Engineering

Now construction projects can heat themselves

A new product based on concrete slab elements with built-in, liquid-filled heating pipes makes construction projects able to heat themselves. The source of the heat is fossil-fuel free energy, making this a green concept.

Engineering

Expert: Roads need to be 'smart.' Here's why.

Constant construction on your vacation route, jarring potholes during the winter and bridge collapses will continue until roads are "smart enough" to better prevent their own damage, says a Purdue University civil engineer.

Robotics

Tiny drone based on maple seed pod doubles flight time

A trio of researchers at City University of Hong Kong has developed a tiny drone based on the maple seed pod. In their paper published in the journal Science Robotics, Songnan Bai, Qingning He and Pakpong Chirarattananon, ...

Robotics

Artificial muscles help robot vacuum manipulators get a grip

The robot grippers designed by Professor Stefan Seelecke and his team at Saarland University can grip and manipulate objects with complex geometries. The system can adapt almost instantaneously to changes in form, switching ...

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