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Inflated Wing Sail

Just when you think there’s nothing new under the sun, some engineer finds a new way to build a mousetrap—not necessarily better but undeniably different. May we present: the Inflated… Read more »

Doug Peterson

Doug Peterson: 1945–2017

Yacht designer Doug Peterson’s name was far more often associated with winning races than losing. He worked on several successful America’s Cup campaigns, so it is ironic that the day… Read more »

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Viking Life-Saving Equipment

On a recent passage along Norway’s fjord-strewn coast, I visited a research, development, and manufacturing faci­l­ity belonging to the well-known life raft manufacturer Viking. Its full name, Viking Life-Saving Equipment,… Read more »

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Thin Ply Prepregs

The recently announced collaboration of U.K.-based Fibre Mechanics and the Swiss company North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) almost seems like Samsung and Apple working together to make better smartphones, on… Read more »