Engineering

If it gets built, there's an engineer involved somewhere. Check out some ideas on engineering the things we use everyday to be cleaner and more efficient.

Cutterhead, shield and partial trailing gantries of the tunnel boring machine known as Lady Bird. (Photo courtesy DC Water)

School Without Walls Senior High School
When her husband took office in 1963, Claudia Alta Johnson, better known as Lady Bird, made it her mission to protect and preserve the environment. Now a giant machine, akin to a mechanical earthworm, denominated Lady Bird, has a similar mission.
School Without Walls Senior High School
A company has developed a cheaper way to capture carbon emissions and convert them to bioplastic — which could help us reduce our dependence on oil and fossil fuels.
Senior Writer, Planet Forward
What an incredibly strong and flexible material, a fraction of the weight of steel, and can be created by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere?
The Pennsylvania State University
An efficient method to harvest low-grade waste heat as electricity may be possible using reversible ammonia batteries, according to Penn State engineers.
The Pennsylvania State University
A new route to making graphene has been discovered that could make the 21st century's wonder material easier to ramp up to industrial scale. Graphene -- a tightly bound single layer of carbon atoms with super strength and the ability to conduct heat... Read More
Planet Forward
Lack of charging infrastructure has always been one of the big problems with electric vehicles, but a new patnership between Chargepoint and Cadillac may help change that.
The Pennsylvania State University
Porous silicon manufactured in a bottom-up procedure using solar energy can be used to generate hydrogen from water, according to a team of Penn State mechanical engineers, who also see applications for batteries, biosensors and optical electronics... Read More
A demonstration of very active gold nanorods internalized in
A demonstration of very active gold nanorods internalized in
The Pennsylvania State University
Sound-powered nanomotors could be the future of medicine.
Planet Forward, GWU School of Media and Public Affairs
One of the hardest parts of cracking the renewable energy problem is storing power from wind and solar. One company thinks that old-fashioned train technology might be the solution.
The Pennsylvania State University
A new cost-effective polymer membrane can decrease the cost of alkaline batteries and fuel cells by allowing the replacement of expensive platinum catalysts without sacrificing important aspects of performance, according to Penn State researchers.

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