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.
An open-gangway style of subway train could increase ridership by 10 percent. The United States could adopt that soon, with New York and Honolulu paving the way.
By Patrick J. Kiger Mar 11, 2016
Automated elder care is an inevitability, so let's have fun with the design.
By Robert Lamb Mar 10, 2016
In the battle to stop wildlife poaching, law enforcement officials are increasingly using an army of robotic animals that fool illegal hunters.
By Karen Kirkpatrick Mar 10, 2016
Researchers are giving percussionists a hand by creating smart technology that can improvise a beat to play along with a drummer.
By Chris Opfer Mar 7, 2016
In their new footage of Atlas, Boston Dynamics isn't just picking on a robot. They’re demonstrating mastery of some of the most difficult issues in robotics.
By Lauren Vogelbaum Feb 25, 2016
They want to help companies figure out how to keep their customers happy.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Feb 18, 2016
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.
By Patrick J. Kiger Feb 17, 2016
And here we thought Sonic had no fear.
By Jonathan Strickland Feb 9, 2016
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.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jan 6, 2016
A robotic bartender showed how complex it can be to process a drink order — and how that could affect service robot design.
By Alia Hoyt Dec 11, 2015
A lot of editors have left the crowdsourced encyclopedia over the last few years. AI could help smooth some of those editorial feathers.
By Jonathan Strickland Dec 3, 2015
The environmental impact of gasoline-powered taxis is staggering. Robot taxis could help out with that little emissions problem.
By Lauren Vogelbaum Dec 1, 2015
Yamaha’s autonomous motorcycle-riding robot is a better rider than you. Or it will be by 2017, anyway.
By Kristen Hall-Geisler Nov 20, 2015
That is, if you're under the age of 25 and your hearing's intact.
By Julia Layton Nov 19, 2015
Researchers have figured out how to turn agricultural byproducts such as gelatin, keratin and casein into "slaughterhouse yarn."
By Maria Trimarchi Nov 19, 2015
Humans are amazingly versatile, a trait that may wind up saving you and your job. For a little while at least.
By Joe McCormick Nov 16, 2015
Whether we're talking bricks or fences, there are serious logistical hurdles – not to mention financial ones – to walling off an entire country.
By Chris Opfer Nov 10, 2015
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.
By Patrick J. Kiger Nov 5, 2015
Prosthetic limbs don't have to be dull utility pieces. They've been elevated to art status, and can be fantastic fashion statements.
By Maria Trimarchi Nov 4, 2015
Decay-resistant, antimicrobial plastic teeth could be the wave of the future, as dentistry moves into the age of 3-D printing.
By Patrick J. Kiger Oct 22, 2015
Researchers envision a day when robots can build their own offspring.
By Patrick J. Kiger Sep 15, 2015
Small flying machines are already helping builders monitor construction projects.
By Chris Opfer
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.
By Cherise Threewitt
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.
By Nathan Chandler
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.
By Dave Roos
Early Humans Witnessed a Comet-scattering Stellar Encounter
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