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Content posted in August 2012
Flexible Batteries Power Flexible Displays
Engineering Materials 
8/28/2012  18 comments
New materials for batteries can make them flexible and energy-dense enough to power displays on bendable, implantable, and wearable electronics.
Long-Range EV Has Motors in its Wheels
Engineering Materials 
8/23/2012  72 comments
A Japanese prototype with motors in its wheels can go 218 miles on a single charge, 30 percent farther than other mass-produced EVs, due in part to engineering plastics.
Joining Techniques Critical to Auto Composites
Engineering Materials 
8/22/2012  10 comments
Automating production isn't the only technical problem carbon composites face in mass manufacturing. There is also the lack of standards and technologies for joining techniques.
Solar Cells Help Windows Generate Electricity
Engineering Materials 
8/15/2012  41 comments
A new kind of polymer solar cell that is almost 70 percent transparent to the human eye could give windows the ability to generate electricity by absorbing mostly infrared, not visible, light.
One-Piece Carbon Composite Wheel Drives Cars
Engineering Materials 
8/13/2012  19 comments
Carbon Revolution says it has made the first one-piece, all-carbon fiber composite wheel for cars as well as planes.
ABS Alternative Made of CO2, Palm Oil & Starch
Engineering Materials 
8/10/2012  6 comments
A team headed by Siemens researchers have developed a substitute material for ABS by making a polymer from starch, palm oil, and carbon dioxide.
Study: Plastics, Garbage Fuel Texas Cement Kiln
Engineering Materials 
8/9/2012  11 comments
A study has shown that fuel created from nonrecycled post-consumer plastics and other waste can power energy-intensive commercial and industrial operations.
Video: Composites, Syntactic Foam Dive to Bottom of Pacific Ocean
Engineering Materials 
8/8/2012  6 comments
The prototype Deepsea Challenger submersible piloted by James Cameron to the depths of the Pacific Ocean included components made of carbon fiber composites.
3D-Produced Carbon Composites Coming to Cars, Planes
Engineering Materials 
8/6/2012  9 comments
A revolutionary joint development initiative between Stratasys and Oak Ridge National Laboratory aims to develop a fused deposition modeling (FDM) process for making production volumes of carbon fiber composite components entirely out of autoclave.
Nanodevices Self-Assemble Using DNA
Engineering Materials 
8/1/2012  5 comments
Harvard University's Wyss Institute has harnessed DNA to create self-assembling nanodevices such as targeted drug delivery machines.




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