A Skeptical Engineer http://machinedesign.com/blog/23139/feed en It’s Good to be an Engineering Graduate http://machinedesign.com/blog/it-s-good-be-engineering-graduate <div class="node-body blog-body">The young women and men who made it through U.S. engineering colleges last year did quite well for themselves. The good news for most of them started even before they got their diplomas: 60% received at least one job offer before graduating.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/it-s-good-be-engineering-graduate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/it-s-good-be-engineering-graduate#comments A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 24 Aug 2015 21:10:00 +0000 51301 at http://machinedesign.com 5 Common Motor Myths http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-common-motor-myths <div class="node-body blog-body">The average consumer, and even a few non-electrical engineers are unaware that what they think they know about motors and efficiency just isn’t true. Here are five of the more common myths about motors.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-common-motor-myths" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-common-motor-myths#comments Motors/Drives Community A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 06 Aug 2015 17:54:00 +0000 50961 at http://machinedesign.com NASA’s New Horizon Swings by Pluto http://machinedesign.com/blog/nasa-s-new-horizon-swings-pluto <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>After a decade and more than 3 billion miles of space travel, the New Horizon space probe has swung past Pluto, closing in at only 8,000 miles from the dwarf planet&rsquo;s surface and traveling over 30,000 mph. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/nasa-s-new-horizon-swings-pluto" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/nasa-s-new-horizon-swings-pluto#comments News A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:12:00 +0000 50441 at http://machinedesign.com 8 Little-Known Facts about the Hubble Telescope http://machinedesign.com/blog/8-little-known-facts-about-hubble-telescope <div class="node-body blog-body">What don’t you know about the Hubble telescope?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/8-little-known-facts-about-hubble-telescope" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/8-little-known-facts-about-hubble-telescope#comments Defense Community A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:29:00 +0000 50091 at http://machinedesign.com Then There Were Two: Vote for Your Favorite STEM Starter! http://machinedesign.com/blog/then-there-were-two-vote-your-favorite-stem-starter <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>After three weeks of intense voting, we&rsquo;re down to the Championship Round in our STEM Starter competition. It will pit Heathkit/Crystal Radio against Legos/Mindstorm. Heathkit/Crystal Radio got to this round by edging out Balsa Wood rubber band planes/kits, while Legos had to overcome a strong finish by Microscope/Telescope.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s gratifying that the voters have chosen two STEM Starters that really bring out the engineer in kids of all ages while still providing some hands-on education in how the world works.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/then-there-were-two-vote-your-favorite-stem-starter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/then-there-were-two-vote-your-favorite-stem-starter#comments Technologies A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:16:00 +0000 49821 at http://machinedesign.com Down to the Final Four STEM Starters http://machinedesign.com/blog/down-final-four-stem-starters <div class="node-body blog-body">Third-round voting will take contest down to two finalists.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/down-final-four-stem-starters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/down-final-four-stem-starters#comments Community A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 16 Jun 2015 19:19:00 +0000 49661 at http://machinedesign.com STEM Starter: Results and Second Round Voting http://machinedesign.com/blog/stem-starter-results-and-second-round-voting <div class="node-body blog-body">The votes are in and have been counted in the first round of voting on this year’s STEM Starter Showdown.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/stem-starter-results-and-second-round-voting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/stem-starter-results-and-second-round-voting#comments Community A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 09 Jun 2015 15:43:00 +0000 49531 at http://machinedesign.com STEM Starter Showdown: Help Choose the Best Engineering Inspiration (and Win Prizes) http://machinedesign.com/blog/stem-starter-showdown-help-choose-best-engineering-inspiration-and-win-prizes <div class="node-body blog-body">The polls are open! You are invited to vote in Round One of our STEM Bracket Showdown. It pits 16 popular kits, toys, models, and tools against one another.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/stem-starter-showdown-help-choose-best-engineering-inspiration-and-win-prizes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/stem-starter-showdown-help-choose-best-engineering-inspiration-and-win-prizes#comments A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:45:00 +0000 49251 at http://machinedesign.com Myths from Our Childhoods http://machinedesign.com/blog/myths-our-childhoods-0 <div class="node-body blog-body">Here are three myths that many have believed since grade school.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/myths-our-childhoods-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/myths-our-childhoods-0#comments A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 01 May 2015 19:11:00 +0000 48541 at http://machinedesign.com Engineering: The Key to Untold Riches? http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineering-key-untold-riches <div class="node-body blog-body">More people in the list of the world’s 100 richest people hold engineering degrees than any other degree, according to a study by Approved Index, a business-to-business buying platform. </div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineering-key-untold-riches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineering-key-untold-riches#comments Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:47:00 +0000 48381 at http://machinedesign.com 5 Myths Surrounding USB Flash Drives http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-surrounding-usb-flash-drives <div class="node-body blog-body">Experts at Premium USB, a company that manufactures and designs USB drives, have taken the time to dispel some of the more prevalent myths.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-surrounding-usb-flash-drives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-surrounding-usb-flash-drives#comments Technologies A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:14:00 +0000 48081 at http://machinedesign.com 8 Myths about the R&D Tax Credit http://machinedesign.com/blog/8-myths-about-rd-tax-credit <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The U.S. R&amp;D tax credit could be worth up to $10 billion annually to small and large firms. Yet evidence shows that only one of out of 20 small and medium-sized companies eligible for this credit actually use it. Why is that? It seems there are myths surrounding the credits that dissuade smaller companies from filing for them, according to Rizwan Virani, managing director of <strong>Alliantgroup</strong> (<em>www.alliantgroup.com</em>). His group, an organization of business and CPA firms, encourages U.S.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/8-myths-about-rd-tax-credit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/8-myths-about-rd-tax-credit#comments Community A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:19:00 +0000 47381 at http://machinedesign.com 7 Car-Maintenance Myths http://machinedesign.com/blog/7-car-maintenance-myths <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are seven widespread myths on auto upkeep you shouldn&rsquo;t blindly follow:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/7-car-maintenance-myths" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/7-car-maintenance-myths#comments Automotive A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:14:00 +0000 46881 at http://machinedesign.com My Favorite Acronym http://machinedesign.com/blog/my-favorite-acronym <div class="node-body blog-body">How about you? Let me know what some of you favorite acronyms are.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/my-favorite-acronym" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/my-favorite-acronym#comments Community A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:53:00 +0000 46491 at http://machinedesign.com Do the People Living Today Outnumber All Those Who Have Died? (Hint: NO) http://machinedesign.com/blog/do-people-living-today-outnumber-all-those-who-have-died-hint-no-0 <div class="node-body blog-body">Back in the 1970s at the birth of the U.S. environmental movement, “experts” made many dire pronouncements and predictions that have since been proven wrong.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/do-people-living-today-outnumber-all-those-who-have-died-hint-no-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/do-people-living-today-outnumber-all-those-who-have-died-hint-no-0#comments Community A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:52:00 +0000 45881 at http://machinedesign.com