The Fall 2017 Issue is Here!

The Fall 2017 Issue is Here!

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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Continental brings Augmented Reality to Head-up Displays

Continental brings Augmented Reality to Head-up Displays

Whenever you glance down to read an instrument cluster, look at a map, or check to see who just texted you, in that brief moment that your eyes are off the road, your vehicle may have traveled tens of meters. In those instances, you are, for all practical purposes, driving...

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An Introduction to Automobile Aerodynamics

An Introduction to Automobile Aerodynamics

Sometime, early in the 20th century, motorized vehicles became a reality, and the race to improve road infrastructures and vehicle speed had begun. Transportation speeds rapidly increased, and when legislators observed an open field for imposing new restrictions, speed limits were invented. In most cases passenger safety, fuel saving, and environmental...

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MOONSHOTS with Naveen Jain

MOONSHOTS with Naveen Jain

Later this year, Naveen Jain, CEO of Moon Express, expects to launch the world’s first private commercial initiative to unlock the vast hidden resources on the moon—resources spanning magnesium to platinum to titanium to helium-3—and ultimately develop a space colony there to support mining operations, particularly for helium-3. What’s so...

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The Path of Invention

The Path of Invention

Inventing is a great way to spend your time. Not only does it give you something intellectually exciting to do, it may result in a benefit to society and to you personally. Please know that I am not an attorney or a patent agent and I do not presume to...

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