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.
What are the benefits of growing living tissue in a lab and fusing it to a robotic body? This Fw:Thinking video explores our cyborg future.
By Laurie L. Dove Oct 11, 2016
This year's London Design Festival features a long wooden tube that shows the potential of hardwood as a versatile building material.
By Patrick J. Kiger Sep 30, 2016
A robot to simulate mudskipper locomotion gives scientists a look into the success of the first land vertebrate ancestors, and points to our future on other planets.
By Jesslyn Shields Sep 22, 2016
Add Philadelphia to the list of cities testing out paint that repels pee back on the urinater as a deterrent. Good call or unnecessary humiliation?
By Karen Kirkpatrick Sep 20, 2016
A new fabric that can block visible light and let out body heat could have more important applications than just new workout clothes, researchers say.
By Jesslyn Shields Sep 16, 2016
The robot workforce is growing, according to new research — and millions of U.S. jobs could be on the line.
By Jonathan Strickland Sep 15, 2016
For the first time, Israeli researchers have developed a system that lets a human use brain waves to control nanobots in a cockroach. How could that help your health?
By Patrick J. Kiger Sep 15, 2016
What do you do when you're out of land but want to expand an airport? Try building on water.
By Jonathan Strickland Aug 29, 2016
And someday soft-bodied bots like this could slither in and out of your belly and revolutionize biomedical technology.
By Robert Lamb Aug 26, 2016
If Jalila Essaidi's company Mestic has anything to do with it, the future of fashion — and basically everything else we use in our daily lives — is poop.
By Jesslyn Shields Aug 15, 2016
While the recent robotic lethal force by police in Dallas may be shocking, experts say it's legal, and we're likely to see it happen again.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jul 15, 2016
Not surprisingly, there aren't a lot of volunteers for doctors to practice manual prostate exams on. Enter the robotic rectum. We like to call it a robum.
By Kate Kershner Jul 7, 2016
Parking tickets are a pain. Chatbots can be too. But that hasn't stopped one programmer from creating a bot to help overturn thousands of tickets.
By Jonathan Strickland Jun 30, 2016
Google-owned company Boston Dynamics is at the forefront of creating lifelike robots.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jun 28, 2016
There's more to replacing human riders than just using cool tech, as the advancement helps solve a serious human rights issue.
By Chris Opfer Jun 22, 2016
China's Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon glass-bottomed bridge is so high most of the world's buildings would fit in the gap between it and the canyon floor. So why not hit it?
By Christopher Hassiotis Jun 13, 2016
Just call it RoboScarJo 2.0. But what does it mean for privacy rights when someone can literally objectify another human being, celebrity or otherwise, like this?
By Chris Opfer May 24, 2016
Any guesses as to what it was, if not some grad student?
By Jonathan Strickland May 20, 2016
Doctors see it all, including 3,500 people who swallow button batteries annually. Soon those docs may get help from tiny, edible robots that can retrieve foreign objects.
By Kate Kershner May 19, 2016
The diminutive robot Xian'er was based on a cartoon, and can chat about Buddhism using artificial intelligence programming.
By Christopher Hassiotis May 18, 2016
If you give us a tunable polysiloxane-based material, 21st century Americans can’t resist going full-on Kardashian with it.
By Jesslyn Shields May 12, 2016
Steel and glass office towers are the norm in most modern cities. But some imaginative architects want to switch to a renewable, less carbon-intensive old standby: wood.
By Patrick J. Kiger Apr 27, 2016
Scientists created microbots that can remove pollutants from contaminated water. Could these simple machines provide an efficient way to clean up toxic wastewater?
By Jonathan Strickland Apr 15, 2016
A lot of people live in cities now. Even more will live in them in the future. What are the big ideas for getting them where they need to go?
By Lauren Vogelbaum Mar 22, 2016
And here's what we learned: Humans could "get along better" with robots if we incorporated more social cues in the 'bots.
By Jonathan Strickland Mar 13, 2016
What Is the World’s Shortest River?
Poo-pyrus: Eco-friendly Paper Made from Poop
When Presidential Approval Ratings Really Matter