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From Robotics Come Prosthetic Hands That Can Feel

Imagine picking a ripe piece of fruit or buttoning a shirt using a prosthetic hand. Current prosthetics can help the user complete tasks. But what’s on the horizon could nearly mimic the natural sensation of touch. Early prosthetics dates back at least to ancient Egypt, when intricately carved, prosthetic toes could be worn not just […]

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Architectural Originality and Breaking Out of the Rut

Architects have natural and man-made limitations to creating original designs, which some believe are inherent creativity blockers. And some experts believe that there’s no such thing as originality at all. But through the mental roadblocks, geographic and legal limitations and technology issues, architects are still – after all these centuries – doing good work. Is […]

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Engineering Awards From a Humble Garage

From a humble garage has come some pretty amazing stuff. Sleek, gorgeous Apple computers got their start in a garage. So did Amazon.com, Google and even the Wonderful World of Disney. And now, the winners of the U.S. Department of Education Wave Energy Prize winners have joined the clan. Portland, Oregon’s Alex Hagmüller and Max […]

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When Building Design Collides with Wild Bird Stewardship

Unlike the predator and prey relationship in the wild, birds in the city aren’t just killed by a stronger, healthier specimen. Walls of virtually invisible glass wipe out millions upon millions of birds every year, and they don’t select the strongest to survive. Somewhat ironically, the green building movement is partly to blame. The same […]

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Get Your CPA Continuing Education Before Tax Season

You can probably hear the stampede of clients rushing your way. They’ll arrive by the end of the year or just after, and just in time for tax season. Get your continuing professional education (CPE) credits out of the way now, and you won’t have to think about them through the seasonal rush. Here’s what […]

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What are Green Roofs and Why do They Matter?

When is a roof much more than a way to keep out the rain? When it’s a green roof. The layer of vegetation that covers the top of a building keeps homes and commercial spaces cooler and help lower the carbon footprint. But that’s just the beginning. They also help save money, reduce HVAC load […]

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Preserving Stained and Leaded Glass in Historic Properties

Older buildings often have elements that can’t be duplicated, at least not at a reasonable cost. So preserving and repairing what’s there can keep the structure’s integrity as well as its value. Such is the case with leaded glass. The Preservation and Repair of Historic Stained and Leaded Glass continuing education course from PDH Academy […]

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3 Reasons Florida Architects Need Universal Design Courses

Universal design works for a much wider range of users, so it’s especially important for Florida architects. In a state that’s brimming with rental homes and has a high concentration of retirees, design that fits more people comfortably makes the built environment safer and more welcoming. Continuing education in universal design keeps skills fresh and […]

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What Has Donald Trump Planned for the American Infrastructure?

The coming Trump administration plans to overhaul America’s infrastructure through private investments. It’s a “revenue-neutral” proposal that’s intended to lighten the government investment load, speed up projects and provide more jobs for American workers. But can he swing it? Experts are on both sides of the aisle. Some say private investments are the only way […]

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Smart Urban Transportation the Los Angeles Way

Imagine a city as congested as Los Angeles revolutionizing urban transportation tomorrow. For that matter, imagine Angelenos giving up their beloved cars. It’s not as unlikely as it might sound. L.A. city planners have a vision for the future. And it involves a smart, clean, efficient infrastructure for one of the busiest places in America. […]

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