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February 28, 2011 | Games

Ever wonder what it takes to engineer a city? IBM’s innovative new CityOne Game lets you step into the shoes of an urban planner. Solve real-world†problems related to water, energy and transportation to create a smarter, more sustainable city. 

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February 16, 2011 | Innovations

Ordinary table sugar could be a key ingredient to developing much lighter, faster, cheaper, denser and more robust computer electronics for use on U.S. military aircraft. Though admittedly far in the future, recent results from a program led by chemist and Rice University professor Dr. James Tour demonstrate yet another example of the cutting-edge basic research funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Office of Scientific Research. Tour and his colleagues at Rice have developed a relatively easy and controllable method for making pristine sheets of graphene — the one-atom-thick form of carbon — from regular table sugar and other solid carbon sources.† Learn more…

February 14, 2011 | Student Opportunities

There’s still time to register for the 2011 JETS TEAMS Competition! JETS TEAMS is a national competition where high school students†connect math and science to engineering by solving real-world engineering scenarios.††The 2011 theme is “Smarter Energy, Cleaner Planet” and students will be tasked with devising solutions to†meet†our world’s†growing energy demands.††Learn more…

February 3, 2011 | Uncategorized

Windshields that shed water so effectively that they don’t need wipers. Ship hulls so slippery that they glide through the water more efficiently than ordinary hulls. These are some of the potential applications for graphene, one of the hottest new materials in the field of nanotechnology, raised by the research of James Dickerson, assistant professor of physics at Vanderbilt University. Explore more on TryNano.org and try out TryEngineering.org’s lesson on Nano Waterproofing.

February 3, 2011 | Innovations

Villanova University mechanical engineering professor Dr. Hashem Ashrafiuon is developing technology with potential application for real-time diagnosis of concussions in athletes. Currently used to study PTSD in military personnel, application to athletics would involve equipping players’ helmets with a chip to store baseline brain activity data and sensors to detect anomalies during play.  Data would be relayed to computers on the sidelines so coaches could pull injured athletes to receive medical attention and prevent further exacerbation of injuries.


January 26, 2011 | Innovations

Imagine a hole so small that air can’t go through it, or a hole so small it can trap a single wavelength of light. Nanotech Security Corp., with the help of Simon Fraser University (SFU) researchers, is using this type of nanotechnology — 1,500 times thinner than a human hair and first of its kind in the world — to create unique anti-counterfeiting security features. The technology is first being applied to banknotes but it also has many more practical applications, such as authenticating legal documents, retail merchandise, concert tickets, stock certificates, visas, passports, and pharmaceuticals.† Explore more on TryNano.org and try out TryEngineering.org’s lesson on Biomimicry in Engineering.

January 18, 2011 | Innovations

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January 10, 2011 | Innovations


A potentially ‘green’ energy storage device which will help to power electric transport was recently launched by The University of Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus (UNMC). The new ‘supercapacitors’ are electrochemical storage devices with high power density. It is hoped that the new supercapacitor will extend and maximize the life of the batteries to help conserve the natural environment and global energy resources.  Learn more and try out TryEngineering.org’s Solar Racing Game.

January 4, 2011 | Innovations

Engineering researchers at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering are in the process of developing an all-terrain electric wheelchair. The wheelchair, anticipated to be available to consumers in the next five years, applies technology used in military robotic vehicles. This new assistive technology has the potential to improve the mobility and independence of disabled persons who rely on electric wheelchairs. Learn more…

December 28, 2010 | Innovations

Solar water disinfection, also known as SODIS is the process by which drinking water is disinfected in plastic bottles by the sun.  Although a simple, inexpensive and effective process, the major drawback to this method is that it is difficult to know when the disinfection process is complete. Engineering students from the University of Washington have designed a device costing only about $3.40 that indicates when water disinfected through SODIS is safe to drink.  Learn more…


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