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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
Feb 09, 2012

This woman knows her welding, and is willing to share

Susan Straley is the president of Rentapen Inc, a Wisconsin-based machine design and tooling firm that specializes in laser cutting, shims, and....More
Jan 12, 2012

Sights at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

The NAIS Auto Show makes Detroit the center of the automotive universe for a few days in January and it's pretty amazing what you can see as you walk....More
Nov 16, 2011

What are those Chinese up to?

People with too much time on their hands have scoured Google Earth's satellite images and uncovered a mystery in China: large grids out in the Gobi....More
Nov 03, 2011

Just who's responsible for the Hoover Dam?

Some politicians and pundits are implying that only the U.S. Government could get the Hoover Dam built. They go on to suggest that without similar....More
Oct 11, 2011

How geeks celebrate Halloween

Here's a neat little tutorial on how to carve up that Halloween pumpkin into a Death Star from the movie Star Wars. Any other idea on how geeks....More
Sep 20, 2011

Where are all the new(er) U.S. car companies?

Ever wonder why no new U.S. car companies have been started up over the past couple of decades? And I'm not counting small shops that are custom....More
Aug 30, 2011

Research clouds climate-change models

Scientists at the Swiss-based CERN recently concluded experiments that seem to show the Sun and its changing magnetic field affect cloud formation in....More
Aug 05, 2011

Survival Research Labs: Machines with whimsical madness

It's hard to beat Survival Research Labs when it comes to leveraging leading-edge technology and robotics into true spectacles of confusion and....More
Jun 15, 2011

California ties itself into a green knot

The governor of California recently signed a law mandating that his state get one-third of its electricity from renewables by 2020. Robert Bryce,....More
May 17, 2011

Sex in Space, Part I

A Russian biomedical agency recently declared that cosmonauts never had sex or conducted sex-related experiments in space. NASA hands out the same....More
Apr 26, 2011

Boeing vs. the Union (and the NLRB)

It looks like the National Labor Relations Board is trying to punish Boeing for having the audacity to run its own business rather than cater to one....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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