A Skeptical Engineer http://machinedesign.com/blog/23139/feed A questioning, sometimes humorous look at technologies, engineering, and the world. en 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 5 Myths About Speaker Wire http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-about-speaker-wire <div class="node-body blog-body">Do expensive speaker wires "sound" better? Not likely.</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-about-speaker-wire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-about-speaker-wire#comments speaker wire stereo systems Editorial Comment Cables, Connectors, Enclosures A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:46:00 +0000 44581 at http://machinedesign.com <p>speaker wire mess</p> Daylight Saving Time and its Effects on Energy and Trains http://machinedesign.com/blog/daylight-saving-time-and-its-effects-energy-and-trains <div class="node-body blog-body">Fun facts to know and tell about Daylight Saving time (DST.)</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/daylight-saving-time-and-its-effects-energy-and-trains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/daylight-saving-time-and-its-effects-energy-and-trains#comments Daylightg Savings TIme Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:18:00 +0000 44181 at http://machinedesign.com Polonium and settled science http://machinedesign.com/blog/polonium-and-settled-science-0 <div class="node-body blog-body">What's up with polonium and its half-life?</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/polonium-and-settled-science-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/polonium-and-settled-science-0#comments Po-209 polonium Guest Commentary Materials A Skeptical Engineer Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:07:00 +0000 41361 at http://machinedesign.com 4 Bogus Reasons Engineers Get Pushed into Management http://machinedesign.com/blog/4-bogus-reasons-engineers-get-pushed-management <div class="node-body blog-body">Bad reasons good engineers are tuned into bad managers</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/4-bogus-reasons-engineers-get-pushed-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/4-bogus-reasons-engineers-get-pushed-management#comments engineering management A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:44:00 +0000 40881 at http://machinedesign.com 6 Myths About Outer Space http://machinedesign.com/blog/6-myths-about-outer-space <div class="node-body blog-body">Everything you learned about space from movies and TV shows is likely 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/6-myths-about-outer-space" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/6-myths-about-outer-space#comments meteorites myths Outer space Community A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:28:00 +0000 40541 at http://machinedesign.com <p>Saturn from one of its moons</p> 5 Myths About Plastic Water Bottles: Economical and Safe? Hardly http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-about-plastic-water-bottles-economical-and-safe-hardly <div class="node-body blog-body">Plastic water bottles: Economical and safe? Hardly</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-about-plastic-water-bottles-economical-and-safe-hardly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/5-myths-about-plastic-water-bottles-economical-and-safe-hardly#comments water bottles Community A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:13:00 +0000 40341 at http://machinedesign.com Something Rotten in the Valley of Silicon http://machinedesign.com/blog/something-rotten-valley-silicon <div class="node-body blog-body">What's going down in Silicon Valley: "Cool" companies show their true colors</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/something-rotten-valley-silicon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/something-rotten-valley-silicon#comments Silicon Valley Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:53:00 +0000 39961 at http://machinedesign.com The 7 Warning Signs of B(ogus) S(cience) http://machinedesign.com/blog/7-warning-signs-bogus-science <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>For the past 17 years, Dr. Robert Park has been the leading force behind <a href="http://quackwatch.org">Quackwatch</a>, a popular website that explores medical myths ranging from acupuncture to weight control gimmicks. He is also a professor of physics at the University of Maryland and director of public information for the American Physical Society. He developed a list of seven warning signs that indicate a claim is outside the bounds of scientific discourse and a good candidate for being a scam.</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-warning-signs-bogus-science" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/7-warning-signs-bogus-science#comments Editorial Comment A Skeptical Engineer Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:07:00 +0000 39851 at http://machinedesign.com