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A cotton T-shirt may one day charge your cellphone

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Two engineers at the University of South Carolina conducted research that showed a modified store-bought T-shirt can act like a supercapacitor and store an electrical charge. “We wear fabric every day,” said Xiaodong Li, a professor of mechanical engineering at the school. “One day our cotton T-shirts could have...
A cotton T-shirt may one day charge your cellphone

Going It Alone: How to Make Your Stuff In China

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Adam Hocherman, 34, is an entrepreneur and founder of the consumer electronics company American Innovative in Boston, MA. Adam founded the company in 2003 with the help of the US Government's SBA loan program and is currently the 100% owner. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an...
Going It Alone: How to Make Your Stuff In China

The portable 3D printer that fits in a briefcase

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A pair of MIT mechanical engineering students has developed the first truly portable 3D printer, which fits neatly into a metal briefcase. PopFab—designed by MIT CADLab's Ilan Moyer and Nadya Peek of MIT's Centre for Bits and Atoms—can impressively be set up in just a few moments. In the...
The portable 3D printer that fits in a briefcase
MIT's 'intelligent co-pilot' helps you avoid obstacles while driving
Class App: Can Smartphones Make Students Pay Attention?

Apple, iPhone 4, and Competition

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I recommend you watch the WWDC 2010 keynote before reading. If you watch the video above, you’ll note that I was generally impressed with the announcements made by Apple. I’ll attempt to go into more detail on this post as to some of the other features and what I think...
Apple, iPhone 4, and Competition
Autonomous, human-sized robot jellyfish could patrol US waters

Obama picks REI exec Sally Jewell as Interior secretary

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Sally Jewell Big news out today in the world of politics with President Barack Obama announcing that he’s chosen former REI Chief Executive Sally Jewell as Interior secretary. In the role, Jewell will oversee the country’s national parks as well as drilling operations on public land. At outdoor retailer REI,...
Obama picks REI exec Sally Jewell as Interior secretary

New York City's energy consumption mapped out

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Ever wonder how much energy your neighbor is using? If that neighbor lives in New York City, it's your lucky day. The entire city has had its power consumption statistically analyzed by Bianca Howard, a PhD student in mechanical engineering at Columbia University, together with Mechanical Engineering Professor Vijay...
New York City's energy consumption mapped out

Rapid extraction: University of Washington researcher develops speedy DNA device

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Associate Professor Jae-Hyun Chung spearheaded the research that streamlines DNA extraction efforts. The concept of extracting and analyzing human DNA is, for most of us, a little out of the knowledge comfort zone. But last week, research at the University of Washington revealed a device that suggested the process doesn’t...
Rapid extraction: University of Washington researcher develops speedy DNA device
Can an $11,111 coffee pot turn out a better cup of joe?

An iPhone Dock Is About to Hit $1 M. on Kickstarter

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The Elevation Dock. Apple fans were largely responsible for the breakout Kickstarter hit that broke the half million dollar mark in only four days, a record at the time. That project, for the twin iPod Nano watches, ended up falling short of a mil ($942,578). But the Elevation Dock for iPhone,...
An iPhone Dock Is About to Hit $1 M. on Kickstarter
Apple-Samsung juror: We felt Samsung wronged Apple after first day of deliberations

GrabCAD Now In 3D, Sets Sights On Being The GitHub For Mechanical Engineers

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Whatever you think of Hollywood’s current preoccupation with all things thee dimensional, in the world of mechanical engineering, 3D is definitely the way to go. But sharing those CAD-generated renders with clients is more often done Old Skool using print screens, drawings or the dreaded powerpoint presentation. That’s a pretty...
GrabCAD Now In 3D, Sets Sights On Being The GitHub For Mechanical Engineers

Going It Alone: How to Make Your Stuff In China

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Adam Hocherman, 34, is an entrepreneur and founder of the consumer electronics company American Innovative in Boston, MA. Adam founded the company in 2003 with the help of the US Government’s SBA loan program and is currently the 100% owner. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an...
Going It Alone: How to Make Your Stuff In China

Robot "Cheetah" May Soon Be Faster Than Actual Cheetah

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Scientists at M.I.T. hope the energy-efficient robot can help save people in emergencies. M.I.T. researchers have developed a robot cheetah that they say may soon be faster than its real-life counterpart. The 70-pound robot can trot for up to 90 minutes at 5 miles per hour with motors that...
Robot "Cheetah" May Soon Be Faster Than Actual Cheetah

Messaging application Line flags sensitive phrases in China

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A mechanical engineering student in Taiwan has found the messaging application called Line warns and stops users in China from sending certain politically sensitive keywords.The application is developed by a Japanese subsidiary of NHN, a South Korean company that makes a variety of applications and offers Web-based services centered...
Messaging application Line flags sensitive phrases in China
Groupon founders choose NYC for Lightbank's second office

Yes, This Dutch Entrepreneur Really Does Want To Put People On Mars By 2023

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Last week we stumbled across the incredible plans for Mars One. In case you missed it, those ambitious plans called for a build a trip to Mars in 2023, with the money for the trip coming from a "global media spectacle" and the explorers chosen in a style that sure...
Yes, This Dutch Entrepreneur Really Does Want To Put People On Mars By 2023

MIT's needleless injections help you get drugs faster, doesn't even hurt (video)

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Afraid of needles? You may not have to be if a team of MIT scientists get their way. Researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are developing a jet-injection device (similar to this one) that allows professionals to pump you full of meds without poking you with a needle....
MIT's needleless injections help you get drugs faster, doesn't even hurt (video)

Students Build 2752 MPG Hypermiling Vehicle

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MikeChino sends along this awe-inspiring excerpt: "Think claims of electric vehicles that get over 200 MPG are impressive? Try this on for size: a group of mechanical engineering students at Cal Poly have developed a vehicle that can get up to 2752.3 MPG — and it doesn't even use batteries....
Students Build 2752 MPG Hypermiling Vehicle
Collegefeed promises to better the college job search -- here's one soon-to-be grad's experience
Scientist invents a cloak of visibility ... against ocean waves?

Valve hires Xbox 360 controller veteran for hardware push

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Barinaga was director of mechanical engineering for Xbox accessories, working on projects including the Xbox 360 controller’s rotational d-pad. (Microsoft photo) It’s not uncommon for video game company Valve to hire Microsoft veterans. Co-founder Gabe Newell himself came from Microsoft. But one of these recent hires seems to underscore how serious...
Valve hires Xbox 360 controller veteran for hardware push
Old fashioned mechanical engineering gives zeptosecond accuracy

Study: Perceived value of "hard" versus "soft" engineering might drive gender pay gap

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Inequality in engineering isn’t just a product of how few women are in the profession: the tasks women perform within engineering are relevant, too. Deep-rooted ideologies also contribute to a gender wage gap, according to a Rice University sociologist. As “first generation” bias — discrimination based on overt factors like...
Study: Perceived value of "hard" versus "soft" engineering might drive gender pay gap
'Lego Axle Sorter' is a mesmerizing miniature feat of mechanical engineering

How-To: Work with Shape-Memory Alloy

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We’re very pleased to have Jie Qi on MAKE for our Advanced Materials month (which has been extended until Feb 6). Her bio is so impressive, I thought I’d post the entire thing: I was born in China and moved to the US when I was 6… Fast forward to...
How-To: Work with Shape-Memory Alloy

First in flight: Maryland professor's robot bird good enough to fool the real thing

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Satyandra Gupta apparently loves birds so much he decided to build one. His skills as a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland probably didn’t hurt in his quest, and this week he announced the Robo Raven is now a reality. The robotic avian can dive and roll...
First in flight: Maryland professor's robot bird good enough to fool the real thing

Waste plastics to composting toilets: UW students win big with 3-D printer concept

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UW students Bethany Weeks, Matt Rogge and Brandon Bowman in London. Photo via the 3D4D Challenge. A group of University of Washington students have won first prize in the 3D4D Challenge, earning $100,000 for a giant 3-D printer device that transforms waste plastics into low-cost, lightweight and energy efficient toilets....
Waste plastics to composting toilets: UW students win big with 3-D printer concept
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