This connection of springs is a new type of material that can change shape and learn new properties.
Computer-based neural networks can learn to do tasks. A new type of material, called a mechanical neural network, applies similar ideas to a physical structure.
Small planes are easier to electrify, but larger ones aren’t far behind.
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Air Canada and United Airlines both have orders for hybrid electric 30-seaters. An aerospace engineer explains where electrification, hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuels are headed.
As the most water-scarce region on the planet, the Middle East is particularly reliant on desalination technology.
Drinkable water resources are becoming increasingly scarce. Are technologies such as desalination capable of averting such a crisis?
Rainwater is a vital resource in many communities, but it’s not always safe to use. This sustainable and cheap invention could help many households in remote areas.
Research shows women who study engineering do better when mentored by other women.
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A negative environment dissuades many women engineering students from staying in the field. Can colleges and universities do anything to reverse the trend?
Our interviews with ex-automotive workers reveal how economic change interrupts lives, casting people into new worlds of precarious work and long, indefinite journeys in search of security.
A digital twin attempts to capture every aspect of a real thing, including up-to-the-moment changes.
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A digital twin is to a computer model as live video is to a still photo. These virtual replicas can be used to understand and make predictions about a wide range of complex systems, including people.
The Wall of Wind can create Category 5 hurricane winds for testing life-size structures.
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The test facility in Miami helps building designers prevent future storm damage. With the warming climate intensifying hurricanes, engineers are planning a new one with 200 mph winds and storm surge.
Spaghetti Junction has always been a destination as much as a transport nexus.
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Gravelly Hill Interchange was always meant to be functional, but its cultural life has been rich too.
Magnetic fusion reactors contain super hot plasma in a donut-shaped container called a tokamak.
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In January 2022, the JET fusion experiment produced more power over a longer period of time than any past attempt. Two physicists explain the engineering advancements that made the result possible.
The future of virtual learning? In Canada, doctors and nurses are engaged in professional development studies alongside design engineer students in Italy.
Courses designed to foster peer-to-peer learning in virtual spaces can yield research insights across disciplines.
Glass is produced from sand, is easy to recycle, and can be used to make concrete without any complex processing.
Minority STEM majors are more likely than their white peers to switch fields.
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Colleges don’t have to sit by and watch STEM majors leave for other fields. Two Ph.D. biology students share tips for encouraging students to stick with STEM despite the difficulty involved.
Without a diverse range of test subjects, some new technologies could fail to work as intended for many people.
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It’s easy for researchers to fall back on using test subjects from the communities around them – students and employees. Branching out is key to avoiding technology that fails certain populations.
Engineering classes at the University of San Diego have started integrating discussions of the social impact of technology like drones.
Solving mathematical equations is only part of the job. Students should be spending more time thinking about the human dimensions of the problems they are trying to solve.
Only about 1 in 5 computer scientists are women.
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Could it be that girls aren’t pursuing jobs in computer science and engineering because society has told them that’s not what they want to do? Three scholars weigh in.
Women who got their start in the male-dominated profession 40 years ago have advice for today’s newcomers in STEM.
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A survey of 251 women engineers who graduated from college in the 1970s sheds light on the experiences of these professional pioneers.
There are calls to declare road accidents a public health scare in Ghana.
Current methods of road carnage prevention in Ghana have proved unsuccessful .
Female engineers were more likely to ask for help from their female than male colleagues.
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In the male-dominated engineering industry, where women represent only about 11% of the workforce, gender influences whom individuals turn to for answers to questions.
Low-cost air-ventilation systems have been installed in many classrooms across the U.S. to help reduce COVID-19 transmission.
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Air-ventilation upgrades have been badly needed in U.S. classrooms since long before the pandemic. Low-tech filtration systems that cost about the same as a textbook per student can make a big difference.