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Utility Poles of the Future Look Great and Work Better

No one would call utility poles attractive, at least not yet. They have one job: to carry electricity or another utility service from a hub and distribute it to homes and businesses. But soon, utility poles might have a whole different look and serve a greater function. At least if the new company, Totem, has […]

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Top 5 Emerging Technologies in Engineering for 2017

From nano-sensors to the IOT, it’s a fascinating time to be an engineer. What’s simmering now and ready to be served up? Check out these top 5 emerging engineering technologies that could soon change the world. #1: Batteries With a Sizable Capacity Improvement Cost-effective clean energy alternatives still wobble a bit under the weight of […]

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Top 4 Choices in Engineering Continuing Education

You don’t have to sit in a classroom or attend a conference every time you need engineering continuing education. But it’s good to know all of your options. Engineers have a wide range of choices, and of course, they vary by your area of industry focus. The simplest and most convenient route, and often a […]

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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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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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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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Tesla Makes Solar Panels Gorgeous

What if solar power hardware was invisible, more efficient and able to run everything from your home to your car? It’s true. Tesla is changing everything you thought you knew about residential solar panels. Back in Jimmy Carter’s days as President of the United States, solar seemed like a fringe idea. And the bulky panels […]

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Expert Interview Series: Alan Weene of BioNova® Natural Pools About the Appeal of Natural Swimming Pools

Alan Weene is the CTO for BioNova® Natural Pools, the North American leaders in planning and construction of eco-friendly Natural Swimming Pools which use plants instead of chemicals to purify the water. We had a chance to speak with Alan about NSPs and learn more about how they work and what it takes to build […]

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Shipping Containers are Revolutionizing the Urban Garden

So you want to be a farmer? In Brooklyn? Stranger things have happened. Right now, a vertical farming movement is about to make its way through urban areas. With shipping containers as the landscape and a remarkably favorable environment inside, millennials who have a green thumb and a head for business can put them both […]

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Cities and Drones: What the New Report Means for Land Surveyors

The National League of Cities (NLC) “Cities and Drones” municipal report helps clarify the FAA’s new rules about drone operation. It also acts as a baseline for developing city ordinances that affect land surveyors, real estate professionals and other businesses. The report is chock full of insights about the federal rules, says NLC. It can […]

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