Editorial Comment http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8192/more en Wanna Buy A Bridge? http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/wanna-buy-bridge <div class="node-body article-body">When a major section of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco collapsed during the 1989 Loma Preita earthquake, officials at the California Dept. of Transportation (Caltrans) leapt into action to replace the span.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/wanna-buy-bridge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/editorial-comment/wanna-buy-bridge#comments Editorial Comment Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:05:00 +0000 40031 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 A billion here, a billion there... http://machinedesign.com/blog/billion-here-billion-there <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Everett Dirksen, the late Senator from Illinois, is famously quoted as saying, &quot;A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you&#39;re talking real money.&quot; Anyone who follows Washington politics is probably numb to the sums that kicked around and how much the government spends.</p> <p>But when you step back and look at the big picture, a billion is a <em>really</em> big number. Consider:</p> <p>If you earn $50,000 per year, it will take 20,000 years to earn a billion dollars.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/stress-and-strain">Stress and Strain</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/billion-here-billion-there" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/billion-here-billion-there#comments billion cycle design engineering extreme life pneumatic valve Editorial Comment Stress and Strain Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:06:00 +0000 39931 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 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