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posted in November 2011
Standard Solar Cofounder Talks Rooftop Panels
Blog 
11/22/2011  24 comments
Standard Solar co-founder Lee Bristol talks about photovoltaic panels and how he started his business.
US Army's Boot-Based Energy Harvester Lightens Soldier's Load
Guest Blogs 
11/21/2011  34 comments
Sustainable power sources are high on the Pentagon’s must-have list of soldier technologies. One promising concept is biomechanical energy harvesting.
Slideshow: BMW Busting Out With All-Electric; Sports Hybrid
Automotive News 
11/15/2011  35 comments
The luxury automaker BMW Group will go green in a big way in the next three years, rolling out purpose-built pure electric and hybrid-electric cars that will make heavy use of carbon fiber materials.
Slideshow: 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Preview
Features 
11/10/2011  14 comments
The 2012 International Consumer Electronics show has innovative designs of interest to mechanical engineers. Check out our CES slideshow.
An Engineer's Alphabet of Thoughts on Design
Blog 
11/8/2011  17 comments
Duke University engineering professor Henry Petroski offers his unique list of technically oriented A to Z definitions.
Electric Vehicles: How Far Have We Come in 100 Years?
Automotive News 
11/8/2011  29 comments
To get a sense of how far the electric car market has come, it's instructive to read "Foreign Trade in Electric Vehicles" on the New York Times Website.
Gadget Freak Jr.: Manned Electric Helicopter
Gadget Freak 
11/4/2011  9 comments
It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's an ultralight helicopter running via DC motors and lithium-ion batteries.
Solyndra Seeds Doubts About Photovoltaic Manufacturability
Guest Blogs 
11/4/2011  18 comments
The real lesson in successive crashes at Solyndra, Beacon Power, and First Solar may be that designers are not keeping issues of practicality and manufacturability paramount.
Catapult Competition Chunks Old Punkins
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/4/2011  5 comments
For the 2011 Punkin' Chunkin' World Championship, Team ETHOS orchestrated a redesign of its catapult using SolidWorks CAD and CAE to optimize materials and improve performance.
Slideshow: Autonomous Vehicles Leave the Driving to... Themselves
Automotive News 
11/3/2011  13 comments
Our gallery spotlights the self-driving cars developed to compete in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) annual Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle race.




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