Although a U.S. Census Bureau report indicates that minorities will represent the majority of the American population by 2043, these growing groups remain underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Students who stick with these subjects majors and go on to STEM careers have larger salaries — with 25 to 50 percent higher earnings than their peers — but a disparity among minorities in these fields exists.
We hear a lot and talk a lot these days about solar energy. But we rarely stop to consider the fact that what we call solar energy actually consists of two types of energy: heat and light. There are different types of systems for collecting and converting each type into useful forms: photovoltaics (PV), which convert the photons directly into electricity, and solar thermal systems to capture the heat for various uses. Is it possible to combine both?
That’s exactly what a new system developed by IBM in partnership with Airlight Energy, ETH Zurich, and Interstate University of Applied Sciences Buchs NTV will do. The group won a $2.4 million grant from the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation to develop a low-cost, high-concentration photovoltaic thermal (HCPVT) system. Contributor Bruno Michel of IBM’s Zurich Research Lab, may have been inspired by work he did previously on zero-emission data centers, which proposes using hot water rather than air to cool the servers. Read more
The Dakar off-road motorcycle race has daily sections of up to 550 miles. The design team at KTM has produced winning bikes for the last 12 Dakars. In this episode of Product Design Show, Vince Penman and Allison Toepperwein share the unique challenges and winning formulas from KTM’s motorcycle design team. Read more