• Engineering Buildings That Rock in an Earthquake

    Buildings that rock during an earthquake and return to plumb would withstand seismic shaking better than structural designs commonly used in vulnerable zones, according to a researcher at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

  • Hawaiian Utility to Double Its Solar Hosting Capacity

    Hawaiian Electric Cos. (HECO) is proposing to double its hosting capacity for solar energy. The utility announced its intentions in late January to increase its penetration limits for rooftop solar minimum daytime load (MDL) from 120% to 250% of MDL. Those increases would be among the highest thresholds for solar penetration on distribution circuits in the U.S.

  • Policymakers Are Addressing Nuclear Power Plant Market Issues, Says NEI

    There has been a "significant evolution in thinking in a relatively short period of time" among U.S. federal regulators, state officials and regional transmission organizations (RTOS) to address the market issues negatively impacting nuclear power plants in the U.S., says Marvin Fertel, CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), as reported in World Nuclear News.

  • Swiber Wins $310m Contract for Offshore Natural Gas Field Work

    Swiber Holdings Limited, an offshore construction and support services company based in Singapore, has won its second-largest contract; a $310 million engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract from an unidentified national South Asian oil company.

  • Bendable Implant Taps Nervous System without Damaging It

    Body implants that can interface with the nervous system run up against a basic material problem: wires are stiff and bodies are soft. Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale, in Lausanne, Switzerland, have designed a soft, flexible electronic implant, which they say has the same ability to bend and stretch as dura mater, the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.

  • UK Aerospace Industry Receives Innovation Funding

    The United Kingdom government says that six projects will share £80 million ($123 million) for aerospace research to help deliver growth and innovation in key technology areas.

  • ASTM to Develop Aerospace Personnel Standards

    ASTM International will launch a new group to develop standards for training workers in the aerospace industry.

  • GM Bolt Assembly Set for Detroit Auto Plant

    General Motors Co. (GM) says that the Chevy Bolt will be going into production at the Orion Assembly facility near Detroit.

  • Method Recovers High-value Metals for Industry

    Researchers at the University of Guanajuato (UGTO) in Mexico have developed an extraction column which recovers metals companies use in their production processes to avoid environmental pollution and lessening economic losses.

  • Richard Greaves Named SAE 2015 President

    Dr Richard Greaves, Meggitt PLC’s Chief Technology Officer Emeritus, was named president of SAE International, the global association that unites more than 138,000 engineers and technical experts to build knowledge and expertise throughout the engineering profession.

  • Solar Energy Install Timeline Probed by NREL Report

    The U.S. Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced findings from a data analysis it performed for more than 30,000 solar photovoltaic installations across the U.S.

  • Addressing Data Security Risks in Industrial Automation

    Industry 4.0 (also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution) promises to bring increased levels of automation and interconnection to manufacturing. Proponents suggest that it should increase efficiency and adaptability to allow for more customizable production.

  • Japan Could Restart Some Nuclear Power Plants in May

    Some nuclear electric power reactors in Japan could be back online as early as May, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

  • Logistics: Increasing Efficiency in the Last Mile of the Supply Chain

    Unless a storm washes your shipping container off the deck of a ship, supply chains tend to work well—at least until the final mile. That last mile of the supply chain is fraught with hazards that include confusing delivery instructions, signature issues and theft.

  • Oil Price Drop Leads to Lower Petrochemical Prices and Market Weakness, IHS Says

    The recent decline in global oil prices is causing some petrochemical supply chain destocking, but is also sowing the seeds for better economic conditions, lower petrochemical prices and improving global petrochemical demand.

  • SanDisk Wins IEEE Corporate Innovation Award

    SanDisk Corp. says it won the 2015 IEEE Corporate Innovation Award for pioneering innovation, development and deployment of its Flash Memory Technology.

  • UK to Start Road Tests on Driverless Vehicles

    The United Kingdom is opening up its roads to driverless cars, with the government saying that it wants to take a "light touch, non-regulatory approach" to trials of autonomous vehicles.

  • 3D Printed Tab Records Mechanical Force

    A University of Washington research project has created a bone-shaped plastic tab that turns purple when stretched, allowing for a way to record the force on an object. Researchers say their work effectively merges custom chemistry and 3D printing.

  • IHS Evaluates Impact of Oil Price Decline on Global Auto Market

    Low oil prices will contribute to upside potential for the U.S. automotive market in the near term, according to a recent report from IHS Automotive. Fueled by reduced prices at the gas pump, U.S. consumer confidence is expected to continue to rise.

  • London Could Place Roads Underground, Akin to Boston's "Big Dig"

    Mayor's plan to redesign London's busiest roads during a visit at Boston's Big Dig.