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Aug 24, 2015

It’s Good to be an Engineering Graduate2

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....More
Aug 06, 2015

5 Common Motor Myths1

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....More
Jul 17, 2015

NASA’s New Horizon Swings by Pluto

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....More
Jul 02, 2015

8 Little-Known Facts about the Hubble Telescope2

What don’t you know about the Hubble telescope?....More
Jun 23, 2015

Then There Were Two: Vote for Your Favorite STEM Starter!1

After three weeks of intense voting, we’re down to the Championship Round in our STEM Starter competition. It will pit Heathkit/Crystal Radio....More
Jun 16, 2015

Down to the Final Four STEM Starters2

Third-round voting will take contest down to two finalists....More
Jun 09, 2015

STEM Starter: Results and Second Round Voting

The votes are in and have been counted in the first round of voting on this year’s STEM Starter Showdown....More
Jun 01, 2015

STEM Starter Showdown: Help Choose the Best Engineering Inspiration (and Win Prizes)1

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....More
May 01, 2015

Myths from Our Childhoods3

Here are three myths that many have believed since grade school....More
Apr 24, 2015

Engineering: The Key to Untold Riches?3

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....More
Apr 14, 2015

5 Myths Surrounding USB Flash Drives4

Experts at Premium USB, a company that manufactures and designs USB drives, have taken the time to dispel some of the more prevalent myths....More
Mar 19, 2015

8 Myths about the R&D Tax Credit3

The U.S. R&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....More
Feb 27, 2015

7 Car-Maintenance Myths13

  Here are seven widespread myths on auto upkeep you shouldn’t blindly follow:....More
Feb 18, 2015

My Favorite Acronym6

How about you? Let me know what some of you favorite acronyms are....More
Jan 30, 2015

Do the People Living Today Outnumber All Those Who Have Died? (Hint: NO)

Back in the 1970s at the birth of the U.S. environmental movement, “experts” made many dire pronouncements and predictions that have since been....More
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Steve serves as Senior Editor of Machine Design.  He has 23 years of service and has a B.S. Biomedical Engineering from CWRU. Steve was a E-2C Hawkeye Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy. He...
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