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.
Everyone has had the experience of trying to scrape the last of the peanut butter or mayonnaise from the bottom of a glass jar without getting your hand sticky. Inventor Ron Jidmar thinks he has a solution to all of that nonsense with a flexible jar design that can be squeezed with one hand to lift contents from the bottom to the top of a jar or container, leaving the other hand free to scoop the contents out cleanly.
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