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Researchers Develop Test for Designing Faster-Charging Lithium-Ion Batteries

Publish Date: December 27, 2017
While much battery research of late has focused on finding alternative chemistries for lithium-ion batteries, other research is focused on making improvements to the current standard for energy storage so these type of devices perform better.

Battery Market Goes Bigger and Better in 2018

Publish Date: December 26, 2017
Advances in battery technology, primarily through the application of lithium-ion battery chemistries, has made a mark in several distinct market segments, namely: Portable electronics (cell phones and tablets) Military and telecommunications Medical technology Electric and hybrid vehicles Utility and renewable energy support   This table indicates the present demand and a dramatic increase forecasted for battery power (in gigawatt-hours, GWh) for the transportation, consumer electronic, and stationary segments.  

Could Your Car Run on Beer? Researchers Show It Might Be Possible

Publish Date: December 26, 2017
For many people, beer has been used as fuel for drunken adventures--or misadventures, as the case may be. However, scientists have found that this type of alcoholic beverage can be used for another type of fuel altogether—as an alternative to diesel or gasoline.

Cobots, Salaries, Bad Cars, and More: 12 Top Slideshows from 2017

Publish Date: December 25, 2017
Is it information on cobots you crave? Perhaps you’re looking for proof that the new car in your driveway was a good choice? Or maybe you simply want to know more about Steve Wozniak and other stellar engineers?   Take a break and enjoy these popular 12 slideshows from Design News in 2017.  

Cybersecurity Dangers Will Spike in 2018

Publish Date: December 22, 2017
In 2018, we’re likely to see hackers build on the success of brutal attacks such as WannaCry ransomware. On the defense side, companies are beginning to take a holistic approach to security. With corporate leadership increasingly backing efforts to bolster security protections, companies are committing to security as continuous improvement.

Energy Harvester Specifically for Nano-Devices Developed

Publish Date: December 22, 2017
Researchers have developed one of the first nano-scale energy harvesters specifically designed to serve the needs of nano-scale technology such as sensors and medical devices.

The Digitized Plant Will Go Mainstream in 2018

Publish Date: December 21, 2017
When it comes to advanced technology such as internet connectivity, predictive maintenance, or big-data analytics, one often heard comment is, “This technology isn’t really new. Companies have been doing this for years.” Much of that is true. But the companies that have been deploying smart manufacturing tools years have been the biggest manufacturers: GE, Boing, the Automakers. Smaller companies haven’t been able to afford it.

Micro-Scale Solar Cell Promises Power for Sensors in Energy-Starved Areas

Publish Date: December 21, 2017
When people think of solar cells, they mostly imagine large panels placed in installations on hillsides or in fields. However, researchers have been building smaller and smaller solar cells to power individual devices, allowing for mobile, battery-free power from a renewable source of energy.

Autonomous Cars Will Move to Level 4 in 2018

Publish Date: December 20, 2017
On the strength of better sensors and software, automakers will speed the development of self-driving vehicle technology in 2018, reaching milestones that experts hadn’t anticipated so soon. “We’ll see more SAE Level 4 vehicles in testing and pilot programs next year,” Sam Abuelsamid, senior analyst for Navigant Research, told Design News. “We didn’t foresee this happening, even as recently as a year ago.”

Graphene Used to Enhance Strength, Durability of Spider Silk for Designing Better Composites

Publish Date: December 20, 2017
Researchers have found yet another use for the versatile material graphene, this time to bolster the strength and other properties of spider’s silk for potential use in the development of better composite materials. A team led by researchers at the University of Trento, Italy, found that incorporating graphene and carbon nanotubes—or rolled up graphene sheets—into natural spider’s silk enhanced its strength up to three times and its toughness up to 10 times.