Future Batteries, by the Numbers
Captain Hybrid 10/12/2012 14 comments To take EV batteries to the next level, materials scientists are examining a wide array of chemistries, from lithium-sulfur and lithium-air to a new breed of lead-acid.
Robot 'Thinks' Like a Honey Bee
Blog 10/9/2012 16 comments Scientists in the UK are working on the creation of artificial intelligence to power a flying robot that can autonomously think like a honey bee, rather than be programmed to perform tasks.
Biggest, Fastest Titanium 3D Printer
Engineering Materials 10/8/2012 17 comments A pact among Airbus, aerostructure manufacturer Aerosud, and the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to develop the biggest, fastest 3D printer possible for making titanium aircraft and satellite components.
Sunglass Launches 3D Collaboration Site
CAD/CAM Corner 10/8/2012 7 comments Touting project management, social collaboration, and robust capabilities for managing version history, Sunglass has taken the wraps off its cloud-based platform for 3D design.
Simulation Heads for Mainstream Makeover
CAD/CAM Corner 10/2/2012 6 comments Readily accessible workstation capabilities and cloud-based functionality are transforming simulation from a specialist function to a routine part of a design engineer's workflow.
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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