Last year, Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers announced he was quitting football because of the high risk of concussion and long-term brain damage, despite protective helmets. And he’s not alone: it’s a growing concern, particularly for teenaged athletes. But a new collar inspired by the humble woodpecker may…
If you opt for the convenience of disposable diapers over their more environmentally-friendly cloth alternatives, you probably don’t stop to think about the science that allows them to keep your baby dry at night. But engineerguy Bill Hammack has, and in a new video, he explains why you’re actually wrapping your…
Carbon nanotubes have been pegged as the wonder material that could finally allow us to build a space elevator. A discouraging new study suggests these microscopic strands aren’t as resilient as we thought—and all it could take is a single misplaced atom to bring the whole thing crashing down.
Technology is at the heart of everything we do. But as mechanical, electrical and computational systems have become increasingly complex, the control of everyday life is increasingly in the hands of those that build it—the engineers.
With time, paint and pictures lose their intensity. But tiny metallic pixels could be used to create vivid images and paintwork that never lose their lustre—and the resulting pictures are becoming more detailed than ever.
What separates man from beast? Humans are weak-skinned bipeds, but our great advantage in this life is our bigass brains. We build. To engineer is human. That’s how we survived in the jungles and took over this planet. Read one way, the story of human history is a long, inexorable march towards the construction of…
There’s a annoying theoretical limit on the efficiency of solar cells that limits the amount of electricity they can create from sunlight. But now a team of MIT engineers has developed a system that overcomes the problem by first converting light to heat—and it could double the efficiency of solar cells.
Like the idea downloading the contents of a DVD in less then 10 seconds without a cable in sight? That’s exactly what a team of German engineers can do, having broken the record for wireless data transmission using terrestrial radio signals.
Archaeologists have long puzzled over how ancient workers moved the stones of Stonehenge. Now, a new experiment shows it might not have been that hard after all.
This little device could one day replace your heart rate monitor. The researchers behind it claim that it’s the first flexible wearable device able to measure both electrical heart signals and biochemical markers while you work out.
Fancy a flight at 5,710 mph? That’s exactly what the Hypersonic International Flight Research and Experimentation project has achieved with a test flight in Australia, demonstrating that scramjet technology can push the speed of a rocket up to Mach 7.5.
Boeing is busy developing its next ultra-efficient commercial jetliner, the 777x, and one of its biggest features—quite literally—are its wings. This amazing facility is where they’ll be made.
London’s Victoria & Albert Museum has unveiled an incredibly intricate robotically woven and biologically inspired carbon-fiber pavilion in its courtyard.
If you’ve ever wondered what happens at the moment that an astronaut’s return capsule hits the sea, you’re not alone. NASA engineers think about it rather a lot, which is why they’ve been dropping the new Orion module, full of crash-test dummies, into a huge swimming pool.
There’s one big obstacle holding back flexible electronics and conformable wearables, and that’s stiff and bulky li-ion batteries. Now, a team of scientists has developed a stretchable mesh of power cells that sticks to surfaces like a Band-Aid to skin—and it can even charge itself.
If you build a new Metro line in Rome, you have to worry about more than just engineering. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the construction team working on the Metro C, which will run through the center of the city, has now unearthed a huge suite of ancient barracks.
As far as building materials go, they don’t come much cheaper than dirt, which is literally everywhere and mostly free. But, as anyone who has ever made a sand castle knows, soil isn’t terribly strong and has a habit of forming a shallow pile rather than more structurally-beneficial shapes. We’re going to let you in…
Solar Impulse has chalked up another 1,000 miles in its bid to circumnavigate the globe. The all-electric solar-powered airplane successfully flew from Phoenix to Tulsa, landing in the dead of night.
If you want to time something accurately, you could do worse than this new optical clock. Because it can measure intervals of time with a precision of 270 quintillionths of a second (that’s 0.00000000000000027 seconds).