Automotive

The pros and cons of vehicle touchscreens

There's no denying the impact that smartphones and tablets have had on modern vehicles. Look into just about any new car and you'll find a touchscreen and maybe even a bank of capacitive touch buttons that seek to approximate ...

Engineering

First-of-its-kind 3D-printed home blends concrete, wood

Pouring layers of concrete like rows of toothpaste, an industrial-sized 3D printer this week continued adding a second floor to a Houston home that will be the first multistory printed structure in the United States.

Engineering

Collapsed bridge helps inform future flood-resistant designs

Before record rainfall in July of 2018, the Misasa Railroad Bridge spanned a small river some nine miles inland from Japan's western coast. Unprecedented flooding collapsed the bridge, an infrastructure failure that will ...

Internet

Why doesn't the metaverse look as disruptive as it should?

Virtual real estate is booming. In December 2021, one buyer spent US$450,000 (around £332,500) on a plot of land in rapper Snoop Dogg's virtual world. Which begs the question of what will be built there.

Internet

Dark patterns explained by online media expert

Dark patterns are design elements that deliberately obscure, mislead, coerce and/or deceive website visitors into making unintended and possibly harmful choices.