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History of Engineering: Electricity

How Electricity Changed Engineering: The discovery of electricity allowed mankind to harness vast amounts of energy, powering new technologies which improved lives around the world. It was one of the ...

Why Nuclear Reactors Are Getting Smaller

The nuclear power industry is looking to shrink its reactors down into smaller modular reactors, known as SMRs, roughly 1% the size of traditional nuclear reactors as we know them today.

New 3D Printing Techniques Could Change Engineering

Why 3D Printing Is So Important For Engineering: 3D printing is important for engineering as it allows parts to be manufactured on site, to exact specifications. It’s now possible for engineering firm...

What China’s EAST Fusion Reactor Means For The Energy Market

Nuclear fusion is the reaction that occurs at the heart of the sun, generating potentially limitless amounts of energy. It works by combining two lightweight atoms into a single, larger one. When this...

Historical Figures In Engineering: Abbas Ibn Firnas

Humans have been flying for over a hundred years, thanks to the invention of the first airplane by the Wright Brothers in 1903. However, one engineer managed to achieve heavier-than-air flight a thous...

New Design Could Revolutionise Communications Systems

A new communications design based around origami patterns could allow radio antenna to adapt their structure under certain conditions, increasing their versatility and usefulness. The technology was c...

What Are Nanomaterials And Why Are They Important To Engineering?

Nanomaterials are chemicals substances that are manufactured and used at very small scales. They can be designed for increased strength, chemical reactivity, or conductivity, and are changing the fiel...

Historical Figures In Engineering: Lillian Gilbreth

Lillian Evelyn Moller Gilbreth was an American psychologist and engineer, and was one of the first female engineers to earn a Ph.D. She was the first industrial/organisational psychologist, and greatl...

New Discovery Leads to More Efficient Munitions

Conventional small arms fire bullets that travel anywhere from 1,000 m/s to 1,500 m/s. More powerful rifles can shoot anywhere up to 4,000 miles per hour.

What Are Metamaterials And How Can They Help Create A Sustainable Future

The word ‘meta’ comes from the Greek meaning ‘to go beyond.’ In terms of metamaterials, this applies to characteristics that are beyond our capability to see, minute structures on the surface or inter...

The Future Of Renewable Energy

The global renewable energy sector has been growing steadily over the last few years. Green energy production is growing in every sector, thanks to rising efficiency, falling costs, and concerns over ...

3 Ways Robotics Will Change in 2020

The field of robotics has changed dramatically over the last ten years, with advances in AI bringing massive boosts in capabilities and learning, upgrades to memory allowing for more sophisticated sys...