Infinium to place rare earth metals in Clean Metal Age
DARPA Z-Man program demonstrates human climbing like geckos
DARPA's Z-Man program has demonstrated the first known human climbing of a glass wall using climbing devices inspired by geckos. The historic ascent involved a 218-pound climber ascending and descending 25 ...
Overcoming barriers to successful use of autonomous unmanned aircraft
While civil aviation is on the threshold of potentially revolutionary changes with the emergence of increasingly autonomous unmanned aircraft, these new systems pose serious questions about how they will be safely and efficiently ...
HorseFly 'octocopter' primed to fly the future to your front door
Have you ever seen a horse fly? Maybe you have, but never like this one. This HorseFly has eight rotors, a wirelessly recharging battery and a mission to deliver merchandise right to your doorstep.
Intelligent machines for tomorrow's factory
Mass production of industrial goods, such as furniture, clothing or ball pens, is inexpensive. In the future, even small series of individualized products might be manufactured rapidly and efficiently by ...
Cluster-based distributed controller technology for failure-tolerant networking
Fujitsu Laboratories today announced that it has developed technology for cluster-based distributed controllers in large-scale networks that implements a wide-area software-defined networking (SDN) and that ...
Drones give farmers an eye in the sky to check on crop progress
This growing season, crop researchers at the University of Illinois are experimenting with the use of drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – on the university's South Farms.
Simulation models can prevent sheet failures in automobile alloy materials
As part their ongoing work with Ford Motor Company, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists from the Applied Computational Mathematics and Engineering (ACME) group in the Computational Sciences & ...
Better building through design
The construction industry could slash its carbon emissions by as much as 50% by optimising the design of new buildings, which currently use double the amount of steel and concrete required by safety codes.
Building the nation will be impossible without engineers
Australian industries need the flexibility, insight and foresight that comes from thinking creatively, asking critical questions, forming and testing hypotheses and reasoning quantitatively – and engineers ...
A new, greener cement to meet future demand
An EPFL-led consortium is developing a new blend of cement that promises to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete by up to 40%. Now it has received financial backing from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation ...
Affordable precision 3-D printing for pros
Against the backdrop of today's burgeoning 3-D printing landscape—with an ever-increasing number of machines popping up—MIT Media Lab spinout Formlabs has carved out a precise niche.
Simple sewing machine has high-tech role in future 'soft' machines
The humble sewing machine could play a key role in creating "soft" robotics, wearable electronics and implantable medical systems made of elastic materials that are capable of extreme stretching.
Ford shows off 'smart' Mustang at Taiwan tech show
US auto giant Ford showed off its new Mustang at Asia's biggest tech fair Tuesday, billing it as "the smartest Mustang to date", with voice controls and early warning collision systems.