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'Soft' robots that can move on their own

A new class of soft robot, composed of ultrathin sensing, actuating electronics and temperature-sensitive artificial muscle that can adapt to the environment and crawl, has been announced by ...



IMTS 2018 preview

IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, from 10-15 September 2018, aims to help designers and engineers stay current with global ...


Adaptive materials for advanced rotorcraft concepts

Engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the University of Maryland have developed a technique that causes a composite material to become 93% stiffer and 35% stronger on-demand when ...




Autonomous vehicle can move like a crab

Schaeffler has developed a compact wheel module that combines the drive and chassis components of its ‘Schaeffler Mover’, an autonomous urban mobility concept vehicle that is said to be Schaeffler’s ...




Rolls-Royce and Boeing invest in UK space engine

Boeing’s investment arm, HorizonX Ventures, and Rolls-Royce are investing around £26.5 million in Reaction Engines Limited (REL), an Oxfordshire-based company developing a revolutionary aerospace ...


Metamaterial redirects and reflects sound

Researchers at Duke University in the US have demonstrated the design and construction of what they claim is the first thin material that can control the redirection and reflection of sound waves ...






Liquid-in-liquid 3D printed structures

Scientists from the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a way to 3D print structures composed entirely of liquids. They envision their ...




Live visual fitness tracker for swimmers

For the first time, information on lap time, distance, speed, average split times, lap numbers, target times and predicted finishing times will float in front of the eyes of swimmers thanks to what ...






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