engineering

These 3D-Printed Ants Could Be The Factory Workers Of The Future

These 3D-printed ants scuttle around much like the real thing. But loaded with sensors and wireless communication systems, they’re an experiment in collaborative robots — the kind of co-working that could fuel the factories of the future.


This Glorified Speaker Blows Out Fires With Bass 

Engineers have experimented with using sonic waves to douse flames for years — but it took a pair of students to turn the concept into an affordable, hand-held device.


New Nanofibre Is Tougher Than Kevlar And Stretches 7 Times Its Length

Bullet-proof protection may be about to get more bullet proof. A team of researchers has created a new kind of nanofibre that can extend to seven times its original length — and is tougher than kevlar too.


New Super-Fast 3D Printer Builds Objects In 6 Minutes

Last week, Carbon3D announced a 3D printing system that’s 25 times faster than traditional 3D printers. Now, a company called Gizmo 3D has revealed that it’s developing a system that can also achieve incredible speeds.


Crazy No-Stick Coating Is Coming To A Bottle Of Glue Near You

Remember that no-stick ketchup bottle of the future an MIT professor made a few years ago? Well, the MIT team created a company to sell the super slippery technology, and Elmer’s recently signed an exclusive licence to use it in their glue bottles. Pretty slick! (Sorry.)


Things Are Not Going Well At Russia's New Spaceport

“I will not allow sabotage, I’ll simply rip heads off” is never something you want your boss to say. Russia is in the process of building its first new cosmodrome — or rocket launch site — since the fall of the USSR. And it’s a mess.


This Is What A Li-On Electrode Looks Like As It Drains And Charges

Lithium-ion batteries are ubiquitous — as is their gradual degradation over the lifetime of a gadget. Now, using a new imaging technique, a team of researchers shows what happens deep within li-on cells as they charge and discharge.


A Compound From Plants Could Replace Bitumen To Make Roads Greener

Construction teams around the world rely on bitumen — an incredibly sticky by-product of crude oil production — as the main binding agent for asphalt. But a team of scientists reckon that a compound found within plants could help replace it, making road-building a greener, more sustainable practice.


Researchers Turn Packing Peanuts Into Rechargeable Batteries

Many of us have shared the guilty twinge of pouring a box of packing peanuts into a trash bag, knowing that our convenient foam waste will end up sitting in a landfill for the next few thousand years. Soon, however, we may be able to juice these little nuts for energy.


This Is The World's Highest Peak-Power Laser Diode Array

Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have created the world’s highest peak-power laser diode array, capable of creating up to 3.2 megawatts. The new device will be used in Europe’s new Extreme Light facility, which will be as badass as it sounds.