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Apr 02, 2014

What's inside GM's recalled ignition switch

We recently took a quick trip to a junk yard to get a steering column from a 2007 Chevy Cobalt. The steering column, of course, also comes with the ignition switch that is the source of GM's recent 1.5 million vehicle recall. We dissassembled the switch so you can see the source of the controversy....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 continues.) And looking at the results, it seems NASA and its exploits are still a source of fascination for engineers of all ages. It also looks like engineers and other who participated in....More
Apr 03, 2014

2014-2015 Calendar of materials events

It all starts with materials. Here's a list of tradeshows to find advanced or new materials....More
Apr 08, 2014

No brats here: FIRST students smart and earnest

A couple weeks ago at Cleveland's FIRST Robotics event, I got to meet about 250 high-school kids from about 30 out of the 57 school teams competing. They had great attitudes....More
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