Content by Ann R. Thryft
Ann R. Thryft
Member Since: September 6, 2011
Blog Posts: 651
Posts: 6991

posted in March 2012

All (247)          Blogs(18)          Comments(229)         
Biofuels Could Replace Fossil Fuels in the Shipping Sector
3/30/2012  33 comments
A European study concludes that biofuels could provide economically and technically viable alternatives to marine fuels based on fossils.
Comment:Why FRAM? - Ann R. Thryft-3/28/2012
US Faces Off With China Over Rare Earths
Engineering Materials 
3/28/2012  66 comments
The US, the European Union (EU), and Japan have filed a World Trade Organization action against China for restricting the trade of rare earth minerals.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two Relies on Carbon Composites
Engineering Materials 
3/27/2012  18 comments
The first commercial spacecraft, which will begin powered flights this year, reportedly has an all-carbon composite structure.
Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives Dress Wounds
3/26/2012  11 comments
The pressure-sensitive adhesives traditionally used in food applications can also be employed in wound dressings that stick to the skin.
Bioplastics Recycling Options Expand
Engineering Materials 
3/23/2012  17 comments
Although bioplastics are still a small part of the plastic waste stream, some manufacturers are talking to recyclers to develop recycling processes for their products.
Composites Boost Vega Satellite Launcher
3/22/2012  15 comments
The European Space Agency's new Vega satellite launcher incorporates carbon-fiber composites to increase strength while maintaining its small size.
Slideshow: Medical Robots Assist Surgeons, Aid Paraplegics
3/20/2012  22 comments
Robots are helping those who are paralyzed or have leg injuries walk again, and they can fetch and manipulate everyday objects.
Iron Nanospheres Turn Plants Into Plastics
3/20/2012  24 comments
A new type of catalyst made of iron nanoparticles efficiently converts non-food plant waste into the building blocks of plastics, medicines, and paint.
iPhone App Accesses Braze Alloy Data
3/19/2012  10 comments
The Wesgo Metals app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch helps engineers evaluate braze alloys by including the forms in which a given alloy is available, along with that alloy's mechanical properties.
Tiny Camera Sees Nonvisible Spectra
Engineering Materials 
3/16/2012  14 comments
A camera chip combining hyperspectral sensing with a machine-vision-grade image sensor will help incorporate spectroscopy into industrial vision applications.
Robot Aids Military With 3D Maps
3/15/2012  23 comments
Robots will autonomously navigate a constantly changing environment by making three-dimensional maps that they continuously update.
Bioplastics Become Cost Competitive
3/14/2012  13 comments
Renewably sourced engineering-grade plastics are getting stronger, more durable, and more plentiful.
Composites Strengthen Wind Turbine Blades
3/12/2012  27 comments
Bayer MaterialScience introduced biobased polyurethane materials and a new process that may lead to stronger blades and lighter root rings in wind turbines.
Comment:Re: sad - Ann R. Thryft-3/8/2012
Comment:Re: sad - Ann R. Thryft-3/8/2012
Body Armor Inspired by Piranha-Proof Scales
3/8/2012  37 comments
A fish scale architecture impervious to piranha teeth could be imitated to produce composites with a hard ceramic surface for body armor or prosthetic devices.
EPA Finalizes PVC Production Emissions Standard
3/7/2012  19 comments
The EPA's final version of its standards governing emissions from facilities that produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and copolymers is more stringent than previous regulations.
Multifunction Coatings Apply Harsh Environment Protection
3/5/2012  18 comments
As operating conditions get tougher, coatings manufacturers are combining functions to make them more durable.
Tiny Robots Fly in Swarms
Engineering Materials 
3/2/2012  26 comments
Hand-sized quadrotor robot swarms can fly in formation, collectively navigate obstacles, and build structures.
Wearable Fabric Could Power Your iPhone
3/1/2012  30 comments
A lightweight, flexible fabric could use body heat to power devices like iPods or iPhones.

Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Design News previews some of the solutions exhibitors that will be at the huge UBM-organized design, engineering, and manufacturing trade show in Anaheim in February 2016.
The common denominator in just about every electromechanical system is the use of a motor. If sensors will be the eyes and ears of the IoT, motors will be the arms and legs.
The IRB 8700 is aimed at material-handling applications in the automotive, transportation, and other heavy industries.
Governmental policies and mandates in Europe are leading the way in creating low-carbon manufacturing.
Digital healthcare devices and wearable electronic products need to be thoroughly tested, lest they live short, ignominious lives, an expert will tell attendees at UBM’s upcoming Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.
Design News Webinar Series
11/10/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
10/29/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
10/20/2015 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/2/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jul 6 - 10, Building Raspberry Pi Controllers with Python
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7

Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service