Most Commented Content posted in August 2011
Kill the Biofuels Subsidies
Engineering Materials 8/1/2011
Eliminating federal subsidies for corn ethanol should be an easy call for Congressmen debating how to balance the US budget in advance of a debt default deadline.
ASU Gets Hands-On With Engineering Curriculum
CAD/CAM Corner 8/19/2011
To provide students with a practical approach to aerospace engineering education, Arizona State University has modified its curriculum with a hands-on approach to learning, including employing The MathWorks tools for real-world problem solving.
My Robot Nation Advances 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 8/18/2011
To address the content creation bottleneck surrounding the democratization of 3D printing, Z Corp has teamed up with Kodama Studios and Offload Studios on a new browser-based service that makes it easy to create and produce 3D printed designs.
Composites Lighten Solar Car
Engineering Materials 8/8/2011
New materials, combined with efficient design, produce a lightweight car that is targeting a first place finish in the 2011 World Solar Challenge in Australia in October.
Rolls-Royce Tests Electric Car
Automotive News 8/19/2011
Early feedback on the new Rolls-Royce electric concept car shows that drivers like the power and quiet performance, but consider driving range to be an issue.
Artificial Lung Is Microfluidics Marvel
Engineering Materials 8/4/2011
A team of Cleveland engineers has developed a prototype artificial lung made from silicone rubber that uses air instead of compressed oxygen in a marvel of microfluidics made possible by additive manufacturing.
3D-Printed Plane Takes Flight
CAD/CAM Corner 8/29/2011
SULSA, an unmanned air vehicle project initiated by the engineering department in Southampton University, is the first aircraft in flight built with select laser sintering (SLS) technology.
What's Your Opinion on Patents?
Gadget Freak 8/9/2011
IV is one of the many companies that have come into existence solely to purchase patents and litigate on the basis of them. What is your take on patents?
Wireless Sensor Nets Make Better Economic Case
Wireless sensor networks are more reasonable to deploy in many vertical domains than they were a decade ago, but market analysts say the jury's still out on which domains will see sensor networks become commonplace soon.
SGI Dives Into Open-Source CFD Software
CAD/CAM Corner 8/30/2011
Along with trying to broaden the reach of CFD, SGI's acquisition of the open-source CFD software provider OpenCFD is just another part of the plan to reinvent itself with integrated technical computing solutions.
3D-Printed Stool Holds 220 Pounds
Engineering Materials 8/12/2011
In a demonstration of the rapidly growing capabilities of the 3D printing process, Objet printed a stool that folds and holds more than 220 pounds.
SparkFun Inventors Kit Is 'Clever'
Gadget Freak 8/12/2011
Gadget Freak blogger Steve Ravet recently picked up a SparkFun inventors kit for Arduino. Though his preferred development hardware is mbed, he was impressed.
Hackers Probe Medical Implants
Attendees of Black Hat Technical Security Forum seem to be leaving computers behind and probing arcane security concerns. But the hacking of a microcontroller-powered medical implant may not be as crazy as it sounds.
Do you long for the days of retro video gaming? Here's how you can turn an old PC into an old-school arcade cabinet with only $100 and a bit of woodwork.
A Vienna, Austria-based startup called Heliofloat has designed a platform of solar panels that can be deployed in lakes or oceans to generate solar-based electricity.
Electrical engineers from the University of Washington and Delft University of Technology have developed a new type of sensor-based platform that harvests energy from radio waves for electricity.
A simple new chemical method for repairing and recycling notoriously difficult carbon fiber composites has been developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research. An entire component can be completely recycled, including reclaiming its expensive carbon fibers for reuse.
In today’s connected world we are seeing the beginning of connected homes, smart grids, self-driving automobiles, drones, and many other amazing devices. Out of all the soon-to-be connected devices, which device poses the greatest dangerous to its users and society?
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