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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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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,....
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....
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....
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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