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Readers Weigh In on the Best AI Movies
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7/28/2016  Post a comment
We shared our list, now Design News readers tell us which artificial intelligence movies they watch again and again.
Research Uncovers Silicon-Air Battery That Runs More than 1,000 Hours
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7/28/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
First Industrial-Scale 3D Printing Plant for Aerospace Metals Under Construction
Engineering Materials 
7/28/2016  Post a comment
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
Fabrication Simplified for Medical Microrobots
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7/28/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have simplified the fabrication of the geometric requirements for fluid motion in microrobots for in vivo medical applications.
Electric Airplanes Reach for the Skies
Blog 
7/27/2016  2 comments
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s recently announced plan to put an electric airplane in the air by 2018 is forward-looking, but hardly unique.
These Engineering & Design Contests Will Bring Out the Competitor in All of Us
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7/27/2016  Post a comment
Engineers can channel the eye of the tiger and rise to the challenge, with a number of prize or award-giving contests out there to test your metal and intellectual prowess.
3D Printing Helps Scale Nano-Materials in Unprecedented Way
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7/27/2016  Post a comment
Engineers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have achieved the ability to scale nanotechnology for the development of super-strong, lightweight metal materials.
Vitamin B-Inspired Molecules Form Basis for Alt-Energy Storage
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7/27/2016  Post a comment
Harvard researchers have identified a new class of high-performing organic molecules in the development of redox flow batteries for alternative-energy storage.
Don't Cut That Grass! It Could One Day Power Your Home
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7/26/2016  2 comments
Researchers in the United Kingdom have found a sustainable way to derive hydrogen from grass to develop biofuel.
Loss and Success: One Engineer’s Story
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7/26/2016  1 comment
Without failure and loss, there is no success. Sadly, some failures and losses are greater than others. That’s certainly true of engineer and Space Race astronaut Gus Grissom.
Gas Turbine Blades Made Faster With Metals 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
7/26/2016  Post a comment
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
Synthetic Coral Could Remove Toxins from Oceans
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7/26/2016  1 comment
Researchers in China have developed a new material that mimics coral that could help remove toxic heavy metals like mercury from the ocean.
Is Pokémon Go the Tipping Point for AR?
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7/25/2016  4 comments
The popularity of Pokemon Go may be break open a new rush of augmented reality products.
Researchers Discover New Potential in Light Harvesting, Optoelectronics
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7/25/2016  Post a comment
Engineers in Australia have discovered a mechanism that could allow for the design of new composite materials for light harvesting and optoelectronics.
How to Make Virtual Wall Art and Build a Computer for Your Pet
Gadget Freak 
7/25/2016  Post a comment
Here's a blast from the Gadget Freak past. Check out these gadgets, from telescope warming to keyboards on your fingers
New Modeling Technique Makes Carbon Nanostructures Better and Cheaper
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7/25/2016  Post a comment
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
3D Printing Now Good Enough for Final & Spare Car Parts
Engineering Materials 
7/22/2016  2 comments
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
'Smart,' Sensor-Infused Thread Can Gather Diagnostic Data from Human Tissue
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7/22/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
Toyota Window Loses 50% of Weight with SABIC Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/22/2016  5 comments
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
The 15 Best Artificial Intelligence Movies
Blog 
7/21/2016  14 comments
Take a look at some of the best movies that include self-aware machines.
Nature's Way to Relieve Stress Inspires Designs for Nearly Indestructible Bridges
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7/21/2016  4 comments
An engineer in the United Kingdom has found inspiration in nature for the design of bridges that are far stronger and more durable than current designs.
Design Tool Zaps the Weight Out of Objects
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7/21/2016  Post a comment
Inspire 2016 from solidThinking helps design engineers find the right product shape to reduce weight, maintain strength, and make the product easier to manufacture.
Movement of Bacteria Used to Build Microscopic Wind Farm
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7/21/2016  Post a comment
Recent wind-energy research has set its sights on scaling up, with the development of some of the largest-ever wind turbine technology to take advantage of this type of energy on a grand scale.
Users Are Bored with Wearables Due to Lack of Accuracy
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7/20/2016  6 comments
Design flaws like lack of accurate information are causing early adopters of wearables to abandon the technology.
A Different Kind of Collaborative Robot Works Down on the Farm
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7/20/2016  Post a comment
In the last few years, agriculrural robots have started appearing in fields and vineyards all over the world. While some are semi- or fully autonomous harvesting or weeding trucks or tractor attachments, others are designed as a different kind of collaborative robot that works right alongside people.
Zephyr OS, a ‘Secure IoT RTOS,’ You Say?
Blog 
7/20/2016  4 comments
It’s worth saying a word or two about IoT, if only because the air is so thick with nonsense on the subject that is it difficult to make meaningful progress without some clarification.
New MCU Designs Embrace the Platform Approach
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7/20/2016  Post a comment
MCUs are once again overloading on performance and memory to speed your designs. This time they're adopting a platform-oriented approach that completely integrates the system's hardware and software.
SoftBank’s ARM Buy Sends Ripples Through IoT, Semiconductor Industries
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7/19/2016  Post a comment
On the heels of Brexit and with plans stated to double UK staff and accelerate innovation, Japan's SoftBank will spend $32 billion to buy Cambridge-based ARM in a move that will have significant impact on the microprocessor industry and the Internet of Things for decades to come.
AI Beats Elite Fighter Pilots, Can Run on a Raspberry Pi
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7/19/2016  Post a comment
ALPHA is an AI capable of beating experts at a flight simulation. And it does so with no more computing power than a Raspberry Pi.
Wireless Safety Hits the Automation Network
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7/19/2016  Post a comment
In a shift that may be surprising to long-time control engineers, safety for automation systems in plants may go wireless.
Design Engineers Want Reliability & Tech Support From Their Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/19/2016  1 comment
Design engineers play a big role in selecting both suppliers and materials for their designs. Our most recent Design News Materials Survey says they continue to be highly involved, in some ways even more than the last time we asked to peek inside their cubicles.
SolarSkin Gives Residential Rooftop Solar Panels a More Attractive Look
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7/19/2016  Post a comment
A company called Sistine Solar makes rooftop solar installations more attractive with the design of solar panels that blend into their environment.
Nanogenerator Powers Implantable Heart Monitor in Live Animal
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7/18/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have demonstrated an implantable triboelectric nanogenerator (iTENG) for biomechanical energy harvesting in a living adult swine.
Flying Robot Will Check Out Building Health
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7/18/2016  Post a comment
A flying robot developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will help inspect buildings and other infrastructure like bridges and dams, so human engineers won't have to do the dangerous parts of the job.
Get Your 3D-Printed, Customized Bumper & Fender Skins
Engineering Materials 
7/18/2016  Post a comment
Daihatsu is one of the first carmakers to customize car exteriors using 3D printing's mass customization capabilities. Effect Skins -- small exterior bumper and fender panels in different colors and textures -- can be ordered for its Copen convertible.
DFMA Cuts Billions in Manufacturing Costs
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7/18/2016  Post a comment
Design for Manufacturing and Assembly software is a combination of Design for Manufacturing and Design for Assembly software. These software tools help to bring design and manufacturing together with the goal of reducing costs, improving quality, and promoting collaboration.
Take a Look at the Source Code That Landed Man on the Moon
Blog 
7/15/2016  24 comments
The source code for the guidance computer behind the Apollo 11 moon landing has been posted online -- and it looks like the programmers behind it had a healthy sense of humor.
Coconuts Inspire Materials to Make Earthquake-Proof Buildings
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7/15/2016  Post a comment
A German researcher is using the strength of coconut shells as inspiration for the design of concrete for earthquake-proof buildings.
Nanosculptures Can Create Longer-Lasting Battery Electrodes
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7/15/2016  Post a comment
Scientists now have a key to working with liquid metals to create nanosculptures they said could create longer-lasting battery electrodes as well as improve other energy-related applications.
Cyborg Bot Uses Rat Heart-Muscle Cells for Actuation
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7/15/2016  Post a comment
A Harvard researcher has designed a bio-inspired swimming robot that uses rat cells for movement.
Your Cybersecurity May Impact Your Customer’s Safety
Blog 
7/14/2016  2 comments
Plant cybersecurity comes with a number of challenges, from protecting a network that might extend into the supply chain, to buying cyber insurance.
Planes & Electronics Get 8 New Adhesives, Coatings & Sealants
Engineering Materials 
7/14/2016  Post a comment
Several new products in this group of new adhesives, coatings, and sealants are formulated to protect sensitive electronic components, or to seal components of commercial and military aircraft. Others are designed to operate in tough, messy, dirty oil & gas operations, or for rotary applications and motors.
Mimicking Rose Petals Could Create a Better Solar Panel
Blog 
7/14/2016  1 comment
Researchers in Germany have emulated the epidermis of a rose petal in a transparent layer and integrated it into a solar cell to make it more efficient.
1 Smart Attack Can Spawn a Zillion Dumb Attacks
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7/13/2016  Post a comment
The advantages of plant connectivity are prompting manufacturers to network out to their customers and suppliers, but that makes everyone vulnerable to attack.
SmartFlower Makes Solar Energy Easy in All-In-One System
Blog 
7/13/2016  3 comments
SmartFlower is an all-in-one solar power system that can store, harvest, and generate solar power.
Crawling the Dark Places for Data
Blog 
7/12/2016  4 comments
Dark Data lives inside company systems. It's the data that is hard to find if you're not on the team that created it.
WaterCube Creates Drinking Water from Air Using Solar Energy
Blog 
7/12/2016  3 comments
A Dutch inventor has invented WaterCube, which creates clean drinking water from the air using solar energy.
Tiniest 3D-Printed Lenses Made with Femtosecond Lasers
Engineering Materials 
7/12/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have produced the smallest optical lenses ever made -- a diameter and height of only 125 microns (0.125 mm) -- using additive manufacturing.
Researchers Produce Low-Cost Super-Strong Titanium Alloy
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7/12/2016  Post a comment
Given the urgent need for improved fuel economy in the transportation sector, there has been a renewed interest in titanium as a structural material.
US Will Be at the Forefront in Disruption of Manufacturing
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7/11/2016  4 comments
At the 2016 Siemens Automation Summit, Siemens executive Klaus Heimrich painted a digitized picture of the future, where the US will lead the world in changing design and manufacturing.
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We shared our list, now Design News readers tell us which artificial intelligence movies they watch again and again.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
Researchers have simplified the fabrication of the geometric requirements for fluid motion in microrobots for in vivo medical applications.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s recently announced plan to put an electric airplane in the air by 2018 is forward-looking, but hardly unique.
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