Kill the Biofuels Subsidies
Engineering Materials 8/1/2011 17 comments 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 15 comments 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.
Composites Lighten Solar Car
Engineering Materials 8/8/2011 14 comments 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.
My Robot Nation Advances 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 8/18/2011 14 comments 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.
Rolls-Royce Tests Electric Car
Automotive News 8/19/2011 14 comments 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 12 comments 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 12 comments 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 11 comments 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
Blog 8/23/2011 11 comments 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.
3D-Printed Stool Holds 220 Pounds
Engineering Materials 8/12/2011 9 comments 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.
SGI Dives Into Open-Source CFD Software
CAD/CAM Corner 8/30/2011 9 comments 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.
Hackers Probe Medical Implants
Blog 8/25/2011 7 comments 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.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
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