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May 15, 2015 — In future, the service life of bridges may be estimated more accurate than ever before. Engineers have refined mathematical models for calculating them. Unlike previous models, they take local ... read more

Apr. 29, 2015 — Since most foam materials are made of petrochemical plastics, they aren’t very climate-friendly. But now an alternative is in sight – a novel foam material produced entirely from wood, which is ... read more

New Software Analyses the Effect of Climate Change on Buildings from the Cloud

Apr. 16, 2015 — Construction companies have begun to use a simulation software which analyses for the first time the entire life cycle of a building, from creation to deconstruction. The tool, which can be used in ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new way to use plant oils like olive and linseed oil to create polyurethane, a plastic material used in everything from foam insulation panels to tires, hoses and ... read more

Apr. 9, 2015 — Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are microscopic tubular structures that engineers 'grow' through a process conducted in a high-temperature furnace. The forces that create the CNT structures known ... read more

Apr. 7, 2015 — Scientists are using single-walled carbon nanotube composites (SWCNTs) as a material in "unconventional" computing. By studying the mechanical and electrical properties of the materials, ... read more

Wobbly No More: Work on Analogical Processing Helps Children Learn Key Engineering Principle

Mar. 31, 2015 — Children love to build things. Often half the fun for them is building something and then knocking it down. But in a new study children had just as much fun learning how to keep their masterpieces ... read more

Mar. 31, 2015 — Researchers have recorded the first direct observations of the micro-scale mechanisms behind the ability of skin to resist tearing. The results could be applied to the improvement of artificial skin, ... read more

Light-Emitting Diode Tech: Solving Molybdenum Disulfide's 'Thin' Problem

Mar. 27, 2015 — A research team used silver nanodiscs to increase the promising new material's light emission by twelve times, making it a better candidate for light-emitting diode ... read more

Mar. 26, 2015 — Researchers have created materials that exploit the electromechanical properties of specific nanofibers to stretch to up to seven times their length, while remaining tougher than ... read more

Mar. 23, 2015 — Researchers are using green engineering to develop a low-cost dam that aims to prevent flooding, generate electricity, and help end food and water ... read more

Mar. 24, 2015 — Researchers have developed new membranes or micro-filters that will result in clean water in a much more energy efficient ... read more

Molecule from Plants Could Make Our Roads and Roofs 'Greener'

Mar. 22, 2015 — Construction crews may someday use a plant molecule called lignin in their asphalt and sealant mixtures to help roads and roofs hold up better under various weather conditions and make them more ... read more

Improving Productivity of Welding by Reducing Groove Angle

Mar. 18, 2015 — Scientists have been developing materials and technology suitable for Arctic conditions. Principles for safe and ecological design and manufacturing of structures and devices used for energy ... read more

Mar. 19, 2015 — Advances in materials science, distributed algorithms and manufacturing processes are revolutionizing robotic materials. Prosthetics with a realistic sense of touch. Bridges that detect and repair ... read more

Mar. 18, 2015 — Brookhaven physicists have illustrated how advances in computing and applied mathematics can improve the predictive value of models used to design new ... read more

Mar. 18, 2015 — Clean renewable energy can be produced by photocatalytically splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen with solar energy. Most of the conventionally developed water-splitting photocatalysts, however, ... read more

Mar. 18, 2015 — An electrical and computer engineer is taking a cue from nature to devise the next generation of integrated low-power, wearable ... read more

Mar. 16, 2015 — Inspired by seashells, researchers create a design map that predicts the strength, stiffness and toughness of composite ... read more

Laser-Assisted Fabrication Process Enables of Heat-Resistant, Crack-Free Materials

Mar. 12, 2015 — A fabrication technique that uses lasers to deposit superalloys with fewer cracks and excellent mechanical properties has been developed by researchers. Alloys are mixtures of two or more metallic ... read more

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