Recruiting bacteria as technology innovation partners: New self-healing materials and bioprocessing technologies
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, September 17, 2014
For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of ''bad'' biofilms around, a team of scientists see biofilms as a robust new platform for designer nanomaterials that could clean up polluted rivers, manufacture pharmaceutical prod...
Urban design with emotions: Designing to cut stress of city commuting
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, September 12, 2014
Unsafe bike paths, traffic jam stress, frightening underpasses -- modern city dwellers face a number of stressors. According to experts, sustainable urban design needs to take into account citizens'' emotional responses to their environment. Scientists are now developing creative methods to capture ...
Cutting the cord on soft robots: Machine walks through snow, flames and can be run over by cars
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, September 12, 2014
Engineers have developed the world''s first untethered soft robot -- and demonstrated that the quadruped, which can literally stand up and walk away from its designers, can walk through snow, fire and even be run over by a car. The hope is that such robots might one day serve as a search and rescue ...
Can a stack of computer servers survive an earthquake?
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, September 04, 2014
In high-seismic regions, new facilities often are engineered with passive protective systems that provide overall seismic protection. But often, existing facilities are conventional fixed-base buildings in which seismic demands on sensitive equipment located within are significantly amplified. In su...
Greater safety and security at Europe''s train stations
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, September 04, 2014
When a suspicious individual fleas on a bus or by train, then things usually get tough for the police. This is because the security systems of the various transportation companies and security services are typically incompatible. A new project aims at creating remedies and establishing better collab...
Changing temperature powers sensors in hard-to-reach places
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, September 04, 2014
Researchers have taken inspiration from a centuries-old clock design and created a power harvester that uses natural fluctuations in temperature and pressure as its power source.
Radar and alarm system for construction vehicles
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, September 01, 2014
Researchers have developed an alarm system for construction vehicles with a low-cost radar network that can prevent collisions and improve safety in work environments.
New analytical technology reveals ''nanomechanical'' surface traits
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, August 30, 2014
A new research platform uses a laser to measure the ''nanomechanical'' properties of tiny structures undergoing stress and heating, an approach likely to yield insights to improve designs for microelectronics and batteries.
Pioneer strategy for creating new materials
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, August 30, 2014
Making something new is never easy. Scientists constantly theorize about new materials, but when the material is manufactured it doesn''t always work as expected. To create a new strategy for designing materials, scientists combined two different approaches at two different facilities to synthesize ...
New technology may identify tiny strains in body tissues before injuries occur
ScienceDaily: Civil Engineering News, August 27, 2014
Algorithms to identify weak spots in tendons, muscles and bones prone to tearing or breaking have been developed by researchers. The technology, which needs to be refined before it is used in patients, one day may help pinpoint minor strains and tiny injuries in the body's tissues long before bigger...
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