Chevy Volt Tech Watch: Regenerative Braking
News 11/11/2011 29 comments When you either lift your foot from the accelerator or press on the brake pedal in the Chevy Volt, the main drive motor temporarily operates as a generator, working to partially recharge the battery bank.
Retooling for Compliance
News 11/10/2011 5 comments Manufacturers are turning to PLM platforms and new supplier management processes to keep pace with the shifting compliance landscape and the need to manage more granular data.
Downsized MEMS Aim at Lab-on-a-Chip
News 11/7/2011 2 comments A new glass etching technique could lead to better microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) systems and faster, more reliable optical micro-gyroscopes and other apps.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
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