The federal government has launched a program to promote college courses in the design of highly efficient automobiles. The Department of Energy (DOE) is putting up $500,000 this year for the program and proposes $2 million for 1999. Funding is to be matched by participating universities. The program's first goal is to set up a graduate curriculum and fellowship program that will concentrate on the latest automotive technologies. The next phase calls for developing full four-year courses of study at several universities. A DOE official claims the program will "train a new generation of automotive engineering professionals who will be building the super-efficient car of the future."
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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