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Engineering Careers For Women
What steps can be taken to sidestep traditional stereotypes and secure a lucrative role in the engineering or programming industries? Some key pieces of advice follow below which can help young females get themselves on the path to establishing and growing a career in these or other highly desirable STEM fields. Concentrate on your passions. […]
Tips for Remodeling Projects
One of the best ways to transform your home is through a remodeling project. After all, styles and trends change. Granite countertops are in style right now, but that’ll change in ten years. It’s nice to get a fresh look in an older home. You can even opt to do the remodeling project yourself. However, […]
Mega Construction Projects in Dubai
Most projects under development anywhere on earth receive due attention and fade of as old news as fast as they become news within a period of a year. However, what has been happening in the UAE and especially in Dubai, does not allow development based news to rest as the entire region is starting to […]
4 Ways to Ready Your Home for Summer
Summer is fast approaching, and if you haven’t prepared your home for its unique challenges and opportunities, it’s time to get started! Here are just four ways to ready your property for the new season. 1. Evaluate Your Air Conditioner Nothing beats the feeling of a cool air conditioner on a hot day, but if […]
Why You Should Choose Resin Flooring?
Resin flooring has numerous advantages, obviously this is dependant on where you plan to place it. This type of flooring is renowned for its toughness and durability and also its cleanliness. That is why resin floors are quite popular in warehouses and factories where the floor has to take on the impact of numerous activities […]

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Civil Engineering News -- ScienceDaily
Civil Engineering News -- ScienceDaily
Civil Engineering News and Research. From new mathematical models for building better structures to new corrosion-resistant composites, read all the latest discoveries in civil engineering here.

3D printed sugar offers sweet solution for tissue engineering, device manufacturing
Engineers built a 3D printer that offers a sweet solution to making detailed structures that commercial 3D printers can't: Rather than a layer-upon-layer solid shell, it produces a delicate network of thin ribbons of hardened isomalt, the type of sugar alcohol used to make throat lozenges. The water-soluble, biodegradable glassy sugar structures have multiple applications in biomedical engineering, cancer research and device manufacturing.
Self-healing material a breakthrough for bio-inspired robotics
Many natural organisms have the ability to repair themselves. Now, manufactured machines will be able to mimic this property. Researchers have created a self-healing material that spontaneously repairs itself under extreme mechanical damage.
New 3D printer can create complex biological tissues
Scientists have developed a specially adapted 3D printer to build therapeutic biomaterials from multiple materials. The advance could be a step toward on-demand printing of complex artificial tissues for use in transplants and other surgeries.
Virtual-reality testing ground for drones
Engineers have developed a new virtual-reality training system for drones that enables a vehicle to 'see' a rich, virtual environment while flying in an empty physical space. The system, which the team has dubbed 'Flight Goggles,' could significantly reduce the number of crashes that drones experience in actual training sessions. It can also serve as a virtual testbed for any number of environments and conditions in which researchers might want to train fast-flying drones.
Three gallons of radioactive tank waste vitrified last month
Approximately three gallons of low-activity Hanford tank waste were vitrified at PNNL's Radiochemical Processing Laboratory in April. The laboratory-scale demonstration is an important step toward the eventual treatment of millions of gallons of hazardous waste generated during past plutonium production at Hanford.
Monitoring the tremble -- and potential fall -- of natural rock arches
Scientists monitoring the vibrations of natural rock arches have found that the resonant frequencies of arches undergo dynamic changes from day to day, according to new research.
Strain improves performance of atomically thin semiconductor material
Materials scientists show conclusively for the first time that the properties of atomically thin materials can be mechanically manipulated to enhance their performance. The finding could lead to faster computer processors and more efficient optical sensors.
500-year-old Leaning Tower of Pisa mystery unveiled by engineers
Why has the Leaning Tower of Pisa survived the strong earthquakes that have hit the region since the middle ages? This is a long-standing question that experts in earthquake engineering and soil-structure interaction have now solved..
Multiple uses for empty plastic bottles during disaster relief and beyond
Powerful hurricanes and earthquakes have wreaked havoc in the United States and around the world in recent years, often leaving people stranded for months and even years without access to water, food, and shelter. A unique project seeks to provide a sustainable solution, while also considering the environment.
Impacts of windfarm construction on harbor porpoises
Scientists from Germany, Denmark and the UK have built a model tool to predict what happens to marine animals when exposed to noise from the construction and operation of wind farms at sea.
Simulation technique models material-aging process
Imagine if engineers could build structures with materials that do not degrade over time. Researchers have proposed a new simulation technique that could help engineers do just that.
Custom silicon microparticles dynamically reconfigure on demand
Researchers at Duke University and North Carolina State University have demonstrated the first custom semiconductor microparticles to exhibit dynamically selectable behaviors while suspended in water. The study presents the first steps toward realizing advanced applications such as artificial muscles and reconfigurable computer systems.
Taking the guesswork out of discovering new high-entropy alloys
Scientists have developed a method of computational analysis that can help predict the composition and properties of as-yet unmade high performance alloys.
A reimagined future for sustainable nanomaterials
Engineered nanomaterials hold great promise for medicine, electronics, water treatment, and other fields. But when the materials are designed without critical information about environmental impacts at the start of the process, their long-term effects could undermine those advances. A team of researchers hopes to change that.
Water-repellent surfaces can efficiently boil water, keep electronics cool
Surfaces that repel water can support efficient boiling if all air and vapor is removed from a system first, according to new research.
New materials for sustainable, low-cost batteries
A new conductor material and a new electrode material could pave the way for inexpensive batteries and therefore the large-scale storage of renewable energies.
Energy conversion: Speeding up material discovery
Researchers have developed an algorithm that can discover and optimize thermoelectic materials for energy conversion in a matter of months, relying on solving quantum mechanical equations, without any experimental input.
Scientists create innovative new 'green' concrete using graphene
A new greener, stronger and more durable concrete that is made using the wonder-material graphene could revolutionise the construction industry.
How to bend and stretch a diamond
Brittle diamond can turn flexible and stretchable when made into ultrafine needles, researchers at MIT and elsewhere have discovered.
Spider silk key to new bone-fixing composite
Researchers have created a biodegradable composite made of silk fibers that can be used to repair broken load-bearing bones without the complications sometimes presented by other materials.
This 2-D nanosheet expands like a Grow Monster
Engineers discovered that tiny crystal lattices called 'self-assembling molecular nanosheets' expand when exposed to light. The advancement could form the backbone of new light-powered actuators, oscillators and other microscopic electronic components useful in the development of artificial muscles and other soft robotic systems.
Molecular scaffolding aids construction at the nanoscale
Researchers have made a nanoscale construction kit comprised of molecular 'bricks' and 'scaffolding,' inspired by the way the extracellular matrix is built around living cells.
Engineers develop technique to make adaptive materials
Engineers have developed a technique that causes a composite material to become stiffer and stronger on-demand when exposed to ultraviolet light.
Performing under pressure: Modeling oxidation in high-stress materials
Each year, the effects of corroding materials sap more than $1 trillion from the global economy. As certain alloys are exposed to extreme stress and temperatures, an oxide film begins to form, causing the alloys to break down even more quickly. What precisely makes these conditions so conducive for corrosion, however, remains poorly understood, especially in microelectromechanical devices. Chinese researchers have started to chip away at why these materials corrode under mechanical stress.
New algorithm could add life to bridges
A new algorithm developed by the University of Surrey could help structural engineers better monitor the health of bridges and alert them to when they need repair faster.
Microphone for light: Tiny guitar string vibrates 1 billion times when plucked
Scientists have engineered a tiny guitar string that vibrates 1 billion times when plucked. They would like to use it as a microphone for light.
Recycling experts hit milestone in quest for zero-waste phone
UBC researchers have perfected a process to efficiently separate fiberglass and resin -- two of the most commonly discarded parts of a cellphone -- bringing them closer to their goal of a zero-waste cellphone.
3-D printed active metamaterials for sound and vibration control
Researchers have been pushing the capabilities of materials by carefully designing precise structures that exhibit abnormal properties that can control acoustic or optical waves. However, these metamaterials are constructed in fixed geometries, meaning their unique abilities are always fixed. Now, new 3-D printed metamaterial can be remotely switched between active control and passive states.
New sodium-ion electrolyte may find use in solid-state batteries
A newly discovered structure of a sodium-based material allows the materials to be used as an electrolyte in solid-state batteries, according to researchers. The team is fine-tuning the material using an iterative design approach that they hope will shave years off the time from research to everyday use.
Self-healing metal oxides could protect against corrosion
Researchers find a solid protective coating material that can flow like a liquid to repair any cracks that develop.
Ancient paper art, kirigami, poised to improve smart clothing
Scientists describe how kirigami has inspired its efforts to build malleable electronic circuits. Their innovation -- creating tiny sheets of strong yet bendable electronic materials made of select polymers and nanowires -- could lead to improvements in smart clothing, electronic skin and other applications that require pliable circuitry.
Does metal use slow when a country's wealth grows? Maybe not
In a new study, researchers found that GDP remains intrinsically linked with metal use even as affluence grows -- a relationship that might threaten long-term global access to critical metals and hopes for a low-carbon future.
Flexible ultrasound patch could make it easier to inspect damage in odd-shaped structures
Researchers have developed a stretchable, flexible patch that could make it easier to perform ultrasound imaging on odd-shaped structures, such as engine parts, turbines, reactor pipe elbows and railroad tracks -- objects that are difficult to examine using conventional ultrasound equipment. The ultrasound patch is a versatile and more convenient tool to inspect machine and building parts for defects and damage deep below the surface.
3-D printing used to create metallic glass alloys
Researchers have now demonstrated the ability to create amorphous metal, or metallic glass, alloys using 3-D printing technology, opening the door to a variety of applications -- such as more efficient electric motors, better wear-resistant materials, higher strength materials, and lighter weight structures.
Graphene oxide nanosheets could help bring lithium-metal batteries to market
A nanosheet helps prevent formation of lithium dendrites in lithium-metal batteries.
Urban planning can help develop cities with reduced seismic risk
Researchers suggest a new methodology to establish urban modifiers that affect the building habitability in seismic risk areas.
Heat switch developed for electronics
Researchers have developed new technology for switching heat flows 'on' or 'off'.
Drug-producing bacteria possible with synthetic biology breakthrough
Bacteria could be programmed to efficiently produce drugs, thanks to breakthrough research into synthetic biology using engineering principles.
Modified, 3D-printable alloy shows promise for flexible electronics, soft robots
Researchers have taken a key step toward the rapid manufacture of flexible computer screens and other stretchable electronic devices, including soft robots.
Recycled carbon fiber improve permeable pavement
A research team is solving a high-tech waste problem while addressing the environmental challenge of stormwater run-off. The researchers have shown they can greatly strengthen permeable pavements by adding waste carbon fiber composite material. Their recycling method doesn't require using much energy or chemicals -- a critical factor for recycling waste materials.
Novel 3-D printing method embeds sensing capabilities within robotic actuators
Inspired by our bodies' sensory capabilities, researchers have developed a platform for creating soft robots with embedded sensors that can sense movement, pressure, touch, and even temperature.
Helium ions open whole new world of materials
Scientists have found an exciting new way to manipulate and design materials of the future at the atomic level and change the way they behave at a larger scale that opens the way to new applications such as early cancer biomarkers.
The way streets and buildings are arranged makes a big difference in how heat builds up
A new study shows a way to dial down the urban heat island effects that can pump up city temperatures, through different city planning based on classical physics formulas.
Microscopic solution prevents tip of scanning tunneling microscope from hitting surface
Researchers believe they have addressed a long-standing problem troubling scientists and engineers for more than 35 years: How to prevent the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope from crashing into the surface of a material during imaging or lithography.
Civil engineers devise a cost-saving solution for cities
Why fix a road today if it's slated to be ripped up for new sewers next summer?
New printing technique uses cells and molecules to recreate biological structures
Researchers have developed a printing technique using cells and molecules normally found in natural tissues to create constructs that resemble biological structures.
New method to replicate harsh conditions for testing materials
Confining a plasma jet can be stress-inducing... especially on the materials especially for shielding materials. Noting the limits inherent in the test methods currently used for these materials, scientists have proposed a ground-breaking new solution: using laser-accelerated particles to stress test materials subject to harsh conditions.
Cells 'walk' on liquids a bit like geckos
Researchers have discovered that cells can 'walk' on liquids a bit like the way geckos stick to other surfaces.
Engineers develop smart material that changes stiffness when twisted or bent
Scientists have developed a rubbery material that transforms itself into a hard composite when bent, twisted or squeezed. The new material could be used in medicine to support delicate tissues or in industry to protect valuable sensors.
Powerful LED-based train headlight optimized for energy savings
Researchers have designed a new LED-based train headlight that uses a tenth of the energy required for headlights using conventional light sources. If operated 8 hours every day, the electricity savings of the new design would reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide by about 152 kilograms per year.
New process allows 3-D printing of nanoscale metal structures
By mixing metal ions and organic ligands, scientists have developed a process for the 3-D printing of metal structures that are smaller than ever before.
Star architecture and its impact on the city
The Guggenheim Museum by star architect Frank Gehry led to an economic boom in the Spanish city of Bilbao. This 'Bilbao Effect' is appealing to many urban planners and politicians who look to better position their cities in economic and social terms by building exceptional architectural projects. Researchers have studied three projects to investigate whether or not the desired effects materialize.
Super wood could replace steel
Engineers have found a way to make wood more than 10 times stronger and tougher than before, creating a natural substance that is stronger than many titanium alloys.
Got a coastal bridge to retrofit? There's an optimal approach for that
Life-cycle engineers incorporate -- for the first time -- the three most common failure modes for bridges vulnerable to floods, hurricanes and tsunamis into a risk assessment framework to optimize retrofitting strategies.
Building to withstand natural disasters pays off, new research shows
For every dollar the government spends to make existing buildings more resistant to wildfires, earthquakes, floods and hurricanes, $6 is saved in property losses, business interruption and health problems, according to a new study.
Controlling quantum interactions in a single material
By demonstrating that multiple quantum interactions can coexist and be controlled in a single material, researchers open the door for ultrafast, low-power electronics and quantum computers.
Research gives optical switches the 'contrast' of electronic transistors
Engineers have taken an important step toward the creation of a working optical transistor: precisely controlling the mixing of optical signals via tailored electric fields, and obtaining outputs with a near perfect contrast and extremely large on/off ratios.
Engineers develop flexible lithium battery for wearable electronics
Engineering researchers have developed a prototype of a high-performance flexible lithium-ion battery that demonstrates -- concurrently -- both good flexibility and high energy density. The battery is shaped like the human spine and allows remarkable flexibility, high energy density, and stable voltage no matter how it is flexed or twisted. The device could help advance applications for wearable electronics.
Engineers 3-D print shape-shifting smart gel
Engineers have invented a '4-D printing' method for a smart gel that could lead to the development of 'living' structures in human organs and tissues, soft robots and targeted drug delivery.
Weak hydrogen bonds key to strong, tough infrastructure
Engineers study what it takes to make strong and tough infrastructures by probing the interfacial interactions of polymer and cement, which are key to composite properties.


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