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Most engineers are lazy…and that's often a good thing
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5/30/2012   35 comments
Lazy people can also be the most effective and productive, it seems to me.
One way to honor the inventor of the TV remote control
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5/27/2012   6 comments
The Clicker is an all-in-one uber-gadget that fuses the remote control with the ever-important bottle cap opener…
The consequences of tight engineering rules
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5/26/2012   7 comments
Tight racing rules may constrain engineering teams, but it helps more companies participate in events such as the Indy 500.
Vintage cars take to Indy 500 track
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5/26/2012   4 comments
The start of a new day was dominated by an old tradition at the Indy 500 on Saturday, as vintage race cars took to the track for Legend’s Day, honoring Roger Penske.
Back home again in Indiana
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5/24/2012   Post a comment
Watch for coverage of the Indianapolis 500 this weekend as we follow KV racing engineers' efforts to win the prestigious race.
What makes a good engineering culture?
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5/24/2012   13 comments
An interesting post cropped up on Quora this week, entitled “What makes a good engineering culture?” Edmond Lau, a software engineer at the question and answer network, said the thought had occurred to him after hearing hundreds of young engineers during job interviews describe what they liked or disliked about the culture of their previous company.
Tour d’Tesla
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5/23/2012   4 comments
Back in 2010, tooling from Ft. Myers to Dayton Beach in a Tesla took some pretty careful planning.
Can advanced tools actually slow us down?
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5/23/2012   15 comments
Too much of a good thing can be counterproductive, in life and in engineering
Luxury boats sink or swim by design
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5/23/2012   7 comments
Italians are well accustomed to creating luxury products for world markets, from fashion to fast cars and, of course, food. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that another luxury on Italy’s long list of high-quality exports includes Yachts for the mega-rich.
How's this for adroit engineering?
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5/21/2012   4 comments
Algorithm detects drowsy driving.
Slideshow: Team readies lunar rover for Google space contest
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5/18/2012   8 comments
A German team competing in Google's Lunar X-PRIZE competition plans to land its "Asimov" lunar rover on the surface of the Moon in 2014 in a bid to claim the contest's $20 million grand prize.
OMG – I want my own VGo robot avatar!
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5/18/2012   12 comments
Is this all “pie-in-the-sky”? No – it’s happening here and now!
Engineering Ferrari
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5/18/2012   5 comments
Nothing but pasta could possibly be more representative of Italian sumptuousness than Ferrari, the sexy luxury race car brand that made its debut in 1947 with the 125S, produced in Maranello, Italy, and bearing the Ferrari trademark.
Americans should stop whining about gas prices!
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5/17/2012   12 comments
Gas was much cheaper when I first came to America 22 years ago, but even today the price isn’t too bad compared to many other countries…
"Hi, I’m your data; can you hear me now?"
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5/16/2012   13 comments
Extracting insight from mounds of data may benefit from using old techniques
Wow – I am “tickled pink” as they say!
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5/15/2012   3 comments
Being “tickled pink” refers to enjoyment great enough to make the recipient glow with pleasure – which certainly describes my current state of being…
Tales from the entrepreneurial trenches: Dermott Lynch - Part 2
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5/15/2012   1 comment
This is the first in a new series of articles that talk about the lessons learned by entrepreneurs in the course of their success and failure…
The Prague Astronomical Clock – A testimony to timeless quality
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5/10/2012   Post a comment
Last Sunday at noon I had the good fortune of being in Prague at the Old Town Hall, site of the Prague Astronomical Clock.
What were they thinking? Stopping a car
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5/4/2012   13 comments
With the power series over, it is time to reinstate some fun. How would you stop a car?
To infinity and beyond: NASA's Orion spacecraft
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5/4/2012   13 comments
Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV), the “Orion” has been described by NASA as the “space craft for the future.” And as little future astronauts clambered all over the craft at the Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC, EE Times talked to its designers at Lockheed Martin to learn more.
Taking kids on a Robodyssey
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5/4/2012   3 comments
David Peins and Brian Patton founded Robodyssey systems back in 2001 to develop and provide instructions to kids interested in electronics and building their own robots.
Three days of fun and science … for some
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5/2/2012   14 comments
Everyone was having fun, except for a conspicuous group who clearly disdained anything that looked like learning.
Disruption in the engineering classroom
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5/2/2012   10 comments
Lab-in-a-box is not only giving students more flexibility in engineering classes, it's changing the very nature of the classes themselves
Questions re the concept of "ground" and related "stuff"
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5/2/2012   20 comments
Earth ground, chassis ground, common, signal ground, voltage ground ... my head hurts!

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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