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  • newUK researchers squeeze more power from solar cells
    A new effect that could one day squeeze more power from photovoltaic solar cells has been demonstrated by UK researchers. In a paper published in the journal Science, researchers at the Warwick University have demonstrated that more energy could be g…
    - 12 hours ago 19 Apr 18, 6:10pm -
  • newLeeds art student takes top prize in Hyundai design challenge
    Emily Armistead, a student at Leeds Art School, has won a design competition run by Hyundai that challenged entrants to create a futuristic vehicle interior. Innovators of the Future asked students to imagine what the inside of a sports utility vehic…
    - 19 hours ago 19 Apr 18, 11:52am -
  • newWhen ill-informed marketing drives bad design decisions
    Engineers have a responsibility to improve processes and decrease our ecological impact, yet time and again – writes the secret engineer – we are forced by the Smoke and Mirrors Department into reinforcing illogical practices.  I recently got…
    - 20 hours ago 19 Apr 18, 10:37am -
  • newVideo of the week: NTU robots excel at assembling furniture
    This week’s video comes from Singapore where a pair of robots have achieved in 20 minutes what some humans take all weekend to fulfil. The task in question is assembling IKEA furniture, and scientists at Nanyang Technological University have develo…
    - 20 hours ago 19 Apr 18, 10:30am -
  • newPreliminary findings point to metal fatigue on stricken Southwest Airlines flight
    The engine failure that led to the death of a passenger on board Southwest Airlines flight 1380 is thought to have been caused by metal fatigue. On April 17, 2018 Southwest flight 1380 from New York La Guardia to Dallas Love Field was diverted to Phi…
    - 21 hours ago 19 Apr 18, 9:44am -

Science Daily Engineering

  • newSpider silk key to new bone-fixing composite
    Researchers have created a biodegradable composite made of silk fibers that can be used to repair broken load-bearing bones without the complications sometimes presented by other materials.
    - 13 hours ago 19 Apr 18, 5:09pm -
  • newResearchers achieve HD video streaming at 10,000 times lower power
    Engineers have developed a new HD video streaming method that doesn't need to be plugged in. Their prototype skips power-hungry components and has something else, like a smartphone, process the video instead.
    - 13 hours ago 19 Apr 18, 5:09pm -
  • Robot developed for automated assembly of designer nanomaterials
    Engineers have developed a robot that can identify, collect, and manipulate two-dimensional nanocrystals. The robot stacked nanocrystals to form the most complex van der Waals heterostructure produced to date, with much less human intervention than t…
    - 2 days ago 18 Apr 18, 3:16pm -
  • Engineers develop technique to make adaptive materials
    Engineers have developed a technique that causes a composite material to become stiffer and stronger on-demand when exposed to ultraviolet light.
    - 2 days ago 17 Apr 18, 7:56pm -
  • New type of 'opal' formed by common seaweed
    Scientists have discovered a completely new type of opal formed by a common seaweed which harnesses natural technology by self-assembling a nanostructure of oil droplets to control how light reflects from its cells to display a shimmering array of co…
    - 3 days ago 17 Apr 18, 3:57pm - Engineering Tech

  • newUsing tooth sensors to detect disease
    An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the School of Engineering & Applied Science is redefining the notion of a wisdom tooth.
    - 15 hours ago 19 Apr 18, 3:08pm -
  • newYour next pilot could be drone software
    Would you get on a plane that didn't have a human pilot in the cockpit? Half of air travelers surveyed in 2017 said they would not, even if the ticket was cheaper. Modern pilots do such a good job that almost any air accident is big news, such as the…
    - 16 hours ago 19 Apr 18, 2:16pm -
  • newFlight paths of bees and cuckoos could bring savings to airlines
    The flight routes of passenger aircraft are generally well established. In practice, unforeseen factors, mainly related to the weather, often force pilots to cover more kilometres than anticipated. A Polish-Colombian team of scientists and engineers,…
    - 19 hours ago 19 Apr 18, 11:19am -
  • Screen reader plus keyboard helps blind, low-vision users browse modern webpages
    Browsing through offerings on Airbnb means clicking on rows of photos to compare options from prospective hosts. This kind of table-based navigation is increasingly central to our digital lives - but it can be tedious or impossible for people who are…
    - 2 days ago 18 Apr 18, 5:42pm -
  • A little fold-up joystick brings haptics to portable devices
    The tactile joystick developed by startup Foldaway Haptics brings the sense of touch to mobile devices, drones and, in a smaller version, to virtual reality controls. This pocket-sized device, which can be unfolded in an instant, is about to hit the…
    - 2 days ago 18 Apr 18, 1:49pm -