Slippery Material System Can Start, Stop Liquids
News 4/17/2013 14 comments A new material system invented by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is continuously "tunable" for transparency and wettability: it repels water or oil to a greater or lesser degree as it becomes more or less transparent.
Can EV Batteries Last 20 Years?
News 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.
Ford, GM Face Off on Truck Engines
News 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.
NHTSA Wants Hybrids, EVs to Be Noisier
News 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.
Plastic Makes a Better Light Bulb
News 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: Fish Slime Makes Tough, Silk-Like Fiber
News 12/27/2012 15 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.
Update on Thought-Controlled Robots
News 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.
A Tokyo company, Miraisens Inc., has unveiled a device that allows users to move virtual 3D objects around and "feel" them via a vibration sensor. The device has many applications within the gaming, medical, and 3D-printing industries.
In the last few years, use of CFD in building design has increased manifolds. Computational
fluid dynamics is effective in analyzing the flow and thermal properties of air within spaces. It can be used in buildings to find the best measures for comfortable temperature at low energy use.
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