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.
University of Southampton researchers have come up with a way to 3D print transparent optical fibers like those used in fiber-optic telecommunications cables, potentially boosting frequency and reducing loss.
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