Flexible Solar Cell Can Be Woven Into Energy-Harvesting Fabric
Blog 10/2/2014 1 comment Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
Chew On This: Chin Strap Harvests Energy
Blog 10/1/2014 4 comments Researchers in Canada have developed a chin strap that harvests energy from chewing and can potentially power a digital earplug that can provide both protection and communication capabilities.
Siemens Furthers STEM Initiative in NC
STEM Connection 9/30/2014 1 comment Siemens PLM Software has made an in-kind donation of software to Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division.
Malfunctioning Fridge Causes Meltdown
Sherlock Ohms 9/29/2014 14 comments Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Battery-Free Power in Ant-Sized Chip
Pamela Moore 9/29/2014 8 comments Here's a battery-free chip the size of ant. It gathers power from electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna, allowing it to power itself as it operates.
Are Samsungs' LEDs Better?
Pamela Moore 9/26/2014 8 comments Seoul Semiconductor has been touting an AC LED for many years, yet few other manufacturers have jumped onto the bandwagon. That is, until recently: Samsung has announced its own AC LED.
What Made the Mustang Burn Oil?
Sherlock Ohms 9/26/2014 15 comments Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
MAVEN Arrives at Mars
Engineering Materials 9/25/2014 16 comments NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has entered Mars' atmosphere, carrying instruments to help Earthlings figure out what happened to it. Launched last November, the spacecraft arrived at the red planet right on time after a journey of 442 million miles.
EV Makers Await More Battery Innovation
Captain Hybrid 9/25/2014 45 comments Electric vehicle batteries are progressing rapidly, but there’s still no sign on the horizon that the technology is going to revolutionize the auto industry anytime soon, experts said at The Battery Show in Detroit last week.
Fairchild Pivots to Quicken Customers’ Time to Market
Blog 9/25/2014 1 comment Fairchild Semiconductor recently rebranded itself to focus the company’s resources on the development of power products and services designed to help design engineers shorten the time-to-market for mobile devices and wearable technologies, among other products.
What Can Engineers Learn From 4 Year Olds?
STEM Connection 9/23/2014 16 comments In many engineering workplaces, there’s a generational conflict between recent engineering graduates and older, more experienced engineers. However, a recent study published in the psychology journal Cognition suggests that both may have something to learn from another group: 4 year olds.
16 Great Engineering Schools You Never Hear About
Electronic News & Comment 9/22/2014 12 comments Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
More Video Hum Bar Problems
Sherlock Ohms 9/22/2014 4 comments Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Automotive Subsystems & Network-on-Chip Technology
Guest Blogs 9/19/2014 2 comments Many diverse markets take advantage of semiconductor IP; so many that no one can recite the entire list without leaving off several. So why do we track all the vertical markets? They all have a unique set of requirements and value attributes differently. One major vertical market segment is automotive.
Stratasys Reveals Latest Multi-Materials 3D Printers
Engineering Materials 9/18/2014 2 comments At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
20 Top Employers for Engineers
Blog 9/15/2014 14 comments We searched far and wide for the top employers for engineers. These companies were ranked by engineering professionals, engineering students, and engineering instructors and professors. Does your employer make the grade?
Bad Bug Spray Baffles Engineer
Sherlock Ohms 9/15/2014 2 comments Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Report: World Solar Demand Will Grow 75%
Engineering Materials 9/15/2014 35 comments The demand for solar energy around the world will grow a total of 75% by 2019, according to a new report by Lux Research. Trade disputes and policy changes, though, will complicate the picture.
How to Harpoon a Comet
Guest Blogs 9/12/2014 9 comments In November, a European space probe will try to land on the surface of a comet moving at about 84,000 mph and rotating with a period of 12.7 hours. Many factors make positioning the probe for the landing an engineering challenge.
Commonly Found Mistakes in Power Distribution Systems
Guest Blogs 9/10/2014 4 comments Mistakes in power distributions are not all that common, but they do exist. We look at some of these mistakes and disaster scenarios with the intention being to inform readers to be wary of repeating such mistakes when designing their power distribution system.
Robot Printer Comes to You
Blog 9/10/2014 15 comments Have you ever accidentally abandoned a document on the office printer simply because you didn't feel like getting up to retrieve it right away? Well, fellow American, now your printer can come to you. Meet the Fuji Xerox.
The Strati EV car printed at the IMTS show is made of SABIC's LNP STAT KON AE003. SABIC tells Design News why this carbon fiber-reinforced compound was chosen by Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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