Why Don’t They Just…

The Quest for Truth in Engineering

by Kevin Morris

“Why don’t they just put solar cells on top of cars and power them that way?”

His tone implied that the engineers designing cars were just idiots, and he was sure he could do better - with just this one idea. I was going to answer with some helpful information about the amount of energy required to operate an automobile, the amount of energy collected by even idealized solar cells, and the amount of area available on top of a typical vehicle. I didn’t get the chance.

His friend interrupted, “Well that’s just the government shutting them down. The oil companies have the government in their pocket, and they’re not about to let anyone develop technology like that. It’s the same with that 200 MPG carburetor that guy in Florida invented…”

Now, I was more hesitant to speak. I wanted to explain that modern, sensor-driven, computer-controlled fuel injection systems did a much better job achieving near-ideal fuel-air mixtures than any carburetor could ever hope to accomplish. I didn’t get the chance.  Read More


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Why Don’t They Just…

Posted on 07/29/14 at 9:40 PM by kevin

kevin
@TotallyLost, I agree completely. All of us should challenge misinformation when we see it being propagated, and we should work very hard to be sure that what we publish or broadcast is correct.

I feel that we in the press have an additional responsib…

Why Don’t They Just…

Posted on 07/29/14 at 12:01 PM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
At the same time, silence by knowledgable people only lends credibility to the kooks in a discussion.

When the credibility of kooks poor statements are challenged, responsible people do have the power to google te subject, and find facts, especially on…

Where is the Value? Where is the ROI?

Posted on 07/28/14 at 10:41 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
How do you see the IoT ROI playing out?

Who Uses Power-Over-Ethernet?

Posted on 07/25/14 at 10:48 AM by raymondfung

How about IP phone ? Most corporate nowaday has deployed IP phone on staff's desktop. PoE can provide both power and data to the phone set. Added to that, some phone set even has an extra mini 2-port LAN switch built-in for connection to the desktop PC. S…

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