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Salt May Be the Secret for Improving Energy Storage Materials
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6/3/2016  Post a comment
Using salt, researchers have been able to grow stable oxide sheets that are several hundreds of times larger than with more traditional processes, and with less fouling. When salt crystals are used as a substrate for growing the crystals, they are better able to spread out and form a larger sheet of oxide material. The result is a material that is simply better at collecting and disbursing ions, thereby improving energy storage.
'Black Hole' Coating Keeps Satellite On Track
Engineering Materials 
6/3/2016  Post a comment
An ultra-black coating that absorbs virtually all incident light around it makes surface features disappear so it looks like a black hole. That also boosts performance of the Kent Ridge 1 satellite's star trackers and Earth observation instruments.
Holding Your Nerves
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6/1/2016  Post a comment
Some ideas are good, some ideas are bad, but there’s much more to building a successful engineering-based business. Martin McCourt shares his thoughts on engineering and success based on his 40 years working at the heart of manufacturing.
For 3D Printing To Grow, It Needs Materials, Machines & Software
Engineering Materials 
5/31/2016  Post a comment
Major changes are happening in the world of 3D printing and additive manufacturing materials, machines, and software. If the industry -- and the design engineers and OEMs it serves -- are to grow, all three areas must become much more tightly integrated.
Harvesting Energy in the Dark for Future Solar Technology
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5/31/2016  Post a comment
Collaborating researchers in Australia and the United States have discovered nanotechnology for thermophotovoltaic cells that could boost solar-energy harvesting.
The 10 Best New Sports Equipment Technologies
Blog 
5/30/2016  3 comments
Time was when sports equipment was made only from common, everyday, low-tech materials. But now sports equipment has a new, high-tech ingredient that is helping players take their game to the next level.
A Kinder, Gentler Kindle and a Better Way to Recycle
Gadget Freak 
5/30/2016  Post a comment
Every now and then Design News likes to revisit some of our favorite Gadget Freak projects. Robotic hands, manipulated Kindles, and smart recycling cans round out the latest crop.
FDA Dispenses 3D Printing Best Practices for Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
5/26/2016  Post a comment
The FDA has just released draft guidelines for using 3D printing in the design, development, and manufacture of regulated medical products. Although the recommendations are non-binding, they do set some much-needed parameters.
Top Job Prospects for Engineers in 2016
Blog 
5/25/2016  3 comments
Here's a look at the Bureau of Labor stats on engineering jobs over the coming decade.
The Versatile Future of Coatings
Engineering Materials 
5/25/2016  Post a comment
Coatings and sealants are getting more versatile to deal with miniaturization and multiple materials, and tougher to meet requirements for higher reliability.
Choosing the Best Incubator for your Startup
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Being in an incubator can be analogous to shopping in a “big box retailer.” You can find many things you need under one roof along with moral support to sustain and move your startup to a successful launch.
Active 3D-Printed Materials Controlled by Light
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Scientists at four major universities in Europe have released a joint paper describing the use of light to put active materials into motion and to control that motion, producing lifelike mechanisms that may or may not contain living organisms, but can produce useful work.
Band-Aid-Like Battery Pack Aimed at Wearables
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a lightweight, solar-energy-harvesting mesh of batteries that stretches, making it well-suited to wearable tech.
Li-Ion Components for High-Temperature Aerospace, Industrial Apps
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at Rice University have developed a combined electrolyte and separator for lithium-ion batteries that won’t have performance issues or catch fire at high temperatures.
Video Game-Inspired Bionic Arm Comes With a Drone
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5/23/2016  Post a comment
James Young's prosthetic arm doesn't just look it came from a video game ,it works like it comes from one, too, with features like Bluetooth, USB, and an attachable quadcopter.
New Metal Alloys Are Shaking Up Aerospace
Engineering Materials 
5/23/2016  Post a comment
Improved simulation and analysis tools are helping to develop more and better once-exotic alloys, plus good old aluminum, for lighter aerospace designs with less waste.
InkBot: Building Your Own Robot That Writes
Gadget Freak 
5/20/2016  10 comments
Kerry Erendson wanted to create a DIY robot that could write. The result was InkBot. Kerry shares the process of designing and building InkBot and shows you how to build your own.
Top 10 States for Engineering Jobs
Blog 
5/19/2016  8 comments
Are you an engineer who is looking for a job? Here are the 10 states where you will have the best luck.
More Game-Changers in the World of 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
5/19/2016  Post a comment
HP's industry-changing 3D printing announcement for commercial-scale end-production wasn't the only news of note at RAPID 2016 this week. Here are six more game-changing software and hardware news items, plus some videos explaining HP's technology.
Thin-Film Coating Boosts Lithium-Ion Battery Performance
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5/18/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a process of simultaneously “doping” -- or adding an element or compound into a crystalline structure -- and coating lithium magnesium nickel oxygen (LMNO) with iron oxide using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique.
HP Launches 3D Printing Production Tech & Open Materials Market
Engineering Materials 
5/17/2016  4 comments
HP has launched its long-heralded Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for commercial-scale end-production, plus an ecosystem to go with it. The package could change the entire industrial market for making end-products with additive manufacturing. At the very least, it will be game-changing.
9 New Adhesives for Cars, Electronics Get Tough, Sticky
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2016  Post a comment
Nearly all the products in this latest crop of new adhesives target electronic and other components for consumer electronics and automotive assemblies. Some are alternatives to liquid adhesives, others are liquids that cure faster, and several stick well to multiple substrate materials.
3D Printing Makes Possible A Methane-Fueled Mars Lander
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2016  1 comment
Getting different types of spacecraft to Mars may require multiple fuel types. NASA is using 3D printing to try out a rocket engine turbopump design that can handle both liquid methane and liquid hydrogen propellant.
'Second Skin' Polymer Can Fight Wrinkles, Deliver Treatment
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5/13/2016  1 comment
Researchers have developed a new polymer that’s like a “second skin” for wrinkle treatment or medical delivery
Secrets of Squid Could Bring Environment-Sensing Materials
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5/13/2016  1 comment
Researchers have identified the pigments on the skin of squid and other cephalopods, work that could affect future development of materials.
Self-Healing Material Could Be Health Tech Breakthrough
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5/12/2016  Post a comment
A new ultra-stretchy, self-healing material developed by researchers at Stanford University could be a breakthrough for artificial muscle technology.
Top 15 Most Important Auto Safety Technologies
Automotive News 
5/11/2016  20 comments
Take a look at 15 of the most important automotive safety technologies from the past 50 years and the next half-century.
Smart Printed Sensors Aim at Movement-Monitoring Wearables
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5/10/2016  Post a comment
A transparent sensor material that can be printed with simple manufacturing aims to offer a cost-effective way to mass produce wearables.
Nanowires Boost Solar Panel Efficiency to Record Levels
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5/10/2016  Post a comment
A Swedish startup is developing nanowire thin-film technology it said can boost solar-panel efficiency to record levels.
12 New Plastics For Cars, Planes & Medical Devices That Are No Joke
Engineering Materials 
5/9/2016  1 comment
Along with a new bunch of materials, we will also tell you about some new applications they make possible. Several new plastics and elastomers are aimed at aircraft interiors, automotive parts, and medical devices.
3D Printing Database Creators Invent Material/Machine Datasets
Engineering Materials 
5/9/2016  1 comment
The creators of the free, searchable Senvol Database have begun issuing a new set of industrial additive manufacturing and 3D printing tools for engineers wanting to use additive technology for end-production: datasets for AM material characterization.
Engineers, Thank Your Mothers
Blog 
5/6/2016  4 comments
You didn’t become an engineer on your own, junior.
Don't Just Drink Your Tea ... Wear it!
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5/6/2016  Post a comment
A researcher at the Iowa State University has developed biodegradable fabric from a byproduct of kombucha tea that is similar to leather and can be used to create textiles.
7 Skills Every Engineering Grad Needs to be Successful
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5/3/2016  5 comments
The problem with a four-, five-, or six-year degree is that they don’t teach engineers the soft skills required to have a successful career. Here are seven skills that every engineering graduate needs to be successful.
This Mini Solid-State Battery Powers IoT Sensors, Devices
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5/3/2016  Post a comment
A UK-based company called Ilika has developed a miniature solid-state battery to power the IoT.
Consortium to Design, Build Integrated Photovoltaic Windows
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5/2/2016  Post a comment
A UK-based consortium comprised of the Centre for Process Innovation, Merck, and Polysolar are working on a design for integrated photovoltaic windows.
ORNL Wants You To License Its Fast, Cheap Carbon Fiber
Engineering Materials 
4/29/2016  Post a comment
Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a carbon fiber production method it wants to share with you: a faster, cheaper, greener method for manufacturing industrial-grade structural carbon fiber.
9 New 3D Printing Technologies: Composites, Metals & Multimaterials
Engineering Materials 
4/28/2016  Post a comment
This slideshow includes several versions of multi-materials machines, two different composites processes including one at microscale, and two vastly different metals processes. Potential game-changers down the line include three microscale processes.
Best Paying Bachelor's Degrees? Engineering, By Far
Blog 
4/27/2016  6 comments
PayScale.com ranked the top 15 salaries for bachelor degrees, and 13 of the highest-paid degrees are in engineering.
UL and EOS to Teach Users 3D Printing/AM Best Practices
Engineering Materials 
4/27/2016  Post a comment
UL is partnering with metals additive manufacturing (AM) supplier EOS to provide AM training to EOS's customers. It's designed to promote correct usage of AM technologies by OEMs and others in manufacturing.
Researcher Accidentally Develops Way to Make Batteries Last 400 Times Longer
Blog 
4/26/2016  3 comments
Researchers have invented nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times.
Boeing-Inspired Golf Club Helps Win the Masters
Electronics News 
4/25/2016  1 comment
In his recent victory at the US Masters tournament, golfer Danny Willett unknowingly received an assist from an unexpected source -- The Boeing Co.’s computational fluid dynamics software.
Researchers Tap Wood, Not Glass, for Solar Panels
Blog 
4/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers in Sweden have developed a way to use wood as the transparent material in solar panels.
Is There More Plastic Than Fish In The Sea?
Engineering Materials 
4/22/2016  11 comments
To commemorate Earth Day, we take a look at the state of ocean plastic. If things don't change, by 2050 the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight. Here are the problems, as well as some solutions.
5 New Green Technology Trends to Watch in 2016
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4/21/2016  2 comments
Green is the new black. In preparation for Earth Day we take a look at the latest green technologies set to have a big impact in the coming years.
Under Armour’s 3D-Printed Training Shoe Breaks Barriers
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4/20/2016  2 comments
The UA Architech is a 360-degree performance training shoe that features a functional 3D-printed midsole and 3D ClutchFit auxetic upper design that creates a “super-hybrid” trainer.
Medical Implant, Packaging Materials Lighten Up
Engineering Materials 
4/20/2016  Post a comment
As we learned at BIOMEDevice Boston, newer soft tissue implants must be lighter in weight and manufactured with less overall material. The same goes for medical packaging.
Melt Your Face, Test Your Knowledge, and Take Ultimate Control
Gadget Freak 
4/19/2016  Post a comment
Ever wanted to build your own remote-controlled device? Or your own powerful loudspeaker? Revisit some of our favorite past Gadget Freak projects.
Solar Cell Turns Raindrops Into Energy
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4/19/2016  Post a comment
Chinese engineers have developed a solar panel that can harvest energy not only from the sun but also from raindrops. Researchers in Qingdao, China, achieved this by adding a layer of graphene over a dye-sensitized solar cell to react with compounds in rainwater to produce an electrical charge.
Wind Turbine Uses 3D-Printed Parts to Provide Portable Power
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4/18/2016  7 comments
A recent PhD in engineering from Canada was inspired by time living in Nicaragua to design a portable wind turbine for regions not served by the power grid
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