A Skeptical Engineer http://machinedesign.com/blog/23139/feed A questioning, sometimes humorous look at technologies, engineering, and the world. en Get Ready for National Engineers Week http://machinedesign.com/blog/get-ready-national-engineers-week <div class="node-body blog-body">It’s getting close to George Washington’s birthday, and that means it’s also getting close to National Engineers Week (Feb 21-27)...</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/get-ready-national-engineers-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/get-ready-national-engineers-week#comments Editorial Comment News A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:00:00 +0000 56631 at http://machinedesign.com Buick: King of the Concept Vehicle http://machinedesign.com/blog/buick-king-concept-vehicle <div class="node-body blog-body">Concept vehicles let carmakers show off new engineering tricks and technologies, as well as potential style and color trends without committing to actually manufacturing the car.</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/buick-king-concept-vehicle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/buick-king-concept-vehicle#comments Automotive A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:48:00 +0000 56541 at http://machinedesign.com 5 Myths about All-Season and Winter Tires http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-about-all-season-and-winter-tires <div class="node-body blog-body">Tires might arguably be the most important components on a vehicle. They’re responsible, at least partially, for making vehicles move, stop, and steer...</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-about-all-season-and-winter-tires" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-about-all-season-and-winter-tires#comments Automotive Editorial Comment Materials A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 29 Dec 2015 18:37:00 +0000 54841 at http://machinedesign.com 4 Solar Power Predictions for 2016 http://machinedesign.com/blog/4-solar-power-predictions-2016 <div class="node-body blog-body">Midsummer's Sven Lindström makes four predictions on what's in store for solar energy in 2016.</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/4-solar-power-predictions-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/4-solar-power-predictions-2016#comments Editorial Comment Energy A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 07 Dec 2015 19:02:00 +0000 53981 at http://machinedesign.com 6 Dangerous Myths about Electrical Safety http://machinedesign.com/blog/6-dangerous-myths-about-electrical-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Everyone uses electricity but few people (probably less than 10%) really understand it. This can be dangerous...</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/6-dangerous-myths-about-electrical-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/6-dangerous-myths-about-electrical-safety#comments Cables, Connectors, Enclosures A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 18 Nov 2015 20:30:00 +0000 53651 at http://machinedesign.com <p><em>(Source: WikiMedia Commons)</em></p> “The Martian”: A Fine Engineering Movie http://machinedesign.com/blog/martian-fine-engineering-movie <div class="node-body blog-body">If you’re looking for a good movie that revolves around engineering, The Martian might fill the bill....</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/martian-fine-engineering-movie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/martian-fine-engineering-movie#comments A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:28:00 +0000 52751 at http://machinedesign.com 5 of History's Worst Engineering Disasters http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-historys-worst-engineering-disasters <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>While collecting this short list of engineering disasters, I decided that to qualify as a disaster, an event had to involve loss of life, and the larger the loss of life, the larger the disaster. This ruled out a couple of famous engineering snafus, such as the &ldquo;swinging&rdquo; Tacoma Narrows Bridge that suffered a wind-induced collapse in 1940. It also disqualified NASA&rsquo;s loss of the $125-million Mars Climate Orbiter in 1999 that made it close to Mars before an engineering mistake in not converting pounds of force to newtons doomed it.</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/5-historys-worst-engineering-disasters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-historys-worst-engineering-disasters#comments Technologies A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 16 Sep 2015 14:44:00 +0000 51821 at http://machinedesign.com <p><span>1928- Railroad tracks in southern California warp after flooding due to failure of the St. Francis Dam.&nbsp;</span></p> 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