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Oct 13, 2014

Polonium and settled science2

What's up with polonium and its half-life?....More
Sep 23, 2014

4 Bogus Reasons Engineers Get Pushed into Management1

Bad reasons good engineers are tuned into bad managers....More
Sep 05, 2014

6 Myths About Outer Space5

Everything you learned about space from movies and TV shows is likely wrong....More
Aug 26, 2014

5 Myths About Plastic Water Bottles: Economical and Safe? Hardly4

Plastic water bottles: Economical and safe? Hardly....More
Aug 12, 2014

Something Rotten in the Valley of Silicon1

What's going down in Silicon Valley: "Cool" companies show their true colors....More
Jul 31, 2014

The 7 Warning Signs of B(ogus) S(cience)3

For the past 17 years, Dr. Robert Park has been the leading force behind Quackwatch, a popular website that explores medical myths ranging from....More
Jul 23, 2014

Another debunking of the U.S. Engineering Shortage8

Another nail in the myth of an engineering shortage....More
Jul 08, 2014

Taking the window seats (and windows) from pilots and co-pilots

Who would’ve thought that the glass-cockpit concept – the use of programmable displays to replace radar screens, dials, and navigational....More
Jun 26, 2014

Back-of-the-envelope calculations: When close is good enough5

The art of back-of-the-envelope calculations....More
Jun 09, 2014

Sights at the National Nuke Museum

If you’re ever in Albuquerque, be sure to make time for the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. It’s one of those museums....More
May 30, 2014

Engineering miracle or just good carpentry?2

Santa Fe's miraculous spiral staircase. Really?....More
May 22, 2014

A blimp is a blimp. These aren't.2

The Goodyear Company is upgrading its fleet of airships, going from blimps to zeppelins. This technological step-up will give the flying billboards....More
Apr 21, 2014

Greatest Engineering Movie: It’s down to the final two. Let’s Vote!

We’ve gotten it down to two movies, thanks to your generous cooperation. (The number of voters increased over every round, a trend we hope....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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