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How Ice Can Help Reduce Global Warming
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8/11/2016  27 comments
As the planet gets warmer, the demand for cooling will increase, which will, in turn, most likely add to emissions. This positive feedback loop is a concern to many.
5 Communications Skills Needed to Advance an Engineering Career
Blog 
8/10/2016  5 comments
While it is not necessarily important for engineers to become great public speakers or authors, it is increasingly important for them to possess effective communication skills. Here’s why.
Powder Metals Expand to Include Additive Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
8/10/2016  1 comment
A wider range of better-performing, and sometimes less costly, powder metals are available for engineers designing multiple applications.
8 Engineers Who Competed in the Olympics
Blog 
8/9/2016  7 comments
Take a look at these eight global engineers who have competed in past Olympics or are competing in Rio this month.
3D Printing a Must In the Brave New World of Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
8/9/2016  Post a comment
The evolving world of AM and some of its challenges will be discussed by a panel of hands-on experts in 3D printing at next month's Embedded Systems Conference in Minneapolis.
Whatever Happened to NASA’s X-30?
Blog 
8/8/2016  19 comments
NASA’s recent announcement of its all-electric experimental aircraft, called the X-57, was big news, resurrecting the pioneering spirit of the agency’s early days. Still, in terms of raw ambition, it paled in comparison to the Holy Grail project of a quarter-century ago, the X-30.
Inkjet Printer Produces Decorative Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
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8/8/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in Finland have for the first time used an inkjet printer to print a dye-sensitized solar cell, paving the way for the creation of new gadgets, decorative objects, and even photographs that can harvest solar energy.
New Free 3D Printing File Extensions From 3MF Consortium
Engineering Materials 
8/8/2016  Post a comment
Two new free extensions to the open standard 3MF file format for 3D printing have been released by the 3MF Consortium. Both are aimed at high-volume additive manufacturing operations run by either service bureaus or large OEMs.
'Slugbot' Is Frankensteined From Slug Parts and 3D-Printed Body
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8/5/2016  1 comment
We haven't seen many robots that emulate Frankenstein's monster by combining organic animal parts with mechanical components, until now. Meet "Slugbot."
Researchers Photograph Heat Moving Through Materials at Nanoscale
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8/4/2016  Post a comment
When it comes to materials science, a better understanding of how heat moves through materials at the atomic level would go a long way toward improving the design process.
A Look at NASA's Fabled X-Planes
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8/3/2016  12 comments
Here's a look at some of NASA’s greatest experiemntal planes, from Chuck Yeager’s X-1 to the hypersonic X-15 to the abandoned X-30 and beyond.
Project Escher Applies Parallel Processing to 3D Printing
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8/3/2016  Post a comment
Innovators working with an effort called Project Escher at design software firm will soon release a new software product that should greatly increase the performance of 3D printing. The new solution applies a parallel processing model to 3D printing, by supporting a new type of hardware that engages multiple nozzles to produce a single item.
Spiders Inspire Stronger Materials That Manipulate Sound, Heat
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8/2/2016  Post a comment
Researchers are taking inspiration from how spider silk transmits sound to inspire stronger materials that manipulate both sound and heat.
Team Uncovers Way to Turn Carbon Monoxide Waste Into Biofuel
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8/1/2016  Post a comment
Biological engineers at Cornell University have developed a way to make the biofuel ethanol through a fermentation process using carbon monoxide.
Graphene Used in Simple, Cheap Process to Make Dirty Water Potable
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7/29/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have found a way to use graphene to cheaply and easily turn dirty water into drinking water.
3D Printing Structural Foams with Multiple Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/29/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology have devised a new method for designing strong, light cellular structures of re-architected metals and plastics with optimized properties.
Readers Weigh In on the Best AI Movies
Blog 
7/28/2016  1 comment
We shared our list, now Design News readers tell us which artificial intelligence movies they watch again and again.
Research Uncovers Silicon-Air Battery That Runs More than 1,000 Hours
Blog 
7/28/2016  5 comments
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
First Industrial-Scale 3D Printing Plant for Aerospace Metals Under Construction
Engineering Materials 
7/28/2016  Post a comment
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
Electric Airplanes Reach for the Skies
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7/27/2016  6 comments
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s recently announced plan to put an electric airplane in the air by 2018 is forward-looking, but hardly unique.
These Engineering & Design Contests Will Bring Out the Competitor in All of Us
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7/27/2016  1 comment
Engineers can channel the eye of the tiger and rise to the challenge, with a number of prize or award-giving contests out there to test your metal and intellectual prowess.
3D Printing Helps Scale Nano-Materials in Unprecedented Way
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7/27/2016  Post a comment
Engineers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have achieved the ability to scale nanotechnology for the development of super-strong, lightweight metal materials.
Vitamin B-Inspired Molecules Form Basis for Alt-Energy Storage
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7/27/2016  Post a comment
Harvard researchers have identified a new class of high-performing organic molecules in the development of redox flow batteries for alternative-energy storage.
Don't Cut That Grass! It Could One Day Power Your Home
Blog 
7/26/2016  5 comments
Researchers in the United Kingdom have found a sustainable way to derive hydrogen from grass to develop biofuel.
Gas Turbine Blades Made Faster With Metals 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
7/26/2016  Post a comment
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
Synthetic Coral Could Remove Toxins from Oceans
Blog 
7/26/2016  2 comments
Researchers in China have developed a new material that mimics coral that could help remove toxic heavy metals like mercury from the ocean.
Researchers Discover New Potential in Light Harvesting, Optoelectronics
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7/25/2016  Post a comment
Engineers in Australia have discovered a mechanism that could allow for the design of new composite materials for light harvesting and optoelectronics.
New Modeling Technique Makes Carbon Nanostructures Better and Cheaper
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7/25/2016  Post a comment
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
3D Printing Now Good Enough for Final & Spare Car Parts
Engineering Materials 
7/22/2016  2 comments
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
'Smart,' Sensor-Infused Thread Can Gather Diagnostic Data from Human Tissue
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7/22/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
Toyota Window Loses 50% of Weight with SABIC Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/22/2016  5 comments
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
Nature's Way to Relieve Stress Inspires Designs for Nearly Indestructible Bridges
Blog 
7/21/2016  5 comments
An engineer in the United Kingdom has found inspiration in nature for the design of bridges that are far stronger and more durable than current designs.
A Different Kind of Collaborative Robot Works Down on the Farm
Blog 
7/20/2016  1 comment
In the last few years, agriculrural robots have started appearing in fields and vineyards all over the world. While some are semi- or fully autonomous harvesting or weeding trucks or tractor attachments, others are designed as a different kind of collaborative robot that works right alongside people.
Design Engineers Want Reliability & Tech Support From Their Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/19/2016  1 comment
Design engineers play a big role in selecting both suppliers and materials for their designs. Our most recent Design News Materials Survey says they continue to be highly involved, in some ways even more than the last time we asked to peek inside their cubicles.
Flying Robot Will Check Out Building Health
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7/18/2016  Post a comment
A flying robot developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will help inspect buildings and other infrastructure like bridges and dams, so human engineers won't have to do the dangerous parts of the job.
Get Your 3D-Printed, Customized Bumper & Fender Skins
Engineering Materials 
7/18/2016  Post a comment
Daihatsu is one of the first carmakers to customize car exteriors using 3D printing's mass customization capabilities. Effect Skins -- small exterior bumper and fender panels in different colors and textures -- can be ordered for its Copen convertible.
Coconuts Inspire Materials to Make Earthquake-Proof Buildings
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7/15/2016  Post a comment
A German researcher is using the strength of coconut shells as inspiration for the design of concrete for earthquake-proof buildings.
Nanosculptures Can Create Longer-Lasting Battery Electrodes
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7/15/2016  Post a comment
Scientists now have a key to working with liquid metals to create nanosculptures they said could create longer-lasting battery electrodes as well as improve other energy-related applications.
Cyborg Bot Uses Rat Heart-Muscle Cells for Actuation
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7/15/2016  Post a comment
A Harvard researcher has designed a bio-inspired swimming robot that uses rat cells for movement.
Planes & Electronics Get 8 New Adhesives, Coatings & Sealants
Engineering Materials 
7/14/2016  Post a comment
Several new products in this group of new adhesives, coatings, and sealants are formulated to protect sensitive electronic components, or to seal components of commercial and military aircraft. Others are designed to operate in tough, messy, dirty oil & gas operations, or for rotary applications and motors.
Mimicking Rose Petals Could Create a Better Solar Panel
Blog 
7/14/2016  1 comment
Researchers in Germany have emulated the epidermis of a rose petal in a transparent layer and integrated it into a solar cell to make it more efficient.
Tiniest 3D-Printed Lenses Made with Femtosecond Lasers
Engineering Materials 
7/12/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have produced the smallest optical lenses ever made -- a diameter and height of only 125 microns (0.125 mm) -- using additive manufacturing.
Researchers Produce Low-Cost Super-Strong Titanium Alloy
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7/12/2016  Post a comment
Given the urgent need for improved fuel economy in the transportation sector, there has been a renewed interest in titanium as a structural material.
Ion ‘Traffic Jams’ Are to Blame for Inefficient Batteries
Blog 
7/11/2016  2 comments
A newly-discovered phenomenon that explains why batteries lose efficiency has paved the way for better battery architectures and materials in the future.
The First 3D Printer for Microfluidic Devices Allows One-Step Prototyping
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7/11/2016  Post a comment
Dolomite Microfluidics has created the first fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer that allows virtually anyone to make rapid prototypes of fluidically sealed devices.
Hyproline Project Demonstrates High-Performance Metal 3D Printing
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7/7/2016  Post a comment
An EU-backed coalition has developed a solution for 3D printing precision metal parts produced in small series with increased accuracy, less waste, and fewer rejects.
'Artificial Eye' Sensor Can See in the Dark
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7/6/2016  Post a comment
Using an all-optical approach inspired by the eyes of fish, University of Wisconsin in Madison researchers have developed an image sensor capable of seeing in near pitch-black darkness.
Remotely Control Your 3D Printer With Free, Open-Source Software
Engineering Materials 
7/6/2016  Post a comment
A team of engineers at Michigan Technological University has released free, open-source, software that lets you control your 3D printer via the web.
Slim Solar Cells Provide Flexible Power for Wearables
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7/1/2016  Post a comment
Wearable electronics may soon have another alternative to cumbersome batteries for power with the development of a new ultra-thin solar cell flexible enough to wrap around a pencil.
8 STEM Activities to Fight Summer Boredom
Blog 
6/30/2016  1 comment
DIY candy, journeys to Mars, coding for road trips, and more. These STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity options will keep kids engaged this summer, from 10-minute activities to more advanced undertakings.
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