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Researchers at the University of Michigan are calling a device they have used to imitate the "flow of medication" around a system similar to the human kidney, the 'kidney on a chip'.The device allows the researchers to determine how kidney cells would be affected by certain medications which could lead to a more accurate dosage of drugs for patients in the future. Overdosing a patient could lead to deaths and this engineered kidney simulation device is on its way to avoiding...

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Markit Economics and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply has confirmed that Britain's construction sector is expanding at a slow rate. It hasn't expanded this slowly in three years the report said. According to IBTimes, it is the 36th month of expansion, however, it is the slowest construction output since 2013. 

Britain has recently seen issues in the steel industry and is unsure about its future when the European Exit vote happens in June. 

Markit's senior...

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The United Arab Emirates is planning to take civil engineering to a whole new level. The engineers of the country plan to build a man-made mountain to produce rainfall. The hope is that with a mountain range effect, they will be able to cloud-seed the area. Cloud-seeding refers to weather modification that can increase the amount of rainfall in an area. 

The UAE has already invested US$11 million into cloud-seeding efforts in the past which have allegedly shown results but it seems the...

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Researchers at Oregon State University in the United States have discovered a new method of boiling water that utilizes new technology. They have published their findings in the Scientific Reports journal under the title Large-scale Generation of Patterned Bubble Arrays on Printed Bi-functional Boiling Surfaces.

The researchers investigated bubble nucleation control to attempt to enhance boiling heat transfer performance, according to the abstract of their report. 

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Geospatial engineering is a recent addition to the list of engineering roles you could find yourself in if you have an affinity for circumnavigating the world of civil engineering. These engineers are currently trying to imagine the introduction of European-styled roundabouts for the United States of America. the engineers would work closely with civil engineers, town planners and the like, to plan out how to design roads so that traffic and accidents are significantly lower. 

According...

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Skycatch is a drone data software company in the United States who's tagline is: Connecting people and machines to the real-time physical world. It is a tagline that indicates what the future of construction could look like. Machines doing what the people would be doing in real-time. The company recently received funding to the tune of $22 million that would see them producing hardware and software for unmanned aerial vehicles that would assist with civil engineering endeavours. 

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Germany divides its renewable energy consumption into six categories. Hydropower, wind energy, solar energy, geothermal energy, biomass and waste. The country also consumed more oil than coal in 2015, according to the AGEB's Energy Consumption Report of 2015. The PDF is available to read through, to see how far Germany is from ditching non-renewable sources of energy and how they move into the renewable energy age. 

In the report it is stated:

In 2015, the use of renewable energy...

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It was just the other day when tech leaders all converged on Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress in February. The hot topic was the inevitable Internet of Things and what kind of internet connections the world is going to have to have to accommodate it.  The word of caution was that 5G networks would have to be here by 2020, which analysts are estimating as the year that IoT reaches its full potential. You can read our story on that HERE.  The world now faces connectivity issues...

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BI Intelligence is a research entity from the publication Business Insider, who has recently published a report on how far the Internet of Things (IoT) industry has come and where it is going to in the next few years. BI Intelligence has studied IoT for two years, analyzing - what they call - the IoT ecosystem. The ecosystem includes manufacturing, connected home, transportation and agriculture industries, according to BI Intelligence. The group has now released a manual that industry heads...

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have written a report in Physics of Fluid that make a case for a change of methodology when studying turbulence pertaining to jets. 

The researchers say that fluid flows in predictable patterns with high-speed jets which explain why jets are so loud. The team wants to use their findings to influence the dynamics of jets to minimize the volumes they produce. 

Joseph W. Nichols, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering...

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Aerospace engineering will reach another milestone when SpaceX and NASA launch the Red Dragon on a mission to reach Mars. Elon Musk has announced that by May 2018, they want to be prepped and ready to go to Mars. The mission will see a bigger version of the Falcon 9 - which successfully landed itself on a barge earlier this year - known as the Red Dragon, enable a capsule to land on the surface of Mars. 

The end game for SpaceX would be getting more spacecraft to Mars and starting a...

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The immediate future of energy storage is not the full replacement of the grid but rather the alleviating of strain on the grid through the use of batteries. Territories such as the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia have been early adopters of energy storage technology and are looking forward to using battery technology during peak grid times, thereby, saving money and allowing the grid to operate optimally. 

However, Germany is not as convinced that battery storage...

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The interconnectivity of the components in a factory. This used to mean all the engineers and assembly line workers being on the same page. These days it means connecting the robots on the assembly line to an Internet of Things network so that they can talk to each other and ensure the assembly line keeps working in accordance with its coding. 

Dynamic Group is a medical devices and precision products manufacturer in the United States and is also in the process of automating some...

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Engineers and birds have an odd relationship. There is a recent fascination with what birds could teach us about building new aircraft or drones for that matter. Stanford University has joined the craze and has built a wind tunnel for birds and drones to test aerodynamics and how birds react to turbulence. 

Dan Quinn, a postdoctoral research fellow says, "Birds are masters of maneuverability in ways that we are only beginning to understand."

"Birds can dramatically change the shape...

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The Nevada desert seems to be the latest hub of energy generation. Tesla has built their new Gigafactory dedicated to the production of lithium-ion batteries and Crescent Dunes, a solar power facility, supplies energy to approximately 75,000 homes. It is both beautiful to look at and revolutionary for energy generation in the world today. 

The company behind the behemoth facility is SolarReserve, that employs engineers around the clock to maintain the facility. According to the...

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At the University of Central Florida, a junior electrical engineering major has invented something that would alert a car owner when their wheels have been tampered with or in the worst case scenario, stolen. According to Central Flordia Future, there were five instances of vehicle tire theft or tire tampering since 2015. 

(Photo: Veronica Brezina / Central Florida Future)

Matt White, the engineer behind the device, said: "I noticed in the beginning, ending and kind of in the...

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Canadian researchers at the University of Toronto are showing off a new method of renewable energy storage that utilizes the laws of photosynthesis as it happens in nature. Mimicking the process of photosynthesis will allegedly lead to a sustainable, renewable answer to energy storage on a grand scale. 

The University of Toronto's Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering is behind this and has created a device to put their hypothesis to work. The device splits water into hydrogen...

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Engineers at The University of Wisconsin-Madison are into precision. How can you tell? They've created the slimmest, most flexible, silicon transistor ever. At the helm of the project is Zhenqiang Ma, who has shown off the transistor that works at 38 gigahertz, but could theoretically achieve 110 gigahertz. This means it is capable of computing speeds above smartphones. 

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The findings were reported in the Scientific Reports journal. The slim...

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News from the United States confirms The Senate has passed a bill that will see the country's power grid modernized and also have an effect on liquefied natural gas exports. The bill will see security measures put in place that would protect the U.S.'s power grid from weather interference and from cyber attacks. The bill further makes provisions for energy storage in wind and solar energy solutions. 

The act will be signed into law by President Barack Obama, which would make governments...

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FANUC Corp. is a Japanese company that announced that it has created a network that will connect robots over IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) that will set the bar for other factories of the future to aim for. 

The new solution for factories by FANUC will ensure that robots stay connected to a network and work together in an industrial factory layout and will be able to present analytics data for a company's perusal. 

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Sujeet Chang, the CTO of...

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Ding ding ding. Another fighter enters the ring. Engineers are hard at work trying to convince the decision makers that there will be something better, more efficient and safer than lithium-ion for batteries. Even though half of our smart devices these days are powered by lithium-ion. However, engineers will keep trying to find the next best thing. 

 

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Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have manufactured what they...

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When engineers look to the natural world for inspiration, it always ends up in interesting discoveries and inspiring designs. Ki-Hun Jeong from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology is no different. He studied firefly lanterns to discover a way of increasing the amount of light an LED emits. 

Along with a team of engineers, Jeong observed that on the outside of a firefly's lantern there is a surface of tiles which make up a nanostructure that allows more light to be...

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In an effort to roll with the ever-changing punches that come with working with renewable energy sources and the likes, the French oil and gas global company, Total, has announced a new division that will focus on gas, renewables, and power. 

From the 1st  of September the new division will open with a president that will sit on the company's executive committee, Reuters confirmed. 

"Gas, Renewable, and Power will spearhead Total's ambitions in the electricity value chain...

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Another day, another battery. Lately, all the battery news out there is about lithium-ion and how it is going to be our saving grace in the world of saving energy and producing clean energy in the world of today. However, lithium-ion production isn't as safe as most people think, so a safer alternative is always being looked for and researched. 

A team of engineers from the US Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the Department of Energy  has found that using zinc-manganese...

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Engineers in Japan are working with what they are calling 'electronic skin' that would be able to bind to your body and display information. There has been some chatter about electronic skins that can repair themselves but this is one of the first working prototypes that actually displays information on it. The researchers say that the skin uses organic light-emitting diode (OLED) which is used in smartphone and television technology. Therefore, you would become a walking, talking smartphone...

There are endless possibilities in the Internet of Things industry for engineers. All you have to do is head on to jobs listing websites to see how many software engineers are in demand in the Internet of Things industry. You could see yourself working for Google or Microsoft or Intel in this new wave of jobs available due to the push that the industry is experiencing. 

It doesn't stop at software engineering - not by a long mile. Manufacturing.Net writes that job postings have...

The equivalent of US$2.2 million in funding has been given to an initiative at the University of Sheffield that pertains to energy storage. The energy storage solution being funded could lead to sustainable energy for the railway business. The project is called the TransEnergy project and is collaborating with National Rail, a partnership that will lead to the powering of railways in the United Kingdom. 

Reportedly, energy is consumed at a high level during peak hours in...

Engineers have discovered a method of doubling Wi-Fi speeds at Columbia University. At the steering wheel of the discovery is Harish Krishnaswamy, an electrical engineering graduate who has utilized one antenna that doubles the speed of Wi-Fi says, "This technology could revolutionize the field of telecommunications." 

The work has been doing in the Columbia High-Speed and MM-Wave IC LAB that works with integrated circuits in order for wireless communication to be achieved. They concern...

Chung Hyuk Park is an assistant professor of biomedical engineering that has morphed mechanical, electrical and computer engineering into his career as well. The end result? A soccer playing robot that would be able to interact with autistic children. The robot has been designed to interact with children and communicate with them as well. Through collaboration with other engineers, they combined their skills and built the robot. 

Park said he wanted to build something that would assist...

An engineering career might take you many places. Places that you never thought you would ever find yourself when you started. This rang true for engineers in Tokyo, who found themselves working with the Jamaican Olympic bobsledding team. Ota Ward is the company involved with the team building a model that has been designed and manufactured for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea. The company hopes to engineer a bobsled that would go up against the best and achieve glory for the notorious...

In March, it was widely reported that the mining industry was losing jobs globally. According to a Quarterly Employment Survey observed by PoliticsWeb in South Africa, 29,000 miners lost their jobs between December 2014 and December 2015. In the United States, 12,400 mining jobs were lost in March 2016 alone according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In April, it was reported that 29,000 manufacturing jobs were lost from September 2014 as well.

Now, the Canadian Mining Journal is reporting...

Bath University in the United Kingdom is one of the leading universities internationally recognized for teaching and research. Dr. Manuch Soleimani works in the department of electronic and electrical engineering, at the helm of a Shell-Thick project that researches steel solidification. 

The methods they are working on would refine the process of casting steel. They would be able to accurately see when "defects or fails" occur when steel solidifies. 

The process is...

A civil engineer out of Kansas State University has partnered with the Kansas Department of Transportation to generate a crash prediction model for "rural multi-lane highways". 

Syeda Rubaiyat Aziz is working towards her doctorate in civil engineering and says, "Saving even a single life would be important for Kansas, as well as for the United States." 

The research began with looking at the American Association of State Highway and Transport Officials' Highway Safety Manual...

Tomsk Polytechnic University has put their computer engineers to work to create an algorithm for surveillance cameras that will detect a face in a crowd of people in high resolution. Allegedly, the algorithm would be able to calculate the number of people in the frame, the gender and age of the people being filmed. 

Ilya Kalinovskii, the developer of the algorithm and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Engineering at TPU, said, "In order to detect a person on his face...

Australia Post is following in the footsteps of Amazon with intentions to launch a drone delivery system. The post office tested out a drone delivery in a 'closed-field' trial to test the possibility of implementing drone delivery in the future. 

A prototype drone built with four rotors, what ABC is calling a "suction device" for the parcels and a cable to hold it in place as well. This is a little different than Amazon's "clamp-on" system that its drones have. Australia Post says their...

Engineering students from Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology in Aligarh, India claim to have an answer to doing blood tests without the needle prick that some people fear. This was achieved reportedly using electrical properties of blood cells that to successfully count red blood cells (RBC) and white blood cells (WBC). 

The researchers have used a laser that will count the blood cells when placed on superficial veins and according to HindustanTimes, the lower lip...

The Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration has taken to Kickstarter to try and crowdfund a project that would see a team of engineers building an underwater robot to explore Yellowstone Lake. Yellowstone Lake is the largest freshwater lake above 7,000ft in North America. 

The leader of the team Dave Lovalvo, a keen ocean and large lake explorer for the last thirty years now wants to take on the lake. The team he presides over already has a robot called the Deep...

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Researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology have invented a 3-D microwave video camera. The team says the camera would be able to conduct industrial inspection and security screening. The camera operates at 20-30 gigahertz and uses non-ionizing electromagnetic waves which are not harmful to humans. 

Talking to Missouri S&T News, Dr. Mohammed Tayeb Ghasr, assistant research professor at Missouri S&T, said: "It's like an airport scanner but much smaller. It's...

A company from the United Kingdom named Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has published what they say are five lessons they have learned since investing a lot of their time and money into energy storage involving lithium-ion batteries. The company has experience with solar and wind technologies but in 2014 started using lithium-ion in Ohio, in the United States.

 

1- Controls and monitoring are essential to ensure safety and maximise value for owners 

2 - Integrated solutons...

The future of robotics is in the hands of the engineers currently working in automation and the children who are interested in pursuing a career in robotics. Moscow hosted Robofest 2016, which saw a host of young, budding, engineers show off their robots. From shirt folding robots to rough-terrain navigating robots, the event looked to be a treat. Here are some of the highlights thanks to RT

 

According to RT, the robotics conference included:

  • 3500 school...

LG Electronics in collaboration with Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-Water) are taking solar to the seas. Okay, maybe just dams and rivers for now. The two are actively conducting research into floating solar power generation technologies. The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding at the K-Water HQ in Daejon according to BusinessKorea. They will utilize engineer employees to invent solar-water technologies in hopes that it will generate energy. 

Their main aim is to...

Good news for engineers in the piping industry. CAD Schroer, a 3D plant design software company has released a software called M4 ISO  that would assist with the process. Also known for their MEDUSA4 software, the company gives mechanical engineers the ability to develop designs for practical uses in the industry.

The new program assists engineers with pipework fabrication, creating drawings with Creo 3D geometric data. If you already use PTC Creo Piping, fear not, M4 ISO is able...

Lithium carbonate has gone from costing US$6,000 per metric tonne to US$14,000 in the last six months. These revelations from Breitbart News, who have investigated lithium prices since Tesla erected a US$5 billion factory in the Nevada desert causing markets to speculate on shares. The recent announcement of the Tesla model 3 also alerted the market that lithium is becoming important to consumers due to the 300,000 orders Tesla received on the back of the announcement. 

Goldman...

2015 was a landmark year for liquefied natural gas, industry groups confirmed this week. According to the Houston Chronicle's Fuel Fix, Australia, and Indonesia are behind the rise in sales due to the shipments to Europe and the Middle East. 

LNG shipments reportedly grew by 2.5 percent to 245.2 million tons per year in 2015. The stats come from the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers (GIIGNL). However, 2016 is not reporting as strong numbers in the first quarter of...

Australia continues to impress with their advanced stance on energy storage and how it will be factoring into the future of energy generation. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced two solar+storage projects for residential areas in Western Australia. 

According to PV-Magazine, 170,000 households have rooftop photovoltaic energy solutions installed in Western Australia as of this year. In Perth, ARENA is once again backing energy storage by introducing a new...

Self-healing concrete might soon be a reality. In October, in 2015, researchers at Cardiff University were attempting to formulate the concrete in Wales. By November, the team was testing three different kinds of self-healing concrete formulas. The team intends to make a case for building with self-healing concrete around the world that could repair itself when damaged . 

So...autonomous concrete?

Professor Bob Lark, the principal investigator for the project at Cardiff University's...

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The most sustainable building in the world has been crowned. Who decides these kinds of things, you ask? The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREAAM)  has said an office building in Haelen, in the Netherlands, has won the award and scored 99.94 percent on their rankings.

Now you can change your offices accordingly so that it might compete for the most sustainable building of all time. 

According to Gizmodo, the building has a solar power...

Another day, another concern for autonomous cars. At the end of the day, the policy makers of the world are the ones who are going to be allowing autonomous cars to take to the streets globally, and the fight is heating up. 

Dr. Ian Noy, a policy maker in the Canadian government has expressed his distrust in autonomous cars. He said, "There's no factual basis for the claim that autonomous cars will prevent 90% of traffic accidents." According to Globes, Noy was a guest at the annual Or...

Researchers from the North Carolina State University and the U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Center have developed something that sounds like it comes out of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. They allegedly built a "super-strong" foam that would protect anyone who wears it from bullets.

The layer of foam introduced by the researchers is said to be unheavy due and is possible through "composite metal structures" abbreviated as CMFs that ensures its light-weightedness. The...

Digital transformation is a hot topic in companies right now. Companies are under the pressure of moving their entire operations into the industrie 4.0 and automating a lot of things that used to be done manually. At the Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2016, the mood was no different than the industry's. Change is coming whether its agreed upon or not. Huawei's current CEO Eric Xu said that they would be moving into an "All Cloud" strategy that would be accommodating the latest industry...

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