A Skeptical Engineer http://machinedesign.com/blog/23139/feed A questioning, sometimes humorous look at technologies, engineering, and the world. en Engineering: The Key to Untold Riches? http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineering-key-untold-riches <div class="node-body blog-body">More people in the list of the world’s 100 richest people hold engineering degrees than any other degree, according to a study by Approved Index, a business-to-business buying platform. </div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineering-key-untold-riches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/engineering-key-untold-riches#comments Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:47:00 +0000 48381 at http://machinedesign.com 5 Myths Surrounding USB Flash Drives http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-surrounding-usb-flash-drives <div class="node-body blog-body">Experts at Premium USB, a company that manufactures and designs USB drives, have taken the time to dispel some of the more prevalent myths.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-surrounding-usb-flash-drives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-surrounding-usb-flash-drives#comments Technologies A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:14:00 +0000 48081 at http://machinedesign.com 8 Myths about the R&D Tax Credit http://machinedesign.com/blog/8-myths-about-rd-tax-credit <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The U.S. R&amp;D tax credit could be worth up to $10 billion annually to small and large firms. Yet evidence shows that only one of out of 20 small and medium-sized companies eligible for this credit actually use it. Why is that? It seems there are myths surrounding the credits that dissuade smaller companies from filing for them, according to Rizwan Virani, managing director of <strong>Alliantgroup</strong> (<em>www.alliantgroup.com</em>). His group, an organization of business and CPA firms, encourages U.S.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/8-myths-about-rd-tax-credit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/8-myths-about-rd-tax-credit#comments Community A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:19:00 +0000 47381 at http://machinedesign.com 7 Car-Maintenance Myths http://machinedesign.com/blog/7-car-maintenance-myths <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are seven widespread myths on auto upkeep you shouldn&rsquo;t blindly follow:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/7-car-maintenance-myths" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/7-car-maintenance-myths#comments Automotive A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:14:00 +0000 46881 at http://machinedesign.com My Favorite Acronym http://machinedesign.com/blog/my-favorite-acronym <div class="node-body blog-body">How about you? Let me know what some of you favorite acronyms are.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/my-favorite-acronym" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/my-favorite-acronym#comments Community A Skeptical Engineer Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:53:00 +0000 46491 at http://machinedesign.com Do the People Living Today Outnumber All Those Who Have Died? (Hint: NO) http://machinedesign.com/blog/do-people-living-today-outnumber-all-those-who-have-died-hint-no-0 <div class="node-body blog-body">Back in the 1970s at the birth of the U.S. environmental movement, “experts” made many dire pronouncements and predictions that have since been proven wrong.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/do-people-living-today-outnumber-all-those-who-have-died-hint-no-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/do-people-living-today-outnumber-all-those-who-have-died-hint-no-0#comments Community A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:52:00 +0000 45881 at http://machinedesign.com Sights from the 2015 Detroit Auto Show http://machinedesign.com/blog/sights-2015-detroit-auto-show <div class="node-body blog-body">At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show there seemed to be fewer electric/hybrid cars, SUVs, and minivans at the car companies’ displays.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/sights-2015-detroit-auto-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/sights-2015-detroit-auto-show#comments Automotive Community A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:37:00 +0000 45551 at http://machinedesign.com What Got You Started in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math? http://machinedesign.com/blog/what-got-you-started-science-technology-engineering-or-math <div class="node-body blog-body">What got you started n Engineering?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/what-got-you-started-science-technology-engineering-or-math" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/what-got-you-started-science-technology-engineering-or-math#comments March Bracket Madness Contest Stem Starter WGEM World's Greates Engineering Movie A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:26:00 +0000 45281 at http://machinedesign.com 3 Myths Surrounding LEDs http://machinedesign.com/blog/3-myths-surrounding-leds-0 <div class="node-body blog-body">Let's debunk some myths about LEDs.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/3-myths-surrounding-leds-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/3-myths-surrounding-leds-0#comments LED A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:23:00 +0000 45221 at http://machinedesign.com “Inventor” of Fake Bomb Detector Headed to Jail, Finally http://machinedesign.com/blog/inventor-fake-bomb-detector-headed-jail-finally <div class="node-body blog-body">See how far people will go to believe a charlatan.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/inventor-fake-bomb-detector-headed-jail-finally" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/inventor-fake-bomb-detector-headed-jail-finally#comments ADE-651 fake bomb detector Defense Community A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:02:00 +0000 44931 at http://machinedesign.com