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Auto Giant Goes Off-Roading With Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Automotive News 
10/21/2016  Post a comment
General Motors is putting an off-road twist on hydrogen fuel cell technology with an imposing new pickup demonstrator called the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2.
Molten Silicon Offers Unprecedented Solar Energy Storage
10/14/2016  13 comments
The most abundant element in the Earth's crust can store up to 10 times more solar energy than existing solutions, and is uniquely suited for urban areas.
'Edible' Electronics Can Be Powered by Melanin
10/7/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered that melanin is a viable basis for bio-batteries to power a new class of edible medical devices.
‘Typhoon Turbine’ Unbreakable in Japan’s Powerful Storms
10/6/2016  3 comments
A Japanese researcher has built a wind turbine he claims can withstand even the strongest typhoons to harvest the powerful potential for wind energy
Greener Solar Cell Developed Using Common Food Additive
10/5/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have developed a plastic solar cell that replaces toxic halogen solvents with a common food additive to create a more environmentally friendly cell
Did You Attend One of the Top 20 US Engineering Schools?
10/4/2016  8 comments
This list of top engineering schools combines a wide range of criteria that make up a quality engineering program.
Bubble Wrap, Sponge Work Together to Clean Your Water
10/4/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at MIT have designed a bubble-wrapped sponge that uses sunlight to boil water and create steam for potential use in water treatment/desalination.
Electric Powertrains Light Up Paris Motor Show
Automotive News 
10/3/2016  6 comments
Electric powertrains are stealing the spotlight, as automakers showcase their best and brightest battery-powered vehicles, during the Paris Motor Show, Oct. 1-16.
Device Turns Body Heat Into Energy to Power Wearables
10/3/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity for use in wearable electronics.
What's Happening to Range Anxiety? New EVs Offer More Miles
Automotive News 
9/28/2016  37 comments
The term “range anxiety” began fading into the rear view mirror recently, as major automakers made announcements about longer-range, battery-powered cars.
DoE Creates Thermal Storage System for Nighttime Solar Use
9/28/2016  2 comments
The Department of Energy has developed a new thermal-energy storage system for solar energy so it can be used at night.
Fabric Harvests Solar, Motion Energy to Power Wearables, Textiles
9/27/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed fabric that can simultaneously harvest energy from both sunshine and motion.
The Revitalization of Design & Manufacturing
9/26/2016  Post a comment
Design and manufacturing need each other -- and the engineers behind them. Don’t forget that.
DoE Launches $30M Effort to Develop Solar Modules
9/26/2016  4 comments
The US Department of Energy has unveiled an investment of up to $30 million to accelerate the development of modules and materials to drive down the cost of solar energy.
GM Will Use EV Batteries to Store Renewable Energy
9/23/2016  5 comments
General Motors’ growing commitment to electric cars took a new turn last week, as the giant automaker said it would use EV batteries in the future to help boost its use of renewable energy.
Designer, Chemist Team Up to Develop Fabric with Interwoven Solar Panels
9/23/2016  Post a comment
A fabric designer and chemical engineer have teamed up to design fabric woven with solar panels for the future of wearable, autonomously powered technology.
Food Waste Eyed as Storage for Alternative Energy
9/22/2016  Post a comment
A team at Eindhoven University of Technology has devised a way to combine food waste and nanotechnology for an alternative-energy storage system.
Fish Scales Used to Create Bio-Inspired Energy Harvester for Medtech
9/21/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in India have devised a way to use fish scales to develop a piezoelectric-based energy harvester that could potentially power medical and other small electronic devices.
Do You Have the Classic Traits of a Great Engineer?
9/20/2016  10 comments
Here are the 10 traits of a great engineer. check to see how many of these traits you possess.
SeaCharger Vessel Crosses Pacific Solely on Solar Power
9/16/2016  6 comments
An autonomous seacraft has become the first unmanned surface vehicle to successfully cross the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii solely on solar power.
German Startup Crowdfunds Solar-Powered Car
9/15/2016  19 comments
A German company has crowdfunded a new EV that uses solar power for charging during the day.
7 Things Every Engineering Student Needs to Know
9/13/2016  8 comments
The lesson that every engineering graduate quickly learns after graduating college is that despite being educated for years on engineering theories and practices, they are ill prepared for the real world.
Solar Cell Uses New Materials to Harvest Energy from More of the Spectrum
9/13/2016  Post a comment
A cross-disciplinary team from MIT and the Masdar Institute of Technology have taken a layered-material approach to developing a solar cell that can harvest energy from different parts of the solar spectrum.
Hybrid Solar-Energy Harvester Aims for 50% Efficiency
9/8/2016  3 comments
A research team from Purdue University has created a hybrid system that harvests light and heat from the sun and uses steam to create energy.
Engineering Salaries and Job Prospects Are Growing Slowly
9/7/2016  8 comments
New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows tepid salary and job growth for engineers.
Which Will Capture the Market First -- Autonomous Cars or Electrics?
Automotive News 
9/7/2016  13 comments
Self-driving vehicles, considered little more than a science fiction project a decade ago, are quickly gaining on electric cars as the auto industry’s technology of the future.
15 Engineering Jobs That Top the Pay Scale
8/29/2016  3 comments
Here are some of the top-paying jobs available to engineers as they grow in their careers.
6 Automakers Will Lead the Way to EV Battery Growth
Automotive News 
8/25/2016  12 comments
Six big automakers will carry the electric vehicle (EV) battery market to a five-fold sales increase by 2020, a new study says.
What the Paycheck of a 2016 Engineering Grad Will Look Like
8/24/2016  2 comments
2016 engineering grads can expect to earn an average salary of $65,000 right out of the gate. Petroleum engineers' wallets are much fatter, though -- they are expected to earn about $20K more.
Tesla Sticks to Its Vision as Gigafactory Grows
Automotive News 
8/17/2016  16 comments
Tesla Motors says the construction of its giant Gigafactory is ahead of schedule, despite the electric automaker’s growing financial woes.
The 20 Best Cities for Engineering Jobs
8/16/2016  2 comments
If you are an engineer looking for a new gig, it may be time to move. Forbes and SpareFoot.com both weighed in recently with their top cities in which to secure the best engineering jobs, and they clearly disagree.
Will EPA Relax the 54.5 MPG Mandate?
Automotive News 
8/12/2016  75 comments
A recently released government report has raised the hopes of automakers looking for a break on future fuel economy regulations, despite the warnings of an Environmental Protection Agency official who said the agency is unlikely to back down on its goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025.
Mushrooms Make a Non-Toxic, Next-Gen Building Material
8/12/2016  2 comments
Faced with looming EPA regulations, manufacturers are turning to mycelium, a mushroom-based material, as a new, eco-friendly adhesive.
How Ice Can Help Reduce Global Warming
8/11/2016  27 comments
As the planet gets warmer, the demand for cooling will increase, which will, in turn, most likely add to emissions. This positive feedback loop is a concern to many.
5 Communications Skills Needed to Advance an Engineering Career
8/10/2016  5 comments
While it is not necessarily important for engineers to become great public speakers or authors, it is increasingly important for them to possess effective communication skills. Here’s why.
8 Engineers Who Competed in the Olympics
8/9/2016  7 comments
Take a look at these eight global engineers who have competed in past Olympics or are competing in Rio this month.
Inkjet Printer Produces Decorative Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
8/8/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in Finland have for the first time used an inkjet printer to print a dye-sensitized solar cell, paving the way for the creation of new gadgets, decorative objects, and even photographs that can harvest solar energy.
Novel Solar Cell Uses Sun to Convert Carbon Dioxide Into Burnable Fuel
8/5/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a solar cell that converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel.
Researchers Advance Efforts to Harvest Energy From RF Signals
8/4/2016  4 comments
A team of researchers from The Australian National University has made a breakthrough in efforts to power sensors using energy harvested from signals emitted by television and cellular transmissions, such as those from mobile base stations.
Osmotic Power Using Salt Water Is Newest Form of Alternative Energy
8/3/2016  6 comments
Researchers in Switzerland have devised an osmotic power-generation system using two types of water and a nano-scale membrane.
Team Uncovers Way to Turn Carbon Monoxide Waste Into Biofuel
8/1/2016  Post a comment
Biological engineers at Cornell University have developed a way to make the biofuel ethanol through a fermentation process using carbon monoxide.
Graphene Used in Simple, Cheap Process to Make Dirty Water Potable
7/29/2016  Post a comment
Researchers have found a way to use graphene to cheaply and easily turn dirty water into drinking water.
3D Printing Structural Foams with Multiple Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/29/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology have devised a new method for designing strong, light cellular structures of re-architected metals and plastics with optimized properties.
Research Uncovers Silicon-Air Battery That Runs More than 1,000 Hours
7/28/2016  5 comments
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Electric Airplanes Reach for the Skies
7/27/2016  6 comments
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s recently announced plan to put an electric airplane in the air by 2018 is forward-looking, but hardly unique.
These Engineering & Design Contests Will Bring Out the Competitor in All of Us
7/27/2016  1 comment
Engineers can channel the eye of the tiger and rise to the challenge, with a number of prize or award-giving contests out there to test your metal and intellectual prowess.
Vitamin B-Inspired Molecules Form Basis for Alt-Energy Storage
7/27/2016  Post a comment
Harvard researchers have identified a new class of high-performing organic molecules in the development of redox flow batteries for alternative-energy storage.
Don't Cut That Grass! It Could One Day Power Your Home
7/26/2016  5 comments
Researchers in the United Kingdom have found a sustainable way to derive hydrogen from grass to develop biofuel.
Synthetic Coral Could Remove Toxins from Oceans
7/26/2016  2 comments
Researchers in China have developed a new material that mimics coral that could help remove toxic heavy metals like mercury from the ocean.
Researchers Discover New Potential in Light Harvesting, Optoelectronics
7/25/2016  Post a comment
Engineers in Australia have discovered a mechanism that could allow for the design of new composite materials for light harvesting and optoelectronics.
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