Bernard Budiansky, professor emeritus of engineering at Harvard University, has won the ASME Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. ASME, based in Washington, DC, established the medal in 1920 for "eminently distinguished engineering achievement." Budiansky's many accomplishments include a leading role in founding micromechanics, a relatively new branch of solid mechanics. Micromechanics examines the way microstructural features of materials affect the overall mechanical deformation and strength of solid bodies. Budiansky's early work in the field continues to assist physicists, material scientists, and design engineers.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
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.
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