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The 2016 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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Hip-Hop Puts 'Motion' to Newton's Laws in NASA-Honeywell STEM Program

By Elizabeth Montalbano | October 7, 2015

Honeywell and NASA's FMA Live! Forces of Nature show uses hip-hop to teach physics lessons and is currently on its Fall 2015 tour in the Midwest.

6 Tips for Raising a Kid to Love STEM

October 2, 2015

Schools can't be solely responsible if we want our children to be successful in STEM. It has to be a lifestyle.

TI Teams with UMD To Bring Hands-On Learning to First-Year Engineering Students

By Elizabeth Montalbano | October 1, 2015

First-year electrical and computer engineering students at the University of Maryland are getting unique, hands-on experience in a newly opened on-campus laboratory thanks to a partnership between Texas Instruments.

Energy-Harvesting Bike, People Path Over Thames River to Power Londoners

By Elizabeth Montalbano | October 1, 2015

A project to build an eight-mile floating pedestrian and cycle path that leverages solar, wind, and tidal energy to support its own infrastructure is now seeking funding.

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