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Design News Honors Winning Products and Companies at the 2018 Golden Mousetrap Awards

February 7, 2018

The editors of Design News, during a live ceremony held earlier tonight at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif., announced the winners of the 2018 annual Golden Mousetrap Awards, the

Folding, Micron-Sized Machines from Graphene and Glass Developed by Cornell Researchers

February 6, 2018

The idea of microscale robots such as single-atom transistors is not brand new, but previous designs were not able to move or change in response to environmental stimulus, which limited their applications. Researchers from Cornell University have combined nanorobotics with single-atom thick graphene and the Japanese art of origami to building something very new: imagine a computer more powerful than the spacecraft Voyager that fits within a single cell because it’s capable of folding itself into different shapes.

New Catalyst Bolsters Artificial-Photosynthesis System for Clean-Fuel Development

February 6, 2018

An artificial way to convert carbon dioxide into energy—also known as artificial synthesis—is a key goal for energy researchers trying to develop clean and alternative fuels.

Now researchers at the University of Toronto are a step closer to developing a complete artificial photosynthesis system with a new catalyst that solves a key problem they’ve encountered in their work to build that system.

Chipmakers Discuss a Future After Meltdown and Spectre

February 5, 2018

At a recent panel at DesignCon 2018, “Continued Innovation in a World Challenged by the Slowing of Moore's Law,” a group of engineers from Intel, AMD, and ARM weighed in on the impact of Meltdown and Spectre chip hardware bugs and how they could impact the chip industry going forward.

Cold-Resistant Lithium-Ion Battery Developed Functions at Minus-40 Degrees

February 5, 2018

Like many humans, lithium-ion batteries typically don’t like the cold, which means they don’t perform well at freezing temperatures.

Now researchers in China may have solved this problem by developing a new lithium-ion battery system that can endure unprecedented temperatures even as low as minus-40 degrees Fahrenheit giving it potential for use as an EV battery that doesn’t succumb to cold weather.

Stratasys Mimics Real Organs With 3D-Printed Models

February 2, 2018

Medical researchers are always looking for better, more efficient ways to train surgeons and clinicians beyond using human cadavers and real human organs. While some companies are looking at virtual reality and simulation as a solution, others are tackling the challenge of creating more realistic physical models for clinicians to work with.