• Volvo's Self-driving Cars Could Reach Roads by 2017

    Volvo has completed designs for self-driving cars which it plans to put into operation in two years, the company announced on Feb. 19.

  • Engineers Could Learn About Material Strength from Limpet Teeth

    Researchers from the University of Portsmouth have found that the material that makes up the teeth of small aquatic snails known as limpets may be the strongest natural material on Earth.

  • Rolls-Royce Launches Aluminum-based "Everywhere Vehicle"

    Rolls-Royce says it will build an “everywhere vehicle” for its next series, joining the list of automakers with sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

  • A123 Lawsuit Claims Apple Is Recruiting Engineers for Auto Battery Project

    Electric-car battery maker A123 Systems has sued Apple Inc. in a Massachusetts federal court, alleging that the iPhone maker is poaching engineers to build a large-scale battery division. The lawsuit was reported by website law360.com and bolsters industry talk that Apple may be developing a car.

  • Curbing Aircraft Emissions Through Engineering Innovation

    The economic and environmental effects of aircraft emissions are considerable, and reducing emissions is the subject of research at numerous companies and organizations around the world. If commercial aviation were a country, it would rank seventh in global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions according to a recent report by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

  • Leap in Conductivity Measured When a Semiconductor Is Exposed to High Pressure

    Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) obtained conductivity values for stroncium iridate that were 250 times higher than in normal conditions.

  • Methanol-powered Ship Ready to Sail

    The world’s first methanol-powered ship will soon be sailing international waters. Stena Germanica, a ferry that is owned and operated by Swedish ferry operator Stena Line and takes vehicles and passengers across the Baltic Sea, has passed fire risk assessments.

  • Offshore Wind Farm Could Include 400 Turbines, 2400 MW of Generating Capacity

    Plans for what could be the world’s largest offshore wind farm have been given the green light by Britain's energy secretary. An array of up to 400 turbines may be built 80 miles off the Yorkshire coast on the Dogger Bank.

  • Researchers Identify Possible Silicon Substitute for Future Electronics

    A new form of germanium, germanane, may emerge as a viable replacement to silicon in future electronic devices, leading to more efficient LEDs and lasers, according to researchers at Ohio State University.

  • Scraping the Sky: The 1 km-Tall Kingdom Tower

    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has long served as a port for Muslims arriving by sea for the Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. With a population of 5.1 million, Jeddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia and ranks as the largest city on the Red Sea. If all goes as planned, by 2020 pilgrims flooding the city will be treated to a modern marvel, a skyscraper more than 1 km in height called the Kingdom Tower.

  • Web Surfing Using Light: Is LiFi Coming?

    Researchers at Oxford University are developing a wireless networking technology that uses light to beam information through the air at more than 100 gigabits per second, according to a report in The New Zealand Herald.

  • Airbus Awards Contract for A330 Wing Part to India Company

    Airbus says that India-based Dynamatic Technologies Ltd. will supply a wing part for its A330 family of aircraft. Under the contract, Dynamatic will source flap-track beams for the Airbus wide-body A330 aircraft.

  • Clutch-less Drive Attracts Auto Part Companies to India

    As automated manual transmission’s (AMT) popularity in India has grown, new technology may be able to lower the cost of those vehicles. Robert Bosch, an auto components maker, and UK-based Drive System Design are two companies considering options to bring more affordable drive systems to the Indian market.

  • Flight Tests on Electric Propulsion System for Aircraft

    JAXA is testing its electric propulsion system on a prototype motor glider. The flight test phase made a successful jump flight at Otone Airport in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, in November 2014.

  • Gases Excluded from Montreal Climate Deal Are Harming Ozone, Researchers Say

    A report finds that a man-made chemical, dichloromethane, which is not included in a United Nations treaty aimed at protecting the ozone layer, is contributing to ozone depletion.

  • Go-ahead Urged for Watts Bar 2 Nuclear Power Plant Licensing

    An independent body within the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has recommended proceeding with the licensing process for the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) 1,150-megawatt (MW) Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor.

  • Sheep Could Bring Internet of Things to Rural Wales

    A computer scientist from Lancaster University has been awarded more than £171,000 to bring the Internet of Things (IoT) to rural Wales—by way of sheep.

  • DOT and FAA Propose Rules for Small Unmanned Drone Aircraft

    The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration proposed what it says is a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the U.S. aviation system.

  • Is a Metal-seated Ball Valve for You?

    Metal-seated ball valves were first introduced to the market to address many of the shortcomings of their soft-seat counterparts. The ability to withstand severe service conditions such as high temperatures, cryogenic conditions, abrasive mediums, slurries, and flow control make them ideal candidates for use in the oil refinery, petrochemical, mining, pulp and paper, iron and steel mill, electric power generation and water treatment industries.

  • Could Driverless Vehicles Mean Fewer Cars, More Miles?

    Autonomous vehicles may reduce the number of vehicles a family needs, but may lead to an increase in total miles driven, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.