McDonald’s is notorious for their broken McFlurry machines, though the reason behind their malfunctioning is surprising. The manufacturers of these machines have forbidden McDonald’s from outsourcing repairs, but purposely make their machines fragile because they make millions off of fixing them. This highlights a greater issue in the engineering community: the fight for the right to repair. Consumers should not be forced to turn to original manufacturers to repair their products. Due to its high-profile nature, McFlurry machines may finally push Congress to pass the bill that would secure this right once and for all.View More McFlurries Aid in the Fight for the Right to Repair
The world is buzzing once again with supposed evidence of alien life. While under oath, Jaime Mausson presented two bodies he claims are of extraterrestrial origin to the Mexican Congress. However, experts are skeptical of his findings, claiming they have no real scientific basis. This case brings to question the role of bias in scientific research and how the resulting spread of misinformation can cross the line into becoming harmful.View More The Role of Bias in Scientific Research
As the WGA and SAG-AFTRA continue to strike, AI has become a significant sticking point for studios and unions. For writers, AI text generation could exacerbate existing low wages and enable studios to hire fewer writers. For actors, AI greatly accelerates digital duplicate technology, jeopardizing actors’ rights to their own image and potentially lowering their rehire rate. Both of these instances have unclear legal or corporate guidelines, especially in the United States. However, a strike resolution may set a new precedent for AI regulation in creative industries.View More How the WGA Strike Could Accelerate AI Regulation
Driverless vehicles have become commonplace in several major cities in the United States. Though the technology has come a long way, incidents involving autonomous vehicles are not uncommon. As many self-driving car companies prepare to expand, residents and workers in test cities are feeling frustrated about being forced to share the road with this technology.View More Should We Hit the Brakes on Autonomous Vehicles?
The FIFA Women’s World Cup kicked off earlier this month, but many household names are missing from the pitch. Many players have been ruled out due to serious knee injuries. Experts say ACL injuries may plague female soccer players frequently due to ineffective footwear. Historically, women’s soccer cleats have been designed for men and then re-dressed to appeal to women. Recently, footwear engineers have come together to remedy this issue; they have finally begun designing cleats for female athletes.View More Engineering Cleats Just for Women
Christopher Nolan’s latest film Oppenheimer has once again brought the Manhattan Project and the development of the atomic bomb to the forefront of the news. The development of the atomic bomb was a series of discoveries in the field of quantum physics that were driven by the historical events surrounding them. The movie opens a discussion of how morality plays a role in scientific advancement and at what point people are willing to disregard morality for what they believe to be the greater good.View More The Science Behind Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer
As Microsoft inches closer to finalizing its acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the console war between the Xbox and PlayStation systems continues. Although Microsoft has already conceded the Call of Duty franchise to Sony, it is unclear how the acquisition may tip the scales. Microsoft’s position as a global software powerhouse brings into question whether they even need to win the console war to survive.View More Why the Microsoft vs. Sony “Console War” May Be a One-Sided Battle
Over the last several months, many Twitter users have found themselves looking for a new space in which they could engage with others. Earlier this month, Meta launched a brand new app, Threads, that might deliver what users have been seeking. With staggering new sign-up numbers early into its launch, the new app appears to be, at a minimum, a worthy competitor to Twitter. Can both platforms competitively coexist or can only one reign supreme?View More Will Threads Unravel its Social Media Rival?
3D printing has made significant advancements in the medical field, particularly in the production of prostheses. The first 3D-printed prosthetic was developed in 2011 for a family that could not afford a prosthetic. Though the high cost of conventional prosthetics remains a significant barrier for many individuals, innovations in 3D printing offer more affordable alternatives. A functional prosthetic has recently been created with a price tag of just over $25, proving that prosthetics can become more accessible.View More 3D Printing: Revolutionizing the Making of Prosthetics
The tragic loss of the Titan and its passengers has been rippling through the news. The wreckage of the submersible was recovered five days after its initial departure, and the debris suggests the vessel suffered a catastrophic implosion. Concerns over the safety of the Titan have been raised over the past few years, and ultimately, several ethical failures resulted in the loss of the lives of its passengers. This event is unfortunately reminiscent of the Challenger disaster, and showcases how ethical considerations in engineering must be made at every level of a company.View More The Loss of Titan and Remembering Challenger