Superpressure Balloons Reach New Heights
Balloons originally designed to drift in the Earth's upper atmosphere for months may visit Martian skies in the next few years.
Smart Cooktop Control “Knows” When Soup’s
Electric ranges and cooktops are about to get a new look
Appliances Show Their Sensitive Side
Fresh designs for personal-care appliances provide dynamic solutions to hygiene and grooming needs
Paving the Way for Smoother Turns
A mechatronic and hydraulic suspension system minimizes body roll through turns and gives the option of a sporty or smooth ride
Whose Trophy is It Anyway?
At last year’s Olympics in Nagano, speed-skating records were shattered, attributable to a new device called a clap skate
Champions of Innovation
All-star sporting goods compete for the Sports Product of the Year trophy
Controls Supplier Puts Everything Under One Cyber Roof
PLC Direct, the firm which made its mark selling programmable logic controllers out of a catalog, has changed its name to Automationdirect.com and now operates what it calls the first cyberspace “factory outlet mall” for electrical and electronic automation parts
Setting the Stage for Indy
Brickyard contenders put their hot wheels to the test and prep for the big race
Netting a Job Not Just a Generation X Fad
As a reluctantly labeled generation Xer I don’t snowboard or slack at a coffeehouse, but I do play slave to the Internet
The Bottom Line
The MACHINE DESIGN Salary Survey shows how engineers are bringing the bacon home. Aside from general demographic information, it reveals insight into the ups and downs of engineering
Best of the Bunch
Machine Design’s annual Best Ride competition this year showcased truckmakers’ latest efforts
Look Who’s Whipping Up Kitchen Countertop Wonders
Appliance manufacturers refresh kitchen tools with innovative designs
Is America Really Low on High-Tech Workers?
Government reports and legislative activity encourage raising immigration caps, but some American engineers are pulling from the other side in a tug-of-war for high-tech jobs.
Golden Ideas Give Rise to Gold-Winning Products
Clever industrial-design award winners make life a little easier and a little safer
Digital Cameras Worth a Smile
Nonprofessional digital cameras feature high resolution, innovative user interfaces, customized memory storage systems, and power-saving imaging technology
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