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A 'Portal' Sentry Turret to Guard Your DIY Lab
Gadget Freak 
8/4/2016  6 comments
Need some security in your DIY workshop? Gadget Freak Ben Pawlowski and his team show you how to build a security camera/alarm modeled after the turret guns from the popular video game, Portal.
Hardware-in-the-Loop Test Comes to Autonomous Cars
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8/4/2016  Post a comment
An expanded hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test system from National Instruments promises to offer a better way to test engineering’s most complex products, from defense aircraft to autonomous cars.
Researchers Advance Efforts to Harvest Energy From RF Signals
Blog 
8/4/2016  1 comment
A team of researchers from The Australian National University has made a breakthrough in efforts to power sensors using energy harvested from signals emitted by television and cellular transmissions, such as those from mobile base stations.
Researchers Photograph Heat Moving Through Materials at Nanoscale
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8/4/2016  Post a comment
When it comes to materials science, a better understanding of how heat moves through materials at the atomic level would go a long way toward improving the design process.
A Look at NASA's Fabled X-Planes
Blog 
8/3/2016  12 comments
Here's a look at some of NASA’s greatest experiemntal planes, from Chuck Yeager’s X-1 to the hypersonic X-15 to the abandoned X-30 and beyond.
Osmotic Power Using Salt Water Is Newest Form of Alternative Energy
Blog 
8/3/2016  6 comments
Researchers in Switzerland have devised an osmotic power-generation system using two types of water and a nano-scale membrane.
Project Escher Applies Parallel Processing to 3D Printing
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8/3/2016  Post a comment
Innovators working with an effort called Project Escher at design software firm will soon release a new software product that should greatly increase the performance of 3D printing. The new solution applies a parallel processing model to 3D printing, by supporting a new type of hardware that engages multiple nozzles to produce a single item.
SIGGRAPH 2016: The Best Emerging Interactive Technologies
Blog 
8/2/2016  Post a comment
Real-time facial reenactment, VR that lets you feel without gloves, the next stage for augmented reality, and a novel system for materials design: Take a look at some of the most exciting research and emerging innovations featured at SIGGRAPH 2016.
Energy Usage Slashed at New Car Plant
Blog 
8/2/2016  3 comments
For years, energy usage was not even a major design priority for machinery and equipment suppliers but, with rising costs and concerns, it suddenly became a hot engineering topic.
5 Tips For Using a Software Architecture
Blog 
8/2/2016  6 comments
Despite the increasing complexity that many embedded products are experiencing, my interactions with a few dozen clients has shown me that software architecture is heavily neglected and in many cases misunderstood.
Spiders Inspire Stronger Materials That Manipulate Sound, Heat
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8/2/2016  Post a comment
Researchers are taking inspiration from how spider silk transmits sound to inspire stronger materials that manipulate both sound and heat.
Astronaut Grissom Didn’t Hit the Chicken Switch
Blog 
8/1/2016  10 comments
Fifty-five years after the fact, a new book lends support to astronaut Gus Grissom's claim that he didn't hit the "chicken switch."
Synthetic, 'Smart' Cells Can Remember, Respond to Events
Blog 
8/1/2016  Post a comment
In a step forward for synthetic biology, researchers at MIT have programmed cells that can remember and respond to a series of events. The work allows for the engineering of cells within the human body that can sense disease and respond appropriately, as well as other next-generation medical applications.
Team Uncovers Way to Turn Carbon Monoxide Waste Into Biofuel
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8/1/2016  Post a comment
Biological engineers at Cornell University have developed a way to make the biofuel ethanol through a fermentation process using carbon monoxide.
Was Microsoft Built on Stolen Goods?
Blog 
7/29/2016  7 comments
For decades there have been rumors that Microsoft essentially copied DRI's CP/M operating system and sold it to IBM as MS-DOS. In just a few days, all will be revealed.
Startup Otto Demos the Feasibility of Self-Driving Trucks
Blog 
7/29/2016  28 comments
A San Francisco startup called Otto came out of stealth mode recently and released a dramatic video demonstrating its successful test of a technology for self-driving trucks.
Graphene Used in Simple, Cheap Process to Make Dirty Water Potable
Blog 
7/29/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have found a way to use graphene to cheaply and easily turn dirty water into drinking water.
3D Printing Structural Foams with Multiple Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/29/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology have devised a new method for designing strong, light cellular structures of re-architected metals and plastics with optimized properties.
Readers Weigh In on the Best AI Movies
Blog 
7/28/2016  1 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
Blog 
7/28/2016  5 comments
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  6 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
Blog 
7/27/2016  1 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
Blog 
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
Blog 
7/26/2016  5 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
Blog 
7/26/2016  2 comments
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
Blog 
7/26/2016  2 comments
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?
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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  17 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
Blog 
7/21/2016  5 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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
7/20/2016  1 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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
7/19/2016  1 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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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.
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