Present at the Creation

Gazing heavenward is as old as our eyeballs in their orbits. We look and we ask: “why things are?” This is the enduring question, perhaps dating as far back as Homo Naledi, a recently-discovered species and and... Read More...
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More Changes Coming for FCC Rules

Well There They Go Again… The FCC tossed out another Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) recently (published August 6, 2015) to adjust its Certification Rules for RF products. The Commission recognizes, with ... Read More...

A Far East Wave

It’s normal to have a few regrets and I have more than the crooner would mention. One of the regrets I’ll never have is jumping into the action in China some 15 years ago. It has been a never-ending throb of ac... Read More...
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On Sorghum, Poisson Clumping and Meatloaf

This month’s Reality Engineering takes a stab at circumstance. As engineers we are creatures of prediction and expected outcomes. Sometimes things happen that occur outside the norm. What’s in a Grain? Consi... Read More...
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Testing for 5G?

This issue of In Compliance magazine presents the annual ode to Test Equipment. In that vein, this month’s Reality Engineering shares a brief perspective on that topic. Early ESD Our very first piece of test ... Read More...
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Follow Your Nose

Olfactory nerves lie at the top of your nasal passages and their associated axons wind their way through holes in your skull to a spot just below the cerebellum. The business-end of these cells are covered with... Read More...
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Off In Space: A Visit to NASA Glenn and Plum Brook Test Facilities

The next couple of installments of Reality Engineering will carry a spacey theme, in recognition of the ongoing efforts of rocket scientists and engineers in our community. Testing and verification of space-borne systems are critically important, you don’t get “do-overs” in space shots (we found that out in an earlier post “The Ringing Rocket"). Here we visit some NASA facilities that proved out Apollo-era designs and are being maintained for the next phase of space engineering.