Here’s a summer project that can help you stretch your 3-D design skills and have some fun at the same time. Check out the Design It: Shelter Competition, a global competition sponsored by Google and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to promote widespread use of 3-D design.
The summer-long competition challenges people to design a simple shelter in 3D with Google SketchUp, give it a geographic location using Google Earth and share it by uploading the design to the Google 3-D Warehouse. Once the shelter design is uploaded, participants submit an official entry on the Guggenheim website and within a couple of days, they will be able to see their work along with others, using the Google Earth Plug-in on the Guggenheim Museum’s website.
Competition winners will be announced on October 21, 2009, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the museum. Winners will receive airfare and two night’s accommodation for two in New York, along with a bunch of other goodies.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
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