A Skeptical Engineer http://machinedesign.com/blog/23139/feed en ID&E (Rocks and) Rolls into Cleveland http://machinedesign.com/blog/ide-rocks-and-rolls-cleveland <div class="node-body blog-body">Taking place May 8-10, ID&E will be teeming with engineers, designers, system integrators, plant operations personnel, and high-level decision-makers. </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/ide-rocks-and-rolls-cleveland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/ide-rocks-and-rolls-cleveland#comments A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:25:00 +0000 69941 at http://machinedesign.com Government-Funded Engineering Projects: What Could Go Wrong? http://machinedesign.com/blog/government-funded-engineering-projects-what-could-go-wrong <div class="node-body blog-body">It’s not as if the government can’t do anything right. After all, even a blind pig can find an acorn once in a while, as my father used to say....</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/government-funded-engineering-projects-what-could-go-wrong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/government-funded-engineering-projects-what-could-go-wrong#comments Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:51:00 +0000 69821 at http://machinedesign.com Ford Reincarnates the GT Supercar http://machinedesign.com/blog/ford-reincarnates-gt-supercar <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Two years ago, the new Ford GT was a sleek and shiny concept car that consumers didn&rsquo;t know would eventually reach production. Here’s a look at what Ford will show us of the new GT.</p></div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/ford-reincarnates-gt-supercar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/ford-reincarnates-gt-supercar#comments Automotive Editorial Comment News A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:10:00 +0000 69391 at http://machinedesign.com SAE’s 6 Levels of Self-Driving Cars http://machinedesign.com/blog/sae-s-6-levels-self-driving-cars <div class="node-body blog-body">The SAE International standard that defines the six levels of driving automation (J3016), a standard adopted by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, celebrates... </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/sae-s-6-levels-self-driving-cars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/sae-s-6-levels-self-driving-cars#comments A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:26:00 +0000 69001 at http://machinedesign.com <p>(Image courtesy of Thinkstock)</p> 3 Myths about Manual and Automatic Transmissions http://machinedesign.com/blog/3-myths-about-manual-and-automatic-transmissions <div class="node-body blog-body">Auto enthusiasts, seemingly a dying breed, have long argued that manual transmission, or stick shifts (though some of you might remember shifters on the steering column as well), are the “only” way to drive....</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/3-myths-about-manual-and-automatic-transmissions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/3-myths-about-manual-and-automatic-transmissions#comments Automotive Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:30:00 +0000 68891 at http://machinedesign.com <p>(Image courtesy of Thinkstock)</p> 9 Myths about Solar Panels http://machinedesign.com/blog/9-myths-about-solar-panels <div class="node-body blog-body">Many homeowners don’t think solar power is for them. The technology isn’t ready, or their location isn’t right, or maybe they plan on moving soon. The folks at Solar Authority...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/9-myths-about-solar-panels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/9-myths-about-solar-panels#comments Editorial Comment Energy Materials A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:43:00 +0000 68771 at http://machinedesign.com Apps from NIST: They’re Free, but Obscure http://machinedesign.com/blog/apps-nist-they-re-free-obscure <div class="node-body blog-body">Here are some free apps developed by engineers and researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/apps-nist-they-re-free-obscure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/apps-nist-they-re-free-obscure#comments Technologies Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:56:00 +0000 68601 at http://machinedesign.com First Manned Trip to Mars: Delayed (at Least) 20 Years http://machinedesign.com/blog/first-manned-trip-mars-delayed-least-20-years <div class="node-body blog-body">It looks like NASA’s plan to land humans on Mars by around 2030 could be delayed for at least 20 years, and maybe indefinitely. It seems that a problem...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/first-manned-trip-mars-delayed-least-20-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/first-manned-trip-mars-delayed-least-20-years#comments Community A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 16 Dec 2016 21:40:00 +0000 68311 at http://machinedesign.com <p>Image courtesy of Thinkstock</p> The Top 8 Predictions for IoT in 2017 http://machinedesign.com/blog/top-8-predictions-iot-2017 <div class="node-body blog-body">Where is the Internet of Things headed in 2017? The IoT Institute offers up these predictions.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/top-8-predictions-iot-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/top-8-predictions-iot-2017#comments IoT A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:29:00 +0000 67681 at http://machinedesign.com Driverless Trains and Planes First, then Automobiles http://machinedesign.com/blog/driverless-trains-and-planes-first-then-automobiles <div class="node-body blog-body">There’s a lot of buzz these days about driverless cars, but surely there are other transportation modes to address first.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/driverless-trains-and-planes-first-then-automobiles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/driverless-trains-and-planes-first-then-automobiles#comments Automotive Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:17:00 +0000 66801 at http://machinedesign.com A Search for Humanitarian Projects at Engineering Colleges http://machinedesign.com/blog/search-humanitarian-projects-engineering-colleges <div class="node-body blog-body">College students in the engineering field are pushing beyond the classroom, using their skills and knowledge to aid in humanitarian efforts worldwide.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/search-humanitarian-projects-engineering-colleges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/search-humanitarian-projects-engineering-colleges#comments Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 05 Oct 2016 14:46:00 +0000 66631 at http://machinedesign.com OSU Buckeye Bullet Hits 341 mph http://machinedesign.com/blog/osu-buckeye-bullet-hits-341-mph <div class="node-body blog-body">The all-electric Venture Buckeye Bullet 3, a student engineering project at Ohio State University, set a new world’s land speed record...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/osu-buckeye-bullet-hits-341-mph" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/osu-buckeye-bullet-hits-341-mph#comments Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:14:00 +0000 66451 at http://machinedesign.com Concerns over IoT Security? Get Answers at IoT Emerge 2016 http://machinedesign.com/blog/concerns-over-iot-security-get-answers-iot-emerge-2016 <div class="node-body blog-body">The Internet of Things often appears to be a double-edged sword for manufacturing companies of all sizes. On one hand, they want all the advantages...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/concerns-over-iot-security-get-answers-iot-emerge-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/concerns-over-iot-security-get-answers-iot-emerge-2016#comments IoT A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:59:00 +0000 66341 at http://machinedesign.com Five Aircraft Ideas NASA Is Exploring http://machinedesign.com/blog/five-aircraft-ideas-nasa-exploring <div class="node-body blog-body">NASA does a lot more than just explore space. It has also long been inventing new ways to make flying safer and more efficient. To add to its successes...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/five-aircraft-ideas-nasa-exploring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/five-aircraft-ideas-nasa-exploring#comments Technologies Defense A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:17:00 +0000 65711 at http://machinedesign.com IoT Emerge: The Woodstock for the Internet of Things http://machinedesign.com/blog/iot-emerge-woodstock-internet-things <div class="node-body blog-body">Join thousands of your colleagues and industry leaders as they gather at Emerge IoT in Chicago’s McCormick Place on Nov 2 -4 for three days filled with the latest updates and insights into the Internet of Things... </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/iot-emerge-woodstock-internet-things" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/iot-emerge-woodstock-internet-things#comments Editorial Comment IoT A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:46:00 +0000 65531 at http://machinedesign.com