Renewable energy from evaporation

Researchers from Columbia University claim that evaporating water could be used to generate clean, renewable electricity that could help power robots, sensors and vehicles. The additional benefit with evaporation is that, unlike solar or wind power, it happens continuously throughout the day and night.

South Korean team wins DARPA Robotics Challenge

After three years of development and testing, South Korea's Team Kaist and its robot DRC-Hubo took first place and $2million in prize money after winning the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) in Pomona, California.

Origami robot

Researchers from MIT have demonstrated an untethered miniature origami robot that self-folds, walks, swims, and degrades. The robot could be used in medical applications.

Loctite holds Snocross sleds together

Reliability is the most important aspect when developing and implementing engineering solutions. Loctite products are the professionals' choice for applications from a diverse technology portfolio, even in high performance motor sports. Polaris snowmobiles are pushed to extremes by competitive riders, who put the sleds through punishing snocross racing, freestyle competitions and distance jumping.

Robotic cheetah leaps and bounds

MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have trained it to 'see' and jump over hurdles as it runs. This development makes it the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously.

Robotic masterchef

A London-based company has helped to create 'a kitchen that cooks for itself' to show how closely its technology can mimic the actions of the human hand. The Shadow Dexterous Hands prepare a gourmet crab bisque.

How to assemble the e-spool

The e-spool is a versatile alternative to cable reeling drums, designed to offer flexible secure cable and hose supply on moving applications such as crane and other material handling applications.

Snake-arm robotics

OC Robotics has developed remote robots designed for handling operations within confined or hazardous spaces.

The future of space exploration

Mouser Electronics conducted an interview between Mars One's co-founder and ceo, Bas Lansdorp and Grant Imahara as part of the Innovation Spotlight lineup of four influential leaders in Space Exploration for the Empowering Innovation Together programme.

Astrobotic plans to explore space

Astrobotic, the Google Lunar XPRIZE Milestone winner, Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara reveal the first of several Innovation Spotlight interviews as part of the Space Exploration Series and Empowering Innovation Together program.

Building Bloodhound in 90 seconds

Technicians from the Royal Air Force's 71 Squadron and the Army's Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers are working alongside Bloodhound's motorsport and aerospace mechanics, assembling the most powerful land vehicle in history.

The Gravity Defying Chain

This 'bead fountain' video has gone viral in the last few weeks with scientists and engineers alike struggling to agree upon just what's going on, and what is causing this strange phenomenon. Take a quick look at this 50m chain of beads that are all connected seemingly defy gravity as they flow upwards before plummeting to the ground. Got an explanation? Share yours below.

Ford unveils solar powered concept car

The C-Max Solar Energi Concept car, announced by Ford yesterday, is designed to deliver the best of a plug-in hybrid without depending on the electric grid for fuel.

VIDEO: The 2013 Engineering Design Show

Take a look at some of the highlights from the 2013 Engineering Design Show and find out what's in store for next year. For more info, visit

Mercedes-Benz concept car is 'grown' in a lab

A concept car unlike anything else, the Mercedes-Benz Biome is built from a lightweight biological material that is grown from a seed. Here, Julie Hayes, senior brand communications manager for Autodesk, explains how the company used DNA based on bone material to create a car which runs on sunlight and produces nothing but oxygen.

Bentley drives scalable car design with 3D printing

Luxury car manufacturer Bentley Motors is using Obet Connex multi-material 3D printing to produce small scale car models, as well as full size parts, for assessment and testing prior to actual production. Find out more in the video below.