This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re building drones with a do-it-yourself kit, making batteries out of wood, rewriting the rulebook on solar cars, and creating e-skin that can sense touch and temperature. This episode features:

  • Jasper van Loenen has developed a do-it-yourself kit that allows users to turn just about anything they want into a quadcopter.
  • Scientists at the University of Maryland have created a tiny, long-lasting, efficient, and environmentally friendly battery out of wood fibers coated with tin.
  • A group of students from the University of Cambridge have developed a new solar car design that they say will “rewrite the rulebook” at the World Solar Challenge this year.
  • Amputees might be able to sense changes within their environments with a new flexible sensor that could be integrated into electronic skin created by scientists from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

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