American livestock producers may soon be able to identify and track every animal they send to market. A veterinary telemedicine R&D project in its second stage at Kansas State University is trying to create an infrastructure to monitor cattle health remotely.
A silicon chip that mimics the structure and function of an octopus retina may give sight to autonomous robots for space and undersea exploration, and in hazardous environments. The O-retina chip, created by University of New York at Buffalo optical engineer Albert H. Titus, sees the world much like an octopus using brightness, size, and shape to distinguish objects.
A new air-conditioning system for hybrid cars keeps cool air coming even when the engine shuts off. The system, called Stop-Stay-Cool from German developer Valeo, works with the company's starter-alternator.
At the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), chemists are studying shake gels, a class of inexpensive materials made of clay and polymers that firm up into gels when shaken, then eventually revert to a liquid.
The U.S. Senate recently passed an energy policy bill that doubles the amount of corn-based ethanol in American gasoline. But, Cornell University professor of ecology David Pimentel claims drivers who fill their tanks with gasohol - a blend of gasoline and corn-based ethanol - are getting a product that is inefficient and environmentally harmful.
The 2003 Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), cosponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and Business Week magazine, honored 121 winners with 38 Golds, 38 Silvers, and 45 Bronzes.
For the maker of "the ultimate driving machine," quality assurance is more than a process - it defines the entire brand. As part of the company's never-ending quest for quality improvement, BMW has implemented new computer-aided inspection (CAI) technology at its engine-building plant in Steyr, Austria.