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  • US researchers use additive technique to create optimised environment to grow human hair in a petri dish The hype around 3D printing has been so intense in recent years that it’s been touted as a solution to almost every human and manufacturing problem. However, to The Engineer’s knowledge, until now it has never been suggested […] The post 3D printing to grow hair: a potential cure for baldness appeared first on The Engineer.

  • Dutch startup Lightyear has revealed its first prototype vehicle, a lightweight five-seater car that harnesses solar energy to give a range of 725km. Lightyear One features five square metres of solar cells, integrated into the car’s roof and bonnet. The cells, which sit under safety glass, charge at a rate up to 12km/h in the […] The post Solar-charging Lightyear One targets EV range anxiety appeared first on The Engineer.

  • A new approach to creating multi-junction solar cells with off-the-shelf components could lead to photovoltaic devices that are more efficient and cheaper to make. This is the claim of researchers from North Carolina State University (NC State) whose proof-of-concept paper – A New Approach for Multi-Junction Solar Cells from Off-the-Shelf Individual Cells: GaAs/Si – was presented on […] The post New approach stacks up for multi-junction solar cells appeared first on The Engineer.

  • A UK headquartered company is looking at the global roll-out of its autonomous baggage carrying vehicles following a successful trial at Heathrow. Aurrigo was approached by International Airlines Group (IAG) to use its driverless expertise to develop the world’s first autonomous ‘dolly’, a common piece of ground-handling equipment normally used to move loose baggage and […] The post Autonomous baggage dolly takes off at Heathrow appeared first on The Engineer.

  • What is the most effective way to ensure we have enough engineers entering the profession? A few days ago was International Women in Engineering Day 2019, the annual celebration of the often neglected or forgotten contribution of women to this sector. For some time, engineering institutions have pointed out that as women make up a […] The post This week’s poll: addressing the recruitment gap appeared first on The Engineer.