The cylinder block of your engine isn’t so stable as one might imagine.  Two factors change the shape so carefully engineered and machined into each piece. The first problem is bolting an engine together.  The assembly and compression of fasteners distorts the shape of the parts, which is known as static distortion. The second occurs […]

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered yet another way to harvest small amounts of electricity from motion and friction in the world around us by capturing the electrical charge produced when two different kinds of plastic materials rub against one another. It’s not the common ‘static’ electricity we’re all familiar with; the […]