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Sep 13, 2013

Can the government force feed us electric cars?

Can the government force feed us electric cars?....More
Aug 13, 2013

Hyperloop or Hyperloopy?

Engineers look at Elon Musk's new transportation concept: Hyperloop....More
Jun 21, 2013

Another speed bump for electric cars and new car companies

Here’s a column on the laws that hamper Tesla Motors in its efforts to sell electric cars in Texas because they don’t want to go....More
Jun 03, 2013

Museums for Engineers: Intro

Send in images and info from museums engineers would appreciate....More
May 21, 2013

Losing $10k per car, making it up in volume

Fiat/Chrysler will be soon selling its all-electric e500 in California (only) for $32,500. And if you can put up with all the downsides of a small....More
Apr 24, 2013

Technology refuses to prove superstitions

If video cameras don't record it, does it exist?....More
Apr 18, 2013

Epic Fail: Computer picking NCAA winner

As I mentioned in my last blog entry, computer engineers from Georgia Tech had run this year’s stats through their college-basketball ranking....More
Mar 20, 2013

Computer pinpoints March Madness winner

Those rambling wrecks from Georgia Tech are doing bettors a favor: They’ve run their Logistics Regression/Markov chain, a computerized college....More
Feb 25, 2013

Those funky names for cars

I was watching TV the other night and saw a commercial for VW’s new SUV, the Tiguan, and wondered where they ever got that odd-sounding name for a....More
Feb 05, 2013

A concept (car) too far?

One of the strangest features on a concept car at this year’s Detroit Auto Show came courtesy of Smartcar’s forstars, a small utility coupe. It has a....More
Jan 24, 2013

Checking out the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

This year’s automotive showdown at Cobo Hall featured some great new cars, trucks, and SUVs, as well as a horde of reporters and automotive....More
Jan 09, 2013

The Dreamliner: Too much outsourcing or normal teething problems?

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is racking up an unenviable record of problems in its first 14 months of operation, two fires, each in the same general....More
Oct 15, 2012

The Candidates and Energy

The Candidates and Energy Policy Here's a look at the Democrat and Republican candidates' plans for the country in terms of energy. For more details....More
Jul 16, 2012

One of the problems with pain

Nobody really likes pain, with the slim exception of masochists. So when we're in pain, especially when we don't know the cause, most of us go to a....More
Mar 09, 2012

Why we hate lawyers: Reason # 16,258

Check out this video It may be five years old, but I'm sure the same type of stuff is still going on. In short, it's a presentation by so-called....More
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