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New success criteria system takes guess work out of large-scale construction projects

Medium and large-scale construction projects will have a better chance of success if they are able to adhere to a set of success criteria, new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) found.


Autonomous vehicles found to be safer than human drivers, except in two types of situations

A pair of engineers at the University of Central Florida has found that autonomous vehicles are generally safer than those driven by humans except under two conditions.


A shift in energy planning—using models in a different way

To meet the complex requirements of future building and energy systems, Empa researcher Matthias Sulzer and Berkeley Lab researcher Michael Wetter are proposing a paradigm shift in planning of such systems: They call for ...


Wear it, then recycle: Designers make dissolvable textiles from gelatin

Introducing the fashion of the future: A T-shirt that you can wear a few times, then, when you get bored with it, dissolve and recycle to make a new shirt.


'Hybrid' disaster response shows how localization saves lives

In August 2021, an earthquake struck southwest Haiti, killing thousands of people and leaving more than half a million seeking help. Assessment of this disaster and its response can serve as a model for evaluating future ...


New fabric makes urban heat islands more bearable

This year has already seen massive heat waves around the globe, with cities in Mexico, India, Pakistan and Oman hitting temperatures near or past 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit).


A weeding robot that can autonomously remove seedlings

Robotic systems are already being deployed in various settings worldwide, assisting humans with a highly diverse range of tasks. One sector in which robots could prove particularly advantageous is agriculture, where they ...