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February 19, 2013
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  • Engineers turn to biomicry for design ideas
    Biological materials have certain common characteristics that engineers should aspire to reproduce in human-made products based on biomicry, according to two engineers at the University of California, San Diego, writing in the journal Science. And several engineers have done just that with projects ranging from water purification to bacteria-resistant materials. Entrepreneur online (2/19) , Nanowerk (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovations & Trends 
  • Augmented reality enables real-world visualization for design teams
    Mechanical design teams can now place virtual images of their planned products in existing physical contexts using augmented reality available with eDrawings for the iPad and iPhone. "We added AR to eDrawings because people often misperceive the size of a design when they only see it on a computer screen. Teams can look at a design in CAD for months, but when the first physical part arrives, some team members ... are always surprised at its actual size," writes SolidWorks' Rick Chin. Design News/Guest blog (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • X Prize to pay $10 million for a Trekkie-like Tricorder
    More than 250 companies or individuals have pre-registered for the X Prize competition that offers $10 million to the developer of a non-invasive device that provides physiological information to physicians at the bedside -- much like the Tricorder made famous by the "Star Trek" TV series in the 1960s. Among those vying for the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize is Walter De Brouwer, whose ICU experiences when his son sustained a critical head injury prompted him to begin a project called Scanadu. (U.K.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Solar-powered plane to fly across U.S. this year
    "Solar Impulse" is a solar-powered plane made of carbon fiber composites with solar panels on the top side of the wings. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg of the Switzerland-based Solar Impulse project plan to ship the plane to San Francisco and then fly it to Washington, D.C. with only two stops. Four electric motors power the plane and lithium polymer batteries provide the power it uses to act as a glider at night. (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Breakthrough prosthetic hand will have the ability to feel
    Later this year, an amputee in Rome will be fitted with the first prosthetic hand to offer the sensation of touch. "This is real progress, real hope for amputees. It will be the first prosthetic that will provide real-time sensory feedback for grasping," said Dr. Silvestro Micera of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland. The Independent (London) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Development 
  • Young engineers honored
    A dozen young engineers were honored Monday by engineers in the Houston area, singled out for their contributions to the economy, community and advancing public understanding of the profession. Among those honored was mechanical engineer Akshat Agarwal, a drilling and completions project consultant at T.H. Hill Associates where he oversees projects related to failure analysis and design of drill-string components. Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Public-speaking tips from Aristotle
    Leaders should learn from Aristotle when it comes to planning a public speech or presentation, says John Baldoni. That means keeping things simple, and repeatedly signposting your key points. "Tell 'em what you're going to tell 'em, tell 'em, then tell 'em what you told 'em," Baldoni says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASME News 
  • Celebrate Engineers Week -- through Saturday
    Engineers Week, which this year is co-chaired by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, is being celebrated throughout the week until Saturday, Feb. 23. This year’s EWeek activities include the Future City Competition and Discover Engineering Family Day in Washington, D.C., Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, the announcement of the 2013 selections for the New Faces of Engineering, and the DiscoverE Educator Awards program. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Send free Engineers Week e-cards from ASME
    To commemorate Engineers Week, ASME is bringing back its popular electronic greeting cards. We are now offering an animated card, new designs and slogans that ASME members can send to family, friends and colleagues. To view the current card designs and send an e-Card, visit Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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