The 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards were presented last week at a live ceremony, held in conjunction with the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show, in Anaheim, Calif.
Click on the image below to meet some of the winners and to see scenes from the cocktail reception that preceded the ceremony.
Punya Prakash, a Texas Instruments engineer and the recipient of Design News's first Rising Engineering Star Award, is seen here with Larry Johannes (left) of Mouser Electronics, a sponsor of the award; and Design News Brand Director Rich Nass. Prakash is a vibrant, engaging speaker, and her speech was a highlight of the evening. (Photo: Chuck Murray/Design News)
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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