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Answers to 5 of your Burning Questions About Space Exploration

To infinity and beyond!

That was the mantra for everyone who grew up watching a bunch of ragtag toys explore a foreign world. The battle cry for the children who wanted to grow up and be astronauts. And over the last couple of years, the U.S. seems to be reinvesting in the same exploratory wonder we had when we landed on the moon.

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5 Breakthroughs Manufacturing the Future of Medical Science

Medicine has come a long way from where it started. We have cured crippling diseases, eradicated plagues, and extended our average lifespan by decades. Pharmaceuticals are owed a lot for the medical breakthroughs that grant us these miracles, from development to distribution. 

But in the 21st century, we have the ability to meld science and technology to open up a new world of disease prevention. Just over the last couple of months promising developments have broken through. So let’s take a look at the medicine of the future.

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The 4 Newest Material Innovations You Should Know About

We like to talk about innovation, but in an industry of builders and makers, we’re limited by one thing: to make something tangible, we need materials. 

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The Rodon Group on How to Manufacture A Perfect Plastic Part

“Perfect” is not a word that is thrown around very often. It implies upmost precision, unyielding quality, and repeatable functionality. So when an industry expert such as The Rodon Group imparts knowledge on how to manufacture the perfect plastic part, it’s time to sit up and listen. And according to Rodon, the Pennsylvania-based high-volume plastic injection molder, the way to do this is by following these four factors.

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The Pitfalls of Engagement – Turning Off Your Readers

When crafting a good story, we often start by coming up with a main character. We work on developing someone who is reliable and likeable overall. But as you focus all of your attention on the “who,” are you forgetting about the “why?” When telling an engineering story, this is especially important.

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Are Robots Taking Our Jobs?

The short answer? No. 

The longer answer? They will most likely change your job, most likely for the better/simpler/safer/etc. How do I know this? Historically, that has always been the case. 

Change is scary. Doomsayers always predict the end of times when a new technology is coming out, forewarning the unravelling of society, possibly even revolts. This began at a time when the written word was seen as a detriment to memory. Since then, the same argument has been brought up time and again, most recently in the context of how the Internet is ruining our brains.

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Engineer Q & A – Schlumberger Engineer Among Women Fueling the Future of STEM

If you were on Twitter at all this week, you may have noticed a number of posts discussing the importance of women in STEM careers. And if you were online on Tuesday specifically, you likely saw that #AdaLovelaceDay was trending across the Twittersphere. The day is meant to celebrate a woman who is largely remembered as the first computer programmer. To further commemorate the advances women have made in technology and engineering, we’ve chosen to highlight a female engineer in our next Engineer Q & A series installment.

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Automation Improves Microbrewery Processes

A microbrewery brewhouse and cooling system. Diagram is marked with potential placements of automated tools for temperature (T), flow (F), level switching (LS) and pressure (P). (Photo courtesy of Endress+Hauser)

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We're Celebrating Manufacturing Day 2015


Anniversaries are celebrated with jewelry and trips. Holidays are celebrated with family time and meals. Birthdays are celebrated with cake and gifts. So how do we celebrate manufacturing? With open houses, rallies and social media posts, of course.

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