Engineering

The era of the megalopolis: How the world's cities are merging

On November 15 2022, a baby girl named Vinice Mabansag, born at Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila, Philippines, became—symbolically—the eight billionth person in the world. Of those 8 billion people, 60% live ...

Robotics

Social robots for elder care

Robots have come a long way. For years, they have been supporting human activity—enabling exploration in dangerous and unreachable environments like out in space and deep in the oceans. A new generation of robots are being ...

Telecom

Tonga back online as undersea cable repaired

Internet connection was restored in Tonga on Tuesday, five weeks after a massive volcanic eruption shredded the undersea cable that connects the Pacific nation with the rest of the world.