Archives for March, 2013

Comments Off on Giving Our Car a ‘Time-Out’ as Race Time Approaches

Hmmm… Aren’t we on Spring Break? It is 6:00am Saturday, the first day of Spring Break for the Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team. As I walk out the door a blast of 10°F  (-12°C) air strikes me in the face. This won’t be a good day to test the vehicles! Ah, Spring in Minnesota.…

Comments Off on Video: Drama on ‘The Road to Houston’

Shell* Eco-marathon Americas, a fuel-efficiency race where students design and build futuristic vehicles that are then driven on the streets of downtown Houston, Texas, kicks off on April 4. Shell followed three student teams across the Americas, capturing their trials and tribulations as they prepared for the race. In the first episode, Canada’s Alérion Supermileage…

The ethanol mandate in gasoline is starting to sting.

Comments Off on Less Than Two Weeks to Race Time…

With less than two weeks left until the competition, the Illini EcoConcept team is busy finishing the vehicle over spring break. This is only the second year for the team. In our first year we brought a hydrogen fuel cell powered “urban concept” vehicle and took first place. This year we would like to improve…

Comments Off on Lighter and Sleeker for This Year’s Race

Purdue Solar Racing (PSR) has shown tremendous strides over our 22-year history. With a car that failed to qualify at Sunrayce as our starting point, we could only go up. PSR was founded on the principle of building and racing solar cars as well as educating the public on alternative forms of energy.  Through improvements…

Two Sibling Cars: One Easy, One Mischievious

Will spilled resin wash out of my uniform pants? Oh no! Not that question again! I warn students that they should bring a change of clothes to the shop, and it should be something they will never wear in public again. How many times will youthful enthusiasm override common sense? Someone’s mom is not going…

With the United Nations’ 20th annual World Water Day focusing on international cooperation in managing water, it’s a good time to highlight projects in the United States that are saving water — and energy. World Water Day, which takes place every March 22, aims to increase awareness of the millions of people who don’t have…

Shell Eco-marathon is only a couple of weeks away and we here at the James Madison Solar Car team are excited and ready to make San Antonio proud! This will be our team’s second time competing in the Shell Eco-marathon, and our anticipation keeps growing as Houston nears. Since we only had a frame made,…

Comments Off on U.S. Nuclear Regulators Defer Decision on Vent Filters

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has delayed a final decision on requiring filters for emergency vents on the 31 U.S. nuclear reactors that are  similar in design to those at Japan’s ill-fated Fukushima Daiichi. NRC staff experts earlier concluded the vents should be outfitted with filters, even though the chance of a failure that would require…

Comments Off on All-Nighters with “XX,” Our Tribute to a Beloved Mascot

Our team is entering the stage of competition where sleep becomes no longer an option.