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  • Our current vision of “smart cities” too often focuses on adding technologies that don’t necessarily make cities better places to live, says Professor Henrietta Moore, founder and director, Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London There are 7.7 billion people on the planet today, and every year our global population grows by around 1.08% – […] The post Engineering a sensible smart city appeared first on The Engineer.

  • Brazilian-Japanese team unravels mechanism of unusual light colour emission, which might prove useful in imaging haemoglobin-rich tissues Many animals have the ability to emit light, but the most studied emit yellow-green light. An exception is the railroad worm, the larva of the Phrixothrix hirtus beetle, which emits both red and yellow-green light. It has a […] The post Red-glowing railroad worm may hold key to better medical imaging appeared first on The Engineer.

  • Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have integrated an anti-baldness device into a hat, powered by the body’s own movements.  Described in the journal ACS Nano, the technology uses electrical stimulation to reactivate dormant hair follicles, with gentle, low-frequency electric pulses encouraging the follicles back into action. This makes it suitable for early intervention in […] The post Anti-baldness hat powered by body movements appeared first on The Engineer.

  • The Maker’s Meet festival, run by manufacturers’ organisation Make UK, has revealed some of its headline speakers ahead of the event on October 12th. Part of Birmingham Tech Week, the one-day festival aims to encourage aspiring engineers, apprentices and technology fans into careers in industry and manufacturing. The event targets undergrads, post-grads and apprentices in […] The post Makers Meet festival targets STEM’s next generation   appeared first on The Engineer.

  • Swarming 3D printed smarticles unlock new method of robot locomotion and may be able to form load-bearing structures An accidental discovery about construction staples led to the development of the swarming robots. Nick Gravish, a doctoral student at Georgia Tech working on a project with the Army Research Laboratory, found that if these heavy duty […] The post Smarticle robots built from smaller swarming robots appeared first on The Engineer.

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