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.

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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

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

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

By Kate Kershner

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

By Yves Jeffcoat

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

By Kate Kershner

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

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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

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

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

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

By Jonathan Strickland

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And someday soft-bodied bots like this could slither in and out of your belly and revolutionize biomedical technology.

By Robert Lamb

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

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

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

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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

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

Any guesses as to what it was, if not some grad student?

By Jonathan Strickland

If you give us a tunable polysiloxane-based material, 21st century Americans can’t resist going full-on Kardashian with it.

By Jesslyn Shields

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

By Julia Layton