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How do floating wind turbines work?

Northern California has some of the strongest offshore winds in the U.S., with immense potential to produce clean energy. But it also has a problem. Its continental shelf drops off quickly, making building traditional wind ...

Engineering

Scientists shine a light on what comes up when you flush (video)

Thanks to new University of Colorado Boulder research, scientists see the impact of flushing the toilet in a whole new light—and now, the world can as well.

Robotics

Soft robot detects damage, heals itself (video)

Cornell University engineers have created a soft robot capable of detecting when and where it was damaged—and then healing itself on the spot.

Engineering

An automated way to assemble thousands of objects

The manufacturing industry (largely) welcomed artificial intelligence with open arms. Less of the dull, dirty, and dangerous? Say no more. However, planning for mechanical assemblies still requires more than scratching out ...

Engineering

Researchers use ultrasound waves to move objects hands-free

University of Minnesota Twin Cities researchers have discovered a new method to move objects using ultrasound waves. The research opens the door for using contactless manipulation in industries such as manufacturing and robotics, ...

Engineering

Supersonic travel, without the sonic boom

Supersonic aircraft generate a series of shock waves that merge into two distinct booms. The planes drag these incredibly loud sounds along their flight path, creating unacceptable noise levels over land. So far, sonic booms ...

Engineering

Cultivating a music studio to sound like an indoor forest

Blackbird Studio in Nashville has an impressive client list that includes Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, and Johnny Cash, among many others. Part of its success may be because owners John and Martina McBride ...

Engineering

Chip lets scientists study biocement formation in real-time

Scientists from EPFL and the University of Lausanne have used a chip that was originally designed for environmental science to study the properties of biocement formation. This material has the potential to replace traditional ...

Robotics

Five ways drones will change the way buildings are designed

Drones are already shaping the face of our cities—used for building planning, heritage, construction and safety enhancement. But, as studies by the UK's Department of Transport have found, swathes of the public have a limited ...