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The 14th Annual Golden Mousetrap Awards: Now Accepting Entries

September 8, 2015

Entries for the Golden Mousetrap Awards, recognizing exceptional, cutting-edge products, are open through November 15, 2015.

Smart Actuator Propels Hydraulic 'Beast of Burden'

June 4, 2015

A smart hydraulic actuator is enabling a powerful four-legged robot to negotiate harsh terrain without the aid of multiple cables, remote computers, or external devices.

2014 Salary and Opinion Study

March 25, 2015

Overall, North American engineers are doing better salary-wise than their international peers, are satisfied with their careers, and are optimistic about the future.

FAA Places Restrictions on Amazon Drones

March 23, 2015

How big a breakthrough was it for Amazon to receive on March 19 an "experimental airworthiness certificate" from the Federal Aviation Administration? Actually, not so much.

Integrated Motion Platform Speeds Fuselage Positioning

March 18, 2015

An integrated programmable logic controller (PLC) and motion platform has enabled an aircraft manufacturer to speed development and cut the costs of a massive fuselage positioning system.

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Gadget Freak of the Year: Help Us Break a Tie Vote!

By Jennifer Campbell | November 24, 2015

Voting has closed on our 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year contest, but it is not game over yet for two competing projects.

Rising Engineering Star: Where Are They Now? - Part 2

By Jennifer Campbell | November 23, 2015

Design News caught up recently with Punya Prakash, the 2013 recipient of our Rising Engineering Star award. What has she been up to?

Must See: Cornell 3D Prints Soft Robotic Tentacles

By Ann R. Thryft | November 19, 2015

A new method for making a robotic tentacle with more agility and degrees of freedom (DOF) of movement relies on 3D printing.

Rising Engineering Star: Where Are They Now?

By Jennifer Campbell | November 17, 2015

Design News caught up recently with Justine Haupt, the 2014 recipient of our Rising Engineering Star award. What has she been up to?

Golden Mousetrap Awards - the Time to Enter Is Now

By Jennifer Campbell | November 16, 2015

Don't miss your chance to be part of our red-carpet evening in February celebrating exceptional, cutting-edge products in Automation & Control; Design Hardware & Software; Electronics & Test; and Materials & Assembly.

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