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.
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.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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