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Why Are Plastic Film Capacitors Making a Comeback?
Blog 
8/20/2015  8 comments
After years of sluggishness, trends are pointing toward growth in the plastic film capacitors market.
Demand Surges for Conductive Compounds, and a Company Sees Growth
Blog 
6/25/2015  Post a comment
ElectriPlast Corp. spent a decade developing conductive polymer compounds. The work is paying off as demand grows and engineers consider the compounds’ benefits in design, performance, and weight reduction.
The Best of Sensors Expo 2015: 14 Award-Winning Technologies
Blog 
6/12/2015  Post a comment
Meet the 14 award-winning sensor innovations and applications from Sensors Expo 2015.
Biomimicry Hits the Mainstream
Blog 
5/5/2015  2 comments
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
Researchers Take Algae From Pollution to Biofuel
News 
5/4/2015  17 comments
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
TI's New SoC Replaces FPGAs in Data Acquisition Apps
Product News 
4/23/2015  Post a comment
If Texas Instruments has its way, developers of high-speed data acquisition systems may soon be able to eliminate field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) from their products.
Software Is Using Biomimicry to Optimize Part Design
Blog 
4/8/2015  3 comments
As additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, becomes more and more sophisticated and capable of direct production in some applications, a class of software is emerging that exploits the capability of AM technology to produce objects in a highly freeform manner.
XPRIZE's Latest Challenge to Innovators is to Save the Ocean
Blog 
3/16/2015  4 comments
Speaking at SXSW 2015, XPRIZE's Paul Bunje laid out the foundation's latest challenge -- using technology to solve the problems plaguing our oceans.
Proto Labs Offers Fast-Turn Optical Silicone
Engineering Materials 
3/16/2015  Post a comment
Proto Labs is now offering an optical liquid silicone rubber (LSR) quick-turn molding service using Dow Corning's LSR material. Optical LSR is a transparent, flexible thermoset material that's replacing glass in many optical applications, especially lighting.
Biomimicry Center Emulates Nature to Solve Design Challenges
Blog 
3/11/2015  3 comments
Arizona State University has become one of a handful of research institutions to open a center devoted entirely to biomimicry, which some researchers believe is the way forward for sustainable design across numerous research disciplines.
Not Even Air-Gapped Computers are Secure
Blog 
3/2/2015  20 comments
Kaspersky Labs indicated at its February meeting that cyber attacks are far more sophisticated than previous thought. It turns out even air-gapping (disconnecting computers from the Internet to protect against cyber intrusion) isn’t a foolproof way to avoid getting hacked. And Kaspersky implied the NSA is the smartest attacker.
Hot Technology from Pacific Design & Manufacturing
Blog 
2/13/2015  Post a comment
Here's a collection of new products that were featured at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim this week.
Emerging Objects is 3D Printing with Unusual Materials
Blog 
2/12/2015  14 comments
Salt, ceramic, sand, even chocolate are just a few of the materials Emerging Objects uses to print large structures.
CES 2015: Jamstik – the Guitar for iOS
Blog 
1/7/2015  Post a comment
Remember when Guitar Hero used to be a thing? No? Well, that might be because you fancy yourself a real musician. But for those who want something in between the completely simulated and completely authentic guitar experience, there’s Jamstik, ¬a MIDI guitar controller designed to interface with the iPad, iPhone, and Mac.
Would You Let Your Kids Play With Atomic Energy?
STEM Connection 
11/10/2014  27 comments
In the early 1950s, the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab offered young people the opportunity to watch radioactive decay with a spinthariscope, measure the radioactivity of uranium ore with an electroscope, watch the tracks formed by alpha particles in a cloud chamber, and even prospect for uranium using a Geiger counter. Yikes!
Do You Want Your Own Portable Wind Turbine?
Blog 
9/5/2014  26 comments
Omni3D, a Polish 3D printing and manufacturing startup, has created AirEnergy 3D, a portable wind turbine that can generate up to 300W of electrical power.
System Stores Energy for the Grid – Using Gravel
Blog 
8/8/2014  39 comments
British scientists have found a way to use gravel to store collected energy from renewable sources reliably and efficiently.
Solar A/C Wins Support From EPA
Blog 
7/1/2014  10 comments
Mechanical engineering students and faculty at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have won two grants from the EPA -- $15,000 last year and $89,996 this year -- to work on a 300W solar cooling prototype that captures the sun’s heat with a parabolic mirrored trough and a line-focus high-temperature concentrating collector.
Web Tool Simplifies Design of Circuit Protection
Product News 
4/25/2014  9 comments
A new web-based software tool aims to give engineers a fast, intuitive way to design circuit-protection systems for their electronic products.
Slideshow: Helicopter Drones Are Everywhere
Blog 
3/11/2014  37 comments
Drone helicopters are getting used widely these days, from military deployment, to police crime scenes photography, to search and rescue.
Building a Drone Whirly Bird: Copter Mechanics
Blog 
3/5/2014  10 comments
The mechanical design of a helicopter drone involves attention to weight, strength, and vibration.
Slideshow: Nautical Robots Ride Out the Storm
Blog 
1/2/2014  40 comments
Our latest crop of nautical robots are a talented lot. They include a new and growing category of recreational, as well as professional, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and some that look like or emulate the movements of fish, turtles, or octopus.
H-Bridge: Black Box or Are Details Important?
Guest Blogs 
12/23/2013  23 comments
What goes on inside an H-bridge is critical to know for system performance.
Simulink Offers Easy, Graphical Programming for Raspberry Pi & Arduino
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/5/2013  4 comments
At the Open Hardware Summit, we saw that MathWorks' Simulink allows you to debug your model (embedded software) before deploying it onto hardware.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution Is Here
Blog 
8/8/2013  28 comments
The fourth industrial revolution began a few short years ago, according to a keynote address by Dr. James Truchard of National Instruments, during NIWeek in Austin, Texas.
Update: Corning's Paper-Thin, Flexible Glass
Engineering Materials 
8/1/2013  11 comments
Corning's super-thin, 100-micron Willow Glass can be adapted to high-volume, low-cost, roll-to-roll manufacturing processes not previously possible with glass. Corning is helping customers retrofit or build new lines to integrate the material into manufacturing.
YEI Technology Unveils Micro USB 3-Space Module
Blog 
7/16/2013  9 comments
YEI Technology releases Micro USB 3-Space Module, the smallest 3D position sensor in its line of products.
GapSense Allows Communication Between WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee Devices
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/12/2013  4 comments
GapSense, a wireless network management software, will alleviate airway traffic jams caused by multiple-protocol devices operating in the same vicinity.


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