54.5 MPG Comes With Trade-Offs
Captain Hybrid 8/24/2012 227 comments The White House's goal of a 54.5 mile-per-gallon average fuel economy could inspire innovation, but it could also lead to safety and costs trade-offs.
Long-Range EV Has Motors in its Wheels
Engineering Materials 8/23/2012 72 comments A Japanese prototype with motors in its wheels can go 218 miles on a single charge, 30 percent farther than other mass-produced EVs, due in part to engineering plastics.
Gates Foundation Flushes Out Winning Toilet Designs
CAD/CAM Corner 8/20/2012 22 comments A year after it announced grants for its "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge," the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation picked winning toilet designs that have the most potential for bringing cost-effective and safe sanitation to developing countries.
Video: Robots to Recycle Space Junk
Blog 8/16/2012 40 comments DARPA's Phoenix program plans to harvest the components of retired, nonworking geostationary earth orbit (GEO) communication satellites and reuse them, saving money, and cleaning up space junk.
Solar Cells Help Windows Generate Electricity
Engineering Materials 8/15/2012 41 comments A new kind of polymer solar cell that is almost 70 percent transparent to the human eye could give windows the ability to generate electricity by absorbing mostly infrared, not visible, light.
PTC Gets Serious About Service
CAD/CAM Corner 8/14/2012 4 comments With its latest $220 million acquisition of Servigistics, PTC is building out a service lifecycle management suite that can help manufacturers optimize service operations by leveraging product-related data.
NI Week: A Sit-Down With Dr. T
Blog 8/14/2012 4 comments A chat with National Instruments co-founder, president, and CEO James Truchard gives us a glimpse into the company's general business outlook, what it's like to work there, and how it feels about up-and-coming engineering talent.
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.
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