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.

The George Washington University
Team New Jersey, a collaboration of Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, built the ENJOY house. This house is the first entry to the competition built from concrete. Want to keep track of Team ThinkFWD? Team ThinkFWD is a... Read More
Purdue's Solar Decathlon house featured a innovative biowall--but how practical is this kind of feature? Anthony Cefali takes a look at the future of biological interiors.
Planet Forward
THIS WEEK: In this week's webisode, Planet Forward's Frank Sesno interviews Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu at the 2011 Solar Decathlon! Chu talks about the coolest innovations, and even wonks out a bit on r-values and building materials. WATCH!
National Science Foundation
Studies done by Mark Lusk and colleagues at the Colorado School of Mines could significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells. Their latest work describes how the size of light-absorbing particles--quantum dots--affects the particles' ability... Read More
Who ever thought that hemp, of all things, could be used to build a house? These builders in North Carolina say that hemp can be used to build strong and well-insulated structures that use very little energy!
E-cube meets the needs of today with room to spare. The only solar decathlete with a two story design, E-cube literally stands out above the rest.
FIU's PerFORM[D]ance House combines the three ideas behind sustainability: economy, ecology and society. Relying on landscape elements, PerFORM[D]ance expands the built environment. The house reaches to the outside world, blending both efficiently... Read More
How, exactly, does the dancer react to the dance? In the case of PerFORM[D]ance House, the house dances at the whim of its inhabitants.
National Science Foundation
The University of Minnesota's Center for Distributed Robotics is developing an amphibious robotic system, the Aquapod, to monitor the impact of oil on swamps and marshland. Robust, highly mobile amphibious robots have the potential to assist... Read More
SCIArc & Caltech
What will the homes of the future look like? How will we live in them and how will they occupy space and use precious resources? CHIP has a vision, watch and see how it works!

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