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Parasite Drones Will Suck Up City CO2, Give It Back to Plants
Engineering Materials 
12/18/2014  20 comments
Polish design firm NAS-DRA has proposed parasitic robotic drones that capture carbon dioxide from the air during the day and release it at night to plants growing on their wings.
Elastomer Goes With the (Waves') Flow
News 
12/17/2014  Post a comment
DuPont's Hytrel elastomer long used in automotive applications has been used to improve the way marine mooring lines are connected to things like fish farms, oil & gas installations, buoys, and wave energy devices. The new bellow design of the Dynamic Tethers wave protection system acts like a shock absorber, reducing peak loads as much as 70%.
Lamborghini Busts Out a Plug-In Hybrid, the Asterion LPI 910-4
Automotive News 
12/16/2014  18 comments
Automobili Lamborghini is joining the ranks of supercar makers who are moving to greener powertrains.
‘Wind Tree’ Provides Artistic Take on Turbine Design for Smart Cities
Blog 
12/9/2014  18 comments
New Wind's Wind Tree has 72 "leaves" that are actually mini wind turbines. The power output of the tree is 3.1 kilowatts with the potential to generate 3,500 kWh to 13,500 kWh depending on the wind.
Hydrogen – Hope or Hype?
Blog 
12/8/2014  15 comments
The question is whether battery technology can develop faster than hydrogen production and distribution infrastructure.
Soccer Field Powers Brazilian Slum
Blog 
12/8/2014  30 comments
UK startup Pavegen has teamed with gas and energy company Shell to give a Brazilian favela a soccer field that harvests energy from players' steps to power the surrounding neighborhood.
Toyota Preps for Launch of Hydrogen-Powered Sedan
Automotive News 
12/4/2014  26 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. will take another small step on the long road to fuel cell viability next year, rolling out a hydrogen-powered production sedan called the Mirai.
Ohio State Researchers Develop World's First Solar Battery
Blog 
12/4/2014  10 comments
Researchers at Ohio State University have designed what they say is the world’s first solar battery, which combines both a solar cell and storage capacity in a single device.
Energy-Harvesting Switches Puts Energy at Your Fingertips
Product News 
12/3/2014  7 comments
Arveni is offering a smart batteryless switch that operates the radio inside with the touch of a finger. The switch can be used to create an intelligent lighting system in a home or office; the radio itself inside the switch also can be used as a common connection point among different smart objects in the home.
Conductive Clay -- the Future of Energy Storage?
Blog 
12/2/2014  15 comments
MXene clay -- which is two-dimensional and comprised of three layers of titanium and two layers of carbon that’s five atoms thick -- was developed by a team of researchers in Drexel’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
van Gogh's 'Starry Night' Transformed into Solar-Powered Bike Path
Blog 
11/21/2014  21 comments
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
Video: Bamboo-Based Hybrid Wind Turbine Aimed at Developing World
Blog 
11/20/2014  Post a comment
Green energy is being billed as a way to make communities that are energy deprived more self-sustaining. So it makes sense to use natural materials to create devices that harvest this type of energy. That’s the idea behind a hybrid wind/solar energy harvester made of bamboo that’s been developed by UVM researchers.
You Generate the Power on Polaris eBike
Blog 
11/14/2014  23 comments
The new line of Polaris eBikes features technology called Perpetual Arc Regeneration that allows a rider’s pedaling and other uses of the bike’s motor system to generate power to the bike’s battery in a number of ways.
Solar Sponge Generates Steam by Soaking Up the Sun's Rays
Blog 
11/13/2014  4 comments
While previous methods of creating steam involved heating liquids, this solar sponge generates a great amount of steam for hygienic and green energy purposes by simply using solar energy.
DN Readers Say Climate Science Still Not Settled
Opinion 
11/12/2014  66 comments
Climate science isn’t a tennis match, and it certainly can’t be resolved by quoting numbers on a scoreboard. But if you’ve been watching the “Quick Poll” tucked into the lower right corner of Design News's homepage, then you may have noticed two surprising numbers related to global warming.
Samsung's Latest Battery Wraps Around Your Wrist
Blog 
11/12/2014  19 comments
At the InterBattery 2014 convention in South Korea, Samsung revealed it has invented a power source for the next generation of wearables and mobile devices -- a flexible battery that can wrap around your wrist.
The Best & Worst of Engineering in Hollywood
Electronics News 
11/7/2014  46 comments
It’s time once again for the Annual Design News Science and Engineering Movie Contest, which names no winners, awards no prizes, isn’t really a contest, and appears every three years or so.
Why You Need to Take a Break
Blog 
11/6/2014  30 comments
This is the article your manager doesn’t want you to read. Are you working on a tough engineering problem? Don’t keep plugging away at it. Take a break and do something else for a while. Your manager will thank you later.
Solar Energy Does Grow on Trees
Blog 
11/3/2014  16 comments
Israeli company Sologic's eTrees are metal, tree-like structures for harvesting solar energy.
Ampy: A Pocket-Sized Motion Charger for Your Mobile Devices
Blog 
10/30/2014  17 comments
What if you could recharge your mobile device using the movements you make all day? That’s the promise of Ampy, a new device by a Chicago-based startup of the same name.
Get Your Gadget Freak On
Gadget Freak 
10/16/2014  1 comment
Design News and Allied Electronics have raised the stakes for our second-annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest. The top three gadgeteers will be awarded a total of $10,000. Don't delay, enter today!
London's Floating Bike Path Would Harvest Energy from Sun, Wind, Tides
Blog 
10/15/2014  22 comments
The Thames Deckway would run for eight miles close to the river’s edge, rising and falling slightly with the tidal cycle. It will generate its own energy from a series of devices that will line the pathway and use a combination of sources to make the path self-sustaining.
2014 Salaries for 10 Engineering Disciplines
Blog 
10/14/2014  25 comments
Here's a breakdown of the 2014 engineering salaries by discipline. We've included entry-level salaries, mean average salaries, and top 10% salaries.
Michigan Brewery Also Serves Solar Energy
Blog 
10/9/2014  47 comments
The Dark Horse Brewing Company teamed with the Patriot Solar Group, The Green Brewery Project, and Contractors Building Supply to create a 40-kilowatt, 140-panel system to generate solar energy not just to power the building but also the local grid. The brew company actually gets paid for the excess solar energy it sends to the local utility.
How to Think Like an Engineer
Blog 
10/8/2014  31 comments
Most engineers spend a lot of time thinking about how to solve design problems, but not much time thinking about how we think. Using analogies can help you come up with more, and possibly better, design ideas.
Top 20 US Graduate Engineering Programs
Blog 
10/7/2014  8 comments
As promised when we listed the top undergraduate engineering schools, here are the top 20 US engineering schools based on their graduate programs. We looked at a number of rankings and created an overall list based on an average.
Is Your Star Rising?
Blog 
10/7/2014  1 comment
Help Design News recognize engineers who are ahead of the trends and making big moves in the design engineering community. Nominate a Rising Engineering Star today.
Will IBM's Solar Concentrator Be More Affordable?
Engineering Materials 
10/6/2014  14 comments
IBM's "sunflower" solar concentrator converts 80% of the sun's radiation into useful energy.
The Job Market: Robots vs. Humans
Engineering Materials 
10/3/2014  6 comments
Some studies say that robots take away certain jobs from humans, but give us others in return. So far that's worked in the past, but things may be changing.
12 Tech Acquisitions That Made You Say, 'Huh?'
Blog 
10/2/2014  20 comments
Check out these strange technology acquisitions. Many of these mergers became burdens the companies couldn't bear.
Flexible Solar Cell Can Be Woven Into Energy-Harvesting Fabric
Blog 
10/2/2014  1 comment
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
Chew On This: Chin Strap Harvests Energy
Blog 
10/1/2014  19 comments
Researchers in Canada have developed a chin strap that harvests energy from chewing and can potentially power a digital earplug that can provide both protection and communication capabilities.
6 Reasons to Go For the Golden Mousetrap
Blog 
10/1/2014  2 comments
In case you haven't heard, the deadline to enter the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards is coming up fast – Oct. 28! Have you entered yet?
Conference Supports & Highlights Women in Engineering
STEM Connection 
9/29/2014  26 comments
About 7,000 female engineers and organizations interested in fostering diversity are expected to attend the Society of Women Engineers conference Oct. 23-25 in Los Angeles.
Recycled Tires Find New Use in Car Batteries
Blog 
9/26/2014  10 comments
A team out of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is using materials from old tires to design new car batteries.
MAVEN Arrives at Mars
Engineering Materials 
9/25/2014  17 comments
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has entered Mars' atmosphere, carrying instruments to help Earthlings figure out what happened to it. Launched last November, the spacecraft arrived at the red planet right on time after a journey of 442 million miles.
EV Makers Await More Battery Innovation
Automotive News 
9/25/2014  47 comments
Electric vehicle batteries are progressing rapidly, but there’s still no sign on the horizon that the technology is going to revolutionize the auto industry anytime soon, experts said at The Battery Show in Detroit last week.
Cigarette Butts Recycled Into Powerful Energy-Storage Material
Blog 
9/22/2014  14 comments
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
Report: World Solar Demand Will Grow 75%
Engineering Materials 
9/15/2014  35 comments
The demand for solar energy around the world will grow a total of 75% by 2019, according to a new report by Lux Research. Trade disputes and policy changes, though, will complicate the picture.
Researchers Develop Transparent Solar Coating for Windows, Phones
Blog 
9/9/2014  5 comments
Researchers in Michigan have developed a transparent solar-energy-harvesting material for windows and other glass surfaces.
CO2-Based Plastic Nears Production
Engineering Materials 
9/8/2014  7 comments
Bayer MaterialScience is using CO2 to produce a precursor for high-quality polyurethane foam at its pilot plant in Leverkusen. The transition to full-scale manufacturing is expected in 2016.
Do You Want Your Own Portable Wind Turbine?
Blog 
9/5/2014  26 comments
Omni3D, a Polish 3D printing and manufacturing startup, has created AirEnergy 3D, a portable wind turbine that can generate up to 300W of electrical power.
California's Historic Plastic Bag Ban: It's a Good Thing
Engineering Materials 
9/5/2014  45 comments
Plastic bags can become useful as either raw materials for plastics or feedstock for fuel. It's when they're not recycled that they become a major problem. That's what California's bag ban will prevent.
What Mechanical Engineers Need to Know
Blog 
9/3/2014  6 comments
J. Robert Sims, president of ASME, explains the importance of mechanical engineering to technological advances in manufacturing, old energy, and new energy.
Video: Temporary Tats Harvest Energy from Sweat
Blog 
8/29/2014  21 comments
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
Update: Converting Plastics to Energy Could Boost US Reserves
Engineering Materials 
8/27/2014  25 comments
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
Gull Wings Can Power Buildings
Blog 
8/22/2014  12 comments
Festo is developing small wind turbines for generating power to buildings. The model for the mini wind devices is the seagull wing.
Slideshow: Jewelry Harvests Energy in the Blink of an Eye
Blog 
8/20/2014  35 comments
An Israeli design student has created a series of unique pieces of jewelry that can harvest energy from default movements of the body and even use human blood as a way to conduct energy.
System Stores Energy for the Grid – Using Gravel
Blog 
8/8/2014  39 comments
British scientists have found a way to use gravel to store collected energy from renewable sources reliably and efficiently.
Good News & Bad News About Ocean Plastics
Engineering Materials 
7/28/2014  22 comments
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
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