News : Transportation
Replacing Camshafts with Valves Paves Way for Cheaper, Greener Engines
By replacing the cam, a new valve technology may lead to more affordable — and more environmentally friendly — engines.
News : Photonics/Optics
How to Charge a Smartphone – Using Lasers

If you forgot your charger today, engineers from the University of Washington have a solution for you — and it’s lasers.

News : Materials
Initially Moon-Bound, A New Demolition Probe Breaks Ground on Earth

An electrically-driven demolition probe originally funded by NASA enables a more precise, quieter fracturing method that its creators hope will give construction workers on...

News : Energy
NASA Turns to Students for ‘Big Ideas’ on Mars Exploration
NASA challenged university students to create a deployable solar array for the Martian surface. See which "Big Ideas" impressed Bob Hodson, a leader of the space agency's Game...
Blog : Propulsion
Will Electric Vehicles Surpass Combustion Engine Vehicles?
Is the future electric? A reader asks an expert from Mercedes-Benz.
News : Energy
A Semiconductor Breakthrough: Carbon Nanotubes Boost Thermoelectric Performance

In a report published in October, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used single-walled carbon...

News : Energy
Advanced Engine Cooling: Inventors Go Under the Hood to Give Old Trucks a Boost

What happens when you replace a truck’s fan assembly with an electric fan system? You increase horsepower, reduce under-hood temperature, and become a winner...

News : Energy
Researchers See a Bright Future for ‘See-Through’ Solar Cells

Michigan State University researchers say a new transparent solar panel technology is right outside your door. Or more precisely: inside your window. The completely clear...

News : Energy
Creating the Future: A Conformal Battery Takes Shape – Any Shape

Electronics design is often limited by the shape of the battery – a critical, but frequently uncompromising product component. A new kind of battery conforms to meet the...

News : Energy
This Year’s ‘Create the Future’ Contest Winner: A Highlight in Carbon-Dioxide Conversion

Developers of a “HI-Light” chemical reactor were awarded top honors in this year’s "Create the Future" Design Contest. The...

News : Energy
A Piezoelectric Highway? Engineers Take Another Test Drive

Researchers from Lancaster University are looking to pave the next generation of smart road surfaces — with piezoelectric ceramics. When embedded in road surfaces, the tiles...

News : Energy
Nanotube Yarns Generate Electricity When Stretched

Scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas and South Korea’s Hanyang University have developed tiny, high-tech yarns that generate electricity when stretched or twisted. The...

News : Semiconductors & ICs
Perspiration Power: Biofuel Cell Reacts to Sweat

Engineers from the University of California – San Diego have developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from an often-unpleasant source: sweat. The flexible UCSD-developed devices...

News : Energy
Researcher Sees the Power of Solar Glasses

New eyeglasses from Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology generate solar power. Featuring semitransparent organic solar cells, the eyewear powers a microprocessor and two small displays...

News : Semiconductors & ICs
Future Fashion Statement? New Material Generates Power from Human Motion

Vanderbilt University researchers developed an ultra-thin system that can harvest energy from the slightest of human motions — even sitting. Made from materials five...

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