Laws of Physics Under Attack by Economics
Guest Blogs 12/2/2011 63 comments Investment in STEM programs at all levels is a stated national priority. But this vital education and economic policy objective has slammed into an economic headwind that apparently makes rational budgeting a political impossibility.
US Army Goes Green With Solar Energy
Blog 2/24/2014 61 comments The solar array at Fort Carson, Colo., which is part of the Army's largest microgrid installation, is part of an overall strategy to use solar power to cut costs and for other tactical purposes.
The Fun Side of 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 5/15/2012 60 comments While 3D printers gain ground for traditional prototyping and limited-run manufacturing applications, the technology is also fueling a host of innovative use cases, from furniture design to collectibles, even for unmanned aircrafts.
3D Print Your Own Analog Camera
Blog 7/23/2013 57 comments Recently graduated design student Leo Marius has made an open-source working 35 mm analog camera with a 3D printer, and so can you -- he's posted all the files and instructions online.
The Tesla Fires Are Fixable
Captain Hybrid 2/21/2014 56 comments By now, most followers of the electric car market know that another Tesla Model S caught fire in early February. The blaze happened in a homeowner’s garage in Toronto. After parking the car, the owner left his garage. Moments later, the smoke detector blared, the fire department was called, and the car was ruined. To date, no one knows why.
Bill Gates Funds 'Big Battery' Startup
Electronic News & Comment 12/13/2011 55 comments One of the great underappreciated issues of renewable energy isn't whether seagulls are banging into turbine blades, but whether intermittent sources of power have any real value in a world without energy storage.
How Safe Is Safe Enough?
Electronic News & Comment 5/6/2013 54 comments One of the ugly truths of engineering is that life has a price. Cars, buildings, power plants, and industrial machinery can always be made safer for a cost, but manufacturers are at the mercy of the market.
'Internet Snacking' Coming to GM Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 3/6/2013 53 comments In the auto industry's biggest move yet to build connected cars, General Motors plans to install 4G data modems on millions of its future vehicles, enabling them to serve as Internet hotspots.
Slideshow: These Bots Were Made for Walking
Blog 12/4/2013 52 comments Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
California’s plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isn’t the first such undertaking and certainly won’t be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.