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.
Tons of Mardi Gras Beads Clog NOLA's Storm Drains
Chinese Robotic Sub Looks Like a Clown Fish
How Cosmic Rays Revealed a Secret Void in the Great Pyramid
The First 'Killer Robot' Was Around Back in 1979
How Removing Public Monuments Works
China's newest unmanned submersible isn't designed to be cute — it can go deeper underwater, stay under longer and maneuver more deftly than its predecessors.
By Patrick J. Kiger May 14, 2018
With the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots heating up, we step back a few decades to look at the first human death by robot.
By Bryan Young Apr 9, 2018
A massive solar-powered clock being constructed inside a mountain in Texas is designed to keep time for 10,000 years.
By Patrick J. Kiger Mar 8, 2018
City workers have pulled 46 tons of the colorful beads from New Orleans' clogged catch basins, mostly from a five-block stretch along St. Charles Avenue.
By John Perritano Feb 1, 2018
Controversy surrounds the removal of public monuments honoring the U.S. Confederacy. But who determines which monuments go up or come down?
By Dave Roos
Defensive design is becoming increasingly important in cities around the world.
By Patrick J. Kiger Dec 12, 2017
Cosmic rays sound like something out of sci-fi, but they're helping scientists unlock the secrets of one of the oldest human-made structures in the world.
By Jesslyn Shields Nov 9, 2017
You might be surprised to learn that the twists and turns of streets in the suburbs date all the way to the Industrial Revolution.
By Adina Solomon Nov 8, 2017
Old books smell a lot like chocolate and coffee, thanks to certain chemical compounds.
By Shelley Danzy Sep 5, 2017
And guess what? You can browse them all for yourself.
By Jonathan Strickland Aug 30, 2017
Researchers want to make it easy for beginners and nonengineers to design a custom robot in minutes, then print and assemble the parts themselves.
By Patrick J. Kiger Aug 30, 2017
Is honesty the best policy? New York subway delays have been couched in mystery for years, but the MTA is now dishing out hard truths about why trains are running behind.
By Jesslyn Shields Aug 16, 2017
The ancients were able to devise a mix for concrete that actually gets stronger over time thanks to chemical reactions. If only we could rediscover the recipe...
By Laurie L. Dove Jul 11, 2017
A newly filed patent suggests that the famously stiff animatronics in Disney theme parks could get a lifelike upgrade.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 21, 2017
The android known as FEDOR used pistols to display its decision making and dexterity, officials said, not as a preview of robot warfare.
By Patrick J. Kiger Apr 20, 2017
To carve out the massive Stad Ship Tunnel, engineers would have to blast through 7.5 million tons of solid rock.
By Patrick J. Kiger Mar 29, 2017
What is it about this state that makes it so dangerous for those on two feet? A few things, it turns out.
By Chris Opfer Mar 24, 2017
Baxter, a collaborative robot, even blushes when he messes up a task.
By Shelley Danzy Mar 20, 2017
Anything you can do on the pingpong table, FOPRPHEUS can show you how to do better.
By Chris Opfer Mar 6, 2017
Roundabouts aren't all that complicated, but they're still relatively rare in the U.S., especially when compared with France.
By Clint Pumphrey
New research delves into the impact of our immense technological footprint.
By Kate Kershner Dec 7, 2016
Chemical sensing devices are not just for detecting radon gas and carbon monoxide. They can be used in hospitals, airports, even on the battlefield.
By Meisa Salaita
We've taught the machines to make decisions, but we haven't been paying as much attention to how and why they're learning.
By Patrick J. Kiger Nov 10, 2016
How can you keep motors from overheating without bulky fans and cooling systems? Engineers looked to the human body for inspiration.
By Patrick J. Kiger Nov 4, 2016
What if you bought a multimillion-dollar luxury apartment, only to find out it was slowly sinking?
By Kate Kershner Nov 2, 2016
Does Marie Antoinette Still Roam the Halls of Versailles?
How the Alphabet May Have Destroyed Goddesses
Eternal Sunshine of the Snail Mind?