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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  19 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  46 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  30 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  7 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  15 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  20 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
Captain Hybrid 
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  23 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.
10 of the World's Smartest Cities
Blog 
7/21/2014  29 comments
Major global metropolitan areas are implementing a vast number of technology, energy, transportation, and Internet projects to make the metropolis a friendlier, greener, safer, and more sustainable place to be.
Video: Teen Invents iPhone-Charging Insole
STEM Connection 
7/14/2014  10 comments
Angelo Casimiro, a 15-year-old living in the Philippines, has designed an insole that uses two pairs of piezoelectric discs that produce electricity when they bend inward. When a person steps down on the discs in the insole, they produce electricity. He used two sets of discs to produce double the amount of electricity that one set would allow.
Slideshow: 2014 Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Captain Hybrid 
7/8/2014  24 comments
From plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles to CNG trucks and hydrogen-powered cars, we offer a peek at the growing category of alternative fuel vehicles.
10 Engineering-Friendly Foods
Blog 
7/3/2014  38 comments
Normally it’s chefs who find inspiration in food. But a number of clever engineers and inventors are doing the same these days, developing new materials, biofuels, ways to harvest energy, and other inventions by using common foods and food waste to create the foundation or impetus for their designs.
Ultracapacitors Can Provide the Necessary Charge for Remote Power
Features 
7/3/2014  9 comments
Similar to a standard capacitor, an ultracap can save the day in many applications.
10 Views of Big Data
Blog 
6/25/2014  20 comments
Big data will change they way we design things, the way we do business, and the way we live.
Zero-Net Energy Buildings Are Game Changers in Green Engineering
Guest Blogs 
6/25/2014  8 comments
The use of ZNE technology buildings not only reduces cost and creates renewable energy, but it can give a boost to the economy. The implementation and execution will require a workforce, which means the result can be increased employment.
Hyundai Hits the Road With Fuel Cell Car
Captain Hybrid 
6/18/2014  11 comments
Hyundai Motor America took a small step into the futuristic world of fuel cells last week, handing over the keys to the first customer of its hydrogen-powered car.
Giant Flow Battery Connects Solar to the Grid
Blog 
6/9/2014  16 comments
A number of companies and researchers are working on storing energy from renewable sources so it can be reused on a grand scale and connected to the traditional power grid. EnerVault is the latest company to develop a viable solution.
Slideshow: Airbus Launches All-Composite, All-Electric Plane
Engineering Materials 
5/27/2014  79 comments
Airbus Group's all-electric, all-composite training aircraft took its first public flight last month during the company's E-Aircraft Day in Bordeaux, France. The experimental aircraft was designed and built as a technology demonstrator for small planes used to train pilots.
BMW Unveils Solar-Energy Harvesting Carport
Blog 
5/21/2014  26 comments
BMW and Solarwatt have unveiled the Solarwatt Carport System, which includes a rooftop and a micro-generation system for households in addition to generating solar energy to charge the vehicles.
Congress Is Working on an Energy Bill… Again
Guest Blogs 
5/14/2014  6 comments
Congress is once again working on the bi-partisan Shaheen-Portman bill that will bring forth many energy efficiency measures to add as many as 190,000 jobs and save as much as 12 quads of energy by 2030.
Would You Pay $30K for an Electric Car?
Captain Hybrid 
5/12/2014  103 comments
Even if automakers cut the cost of the electric vehicle battery and reach the $30,000 target, big sales are hardly a foregone conclusion. There's still no guarantee that large percentages of mainstream buyers will bite.
Lithium Chemistries Head List of Next-Gen EV Batteries
Captain Hybrid 
5/9/2014  4 comments
New battery chemistries will reach the electric-car market over the next decade, but to be successful the new generation of products will need to have drop-in manufacturing capability.
Can Tesla's $5 Billion Bet Pay Off?
Captain Hybrid 
5/7/2014  37 comments
Whether or not the much-publicized “Gigafactory” is successful, Elon Musk’s grand vision of a gargantuan battery plant may turn out to be one of the most ambitious manufacturing efforts in American business history.
This Is Not Your Father’s Plant
Blog 
5/6/2014  6 comments
A revolution of technology has completely revamped the plant; a new generation of engineers is taking automation and control into the future.
Wind Power Is Getting Big
Blog 
4/30/2014  31 comments
National Instruments is helping Clemson University test a 15 MW wind turbine, the largest for the wind industry.
Video: Glass-Paved Roads Provide Solar Power
Blog 
4/30/2014  28 comments
Scott and Julie Brusaw are the inventors of Solar Roadways, a project to develop solar panels durable enough to be driven on so they can replace asphalt or concrete surfaces of parking lots and roadways.
Solar Impulse 2 Flies New Materials
Engineering Materials 
4/24/2014  26 comments
Solar Impulse 2 -- a 100% solar-powered airplane -- has been completed. It features several advanced materials, some developed specifically for next year's attempted around-the-world flight.
GE, PowerStream Team Up on Microgrid to Showcase Renewables
Blog 
4/17/2014  2 comments
PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
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