engineering

You Can Feel This Touchscreen That's Made Of Thin Air

When’s a screen not a screen? When, err, it’s made of thin air we suppose — like this touchscreen, which is constructed from light and ultrasound vibrations alone.


How They Get Teflon To Stick To Pans

Saving us from soaking, scraping and scrubbing, Teflon has been a lifesaver (or at least a hand-saver) for home cooks for the last 50 years. But how do they get it to stick to the pan in the first place?


Tesla Is Hunting For Aussie Engineering Talent

Want to work at making the world a cleaner and more environmentally friendly place? Tesla Motors wants you. The all-electric, battery-powered car brand is holding an open house for engineers in Melbourne next week, and successful applicants could be transplanted to sunny California to help design and build amazing new vehicles.


How NASA Deals With Odour Inside The International Space Station

Space may be a vacuum, but at least aboard the International Space Station, smells still have plenty of room to waft. And considering the ISS has 6 living, breathing, excreting human beings living in such close proximity, some of those smells could get to be a major problem. Fortunately, NASA has accounted for that.


This Hydraulic Bridge Opens And Closes Like A 30-Tonne Steel Fan

More than 200 years ago, this canal in London was a critical vein in the city’s industrial infrastructure, carting goods between Birmingham and London. The bridge that spans it today would have seemed utterly bizarre — but a lot has changed since 1801.


New LEDs Promise To Make Your Smartphone Screen 400% Clearer

The most advanced LED screens look amazing compared to what was on the market even a couple of years ago. But a Princeton engineer found a cheap new way of making LEDs not only brighter and more efficient but also five times as clear. It even makes them last longer.


Pictures Of The World's Biggest Cargo Ship Make You Feel Tiny

The Maersk Triple-E is the largest cargo ship in the world. Photographer Alastair Philip Wiper got the chance to visit Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, the South Korean port where nine of these behemoths are currently being build. These are his amazing photos, originally published on Wired.


What Happens When You Flush

The flushing toilet is a remarkable piece of technology that keeps our cities sanitary. But what happens when you say goodbye to your creations and flush the thing?


10 Of History's Deadliest Construction Projects

The Panama Canal opened 100 years ago this month, one of the greatest engineering achievements in history. It was also one of the greatest sacrifices of human life in the name of construction, but tragically it was far from the most deadly project in modern history.


TNT-Coated Carbon Nanotubes Could Generate Future Electricity

Light the touchpaper and stand well back, because we’re about to… make sustainable electricity? That’s the idea according to a researcher from MIT, whose vision for future power generation involves a healthy dose of TNT.


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