What kind of thinking do you do when you design products? An exhibition that opens this month in Washington attempts to answer the question. Called "Breaking Through: The Creative Engineer," the exhibition features case studies of modern engineering innovation. Arrays of interactive displays for all ages are designed to help tell the stories. The exhibition opens at the National Building Museum during National Engineers Week, February 22 to 28, and continues through November 8, 1998. A coalition of major engineering societies and American firms support the exhibition. Admission is free. For details, including show hours, check the museum Web site at http://www.nbm.org or phone (202) 272-2448.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
Green energy is being billed as a way to make communities that are energy deprived more self-sustaining. So it makes sense to use natural materials to create devices that harvest this type of energy. That’s the idea behind a hybrid wind/solar energy harvester made of bamboo that’s been developed by UVM researchers.
Anyone who’s ever moved files from a hard drive to a computer has sat patiently waiting for the transfer to complete. But what if this process could be done wirelessly, without having to connect devices with cables, and in seconds?
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