Engineering

Autonomous steering system keeps human drivers engaged

Researchers from EPFL and JTEKT Corporation have developed an automated driving system based on the concept of "collaborative steering," which aims to increase transportation safety, efficiency, and comfort by encouraging ...

Engineering

Rethinking a waste product of the timber processing industry

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPICI) has investigated how the natural properties of native tree bark can be used to create a standardized product for long-term ...

Robotics

A continuum robot inspired by elephant trunks

Conventional robots based on separate joints do not always perform well in complex real-world tasks, particularly those that involve the dexterous manipulation of objects. Some roboticists have thus been trying to devise ...

Engineering

Temperature-sensing building material changes color to save energy

Researchers at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) have designed a chameleon-like building material that changes its infrared color—and how much heat it absorbs or emits—based on ...

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