A billion holes can make a battery
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, November 11, 2014
Researchers have invented a single tiny structure that includes all the components of a battery that they say could bring about the ultimate miniaturization of energy storage components.
Upgrading infrastructure could reduce flood damage
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, October 30, 2014
The severe flooding that devastated a wide swath of Colorado last year might have been less destructive if the bridges, roads and other infrastructure had been upgraded or modernized, according to a new study.
Taxi GPS data helps researchers study Hurricane Sandy''s effect on NYC traffic
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, October 29, 2014
The largest Atlantic hurricane on record, Hurricane Sandy, offered a chance for researchers to try out a new computational method they developed that promises to help municipalities quantify the resilience of their transportation systems to extreme events using only GPS data from taxis.
New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, October 29, 2014
A multidisciplinary engineering team developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants designed to absorb and convert to heat more than 90 percent of the sunlight it captures. The new material can also withstand temperatures greater than 700 degrees Celsius and survive...
New feather findings get scientists in a flap
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, October 22, 2014
Scientists have revealed that feather shafts are made of a multi-layered fibrous composite material, much like carbon fiber, which allows the feather to bend and twist to cope with the stresses of flight. Since their appearance over 150 million years ago, feather shafts (rachises) have evolved to be...
Facetless crystals that mimic starfish shells could advance 3-D-printing pills
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, October 20, 2014
In a design that mimics a hard-to-duplicate texture of starfish shells, engineers have made rounded crystals that have no facets.
Impact of offshore wind farms on marine species
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, October 17, 2014
Offshore wind power is a valuable source of renewable energy that can help reduce carbon emissions. Technological advances are allowing higher capacity turbines to be installed in deeper water, but there is still much unknown about the effects on the environment. Scientists have now reviewed the pot...
Bias in transportation system design exposed
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, October 16, 2014
America''s streets are designed and evaluated with an inherent bias toward the needs of motor vehicles, ignoring those of bicyclists, pedestrians, and public transit users, according to a new study.
Power of thorium for improved nuclear design explored by scientists
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, October 15, 2014
The development of a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, compact, quicker and less disruptive to build than any previously constructed is underway.
Demand high for engineers in Midwest
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, October 13, 2014
Engineering students preparing to take their sheepskin and depart into the world of change orders and service requests are finding no shortage of companies wanting to take their resumes.
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