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Mechanical Engineering. 2008;130(11):38-40. doi:10.1115/1.2008-NOV-1.
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This article reviews a way to automatically mine the Web for innovative requirements. Websites now commonly host user reviews filled with opinions about a product’s strengths and weaknesses. Publication of user reviews is so ingrained in the Web that it has spawned an entire field of study known as collaborative intelligence. Collaborative intelligence gathers the collective reasoning of multiple users to achieve some goal. While user and expert reviews offer a wealth of information about the needs and desires of the market, they are not the only source of requirements for innovation. Much the same method can be used to search patent databases for the same type of product attributes and requirements for innovation. Patent databases provide both complete and summary descriptions of already-envisioned inventions and offer a great deal of information about trends in current innovation. Requirements for innovation are changing in time. To keep up with these changes and to aid in the market acceptance of an idea, the mining of current requirements for innovation is crucial.

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Mechanical Engineering. 2008;130(11):42-45. doi:10.1115/1.2008-NOV-2.
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This article discusses experiments with an advanced electromagnetic engine that aims for high-speed, long-distance transportation to reach farther into space. Experimental work at Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama is attempting to develop an electromagnetic engine designed to achieve higher velocities than current space-engine options and to last longer, too. Space engines with higher specific impulse will sense new science from deep space exploration quicker. In a way, higher specific impulse quickens our intelligence acquisition. Reisz Engineers and the University of Michigan are investigating the propulsive performances of an experimental advanced electromagnetic engine configuration. This electromagnetic propulsion configuration has a magnetic nozzle and the engine performance can be throttled. Electromagnetic propulsion systems can also be configured for operations in Earth space environment, and for lunar robotic and lunar mapping missions. Electromagnetic and fusion space engines promise fast and reliable propulsion systems, which will be needed if mankind is to pursue its exploration of the outer realms of our solar system and beyond.

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Mechanical Engineering. 2008;130(11):46-47. doi:10.1115/1.2008-NOV-3.
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When Dealing with Asian Businesses, this Common Word Can Take on Many Shades of Meaning. It Pays to Know them.

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