Editorial Comment http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8192/more en 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 How to boost U.S. manufacturing jobs: Fake them http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-boost-us-manufacturing-jobs-fake-them <div class="node-body blog-body">Sometimes news coming out of Washington D.C. seems to defy common sense. At least that was my reaction to word about a proposal to call American firms that send production offshore &ldquo;factoryless goods&rdquo; producers. The problem is that if this idea gets implemented,&nbsp; the value of U.S. brand-name products made elsewhere and imported here would be counted as manufacturing &ldquo;services&rdquo; imports, not imported goods. In other words, it would inflate figures for goods manufactured in the U.S.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-boost-us-manufacturing-jobs-fake-them" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-boost-us-manufacturing-jobs-fake-them#comments factoryless goods manufacturing jobs offshoring Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:04:00 +0000 39741 at http://machinedesign.com Want to Patent Less? Move Production Overseas http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/want-patent-less-move-production-overseas <div class="node-body article-body">I recently had the privilege of speaking before a group of motor manufacturers on the topic of bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. from low-wage countries. One aspect of the subject that surprised many of them was the amount of evidence that has accumulated in favor of reshoring.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/want-patent-less-move-production-overseas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/want-patent-less-move-production-overseas#comments Editorial Comment Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:55:00 +0000 39401 at http://machinedesign.com Nine hardware pitches at San Francisco ‘Maker’ Startup Weekend http://machinedesign.com/blog/nine-hardware-pitches-san-francisco-maker-startup-weekend <div class="node-body blog-body">Startup Weekend events are now pumping out hardware devices such as a NEST for pools and just-in-time liquor delivery systems.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/material-world">Material World</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/nine-hardware-pitches-san-francisco-maker-startup-weekend" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/nine-hardware-pitches-san-francisco-maker-startup-weekend#comments connected devices entrepreneur freelance hardware IoT products startup startup weekend Editorial Comment Material World Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 39361 at http://machinedesign.com <p><a href="http://startupweekend.org/">Startup Weekend</a> is an entrepreneur bootcamp that takes place over the course of a single weekend. The events are hosted in various locations around the world yet they connect local communities of investors, coaches, sponsoring businesses, and of course&hellip;seasoned and wanna-be entrepreneurs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Drones learn to observe environment and steer clear http://machinedesign.com/blog/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear <div class="node-body blog-body">Late in 2012, maker-tinkerer and technical writer Paul Wallich created a buzz when he wrote about the drone he built to walk his son to the bus stop each morning. Fast-forward to 2014: Now researchers think they have a new way to make such UAVs and other vehicles more nimble in the face of environmental variables. The design uses neuromorphic sensors (that get triggered by sudden events) instead of the standard inertia-measuring sensors (such as accelerometers and gyroscopes) to track motion.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear#comments Editorial Comment Robotics Community Product Design Engineering Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:49:00 +0000 39301 at http://machinedesign.com Today's STEM students are lucky http://machinedesign.com/blog/todays-stem-students-are-lucky <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Back in the age of dinosaurs when I was an engineering undergrad, the lab work generally ranged between uninspiring and discouraging.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/todays-stem-students-are-lucky" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/todays-stem-students-are-lucky#comments battlefield dressing STEM student projects Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:40:00 +0000 39311 at http://machinedesign.com Movie shows how Vermeer used engineering to paint perfection http://machinedesign.com/blog/movie-shows-how-vermeer-used-engineering-paint-perfection <div class="node-body blog-body">A movie is by inventor Tim Jenison and his friend Penn Jillette (the Vegas magician) documents eight years of work to recreate art by 17th-Century artist Johannes Vermeer. The art was most likely created through the use of a camera obscura.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/movie-shows-how-vermeer-used-engineering-paint-perfection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/movie-shows-how-vermeer-used-engineering-paint-perfection#comments Editorial Comment Product Design Engineering Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:03:00 +0000 39221 at http://machinedesign.com 3D Printing for Hire: The Case of the Persnickety Prop http://machinedesign.com/blog/3d-printing-hire-case-persnickety-prop <div class="node-body blog-body">Metrology and 3D-printing distributor Burton Precision helped University of Michigan researchers solve three major CAD problems, so they could make a plastic propeller for a human-powered submarine.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/3d-printing-hire-case-persnickety-prop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/3d-printing-hire-case-persnickety-prop#comments 3D Printing Editorial Comment News Product Design Engineering Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:12:00 +0000 39071 at http://machinedesign.com When a liberal arts degree isn't enough, bring on “experiential learning” http://machinedesign.com/blog/when-liberal-arts-degree-isnt-enough-bring-experiential-learning <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>There are unavoidable constants in life that usually are said to include death and taxes. To this list we should add <a href="http://machinedesign.com/engineering-education/old-codgers-always-gripe-about-kids" target="_blank" title="old codgers complaining about youngsters">old people complaining about younger generations.</a> But when the complainers are business executives, a few entrepreneurial-minded educators sense an opportunity.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/when-liberal-arts-degree-isnt-enough-bring-experiential-learning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/when-liberal-arts-degree-isnt-enough-bring-experiential-learning#comments experiential leaning job skills liberal arts degree Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:28:00 +0000 39091 at http://machinedesign.com More automakers going with fiberglass springs http://machinedesign.com/blog/more-automakers-going-fiberglass-springs <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Audi is in the news this week because it plans to start using suspension springs made of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) in one of its cars before the end of the year. Audi says it developed the spring&nbsp;in collaboration with an Italian supplier.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/editors-desk">From the Editor&#039;s Desk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/more-automakers-going-fiberglass-springs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/more-automakers-going-fiberglass-springs#comments audi fiberglass springs Ford Z Editorial Comment From the Editor&#039;s Desk Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:01:00 +0000 38951 at http://machinedesign.com