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In engineering there are a certain fundamental set of skills which one needs to be proficient. Our “Like a Pro” series covers the basic operations and rules of engagement for working with the fabrications machines, materials and processes in the engineering lab.

Lightning Composite by b_napper is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0


Lightning, while scary and dangerous, is a beautiful sight. Many people ask, “How is lightning created, and how does it light up in the sky?”
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Zortrax M200 3D printer by Creative Tools is licensed under CC BY 2.0

How 3D Printers Work

Three-D (three dimensional) printers are amazing things. As you can guess it prints things in 3D, meaning that they are not flat.
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How Texas Couldnt Handle The Polar Vortex

How Texas Couldn’t Handle The Polar Vortex

How three events lead to a severe winter storm that texas couldn't handle. In Mid February, cold arctic air moved south.  It's called a "Polar Vortex." It's pretty common. What was different, it went...

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Primitive Tools

By: Nathan Britton, Journalist
Lomekwian tools were made by striking a rock on another rock set on a flat surface (or the flat surface itself if the surface was hard enough) to create a sharp edge.
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FLYTE Manhattan light bulb.

The Levitating Light Bulb That Works

This levitating light bulb can last 50,000 hours! It comes in shapes and sizes to fit on your desk.
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OMAX WaterJet Cutter by jeanbaptisteparis is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

How Does a Water Cutter Work?

A water cutter is a very useful tool for engineers when they need a specific piece for their device. A water cutter is a tool that uses high pressure water to cut through wood, metal, and even diamonds.
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Lightning! Ask Your Questions Tonight (NASA, Marshall, 06/23/11) by NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

How Does Lightning Work?

You may wonder why lightning strikes what is it made of. Well if you have had those thoughts this articles for you.
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Scissors by James Bowe is licensed under CC BY 2.0

How the Scissors Were Invented

Every wonder about the scissors? Something people almost daily. What about when they got invented? And how they became popular.
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Woman watches as men change a tire on a Model T by simpleinsomnia is licensed under CC BY 2.0

How to change a Tire

By: Teddy Dehn, Journalist
Changing the tires to your car is a thing many people have to learn.
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Transistor, resistor by oskay is licensed under CC BY 2.0

What are Transistors and Resistors?

How to Transistors and Resistors work?
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New 3D-Printed Wind Turbines

By: Eric Yang
University of Maine builds first ever 3D-Printed Wind Turbine! They get rewarded 2.8 million dollars for this feat.
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90-46-A USN Boarding Axe by Naval History & Heritage Command is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Axe

Ever wonder where the axe came from and its uses other then just cutting wood?
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