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.

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MIT's Robogami Wants You to Customize Origami-inspired, 3-D Printable Robots

Researchers want to make it easy for beginners and nonengineers to design a custom robot in minutes, then print and assemble the parts themselves.

During Transit Delays, Riders Prefer the Ugly Truth Over Platitudes

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.

We Finally Know Why Ancient Roman Concrete Outlasts Our Own

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...

Fleshy, Huggable Robots Could Soon Roam Disney Theme Parks

A newly filed patent suggests that the famously stiff animatronics in Disney theme parks could get a lifelike upgrade.

Russian Gun-wielding Robot Totally 'Not a Terminator,' Says Russian Official

The android known as FEDOR used pistols to display its decision making and dexterity, officials said, not as a preview of robot warfare.

World's Largest Ship Tunnel Will Go Straight Through Norwegian Mountain

To carve out the massive Stad Ship Tunnel, engineers would have to blast through 7.5 million tons of solid rock.

8 of the 10 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities for Pedestrians Are in One State

What is it about this state that makes it so dangerous for those on two feet? A few things, it turns out.

Watch This Robot Correct Its Mistakes Through Brain Waves

Baxter, a collaborative robot, even blushes when he messes up a task.

Robot Pingpong Coach Helps Players Up Their Table Tennis Game

Anything you can do on the pingpong table, FOPRPHEUS can show you how to do better.

How Roundabouts Work

Roundabouts aren't all that complicated, but they're still relatively rare in the U.S., especially when compared with France.

Human Technology on Earth Weighs a Massive 30 Trillion Tons

New research delves into the impact of our immense technological footprint.

How Chemical Sensing Devices Work

Chemical sensing devices are not just for detecting radon gas and carbon monoxide. They can be used in hospitals, airports, even on the battlefield.

Artificial Intelligence Is Getting So Smart, We Need It to Show Its Work

We've taught the machines to make decisions, but we haven't been paying as much attention to how and why they're learning.

Japanese Engineers Create Robot That Does Pushups, Sweats to Cool Off

How can you keep motors from overheating without bulky fans and cooling systems? Engineers looked to the human body for inspiration.

San Francisco Has Its Very Own Sinking, Leaning Tower

What if you bought a multimillion-dollar luxury apartment, only to find out it was slowly sinking?

Rovables: Tiny Robots That Roll on Your Clothes All Day

Researchers have developed wearable, mobile robots that can act as sensors, displays and even a necklace.

Statcheck: When Bots 'Correct' Academics

A new application called Statcheck is bringing some academics a lot closer to AI. Not everyone's a fan.

Robots Made With Living Tissue? That Future Is Arriving Now

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.

London 'Smile' Challenges World to Build Smarter Wooden Structures

This year's London Design Festival features a long wooden tube that shows the potential of hardwood as a versatile building material.

Mudskipper Robot Helps Show How Vertebrates Evolved to Walk on Land

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.

Pee-resistant Paint: Coming to a Train Station Near You

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?

Cool Off and Save Energy by Wearing This New Plastic Fabric

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.

Robots May Take Millions of U.S. Jobs by 2021

The robot workforce is growing, according to new research — and millions of U.S. jobs could be on the line.

Your Thoughts Could Activate a Tiny Robot Inside Your Own Brain

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?

Airports That Float

What do you do when you're out of land but want to expand an airport? Try building on water.