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Engineering Newswire 28: Titanic II Will Sink, If You Put a Hole in It

March 12, 2013 12:14 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building trikes with BMW engines, separating Oreos with scrap parts, and designing Titanic II, because, you know, that’s necessary.

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Engineering Newswire 27: Hovering Hummingbirds Lead To New UAVs

March 7, 2013 9:41 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PTC, we’re building robotic hands that feel, studying shark suckers to make adhesives, developing flexible electronics that read your brain, and looking at the aerodynamic forces required to power and control flight, as seen in hummingbirds.

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Spacesaver: Storage at Work

March 5, 2013 10:10 am | by Eric Sorensen, Director of Multimedia Development | Comments

Spacesaver Industrial explains how industrial users can take existing racking equipment and mobilize it for more effective storage and accessibility. See how the ActiveRAC system allows for cost reduction via its condensed storage capability, allowing expanding businesses to take back the square footage they need for production.

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Zebra’s Latest Barcode Labeling Solutions Help You See More And Do More

February 28, 2013 2:35 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Director of Multimedia Development | Comments

Boost productivity with Zebra’s all-new thermal barcode labeling solutions—the QLn420™ rugged mobile printer and the 105SLPlus™ high-performance industrial printer—for fast, reliable and cost-effective printing in your manufacturing and warehousing environment.

The Hatchet-Based OREO Separator Machine

February 28, 2013 10:30 am | Comments

OREO has teamed up with Portland, Oregon-based David Neevel, supposedly a physicist, to create a machine that is capable of separating an OREO into two. David employs some rudiamentary robotics, plus a hatchet, to get the job done. On top of that, David is not a fan of the creme center, so he's got some other wizardry to take care of that problem.

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Engineering Newswire 26: Super Sober Pills

February 21, 2013 10:58 am | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re curing alcoholism with nanocapsules, building squishy robots that jump, and building brain machines for rat cyborgs.

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School Helps To Bring Manufacturing Jobs Back To The U.S.

February 19, 2013 9:57 am | by AFTHQ | Comments

Austin Polytechnical Academy was founded as a partnership between labor and business to train students for high-end manufacturing jobs that often remain unfilled for lack of trained talent. The goal of this school it to educate students in all areas of manufacturing.

Engineering Newswire 25:Drilling Holes in Mars

February 14, 2013 1:35 pm | Comments

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed the successful completion of this "mini drill" test last week and if the drill cuttings from the fresh hole pass the visual evaluation, the rover team will move forward with the first full drilling.

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Engineering Update #4: Robots Driven By Moths, Recycling Nike

February 14, 2013 11:51 am | Comments

In the latest episode of ECN 's Engineering Update: Scientists at the University of Tokyo have found inspiration for their autonomous sensory-driven robots by examining male silkmoths ... lookin' for love.

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A Behind The Scenes Look At Manufacturing A Viper

February 14, 2013 10:23 am | by The New York Times | Comments

Inside a newly reopened Chrysler plant in Detroit, a car revs to life. Despite its status as the Motor City, Detroit has only two automobile plants entirely within the city limits. One is Chrysler’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, which reopened in December after being closed for more than two years during the automaker’s bankruptcy.

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How 3D Metal Printing May Change Manufacturing

February 12, 2013 9:43 am | by Penn State | Comments

At a recent additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, showcase at Penn State, engineers demoed some of the latest technology in the field. Hear from experts about how 3D metal printing may change manufacturing in the United States, and what challenges it faces.

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Engineering Newswire 24: New Armchair Transforms into Rowing Machine

February 7, 2013 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re 3D printing our own Pez dispensers, transforming sitting chairs into rowing machines, and sending messages that will self-destruct.

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Engineering Newswire 23: I Am Iron Woman

February 5, 2013 9:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re crafting magic arms, building Tony Stark’s cyber-weapon, and 3D printing for the BioCurious. 2-year-old Emma Lavelle was born with a congenital disorder called arthrogryposis. Emma’s parents turned to researchers at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children who had been hard at work on the Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton, or WREX.

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Engineering Update #2: Revolutionary Self-Healing Wires

January 31, 2013 11:49 am | by Electronic Component News | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Update, we're discussing new research into larger, safer lithium ion batteries, revolutionary self-healing and self-assembling wires using liquid metal, the bay bridge becomes the world's largest light sculpture, and printing your own animatronic robot!

Can Blackberry 10 Breathe New Life Into RIM?

January 31, 2013 9:29 am | by CBS News | Comments

Since 2006 the smartphone landscape has undergone seismic changes. Now, a former industry leader is looking to regain customers. Sumi Das reports RIM is making a gamble with their new Blackberry 10 operating system in a move to stay relevant.

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Manufacturing: The Solution To Jobs Crisis

January 29, 2013 10:18 am | by CNN Money | Comments

Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris says advanced manufacturing is coming back to America and will drive our economy. Liveris argues that technology became the new word for manufacturing since technology has to be researched and made. 

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Engineering Newswire 22: Smart Ice Cubes for Stubborn Drinkers

January 24, 2013 9:52 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re designing smart cubes for stubborn drinkers, building a better bicycle, and re-engineering a 1977 Lotus Esprit.

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Engineering Update #1: Smart TVs & Unmanned Cars

January 24, 2013 9:27 am | Comments

New from Electronic Component News is the very first episode of our Engineering Update newscast We talk about smart TVs and unmanned cars from CES, a pill-sized device for imaging the esophagus, a dual-mode infrared camera and robotic fish for data gathering.

Can Robots Save Manufacturing Jobs?

January 15, 2013 10:54 am | by CBS News | Comments

Rodney Brooks, founder of Rethink Robotics, tells Steve Kroft that using robots can help lower labor costs and keep manufacturing in the U.S., which will ultimately boost employment. Brooks indicates that as overseas labor costs go up, robots will also lead the way in returning manufacturing jobs to the U.S.

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Engineering Newswire 20: Tesla Coil Shoots Sparks Set to Music

January 10, 2013 10:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor that adds new parts daily and offers same-day shipping with no minimum order, we’re building a better atom smasher, creating music with a spark-shooting Tesla coil, and developing a robot that vomits on command.

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