GM to Idle Chevy Volt Production Again
Automotive News 8/30/2012 56 comments General Motors says it will shut down the plant that builds the Chevy Volt for four weeks to match supply with demand and to accommodate its Impala production schedule.
54.5 MPG Comes With Trade-Offs
Automotive News 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.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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