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Content posted in June 2012
Design News Survey: Companies Use Range of Safety Standards
News 
6/29/2012  11 comments
Survey results show the types of safety logic devices most commonly in use, and how best design practices show a rise in the use of integrated safety solutions.
Verizon Wants to Put 4G Wireless in Your Car
News 
6/28/2012  18 comments
Verizon announced it is joining a consortium that will use open standards to bring 4G technology to in-car phones.
Secure Android OS Developed for Soldiers
News 
6/27/2012  5 comments
With the use of smartphones and tablets becoming more prevalent across the armed forces, the DoD is concerned with securing these devices to keep classified or confidential information out of the hands of adversaries.
IndyCar Structure Is the Ultimate Safety Enclosure
News 
6/26/2012  10 comments
A lightweight, composite cocoon is designed with crash mitigation in mind.
Micromachined Sensor Measures Gas Flow in Smart Meters
Product News 
6/26/2012  7 comments
A sensor introduced at the recent Sensors Expo targets the hundreds of millions of electronic meters to be installed in the next decade.
Photovoltaic System Supplements Marines' Energy Needs
News 
6/26/2012  15 comments
A new mobile photovoltaic system is designed to help the Marine Corps use less fuel in the field.
Navy Funds Development of Tool to Model Biofuel Performance
News 
6/25/2012  16 comments
The Office of Naval Research has given researchers at the University of Wisconsin $2 million to create a tool that can model the performance of various biofuels as part of the military’s ongoing interest in using alternative energy sources to reduce dependency on traditional fossil fuels.
DARPA to Develop 'Cognitive Fingerprint'
News 
6/22/2012  8 comments
The Department of Defenseis working on a system that identifies people in ways other than physical traits like fingerprints.
ADI Rolls Out Accelerometer for Wireless Networks
Product News 
6/22/2012  9 comments
A new low-power MEMS-based accelerometer could boost long-term sensing capabilities in applications ranging from utility metering and livestock tracking to elderly monitoring and head trauma recognition.
Chevy Boosts 2013 Volt Electric Range
News 
6/21/2012  21 comments
Changes revealed by the automaker result in the electric-only range of the car going from 35 miles to 38 miles.
Boeing Plans Second International Flight Using Biofuel
News 
6/21/2012  10 comments
Air China will help Boeing continue its testing of biofuel to power jets.
Design News Named One of the '10 Great Media Websites'
News 
6/20/2012  15 comments
Design News is an "Always On" Globally Accessible Online Design Community, according to BtoB's Media Business.
Army Boosts Battery Power but Not Weight
News 
6/20/2012  7 comments
Army scientists have developed a new material that could enable lithium-ion batteries to perform at an unprecedented five volts as part of research to create improved power sources for the military.
Test Flights Start for Titanium-Blade Engine
News 
6/18/2012  5 comments
Pratt & Whitney recently started flight tests of its PurePower PW1200G engine family. Like other engines in the PurePower Geared Turbofan engine program, the PW1217G's fan blades incorporate titanium, not composites.
DARPA Taps Nanotech to Treat Brain Injuries
News 
6/18/2012  4 comments
The Department of Defense is exploring the use of nanotechnology to treat afflictions ranging from infectious diseases to traumatic brain injury more quickly.
Electronic Component Cooling Solutions Wanted
News 
6/15/2012  7 comments
DARPA aims to create an embedded cooling system for electronics components through its ICECool program to improve thermal management.
MEMS Sensors Bring Intelligence to Tennis Rackets
News 
6/13/2012  14 comments
After decades of using wood, aluminum, catgut, and little else, the venerable tennis racket may be about to get a dose of 21st century intelligence.
Army Designs Tactical Microgrids for the Battlefield
News 
6/13/2012  3 comments
The military continues its exploration of more efficient and cost-effective energy sources for the battlefield through the design of intelligent tactical microgrids to augment traditional energy-grid power.
Solar Cells Power Underwater Sensors
News 
6/12/2012  9 comments
The US Navy is exploring the use of solar cells to power sensors underwater as part of research across the military to develop alternative, environmentally friendly, and efficient sources of energy.
Video: Boeing's Phantom Unmanned Aircraft Takes Flight
News 
6/11/2012  13 comments
Boeing's Phantom Eye drone achieved an altitude of 4,080 feet and a cruising altitude of 62 knots in its initial 28 minute flight.
ST Packages MEMS Microphones in Plastic
Product News 
6/6/2012  5 comments
STMicroelectronics NV has claimed it is the first company that has mass-produced MEMS microphones in plastic packages, a technology development that reportedly saves space and increases durability.
Video: Bionic Arm Aids Amputee Soldiers
News 
6/5/2012  11 comments
A prosthetic company is helping the US military develop a lightweight, motor-driven artificial arm.
Sustainable Packaging on Menu for European Consortium
News 
6/4/2012  25 comments
The ISA-Pack consortium is developing innovative, sustainabale packaging films to reduce food spoilage and packaging waste.
Army Develops Lightweight, Fuel-Efficient Electricity Generator
News 
6/4/2012  11 comments
A new power generator that's lighter than those being used by the military can make a big difference in fuel consumption.
Lamborghini Uses Carbon-Fiber Seats in Latest Roadster
News 
6/1/2012  26 comments
The Lamborghini Aventador J roadster not only uses carbon-fiber composites throughout the car, but also features a new interior upholstery material called CarbonSkin.
DIRAK's E-LINE Locking Systems Cut Security Costs
Product News 
6/1/2012  4 comments
The latest addition to DIRAK's line of mechatronic security systems for racks, enclosures, and cabinets includes three types that are said to better protect materials, electronics, and data, while reducing security costs.




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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.
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