Disruption and Resilience

Disruption and Resilience

Enabled by advances in technology, the automotive industry has entered into an unprecedented era of disruption and transformation. The industry is changing at a faster rate today than at any time in the past 100 years. While previous waves of innovation were largely focused on design and manufacturing, making cars...

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We Can Go To Mars … Soon

We Can Go To Mars … Soon

Vanderbilt astronomy professor David Weintraub’s new book, Life on Mars: What to Know before We Go, takes a step back from the all-systems-go approach to colonizing another planet and considers the ethics of potentially destroying its bio-ecosystem. There’s no better time to think about the implications of such a trip, Weintraub contends,...

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The Navy Diver of the Future

The Navy Diver of the Future

SEALAB I, II, and III were experimental high pressure, underwater habitats developed by the United States Navy in the late 1960s to prove the viability of saturation diving. The program illuminated the path towards extended human life in the last frontier—the deep sea. In so-called saturation diving, the divers live...

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A Cautionary Tale from 1915

A Cautionary Tale from 1915

It may come as a surprise, but ridesharing has existed for over a century in the United States. Since the early 1900s, entrepreneurial drivers with spare time and capital have formed informal share-economies that at times have grown to challenge even the most established transportation providers. But until recently, rideshare...

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The New Mechanix Illustrated

The New Mechanix Illustrated

Click the Cover to Read Now! In this special edition: Shuttle Astronaut Mike Massimino on engineering a path to space with robotics, teleoperation, and innovations in force feedback. Special focus on self-driving cars. Augmented reality in head-up displays. A history of human-machine systems in space. Advances in artificial photosynthesis. Mining...

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Touching the Moon

Touching the Moon

“Dust is the number one concern in returning to the Moon” —John Young, Apollo 16 Moon dust can be a real nuisance. During the Apollo missions, the tiny particles stuck to everything and could simply not be wiped off. The dust wore into spacesuits and boots—it even ate into the...

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Next Generation Windows

Next Generation Windows

One of the most important features in a building is also one that we tend to look right through—the window. Windows have been incorporated into structures since the 13th century BC, and just like everything else, they’ve evolved over the course of centuries to meet the needs of modern man....

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Comparing Computing Architectures for ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles

Comparing Computing Architectures for ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles

Together with connected car technology and new energy vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle systems have moved to the forefront of innovation in the automobile industry. Research, development, and production activities are significantly increasing due to demand for greater traffic safety, enhanced passenger and driver comfort, and...

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Space Tourism Now and in the Near Future

Space Tourism Now and in the Near Future

Excluding the non-professional astronauts/cosmonauts who were taken into space for political or business reasons over the years, space tourism got off the ground in April, 2001, when the American engineer Dennis Tito traveled to the International Space Station for an eight-day trip.  Between then and 2016, a total of seven...

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The Turbine-powered Firebirds

The Turbine-powered Firebirds

From 1949 to 1961, General Motors staged a series of shows which spotlighted their products from each of their varied divisions for a total of eight times. Those from 1953 to 1956 are the most remembered since those had a variety of what were then known as “dream cars.” Today,...

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