Roadblocks & Opportunities: Women in STEM

The gender issue in the fields of STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine, is already well known. While there are thousands of qualified women seeking careers in these sectors, they are finding it difficult to reach their goals. What steps can be taken to help defeat the gender bias in STEM careers? Mary… Read more »

Engineering Students Harness Sounds to Bend Light on Chips

As you know, the speed of sound is significantly slower than the speed of light. That’s why when you see a plane, it takes a little longer for you to actually hear it. Then, is it possible for sound and light to exist in the same space? Researchers at the University of Minnesota discovered a… Read more »

Robotic Technology “Moves” Forward Thanks to Muscle Cells

Robots are machines, and as such, the way that they move is typically guided by an electronic motor, which propels gears and other mechanisms to force the device to move. This however may change very soon. In fact, researchers have found a way to actually make a robot move, with muscle. A team at the… Read more »

Innovative Method Builds Materials with Light

If you’re a fan of science fiction, undoubtedly you’ve read about cloaking devices and shields that can be used on a small or large scale. It used to be that these fantastic devices were relegated to the book shelves, but that may not be the case in the near future. Researchers at Cambridge University have… Read more »

New Research Helps to Predict Electrical Response of Metals to Extreme Pressures

Although we know have quad core computer processors, until now we’ve been limited when it comes to the speed that a single processor can achieve. This is due in a large part to the metal wiring that connects chips, the interconnects, as they are called. Metal has electrical resistance and this slows down the speed… Read more »

3D Printing Interest Grows Thanks to Autodesk

When 3D printing first hit the marketplace, there was plenty of interest, but the price of 3D capable printers meant that only large companies and educational facilities with large budgets were able to take advantage of it. That may soon change thanks to Autodesk. Known primarily for the AutoCAD software, Autodesk saw the potential in… Read more »

Microscopic Medical Propeller Could Pioneer Medical Treatment Options

We’ve seen numerous advances in nanotech over the past year, and none perhaps affected society as much as the smart-watch – a long awaited device that science fiction fans have pined over for years. But, this is not the only big thing happening in nanotech. In fact, there are a host of new surprises, and… Read more »

New Carbon Nanotube Circuits Provide Wealth of Opportunities

For years, when it comes to making circuits and chips, engineers have relied on silicon. While this material is ideal for this type of technology, it is an expensive material and one that is difficult to produce. This not only impacts the bottom lines of companies looking to manufacture technological products, it also impacts the… Read more »

New Surface Developed that Can Actively Control How Things Move

If you have ever dusted furniture, you know how quickly it can build back up. It’s a frustration for cleaners, but imagine this situation when it comes to solar panels, particularly in desert environments where dust is prevalent. Solar panels are a great source for renewable energy, but they don’t function as well when they… Read more »

Engineering Hiring is Up – So How Can You Snag Top Talent?

According to a recent report by Staffing Industry, hiring for engineers is on the rise, and in fact, the numbers are climbing steadily. Over the past few months, there has been an increase of more than 2% in available engineering jobs. This strong growth has raised some issues for employers however. As the marketplace gets… Read more »