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  • newClose-ups of grain boundaries reveal how sulfur impurities make nickel brittle
    Engineers have shed new light on a scientific mystery regarding the atomic-level mechanism of the sulfur embrittlement of nickel, a classic problem that has puzzled the scientific community for nearly a century. The discovery also enriches fundamenta…
    - 11 hours ago 17 Jul 18, 4:56pm -
  • Why pulsed sparks make for better ignition
    Researchers have learned the mechanisms behind a means of improved ignition, helping to open the door to better performance in all types of combustion systems.
    - 1 day ago 16 Jul 18, 8:45pm -
  • Single-celled architects inspire new nanotechnology
    Scientists have designed a range of nanostructures resembling marine diatoms -- tiny unicellular creatures. To achieve this, they borrow techniques used by naturally-occurring diatoms to deposit layers of silica -- the primary constituent in glass --…
    - 1 day ago 16 Jul 18, 7:16pm -
  • Forget joysticks, use your torso to pilot drones
    Your torso is more intuitive -- and more precise -- than joysticks for piloting drones, both simulated and real, according to a recent study. Work is already underway to implement this new body-machine-interface technology for search and rescue with…
    - 1 day ago 16 Jul 18, 7:15pm -
  • Emotional robot lets you feel how it's 'feeling'
    Researchers have developed a prototype of a robot that can express 'emotions' through changes in its outer surface. The robot's skin covers a grid of texture units whose shapes change based on the robot's feelings.
    - 2 days ago 16 Jul 18, 3:45pm -

Phys.org Engineering Tech

  • Do drones deserve their dire reputation? Depends who is flying them
    Whether they are dropping drugs into prison yards, narrowly avoiding passenger aircraft or invading the privacy of unsuspecting homeowners, drones have been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
    - 5 days ago 13 Jul 18, 2:48pm -
  • Superior seismic imaging for better drilling
    Software could transform underground imaging of fossil fuel reserves by providing unprecedented detail in record time.
    - 6 days ago 12 Jul 18, 11:43am -
  • Dutch city to unveil world's first 3D-printed housing complex
    The southern Dutch city of Eindhoven plans to unveil the world's first 3-D-printed housing complex next year, which its inventors believe could revolutionise the building industry by speeding up and customising construction.
    - 6 days ago 11 Jul 18, 6:15pm -
  • Can airships take scenic flights back to the future?
    Massey University School of Aviation assistant lecturer Isaac Henderson has always been fascinated by airships, so he embarked on a master's thesis to find out if they could be brought back into the mainstream.
    - 7 days ago 11 Jul 18, 12:18pm -
  • Printing a house from a novel peat material
    Scientists from the University of Tartu and the Estonian University of Life Sciences have created a construction material consisting primarily of peat and oil shale ash that could reduce the construction costs of a private house nearly tenfold. The a…
    - 8 days ago 10 Jul 18, 10:30am -