Questions tagged [engineering]

Engineering is the discipline, skill, and profession of acquiring and applying scientific, economic, social, and practical knowledge, in order to design and build structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes.

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Did big projects used to get finished on time and on budget?

Big projects (software, engineering, architecture etc.) are plagued by cost and time overruns, or so it is widely thought. Nicholas Taleb argues in Antifragile that this is a modern phenomenon: ...
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Instant, painless amputation via high-pressure steam

Several years ago, a friend of mine who had a long career as a commercial/industrial plumber related an anecdote about a colleague who was working at a power plant. He was in the vicinity of a high-...
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Have refrigerators become less reliable over time?

An often recited quip, both in my home and in popular culture, is "They don't make them like they used to." Most recently, the quote was brought up when our refrigerator stopped dispensing filtered ...
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Does “liquid-injection damp-proofing” work to water-proof walls?

There are technologies for sale, especially in Germany, to drill holes in the walls of a cellar, and inject into the concrete or masonry a liquid, such as Sodium Silicate The manufacturers promise ...
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Do bimetal jigsaw blades last twice as long as HSS blades and ten times longer than HCS blades?

Bosch makes this claim in their jigsaw blade documentation: Bi-Metal (BiM): This highly flexible, tough combination of HSS [High-Speed Steel] and HCS [High-Carbon Steel] results in a blade ...
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Can Magic Leap deliver its claims about their future augmented reality product?

Magic Leap has been very outward with their public face regarding their upcoming augmented reality product. They've been promising a great deal, and the media has hyped up their image as a result, ...