engineering

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    How to build an offshore wind farm

    There’s a lot of work involved in building a new wind farm, but it’s no longer sailing in unchart...

    Energy company Nexsphere has announced it’s planning to build an offshore wind farm in Bass Strait, off the northeast...

    Energy December 16, 2021
  • Robotic hand dexterous enough to use tweezers

    Human hands are extremely difficult to replicate robotically – but this robot comes closer than e...

    Humanoid robots are a staple of science fiction, from C-3PO in Star Wars to Data in Star Trek, and they’re also now u...

    Robotics December 15, 2021
  • How does a jet engine work?

    Turning fuel into explosive thrust.

    Modern aviation owes its success to the jet engine. The technology was originally developed in the late 1930s and ear...

    Technology November 29, 2021
  • How do vacuum cleaners work? 4 factors!

    The science of the vacuum cleaner is as simple as using one.

    Vacuum cleaners are among the handiest household cleaning appliances used today. Vacuum cleaners' simple yet effecti...

    Engineering November 3, 2021
  • A robotic hip exoskeleton for amputees

    Autonomous, powered hip exoskeleton could help with mobility for people with above-knee amputations.

    Researchers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Center at the University of Utah, US, have eng...

    Robotics October 12, 2021
  • 3D printing is helping paralympians gain an edge

    From bespoke seats to titanium arms, how does the widespread availability of 3D printers help to ...

    By James Novak, The University of Queensland and Andrew Novak, University of Technology Sydney Major sporting even...

    Core Sciences September 4, 2021
  • 3D-printed houses in Australia | Cosmos Weekly Taster

    The technology to construct lower-cost, more sustainable, more efficient housing is here, now. So...

    This article first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 27 August 2021. For more stories like this, subscribe to Cosmos Weekl...

    Australia September 3, 2021
  • Acoustic tweezers put the pinch on particles

    Complex acoustic patterns can manipulate matter without touching it.

    There are no physical structures in this video. The “walls” guiding the particles through the liquid are actually a c...

    Core Sciences August 19, 2021
  • Final frontier exam: is it fit for space?

    New network set to help Australian space tech meet standards and head for the heavens.

    A new network to put space technology through its paces has been set up, to make sure Australian-developed products c...

    News June 23, 2021
  • Path to zero emissions: the future of transport

    Former chief scientist Dr Alan Finkel describes what transportation will look like in a zero-emis...

    To describe how I think transport will look in the future I need to set the scene. My Quarterly Essay, "Getting to Ze...

    Core Sciences June 18, 2021
  • Are those earmuffs, or beermuffs?

    Presenting a head-warmingly new non-invasive technique for measuring blood alcohol levels.

    Japanese researchers have developed a pair of earmuffs that can measure real-time changes in your blood alcohol conce...

    Core Sciences June 13, 2021
  • Breaking bad (and sometimes good)

    A new device is making the task of finding flaws in a thing – like every thing – a whole lot easier.

    Nothing counts except for your thirst, and you’re cracking open a cold can of cola to deal with the problem when… arr...

    Core Sciences June 4, 2021
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