London—May 1st was the kickoff here of the Around the World in 80 Days motoring challenge, which sees about 40 classic cars vying along a 17,000-mile route over mountains and across deserts in some of the world's most remote areas.
Surf'll be up in Uzbekistan for this 1949 Buick Super 'Woody' Wagon, one of the American entries in the new-millenium-celebrating 'Great Race.'
The course runs through Europe, into Turkey, then across former Soviet republics, and into China along the fabled Silk Road. From Beijing the contestants will be airlifted to Anchorage for travels across the Yukon, Klondike, and then into Newark, NJ. From there, another airlift brings the 21st Century Phileas Foggs to Casablanca for a final leg across Spain and France, and back into London on July 18.
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.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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