engineering

New Wireless Power Setup Charges 40 Smartphones From Across The Room

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you never had to plug in your phone? Well, a team of Korean scientists say that they’re one step closer to making that fantasy a reality with new wireless power transfer technology that works from over 4.5m away. And it works pretty damn well too.


Man Explains Why He Prefers $50 3D-Printed Hand To $42,000 Prosthesis

Everybody’s excited about the possibilities of 3D printing, but, for some people, the technology stands to improve their lives on a daily if not hourly basis. Jose Delgado Jr, a 53-year-old man born without most of his left hand, is one of them. Thanks to 3D-printing, Jose got a new hand.


Advanced Concrete Could Last More Than A Century Without Maintenance

A new water-repellant concrete impregnated with tiny superstrong fibres promises to leave roads and bridges free of major cracks for up to 120 years.


Floating Nuclear Reactors Might Make More Sense Than You'd Think

At a symposium held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers this week, a team of MIT engineers will present an idea that seems to tempt fate: a floating nuclear reactor, anchored out at sea, that would be immune to tsunamis and earthquakes. Is it really that crazy of a plan?


Google X's Crazy Failures: Space Elevators, Hoverboards, Teleportation

We’ve all wondered excitedly about exactly what Google might be cooking up in its X lab. But now, Fast Company has taken a peek inside its workshops to found out what happens to the ideas that don’t make it off the drawing board.


Is Moore's Law Dying?

Moore’s Law — the observation that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years — had held true for 40 years. But can engineers keep up that rate of progress?


Can Lasers Protect Buildings From Lightning?

The standard advice authorities offer when lightning starts crackling across the sky is for people to take shelter inside buildings. Through lightning rods affixed to the roof, electrical wiring, and plumbing that can direct the electricity away from occupants and into the ground, substantial structures offer protection.


Six Women Who Paved The Way For Female Engineers And Architects

The Brooklyn Bridge was an awesome feat of engineering that required not just scientific prowess but political strength. For 14 years, the construction of the bridge was overseen and managed by a woman named Emily Warren Roebling, who took over the role as chief engineer after her husband fell ill.


Intel Is Experimenting With Fully Immersed Cooling For Computers

Forget your water-cooled gaming rig: Intel is experimenting with a cooling system which fully immerses the entirety of a computer’s electronics in liquid to increase efficiency.


Self-Destructing Electronics Are Here, And They Are Awesome

A renegade professor and his team just unveiled a mind-bending new technology. Put bluntly, they have created self-destructing electronics: gadgets that disappear with the flip of a switch. And, yes, it’s just like Mission Impossible.