments

The future has always been a playground for imagining possible innovations for the motor vehicles that are ubiquitous to our lives. Recently, much of that focus has been directed at self-driving cars. As always, improvements to cars aim to make them safer, smoother, and more hassle-free....

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This technology is the future of virtual reality

May 27, 2014 1:52 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

It really only takes a few minutes of conversation with me to realize that I am a huge nerd. I’m the woman that goes out with friends and says things like, “did you read about that researcher that 3D-printed a human skull?” or “Did you see the tweet that Russian diplomat sent about the ISS?” My friends and family, good people that they are, are generally pretty happy to indulge me.

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The IoT and PoE: A Perfect Match

May 27, 2014 10:25 am | by David Abramson, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Comments

For those of you who regularly read my blog posts to keep up with the goings on of IEEE802.bt task force, I am going to change things up a bit and talk about one potential application for Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)—Connecting the Internet of Things (IoT).  Normally, a description of the IoT involve...

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How is rapid prototyping affecting engineering?

May 27, 2014 6:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

We have a VERY exciting Brainstorm about Rapid Prototyping for our July issue. Nothing has the potential to change the landscape of design engineering (and every other industry) like rapid prototyping. Now that the technology is rapidly gaining traction, we want to know how it’s really affecting your job or life.

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