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Can EV Batteries Last 20 Years?
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4/12/2013  45 comments
Lithium-ion batteries for electric cars may last far longer than we’ve been led to believe, a battery expert told the American Chemical Society in a speech this week.
Digi-Key Continuing Education Center Wins Marketing Award
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4/5/2013  9 comments
Design News magazine’s popular Continuing Education Center has been named a Gold Award Winner in one of the country’s most prestigious marketing contests.
Lithium-Ion Batteries Overheated in Mitsubishi Vehicles
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3/28/2013  44 comments
In yet another setback for lithium-ion battery technology, Mitsubishi Motors has acknowledged that it recently had a fire and an overheating incident involving the high-energy batteries.
Boeing: New Enclosure 'Keeps Us From Ever Having a Fire'
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3/15/2013  49 comments
The Boeing Co. took the issue of 787 battery fires head-on last night, definitively declaring that with pending modifications to its lithium-ion battery packs, a “fire can’t begin, develop, or be sustained.”
Slideshow: Boeing Underestimated Possibility of Battery Fire
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3/13/2013  24 comments
Boeing engineers and federal regulators appear to have vastly underestimated the possibility of a lithium-ion battery fire before the 787 Dreamliner's certification.
Slideshow: 'Boeing Battery Needs Liquid Cooling'
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3/8/2013  35 comments
With the root cause of the Boeing 787 battery fire still unclear, one leading battery expert suggested this week that the need for an active cooling system on Dreamliners is even more important.
NASA Awards Bigelow Aerospace $17.8M to Add New Module to ISS
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2/20/2013  12 comments
NASA has awarded Bigelow Aerospace a contract to deliver its Bigelow Expandable Activity Module to the International Space Station for experimental use for two years upon its launch to the station in 2015.
Ford, GM Face Off on Truck Engines
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2/14/2013  32 comments
Two of the world's biggest automakers are squaring off for a multi-year truck engine battle, with one company trying to win by addition, while the other aims for victory by subtraction.
NTSB: Short Circuit Caused 787 Battery Fire
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2/12/2013  44 comments
The Boeing 787 battery fire in Boston last month was caused by a battery short circuit that led to a thermal runaway condition, the National Transportation Safety Board said.
Tesla CEO: Boeing Batteries Needed Better Cooling
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1/31/2013  39 comments
Questions about cooling the Boeing 787 batteries came up again this week, as Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk called the plane's large pack design risky.
Dow Plans North American Plastic Waste Recovery Facilities
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1/28/2013  18 comments
Dow Chemical and Klean Industries are collaborating to build waste recovery facilities throughout North America for recovering energy, chemicals, and oil from nonrecycled waste plastics. The agreement especially targets used plastic packaging materials.
Were the Boeing 787 Batteries Cooled Properly?
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1/25/2013  57 comments
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner's high-profile battery fire may have been the result of an engineering double-whammy: an energetic battery chemistry combined with a possibly inadequate cooling system.
Cereplast Commercializes Algae-Based Bioplastic
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1/21/2013  12 comments
Bioplastic leader Cereplast has successfully commercialized an injection-molding grade of algae-based bioplastics.
Biofase Makes Bioplastic From Avocado Pits
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1/18/2013  18 comments
A Mexican company is offering a fully biodegradable, compostable polymer made from avocado pits for use as either a resin or an additive.
Lithium-Ion Batteries Emerge as Possible Culprit in Dreamliner Incidents
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1/17/2013  34 comments
A succession of problems has plagued Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, but investigators are now most concerned about incidents involving overheating of lithium-ion batteries.
NHTSA Wants Hybrids, EVs to Be Noisier
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1/16/2013  60 comments
In an effort to make streets safer for pedestrians, the National Highway Traffic Administration has proposed a rule that could require engineers to add more sound to hybrids and electric vehicles.
Toyota, Audi Demo Self-Driving Technologies at CES
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1/11/2013  40 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. and Audi AG are demonstrating active safety technologies that could one day serve as building blocks for the emergence of driverless vehicles.
Ford Builds Metal Prototypes With 3D Printing
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1/8/2013  27 comments
Ford Motor Co. is raising the stakes in rapid prototyping, making testable prototype metal parts ranging from brake rotors to transmission cases with three-dimensional printers.
Plastic Makes a Better Light Bulb
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1/8/2013  35 comments
Wake Forest University scientists have devised a shatterproof, white light, flicker-free lighting device based on field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology.
Video: Transformer Robots Are Not Autonomous Yet
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12/28/2012  26 comments
A hobbyist firm has created a robot that changes from a humanoid into a vehicle and back again. The firm says the robot will autonomous by 2030.
Video: Fish Slime Makes Tough, Silk-Like Fiber
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12/27/2012  14 comments
Researchers have discovered that the defensive slime exuded by hagfishes may be a source of high-performance protein fibers that could replace petrochemical-based polymers, such as nylon and plastic fibers, and fabrics woven from them.
Strong, Flexible Composite Combines Minerals, Thermoplastic
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12/20/2012  23 comments
A strong, flexible mineral/thermoplastic composite that replicates wood's fibrous structure is contending with wood, wood plastic composites, plastics, and metal in a range of potential structural applications.
3D Print Your Own Personal Electronics
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12/14/2012  57 comments
If it's possible to 3D print blood vessels, robots, and guns, then why shouldn't you be able to 3D print your own personal electronics?
KiOR's Non-Food Biofuel Scales Up
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12/12/2012  12 comments
Renewable fuels company KiOR has left the development stage and entered scaled-up production of its biofuel based on non-food biomass.
Titanium-Aluminum Alloy Cuts Aircraft Weight
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12/7/2012  14 comments
A titanium-aluminum alloy with properties similar to conventional nickel superalloys could make jet turbine blades 45 percent lighter.
Harvard Researchers to Develop Green-Energy Storage Battery
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12/6/2012  48 comments
Harvard University researchers are working on a new type of battery based on organic molecules to store renewable energy in an effort to make it more viable for wide-scale use.
Safety, Powertrain Will Drive Need for Automotive Semiconductors
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11/30/2012  18 comments
Active safety will continue to drive the need for faster processors and cheaper memories, Delphi Automotive chief technology officer Jeff Owens told Design News Radio.
Update on Thought-Controlled Robots
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11/27/2012  14 comments
By focusing their attention on patterns shown on a PC screen, users can control which actions they want a robot to perform, where the robot moves, and how it interacts with its environment.
Aluminum Aerospace Coating May Replace Toxic Chromates
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11/15/2012  12 comments
A research team has developed an environmentally friendly, self-healing coating for the aluminum used in defense and aerospace applications.
Video: Robots Set to Explore Fukushima
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11/9/2012  13 comments
The Japanese government is readying its Sakura robot to explore the disabled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear reactor buildings.
Underwater Robot Tracks Sand Tiger Sharks
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11/1/2012  18 comments
An underwater robot is stalking sand tiger sharks tagged with transmitters to help University of Delaware researchers understand shark migration patterns and behavior as it happens.
One-Piece Composite Wing Built for Perpetual-Flight Plane
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10/29/2012  10 comments
An unusual wing, made in a single piece from carbon fiber composite, has been built for an unmanned aircraft designed for high-altitude perpetual flight. The wing has no fasteners or adhesive joints.
New Standard Will Cut EV Charging Time
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10/24/2012  48 comments
A revised SAE standard will let plug-in hybrids charge their batteries in as little as 10 minutes and battery-electric cars charge in 20 minutes.
GM President: It's Time to Electrify & Educate
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10/18/2012  52 comments
This week, General Motors North American president Mark Reuss reinforced his company's commitment to electrified vehicles, but cited a need for better education to foster the breakthroughs needed for next-generation EVs.
Faster Industrial 3D Printer Boosts Build Volume
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10/17/2012  11 comments
Industrial 3D printing supplier ExOne's M-FLEX midsized metal printer is three times as fast and has a build volume more than seven times as large as the company's previous midsized machine.
Video: Linear Actuators Could Help Cops Improve Marksmanship
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10/16/2012  9 comments
At the recent IMTS Show in Chicago, Rollon Corp. showed off a high-speed, six-axis "shooting gallery" game aimed at helping police officers and soldiers improve their marksmanship.
Cellulose Could Replace Short Glass Fibers in Composites
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10/15/2012  19 comments
Wood and pulp giant Weyerhaeuser has figured out how to make a thermoplastic composite using engineered cellulose fiber from trees, instead of the short glass fibers usually used for reinforcement.
Ford, GM Team Up on Transmissions
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10/10/2012  23 comments
General Motors and Ford Motor Co. are preparing to jointly develop nine- and 10-speed vehicle transmissions to help them meet future fuel economy standards.
Fruit Juice Guards Against Aluminum Corrosion
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10/10/2012  19 comments
Extracts of juice from the common date palm fruit may be a greener way to prevent corrosion in the strong, lightweight aluminum alloys in aircraft, cars, and industrial machines.
Focus on the Future of Machine Controllers
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10/9/2012  14 comments
A Design News reader survey shows engineers are leveraging more powerful controllers to achieve smoother integration of more sophisticated machine control.
Study: Wind Could Power World Energy Needs
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9/28/2012  50 comments
Researchers at Stanford University's School of Engineering and the University of Delaware claim there's enough wind over land and at sea combined to produce at least half the world's power demand by 2030.
Engineers 'Hone' In on Solution for Tiny V-8 Engine
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9/27/2012  34 comments
It's one thing to build a scale model of a car. It's another to power it with a quarter-scale V-8 engine.
Toyota's Latest Robot Lends a Hand
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9/25/2012  11 comments
The robot is meant to help elderly people or those with limited arm or leg mobility perform everyday tasks more efficiently and easily in the home.
Video: Robotic Plane Flies Indoors Without GPS
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9/14/2012  20 comments
MIT’s Robust Robotics Group flew a fixed-wing vehicle around the parking garage under a university building, navigating pillars safely, with only the use of onboard sensors to direct the path of the plane.
Automakers Drive Carbon Composites
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9/11/2012  16 comments
The lightweight material isn't ready for high-volume automotive manufacturing, but three consortia are working to fast-track material and process development.
Robotic Camera Mimics Human Eye Movements
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9/4/2012  13 comments
Compliance researchers developed a mechanism to orient a camera using muscle-like cellular actuators that move more similarly to an eye.
Why Aren't Engineering Students Happier? Because It's Hard
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8/29/2012  33 comments
The Princeton Review came out with its annual edition of "The Best 377 Colleges" last week, and engineering schools again did poorly in the area of student happiness.
V2V Technology Gets Its First Big Test
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8/27/2012  14 comments
The US Department of Transportation launched the first big test of V2V and V2I technologies last week, equipping nearly 3,000 cars, trucks, and buses in Michigan with modules that might one day prevent up to 80 percent of the crashes on American roadways.
LEDs Need Circuit Protection, Too
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8/20/2012  6 comments
Designers of LED-based systems may be glossing over one of the most important components, leaving their products susceptible to catastrophic failures, a circuit protection manufacturer said recently.
Robot Provides Virtual Medical Care
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8/17/2012  12 comments
iRobot and InTouch Health have joined forces to create a state-of-the-art device called RP-VITA, which is making it easier for doctors to visit hospitalized patients' bedsides even if they can't get there in person.
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