Young Girls Excel in STEM
Blog 10/30/2013 23 comments Events such as the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon and mentorship program such as NASA's G.I.R.L.S. (Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Sciences) help promote interest in STEM.
Slideshow: 25 Great Engineering Quotations
Electronic News & Comment 10/29/2013 25 comments You don’t have to be an engineer to have an opinion about engineering. We offer insight from the minds of Albert Einstein, James Dyson, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and James Cameron, among many others.
The Cabinet Just Needed to Vent
Sherlock Ohms 10/29/2013 20 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.
The Difference Is Ultra-Small
Blog 10/28/2013 Post a comment Torex Semiconductor recently introduced its XC8107/XC8108 series of power switches, which offer an 85-mΩ on resistance. They are suited for USB 2.0 and 3.0 applications, as well as power line distribution applications.
Golden Mousetraps? What's That?
Blog 10/25/2013 9 comments The deadline for entering Design News' annual Golden Mousetrap Awards is about a month away, and we've received some great entries. But we've also received a few inquiries asking, "What is a Golden Mousetrap Award?" Find out here.
Tactile Pressure Sensors Can Enhance Google Glass
Guest Blogs 10/18/2013 10 comments Google Glass puts a world of relevant, user-centric data literally right in front of your eyes. A tactile pressure sensor-equipped version could tap into the quantified self and health-tracking trends by allowing for real-time biometric monitoring.
GM Chooses Micro- Over Mild-Hybrid in New Malibu
Captain Hybrid 10/16/2013 8 comments In a move that highlights the rise of micro-hybrid technology in next-generation vehicles, General Motors has chosen to stick with start-stop technology on its 2014 Chevy Malibu, while discarding a more costly mild hybrid system.
Video: 0-62 MPH in 2.9 seconds
Blog 10/10/2013 7 comments Swedish automaker Koenigsegg's 2014 Agera S “hypercar” will take you from 0 to 62 mph in a scant 2.9 seconds and will hit a top speed of 260 mph -- for a starting price of $1.46 million.
Record 44.7% Solar-Cell Efficiency Achieved
Blog 10/9/2013 12 comments Researchers achieved a new world record in solar-cell efficiency with a four-junction solar cell comprised of four solar subcells based on III-V compound semiconductors for use in concentrator photovoltaics.
Slideshow: Honda Rolls Out 50-MPG Hybrid
Captain Hybrid 10/7/2013 39 comments Honda rolled out its 2014 Accord Hybrid this week, which promises to get 50 mpg city. The car will use a gasoline-electric powertrain to also reach an EPA rating of 45 highway mpg, and 47 combined mpg.
The Lightning Came With a Crash
Sherlock Ohms 10/4/2013 23 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.
Toyota Is Sticking With Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 10/3/2013 24 comments The "father of the Prius" said this week that his company plans to continue to push the state of the art in hybrid technology, and added that most consumers aren't ready yet for pure electric vehicles.
DIY: Build Your Own Robotic Bug
Engineering Materials 10/2/2013 27 comments A crowdfunded DIY version of the cockroach-like DASH robot invented by engineering students at the University of California, Berkeley, is now available on Dragon Innovation.
Battery Lab Could Help GM Reach EV Vision
Captain Hybrid 10/2/2013 16 comments General Motors is plowing more money into its electric vehicle vision, nearly tripling the size of the lab where it tests and validates batteries for the Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR, and Spark EV.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.