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    Putting Nuclear Plants Out to Sea 10

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  • Feb 8, 2016

    SourceESB Is A Smarter, More Efficient Way to Buy Electronic Components

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  • Feb 5, 2016

    Back to Where it All Began: The Pacific Design Show 1

    The 2015 Pacific Design Show was my introduction to world of engineering events, and I’m getting ready for 2016.......More
  • Feb 2, 2016

    Get Ready for National Engineers Week

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  • Jan 27, 2016

    Why Are Engineers Reluctant to Change?

    While researching my latest feature regarding 3D computer-aided design (CAD) and its developing role in the cloud, I found the same story again and again......More
  • Dec 29, 2015

    5 Myths about All-Season and Winter Tires 5

    Tires might arguably be the most important components on a vehicle. They’re responsible, at least partially, for making vehicles move, stop, and steer......More
  • Dec 7, 2015

    4 Solar Power Predictions for 2016 5

    Midsummer's Sven Lindström makes four predictions on what's in store for solar energy in 2016....More
  • Apr 24, 2015

    Engineering: The Key to Untold Riches? 3

    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....More
  • Mar 24, 2015

    The Value of Innovation When You’re Under the Knife 2

    With so much hand-wringing over rising medical costs, one certainly wonders: With all of today’s medical bells and whistles, do the benefits of advanced technologies outweigh the costs? If you’re sick, they often do.......More
  • Nov 6, 2014

    5 Myths About Speaker Wire 29

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  • Oct 28, 2014

    Daylight Saving Time and its Effects on Energy and Trains 5

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  • Aug 12, 2014

    Something Rotten in the Valley of Silicon 1

    What's going down in Silicon Valley: "Cool" companies show their true colors...More
  • Aug 11, 2014

    A billion here, a billion there... 3

    Everett Dirksen, the late Senator from Illinois, is famously quoted as saying, "A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you're talking real money." Anyone who follows Washington politics is probably numb to the sums that kicked around and how much the government spends. But when you step back and look at the big picture, a billion is a really big number. Consider: If you earn $50,000 per year, it will take 20,000 years to earn a billion dollars....More
  • Jul 31, 2014

    The 7 Warning Signs of B(ogus) S(cience) 3

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