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The World’s Highest and Longest See-Through Bridge Opening this July

If you have a fear of heights, China’s Zhangjiajie skywalk may be a way for you to face your fears (or maybe faint from the mere thought of walking across and seeing nothing but the drop below you.) In an effort to attract more tourists to the area, the skywalk – which is suspended between […]

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Magic Mirror Takes In-Store Shopping to Another Level

Online shopping has become more convenient for many people than taking a trip to the mall, but a “magic mirror” might make the whole in-store shopping experience more enjoyable. With online shopping, information about customers’ preferences is gathered and makes the whole shopping experience less hectic. So what’s a retailer to do? Neiman Marcus is […]

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Will Daimler’s Self-Driving Truck Threaten Some Jobs?

No doubt many people cringe at the idea of self-driving vehicles. What happens in the case of an emergency when there is no human to take control of the wheel? Automaker Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, unveiled the first truck of its kind, the Freightliner Inspiration, which essentially drives itself. We say essentially because there is […]

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Tesla’s Home Battery Unveiled – The Powerwall

Elon Musk, the brains behind Tesla, wants to make his new Powerwall home battery available to everyone and to change how we use and store energy. Think about it, you no longer have to rely on utility companies for energy – even in the case of a power outage. When news about the batteries first […]

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Drone Technology to Plant 1 Billion Trees Per Year

We destroy about 26 billion trees through lumber, mining, agriculture and urban expansion each year. In the past, there weren’t many solutions using technology for the deforestation problem until recently, a former NASA environmental engineer, Lauren Fletcher developed a plan to use drones to plant an estimated one billion trees each year. That’s about 36,000 […]

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AFTERBURN: ANSYS vs. MECHANICA  On August 27th Design Engine will be hosting another AFTERBURN gathering at our downtown Chicago Studio. This month we will be discussing ANSYS vs. MECHANICA.  We look forward to anyone th...
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In 2011, a nine-year-old boy named Caine Monroy could have easily joined other youth in the neighborhood playing sports or video games. Instead, Monroy chose to spend his summer at his father’s auto parts store, diligentl...
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