Engineering

Engineering is the discipline of design and construction of mechanical devices, equipment, structures and public works systems. Topics include aircraft technologies, buildings, bridges, robotics and heavy machinery.


The elderly make up an increasingly large segment of the population. Robots could fill some needs, but older people are wary of machines having too much control.

And here we thought Sonic had no fear.

Unlike many other industries, construction hasn't yet been revolutionized by automation. But pretty soon, robotic workers may do everything but tote a lunch pail.

A robotic bartender showed how complex it can be to process a drink order — and how that could affect service robot design.

A lot of editors have left the crowdsourced encyclopedia over the last few years. AI could help smooth some of those editorial feathers.

The environmental impact of gasoline-powered taxis is staggering. Robot taxis could help out with that little emissions problem.

Yamaha’s autonomous motorcycle-riding robot is a better rider than you. Or it will be by 2017, anyway.

That is, if you're under the age of 25 and your hearing's intact.

Researchers have figured out how to turn agricultural byproducts such as gelatin, keratin and casein into "slaughterhouse yarn."

Whether we're talking bricks or fences, there are serious logistical hurdles – not to mention financial ones – to walling off an entire country.

When rats are huddling to stay warm, scientists say they're actually all part of one, really big rodent superorganism by using simple behavior in complex ways.

Prosthetic limbs don't have to be dull utility pieces. They've been elevated to art status, and can be fantastic fashion statements.

Decay-resistant, antimicrobial plastic teeth could be the wave of the future, as dentistry moves into the age of 3-D printing.

Researchers envision a day when robots can build their own offspring.

Small flying machines are already helping builders monitor construction projects.

Is one mile out of five on U.S. interstates really supposed to be straight so that planes can land on them in an emergency? Read on to find out the truth about this long-held urban legend.

We think of robots as modern inventions, or maybe even retro creations meant to realize futuristic visions. But automata go back – way back – into history.

First, there was only mud. Now there’s transparent aluminum, self-healing concrete and a swarm of nanobots to build your home. Meet your dwelling of the future.

Environmental engineering existed long before it had a name. It began at the dawn of civilization when we started changing our surroundings to meet our needs.

It's a recipe for disaster: Venice is sinking, and the waters around it are rising. Can the controversial MOSE project save Italy's famous city with a series of aqua gates?

This is not your grandma's Olympics, and these are definitely not her prosthetics. Get ready for the Cybathlon in 2016. The technology for this competition is going to blow you away.

Architects design buildings. Civil engineers build bridges. Structural engineers keep it all from crumpling and shaking apart. What happens when you mix all three and throw in a green twist?

If we're ever going to live in a world in which machines behave like people, we humans have some teaching to do. But as this writing robot attests, we're not as far away as you might think.

Some architects and engineers go big. Others get fancy. And yet others aim squarely for the completely bizarre. These imagination-bending, gravity-defying products may induce more than a few OMGs.

Underwater tunnels are so commonplace that we rarely think of the great dangers -- and extreme construction techniques -- these modern wonders require. With the opening of the Marmaray Tunnel in October 2013, it's time to take a second look.