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Silicon Valley Swap: Apple Gets Back Top Engineer From Tesla

Doug Field rumored to be working on Project Titan autonomous-car initiative

(Newser) - One Silicon Valley wheel just circled back to its starting point. A top Apple engineer who left in 2013 to join Tesla as its chief vehicle engineer is back with his former employer. The Verge reports that Doug Field, who'd been the VP of Mac hardware for the Cupertino... More »

Best, Worst Entry-Level Jobs

New survey ranks entry-level positions, from engineering to welding

(Newser) - With graduation season approaching, WalletHub crunches numbers on the best and worst entry-level jobs. It's not just about starting salary: The overall score for the 109 professions considered also takes into account factors such as immediate opportunities, projected job growth, job hazards, and median tenure with employers. Details: The ... More »

Engineer Says She's Solved Mystery of Civil War Sub

Her conclusion: torpedo shock waves killed the crew, doomed the Hunley

(Newser) - For more than 150 years, researchers have scratched their heads over a Civil War mystery—and now a Navy engineer says she's solved it. Rachel Lance has been diving deep into the 1864 sinking of the Confederate submarine HL Hunley, which mysteriously went down shortly after sinking the Union'... More »

Fired Engineer: Google Smeared, 'Shamed Me'

James Damore says he only wanted to 'improve Google'

(Newser) - The fired engineer considering legal action against Google now says his former employer is trying to smear his reputation. James Damore, 28, tells Bloomberg his 3,300-word memo —blasting "unfair" diversity policies on the basis that biological and psychological differences with men make women ill-suited for tech jobs—... More »

Fired Google Engineer Made Big Move on Day He Was Fired

Was labor complaint a smart preemptive strike?

(Newser) - A 28-year-old former Google engineer who was fired over a memo he wrote about gender differences said Tuesday he's exploring all his legal options and has already filed a labor complaint over his treatment. James Damore , whose memo over the weekend caused an uproar online, said that prior to... More »

Why a NASA Engineer Has Lived With 'Nagging Guilt'

Bob Ebeling tried to prevent the Challenger disaster

(Newser) - Bob Ebeling, 89, has carried a terrible burden for 30 years. He was among several engineers who tried to stop the launch of the space shuttle Challenger, saying the booster rockets' rubber seals wouldn't seal correctly in cold weather. They were unsuccessful in their challenge to contractor Morton Thiokol,... More »

Apple Accused of Poaching Electric-Battery Engineers

It's another sign the company is trying to build a car

(Newser) - The big rumor in Silicon Valley is that Apple is trying to build an electric car . And while the company isn't confirming, a new lawsuit sure seems to support the idea. Reuters reports that a company named A123 Systems is suing Apple for poaching its engineers. And what does... More »

Man Saved Own Heart—Using Gardening Trick

Now more than 40 have undergone procedure

(Newser) - A heart problem put a British engineer's life at risk for decades—but presented with surgery options, he was "unimpressed." So Tal Golesworthy, now 57, decided to take matters into his own hands, and the successful procedure he came up with has now helped more than 40... More »

Bangladesh Toll Breaks 500; Engineer Nabbed

Abdur Razzak Khan was building consultant: police

(Newser) - More than 500 bodies have been recovered from the Bangladesh garment-factory building that collapsed last week, authorities said today after arresting an engineer who warned the building was unsafe but is also accused of helping the owner add three illegal floors to the structure. Abdur Razzak Khan worked as the... More »

Emails: BP Lied About Extent of Oil Spill

Accused engineer plans to release evidence

(Newser) - Emerging evidence may support accusations that BP initially lied about the extent of its devastating 2010 oil spill , reports the Huffington Post . Former BP engineer Kurt Mix, charged with destroying spill-related text messages, plans to defend himself by releasing emails that show BP knew about the true extent of the... More »

'Know-It-All' Street View Engineer Identified

Googler who knew data was snatched is outed

(Newser) - The noose appears to be tightening around Google. Federal sources have now identified the Google engineer who knew —and informed co-workers and a boss—that Street View cars were snatching unencrypted personal data from potentially millions of household wireless networks over three years, according to government investigators. Google execs... More »

Rube Goldberg Machine Pops Balloon in 300 Steps

Purdue engineering students also pop Guinness record

(Newser) - Purdue University engineering students can't say they hate to pop our balloon. In fact their 14-person team spent about 5,000 hours building a Rube Goldberg machine designed to blow them up and pop them, Wired reports. It also makes toast, juices oranges, puts stamps on envelopes, and does... More »

Team Weighs Mammoth Task: Dismantling Reactors

Planning begins as stabilizing efforts continue at Fukushima

(Newser) - It could be months or years before authorities have simply stabilized Japan’s nuclear crisis, but Japanese and American engineers are already teaming up to figure out how to dismantle the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant’s reactors. Toshiba and Westinghouse are among the firms planning the gargantuan task: Never before have... More »

Workers on BP Rig Could Have Averted Disaster

No one asked visiting engineers about problematic test results

(Newser) - Experts on the BP Deepwater Horizon rig could have prevented last year’s huge oil spill—but no one checked with them, said the White House commission investigating the matter. A knowledgeable BP engineer was visiting the rig, but when a key pressure test returned odd results, workers didn’t... More »

Engineer Who Sold China US Secrets Gets 32 Years

Noshir Gowadia's family plans appeal

(Newser) - A US engineer has received a 32-year sentence for selling military secrets to China, the BBC reports. Noshir Gowadia, 66, who worked on the B-2 bomber’s propulsion system, was found guilty in August of giving China information that helped it build a stealth cruise missile. He was reportedly paid... More »

Creepy Google Engineer Stalked Teens Online

He was axed after accessing minors' accounts, spying on chats

(Newser) - An engineer has been fired after abusing his position at Google to spy on teenage chat transcripts and access their accounts. David Barksdale, 27, breached the privacy of at least four young teens of both sexes as a member of an elite tech group at the company, Gawker reports. He... More »

Facebook Cracking Down on Abuse 'Trolls'

Vicious online slams from strangers latest concern

(Newser) - Vicious "trolls" who heap abuse on total strangers on the Internet for fun are being targeted in a Facebook crackdown. Tribute pages honoring the dead, such as soldiers in Afghanistan, have become a recent favorite of the ugly trolls, reports the Telegraph . Facebook users can manually delete abusive messages,... More »

Now Driving Innovation in India: the Poor

As developed economies slump, it markets directly to the lower class

(Newser) - Indian engineers once did little but cater to Western companies, while consumers at home made do with hand-me-down products from the developed world. That is changing in a big way as foreign economies crater and the 1.1 billion consumers of the subcontinent reveal a taste for, well, consuming. And... More »

America's Most Promising Jobs

Systems engineer rated best job, based on pay, growth, quality of life

(Newser) - Jobs like beer taster and video game tester are nowhere to be seen on CNNMoney's list of the 50 best jobs in America, ranked by pay, job growth, and quality of life. Systems engineer was rated the best overall job, while anesthesiologist—with a median pay of $292,000—topped... More »

Despite Layoffs, High-Paying Jobs Go Unfilled

Employers can't find nurses, engineers, energy researchers

(Newser) - In a brutal job market, here's a task that might sound easy: Fill jobs in nursing, engineering and energy research that pay $55,000 to $60,000, plus benefits. Yet even with 15 million people hunting for work, even with the unemployment rate nearing 10%, some employers can't find enough... More »

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