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Light Friday: AI Turns 50, Top 5 (+1) Coolest Cell Phones, Shapeshifting Aircraft 'Switchblade'...

...Genghis Khan: Renaissance Guy, Runaway Kangaroo in Ireland, Keith Richards Pardoned, and Light Friday Recommended Reading. Happy Birthday, AI! Foremost, we wish to…er, um…wish artificial intelligence (AI) a happy birthday. AI is 50 years old this summer, and while computers can beat the world's best chess players, we still can't get them to think like a four year old. AI technology...

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Is Supply Chain Visibility A Misnomer?

A recent flutter of activity in the pharma sector leaves cause for concern as to just how "leading-edge" some of the supply chains of today's top business performers really are. And seeing as some of the major blunders all take place in Puerto Rico, how can firms expect to continue to do business in this wonderful global economy we keep hearing about? As the rules of supply and demand continue to...

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Engines of Our Ingenuity: An Engineer Looks at Technology and Culture

John Lienhard, University of Houston Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and host of a daily NPR radio essay on invention and creativity, has gathered together his reflections on the nature of technology, culture, human inventiveness and the history of engineering in this book. Technology is too big to understand all at once, says Lienhard (mechanical engineering and history, U. of...

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10 Machine Design Tips for OEM Engineers

For OEM engineers and programmers to avoid the long hours and aggravation that can come from such situations as standard deviation, lack of specifications or inefficient approaches, they may want to consider implementing one of these tips per month. Shorter time spent in the development stage translates into lower engineering costs and faster time to market. For OEM engineers and programmers to...

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Just Another Case of a Sinkhole Wiping Out a Lake

Florida's Scott Lake recently has been at the mercy of a giant sinkhole that may be 300 ft. deep. When the sinkhole collapsed last month, it took only 10 days to swallow up the lake's water. Now engineers are trying to figure out how to plug and refill the lake. Central Florida's Scott Lake, most likely formed by sinkholes thousands of years ago, recently has been at the mercy of a giant sinkhole...

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Engineers Look to Nature for Inspiring New Tricks

Like scientists, engineers increasingly are taking advantage of a pre-existing blueprint that can be a great key to unlocking inspiration for their profession's endeavors. This roadmap surrounds us all: nature. Creative people looking to nature for inspiration is not a new concept: writers Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson are considered literary classics because they did it. For...

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20th Century's Top Engineering Developments

Despite the much-deserved scrutiny that failed engineering undertakings receive, the past has seen extraordinary things result from those who practice the profession. Here we revisit some of the most celebrated engineering developments of the 20th century. No doubt engineering gets most of its attention when it's gone wrong. Take calamitous events such as the Chernobyl nuclear power plant...

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Redefining Engineering for the Year 2020

Engineering, through its role in the creation and implementation of technology, has been critical to the improvement and vitality of our national economic well-being, health and quality of life. It's been called "the foundation of American ingenuity." But it needs to change, according to the National Academy of Engineering. Engineering has been called the "stealth profession," because so many...

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Scavenging Materials to Build Your Own CNC Machine

Turning a concept into something real and practical is what engineers do. CNC machines are tools for the same. Because so many engineers enjoy prototyping, tinkering and toying, here we offer tips for gathering "scrounged, recycled and adapted" parts to build your own CNC machine at a fraction of the cost of buying one. Computer-controlled mills have been around for a long time. A CNC tool can be...

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