Researchers at Georgia Tech are looking to oxides of the rare earth elements cerium (Ce), terbium (Tb), and praseodymium (Pr) to perhaps jump start use of small-scale hydrogen production systems for powering fuel cells in homes, as well as for automotive applications. Doping with iron atoms allows these oxides to produce hydrogen at lower temperatures (375-700C vs. 800C). For more details, go to http://gtresearchnews.gatech.edu/newsrelease/oxygenpump.htm.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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