Engineering

Army engineers develop technique to make adaptive materials

Engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the University of Maryland have developed a technique that causes a composite material to become stiffer...

Invertebrates inspire first fully 3-D printed active materials for robots

To overcome the material rigidity and actuation limitations in current robotic systems, a joint U.S. Army Research Laboratory and University of Minnesota research project...

New algorithm could add more life to bridges

A new algorithm developed by the University of Surrey could help structural engineers better monitor the health of bridges and alert them to when...
Strong carbon fiber artificial muscles can lift 12,600 times their own weight

Strong carbon fiber artificial muscles can lift 12,600 times their own weight

The pull-up, an exercise dreaded by most, answers a basic question: are your muscles strong enough to lift your own body weight? Some Illinois researchers...

Deep learning transforms smartphone microscopes into laboratory-grade devices

Researchers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering have demonstrated that deep learning, a powerful form of artificial intelligence, can discern and enhance microscopic...

Self-healing metal oxides could protect against corrosion

Researchers find an ultrathin layer of aluminum oxide, though solid, can flow like a liquid instead of cracking. Researchers have found that a solid oxide...
Engineers create super wood stronger than most metals

Engineers create super wood stronger than most metals

New process could make wood as strong as titanium alloys but lighter & cheaper Engineers at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) have found...
Berkeley engineers build smallest volume, most efficient wireless nerve stimulator

Berkeley engineers build smallest volume, most efficient wireless nerve stimulator

In 2016, UC Berkeley engineers demonstrated the first implanted, ultrasonic neural dust sensors, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could monitor internal nerves,...

New technology could wean the battery world off cobalt

Lithium-based batteries use more than 50 percent of all cobalt produced in the world. These batteries are in your cell phone, laptop and maybe...
Armed drones changing conflict faster than anticipated, Stanford scholar finds

Armed drones changing conflict faster than anticipated, Stanford scientist finds

Could the mere threat of using an armed drone ever coerce an enemy to change their behavior – without attacking them? Yes, says Stanford political...