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PCB Panel Routing Technique

May 12, 2014 12:27 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Most PCBs we receive are individually routed, i.e., not panelized. That doesn't mean that, sometimes, sending them in a panel isn't a good idea, or required. Generally, we don't require panels (sometimes called a pallet), but there are some cases...

Former Air Force Major General headlines ECN IMPACT Awards

May 6, 2014 8:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The ECN IMPACT Awards celebrate innovation across the design engineering landscape, and the awards ceremony’s keynote speaker could teach us all a lesson or two on leadership. Formerly a Major General in the United States Air Force, Steve Sargeant parlayed his impressive military career into a top leadership role with a prestigious test and measurement company....

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The FCC’s open Internet proposal: We will all pay for express lanes

May 5, 2014 10:43 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it would propose new rules that allow companies to pay Internet service providers to use “express lanes” to deliver their content while all other legal Internet traffic will flow through an all-access lane. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler outlined three criteria that would enable this tiered system...

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Bluetooth Innovation Series advances developer knowledge

May 2, 2014 1:05 pm | by Steve Hegenderfer, Contributor | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) has seen explosive growth over the last few years — a growth fueled by Bluetooth Smart technology, which developers are integrating into millions of new devices and helping to bring connectivity to everyday objects. In fact, ABI Research revealed that half of the Bluetooth enabled devices shipped in 2013 ...

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Watch five monster machines battle it out for Jenga champion

May 2, 2014 6:59 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

I love Cats. I just find them to be awesome in their majestic beauty. I am, of course, talking about Caterpillar machines. (I’ve been strictly a “dog” girl from day one.) My obsession with these beauties requires a little background. My dad is a builder, so it was just part of growing up to have big toys everywhere....

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Check out the newest NASA space suit design

May 1, 2014 8:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Here at ECN, we’ve been waiting with bated breath to hear which space suit design the public chose for the future trips to Mars. About a month ago, NASA announced they would hold a content to select what the suits would look like.  Let’s take a moment to review the suit, itself. It’s called the Z-2 and is the successor to the Z-1 suit....

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Will “wearables” be the next big thing?

May 1, 2014 8:22 am | by Bradd Johnson, Torex USA | Comments

To reduce the size of their end product, engineers require smaller and more integrated components. Height becomes an issue, and many engineers request components no greater than 1mm in height. Thus component manufacturers must be sensitive to X, Y, and Z dimensions when they combine several functions into a single component....

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Russian official: The US should use trampolines to get to space

April 30, 2014 9:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Back when Russia first began “acquiring” Ukraine, NASA immediately cut all ties with the Slavic republic, except for efforts related to the International Space Station (the US relies on Russian spacecraft to get to the ISS). And now, after a fresh round of US sanctions, a Russian defense official has a helpful suggestion — the US should use trampolines to get into space....

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Engineers feel underpaid & overworked

April 29, 2014 10:17 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Comments

PD&D recently asked engineers industry-plaguing questions centered on the OEM industry’s cogs, the engineers. As technology continues to move faster than Moore’s Law predicted, and unlike the rest of the world who can sit and enjoy the fruits of technological splendor, engineers are required to keep pace with the changing landscape....

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7 hilariously ingenious engineering pranks

April 28, 2014 1:21 pm | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com | Comments

When it comes to eye-opening pranks, hacks, and stunts, no one can equal a team of determined engineering students. If you’re looking for inspiration – speaking strictly hypothetically, of course – or want to sit back and marvel at what your fellow engineers can accomplish, here seven of the most widely admired engineering pranks of the last seventy years....

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Could solar power work at night?

April 25, 2014 8:54 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Comments

Every source of energy has its shortcomings. Some people think wind turbines are eyesores, fossil fuels aren’t renewable, and solar energy requires sunlight to work well and properly. Recently, a team at MIT and Harvard found a way to solve the problem of darkness for the use of solar energy....

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How trustworthy is the data you’re using?

April 25, 2014 8:30 am | by Rich Garvin, Training & Development Manager, Knovel | Comments

When I began my mechanical engineering career in the materials handling industry 30 years ago, go-to resources primarily included engineering books and handbooks on the bookshelf in your office. Experienced engineers were adept at knowing which resources had answers....

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Design as an art form

April 24, 2014 8:58 am | by Vladymir Rogov, CEO of ROGOV Design | Comments

From my perspective, design and innovation is ultimately about making life better for people and a better world. My job as a designer is to exploit product experience options that create value, propositions and services so compelling, customers prefer to be caught in the vortex of attraction rather than try to escape....

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Think tank: Russian stealth fighter is superior to the F-35

April 23, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Air Power Australia is no fan of the F-35. Let’s get that out of the way. For years, they’ve been panning the Joint Strike Fighter, praising the F-22, and warning about emerging threats from Russia and China — threats that could best the F-35 in single combat....

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American perceptions of power

April 23, 2014 9:35 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita | Comments

More and more Americans claim to be informed about where their energy comes from, but does that knowledge translate into behavior? A Harris Poll conducted in February of this year shows that the majority of Americans make small efforts to save energy — doing things like flipping the switch....

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