Motor Trend magazine and the California International Auto Show have announced that the theme for their sixth-annual International Design Contest is "Brand it Your Way." The contest challenges participants to create a design for a car, truck, or SUV using the concept of an existing brand (for example, how would a car look if it had the elegance of a Rolex?). The deadline for entries is September 13 and the judging will take place on October 27. Awards include a trip to Anaheim, CA for the final round of judging, as well as cash prizes. Register through August 20 at http://rbi.ims.ca/3851-546.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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