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  • Beleagured diesel could use a break — or a breakthrough
    Viewpoint The air pollution issues associated with diesel have been well-publicised, but new technologies and approaches – and a focus on core markets — might be its saviour, says Bill Visnic Start talking car-business “big-picture” with engi…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jan 18, 2:59pm -
  • Smart valve-train technology could breathe new life into internal combustion engine
    The UK inventors of an innovative valve-train technology which dispenses with the traditional camshaft claim it could radically improve petrol engine performance. Jon Excell reports Major leaps in mature technologies are relatively rare occurrences.…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jan 18, 12:38pm -
  • Digitising chemistry leads to 3D-printed drug factories
    Glasgow team encodes synthesis of drug molecules, resulting in portable on-demand apparatus One of the barriers for the use of many drugs in remote locations is the difficulty of making them. The active ingredients for drugs are complex molecules, an…
    - 3 days ago 19 Jan 18, 11:30am -
  • Emirates order ensures A380 production for ‘at least 10 years’
    Airbus will produce A380 superjumbo passenger jets for at least another ten years following the receipt of an order from Emirates worth $16bn. The deal for 36 A380 aircraft is comprised of 20 firm orders and 16 options. Deliveries will commence from…
    - 3 days ago 19 Jan 18, 11:27am -
  • Robot implant stretches cells to counter rare birth defect
    A transatlantic team of engineers and clinicians has developed a motorised robotic implant to treat a rare birth defect that affects the oesophagus. The device – created by researchers from Sheffield University’s Engineering Faculty and Boston’…
    - 3 days ago 19 Jan 18, 11:09am -

Science Daily Engineering

  • Virtual reality goes magnetic
    The success of Pokémon GO made many people familiar with the concept of 'augmented reality': computer-generated perception blends into the real and virtual worlds. So far, these apps largely used optical methods for motion detection. Physicists have…
    - 2 days ago 20 Jan 18, 12:04am -
  • Piecework at the nano assembly line
    Scientists have developed a novel electric propulsion technology for nanorobots. It allows molecular machines to move a hundred thousand times faster than with the biochemical processes used to date. This makes nanobots fast enough to do assembly lin…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jan 18, 5:58pm -
  • Method uses DNA, nanoparticles and lithography to make optically active structures
    Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind technique for creating entirely new classes of optical materials and devices that could lead to light bending and cloaking devices -- news to make the ears of Star Trek's Spock perk up. Using DNA as a ke…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jan 18, 9:24pm -
  • Using crumpled graphene balls to make better batteries
    The paper ball-like graphene particles stack into a porous scaffold to suppress filament growth of lithium metal that degrades the battery.
    - 3 days ago 18 Jan 18, 7:26pm -
  • Building blocks to create metamaterials
    Engineers have created a method to systematically design metamaterials using principles of quantum mechanics.
    - 3 days ago 18 Jan 18, 3:08pm - Engineering Tech

  • Using haptic feedback joysticks to fly drones
    A new joystick developed by startup MotionPilot lets users fly drones with just one hand in a fun, intuitive way. One version of this device includes a haptic feedback mechanism that gives users a sense of the drone's position as it moves through the…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jan 18, 1:35pm -
  • Engineers invent tiny vision processing chip for ultra-small smart vision systems and IoT applications
    A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a novel microchip named EQSCALE that can capture visual details from video frames with extremely low power consumption. The video feature extractor uses 20 times less…
    - 3 days ago 19 Jan 18, 10:12am -
  • Challenges and research for an evolving aviation system
    A comprehensive aviation safety system as envisioned by NASA would require integration of a wide range of systems and practices, including building an in-time aviation safety management system (IASMS) that could detect and mitigate high-priority safe…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jan 18, 9:25pm -
  • Building blocks to create metamaterials
    Engineers at Caltech and ETH Zürich in Switzerland have created a method to systematically design metamaterials using principles of quantum mechanics.
    - 3 days ago 18 Jan 18, 3:00pm -
  • Australia lifesaving drone makes first rescue
    A pair of Australian swimmers on Thursday became the first people to be rescued in the ocean by a drone when the aerial lifesaver dropped a safety device to distressed teens caught in rough seas.
    - 4 days ago 18 Jan 18, 9:21am -