Engineering Breakthroughs

Fish scale bioplastic nets UK James Dyson Student Award

4 weeks ago — Quick Read

A UK student has netted this year's UK James Dyson Award.

Could a mix of wood fibre and spider silk rival plastic?

4 weeks ago — Quick Read

A new though, flexible, and biodegradable material, made with wood glucose and spider silk, could be the next breakthrough in material science. Developed by scientists from Aalto University and the...

What neuroscientists are learning about our brains in space by launching themselves into zero gravity flight

1 month ago — Deep Dive

More than 500 people have travelled into space to date and, while we know a little about how life without gravity affects our physical health, we know almost nothing about...

QBOT added to Scottish Government’s warm homes scheme

1 month ago — Long Read

Q-Bot - the intelligent robotics and AI tool which we featured in our Born to Engineer series - has been added to the range of energy efficiency measures offered under...

New tech harnesses energy by mixing freshwater and seawater

3 months ago — Long Read

Engineers at Stanford have created a new battery made from affordable and durable materials which can generate energy in places where salt and fresh waters mingle. The new tech could...

Rice device converts heat to light

3 months ago — Long Read

A new carbon nanotube film created by Engineers at Rice University converts waste heat into light and electricity. The new invention could make solar panels (and anything that wastes energy...