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Photosynthesis Inspires New Method for Renewable Energy Storage
Blog 
4/20/2016  Post a comment
Researchers in Canada have made a breakthrough in the chemical process of storing energy, paving the way for more viable options for storing alternative energy sources on a larger scale.
Solar Cell Turns Raindrops Into Energy
Blog 
4/19/2016  Post a comment
Chinese engineers have developed a solar panel that can harvest energy not only from the sun but also from raindrops. Researchers in Qingdao, China, achieved this by adding a layer of graphene over a dye-sensitized solar cell to react with compounds in rainwater to produce an electrical charge.
Wind Turbine Uses 3D-Printed Parts to Provide Portable Power
Blog 
4/18/2016  7 comments
A recent PhD in engineering from Canada was inspired by time living in Nicaragua to design a portable wind turbine for regions not served by the power grid
Researchers Turn to Rotten Tomatoes for Biofuel
Blog 
4/11/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has developed a way to turn tomato waste into a new type of biofuel.
Building Your Engineering Team: More Tips on Finding and Retaining Talent
Blog 
4/4/2016  5 comments
We’ve long reported on the fact that there is a shortage of engineers and designers. Here are more ways companies can tap into a talent pipeline.
Wind Turbines Turn to Palm Tree-Like Design for Next-Gen Power
Blog 
4/4/2016  7 comments
The Department of Energy has come up with a new design for gigantic wind-turbine blades (longer than two football fields) for harvesting offshore wind energy.
Tesla Model 3 Drives Green Future
Blog 
4/1/2016  25 comments
With the newly-unveiled Model 3, Tesla isn't just releasing a $35,000 car. It's also betting big on a future where electric vehicles are the norm, and pushing the infrastructure to make it so.
10 More of the Greatest Hoaxes in Engineering History
Blog 
4/1/2016  5 comments
A car that gets 200 miles per gallon? Gold from sea water? Chemtrails? Cloaking spray? Design News celebrates April Fools with a look at a new crop of engineering history's greatest hoaxes, cons, and tricks.
What the Tesla Model 3 Will Mean to the Auto Industry
Automotive News 
3/31/2016  10 comments
Tesla Motors’ $35,000, 200-mile electric car may not revolutionize the auto industry by itself, but it could serve as a starting point for a long, steady climb to a day when half of the world’s vehicles will be plug-ins.
MIT Develops Non-Toxic Alternative to Batteries
Blog 
3/25/2016  2 comments
Researchers at MIT have developed a way to generate portable power to replace batteries that uses heat rather than metals or toxic materials.
Your Next Car Might Be Made With Wood-Based Carbon Fiber
Engineering Materials 
3/15/2016  9 comments
Swedish researchers have created a carbon fiber out of wood and used the lightweight, affordable material to make car roofs and even a battery.
Don't Be Left Seeing 'RED' with EU's New Radio Equipment Directive
Blog 
3/14/2016  2 comments
On June 13, new products must start complying with the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU, which updates what constitutes as radio equipment in the European Union -- and it's not just radios, TVs, and phones anymore.
10 of History's Greatest Women Inventors You Should Know
Blog 
3/10/2016  10 comments
Did you know a Hollywood actress laid the foundation for WiFi? Or that the first computer programmer was a woman? Design News celebrates Women's History Month by honoring some of history's greatest female inventors.
Labs Across the US Open to Students for 'National Week at the Labs'
STEM Connection 
3/10/2016  1 comment
The White House recently hosted National Week at the Labs to open up laboratories all over the US to students to encourage their interest in STEM.
Desert-Inspired Materials Harvest Water From the Air
Blog 
3/9/2016  1 comment
Harvard University researchers have drawn inspiration from desert-dwelling plants and insects to develop materials that can harvest water droplets from thin air.
What's It Like To Be a Female Engineer?
Blog 
3/7/2016  3 comments
According to a new report only 12% of engineers are women and there are way fewer women in computing today than back in 1990. Read on for why that is, plus advice from women engineers in a recent webcast.
Readers Respond to Bernie Sanders' Energy Plan
Blog 
3/2/2016  40 comments
Our recent article on the viability of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ energy plan showed a sharp split in the beliefs of Design News readers.
Engineering Degrees
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3/1/2016  15 comments
Where Do the 2016 Candidates Stand on Technology and Energy?
Blog 
3/1/2016  11 comments
We've created a roundup to help you understand where all the Democratic, Republican, and Third-Party Presidential candidates still running stand on issues related to science, technology, energy, and oil.
Can ‘Moneyball’ Work in Manufacturing and Industry?
Blog 
2/29/2016  2 comments
Sabermetrics has almost replaced traditional scouting in eyeing baseball talent. Now the proliferation of data being promised is expected to change the game in analyzing industrial and manufacturing performance. Are humans still needed?
That Was Then, This Is Now: 4 Ways Engineering Resources Have Changed
Blog 
2/29/2016  3 comments
For engineers, resources of information have changed in significant ways. But here are the four biggest trends to be aware of.
Graphene Composite Coating Can Keep Wings Ice-Free
Engineering Materials 
2/29/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at Rice University have developed a composite coating they say could keep airplane wings free of ice. So far, it's made the ice on a helicopter blade melt, even at -4F. Better yet, the graphene it contains in tiny amounts isn't insanely expensive to produce.
10 Ways for the Design News Community to Celebrate Engineering
Blog 
2/27/2016  2 comments
It’s been a great Engineers Week! And it’s never too early to start preparing for next year. Here are some ways how.
Shout It Out Loud! Engineering Is a Great Profession!
Blog 
2/26/2016  9 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer Nancy Golden writes about her gratitude to engineering and why it's beneficial more than just for one's career.
Born an Engineer, Always an Engineer
Blog 
2/26/2016  3 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week this week, Design News contributing writers have been telling their personal stories of how they got into engineering. Here, Jacob Beningo recalls that right away he knew engineering was his destiny.
Engineers Today Making a Difference for Future Engineers
Blog 
2/25/2016  1 comment
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer Nancy Golden recalls the first time she came across the job title of "engineer."
20 Great Thoughts on Design Engineering
Blog 
2/24/2016  2 comments
No engineering task is more important than design, so for Engineers Week we’ve collected some of the most insightful and unusual thoughts on engineering’s most significant role.
My Journey Into Radio, NASA, and Engineering
Blog 
2/24/2016  2 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, Fred Eady recalls the most important engineering people in his life.
Engineering Humor to Help Get You Through the Work Week
Blog 
2/23/2016  9 comments
In celebration of Engineers Week, let’s take a moment to look at the lighter side of the profession.
What Engineering Has Meant to Me
Blog 
2/23/2016  1 comment
In celebration and support of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this installment, contributing writer RP Siegel reveals his late-blooming relationship with engineering.
Why Engineering Is in My DNA
Blog 
2/22/2016  2 comments
In celebration and support of Engineers Week, Design News invited its engineer contributing writers to tell their personal stories. In this first installment, contributing writer Don Wilcher reveals why writing about and teaching engineering are so important.
Turn the 'TIDE' in Your Understanding of Digital Manufacturing and Industry 4.0
Blog 
2/22/2016  1 comment
The convergence of manufacturing with the front-office, enabled by connectivity, is going to create the Totally Integrated Digital Enterprise, or TIDE. Sensorization at the plant floor and on edge devices in manufacturing is leading to radical changes in industrial automation. How will you deal?
CD-adapco Focuses on ‘Speed’ of Machine Design Iteration Process in New Release
Blog 
2/21/2016  1 comment
The CAE software maker's latest version of the Speed machine design package integrates better with the company's machine analysis tool -- just before being acquired by Siemens.
What Do You Think of Bernie Sanders’ Energy Plan?
Electronics News 
2/18/2016  152 comments
Much has been made of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ promises of subsidized college and health care, but there’s more to his platform than that. His plan for the future of US energy is such a departure from the status quo that it should be of interest to every engineer.
Don't Forget 3 Metrics If You Want to Avoid Unreliable Product Designs
Blog 
2/16/2016  1 comment
To ensure the design of a reliable product, it is imperative that reliability metrics are used early in the design process and continue to be used regularly throughout the product lifecycle.
Readers Tell All: 'Why I Became an Engineer'
Blog 
2/15/2016  4 comments
Recently, we asked our readers to tell us, in detail, why they chose to become an engineer. Here are their stories.
Who Is the Messiest Engineer of All?
Blog 
2/12/2016  18 comments
Back in January we asked our readers to send us photos of their desks and workbenches – and they delivered.
Congress Extends Federal Solar Tax Credit
Blog 
2/12/2016  2 comments
The US Congress has extended an important tax credit for solar energy, a move that’s good news for future investments in this type of alternative energy and for many stakeholders in the solar industry.
The Secret to My Success As An Engineer
Blog 
2/11/2016  7 comments
Valentine’s Day seems like a good time to recognize those folks around us who have had a hand in our success.
Autodesk Adds Thermal Functionalities to Simulation Workspace in Fusion 360
Blog 
2/11/2016  Post a comment
The designer can now analyze temperature distribution in a design, tracking input and output of heat loads, and also turn it into a thermal stress study.
2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards: The Winners!
Blog 
2/10/2016  Post a comment
The winners of the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards were crowned last night during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif.
Video: Two Different Shape-Shifting Polymers Change Shape In Water
News 
2/10/2016  Post a comment
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
This Report Shows How to Tap Into Nature's Principles for Design
Blog 
2/9/2016  2 comments
This consulting firm has put together a report detailing the growing biomimicry design field in the US and around the world, from naturally bacteria-repelling surfaces to keratin-inspired polymers.
12 Best Engineering and Information Tech Jobs
Blog 
2/8/2016  3 comments
Here's a list of engineering and tech jobs ranked by outlook, work environment, stress, and income.
5 Pre-, Post-, and On-Site Activities that Will Boost Your Presence at the Next Industrial Trade Show
Blog 
2/7/2016  Post a comment
Industrial trade shows, like Design News' upcoming Pacific Design & Manufacturing, deserve proper planning in order to truly get the most out of them as marketing tools. Here's how to plan effectively.
What Do Test Engineers Do, and Why Should You Care?
Blog 
2/6/2016  10 comments
Take a peek into the world of a test engineer – and then tell us about yourself! We want to know what part each of our readers plays in the wonderful umbrella known as design engineering.
Report: Solar-Energy Storage Market to Grow to $8 Billion by 2026
Blog 
2/4/2016  1 comment
A recent report from Lux Research is predicting the market for energy storage for solar-energy systems to grow to $8 billion by 2026.
Demystifying Data Logging -- and Why Stepping It Up Has Benefits
Blog 
2/3/2016  8 comments
Data logging, a critical part of test engineering, is often treated as an afterthought, but giving it the following considerations can net big payoffs.
The Argument Against Model-Based Definition
Blog 
2/2/2016  7 comments
2D drawings actually work quite well, and people resist change, despite efforts including those by the world's leading companies to go to model-centric approaches to manufacturing.
Are You Ready and Prepared for IT/OT Talent Migration?
Blog 
2/1/2016  1 comment
We often discuss the equipment and software migrations as part of the move to a smart manufacturing or industrial operations model, but what about talent migration? It's time to stop ignoring this issue.
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