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Common and Expensive House Repairs for New Owners
Becoming a homeowner is an exciting adventure, but sometimes the fun and thrill of ownership are overshadowed by broken or damaged appliances and surfaces. Home repairs can take a big chunk out of your budget, so being prepared for the potential costs can give you an edge when looking at potential homes. Here is your […]
3 Best Upgrades To Secure Your Commercial Property
Are you a business owner looking for ways to better secure your livelihood? Don’t make business security an afterthought – make upgrades to your commercial property right away. Follow these three great tips to start securing your business and feel peace of today! 1. Secure the Perimeter When it comes to securing your property, you […]
Leaks Must Be Identified and Stopped Immediately
The individuals who suspect that they have leaks in their house or commercial building shouldn’t wait to get those leaks addressed. Even a small leak can cause a building to degrade over time. It may take time for people to realize they even have a leak, making things worse. The people who have seen evidence […]
3 Ways to Establish a Safe Work Site
Industrial work poses several issues, including safety hazards. While something quite valuable might be in the making, it could also be dicey at times, asking employees to make decisions and perform under circumstances that could become harmful. It’s important, then, to establish protocols and prioritize people over funding. With that in mind, create an atmosphere […]
What Does a MEP Engineer Do?
Whether you are designing your new home or a corporate office, it is a good idea to contact a Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing engineering service to help you get everything where it needs to go as efficiently as possible. These services can help you with your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, your plumbing design […]

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What You Should Know Before Choosing Civil Engineering Major
What You Should Know Before Choosing Civil Engineering Major – Are you interested to choose civil engineering major? Just like any major in general, civil engineering major has its own things to look out to. So, it’s best to know what to expect in the major before actually choosing it. So, what should we know […]
How Is It Like To Be A Civil Engineering Student?
How Is It Like To Be A Civil Engineering Student? – Are you considering civil engineering as your major? For some people who are not very sure about their choices, it’s even harder to choose a major without knowing how people usually fare in it day by day. Therefore, it’s not bad to know first […]
The Development of the Asphalt Road Repair
The Development of the Asphalt Road Repair – Do you often see the potholes in the road? Well, the potholes are often found in many places. The potholes are dangerous to road users. It can increase the risk of a road accident. In addition, the damage of the vehicle that is caused by the potholes […]
Get to Know! This Is the Difference Between Architectural Engineers and Civil Engineers
Get to Know! This Is the Difference Between Architectural Engineers and Civil Engineers – Some of you may think that architecture and civil engineering are the same things. It’s look similar but actually different, while both them work together in some projects. We all know that civil engineers work on variety projects, like bridges, buildings, […]
5 Best Planned Cities in the World
The world is full of so many beautiful and big cities, but the one that are perhaps the most fascinating are the one that were well planned. In addition, they were born from many different brilliant inspirations and built with a purpose. They also have many kinds of reasons why the cities were built and […]
5 Reasons Why Women Should Take a Career in Civil Engineering
Do you want to go to college and thinking about entering civil engineering? That’s so great to express your ideas of building and also designing structures or interiors. Even if you’re a woman, it doesn’t make you feel doubt. In fact that the engineering world is dominated by men and many people say that this […]
This Is Disadvantage of Civil Engineering You Need to Know
Civil engineering is become the second oldest engineering field and it also one of the most popular programs in university all around the world. A civil engineer is the person who designs everything and the whole world would got surprised. They have to contribute to planning, design, developing and managing the environment and buildings. Such […]
Tips How to Build a Future in the Civil Engineering Industry
A civil engineering industry is one of the best field that has highest paid among the other job or profession. In addition, the modern world and also advent of new age technology make every industry has been positively impacted. Its efficiency has improved and also results increased multifold. Every field has also adversely affected the […]
7 Best Civil Engineering Projects for Future
Civil engineering is a discipline that connected with the design, construction and also maintenance including works such as bridges, roads, dams, airports, and railways. There are so many projects that they have been done, especially for making the world more beautiful. If you want to know more, here 7 best civil engineering projects for future […]
Brillian Innovations that Will Change The World in Future
Without even realizing it, we’re know that all fighting for space, resources and best standard of living in this world. So that’s why many human beings are competitive as the world’s population continues to increase. As a result, there are so many basic resources, such as water and food and not to mention the impact […]

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From dark to light in a flash: Smart film lets windows switch autonomously
Researchers have developed a new easy-to-use smart optical film technology that allows smart window devices to autonomously switch between transparent and opaque states in response to the surrounding light conditions.
'Nature's antifreeze' provides formula for more durable concrete
Secrets to cementing the sustainability of our future infrastructure may come from nature, such as proteins that keep plants and animals from freezing in extremely cold conditions. Researchers have discovered that a synthetic molecule based on natural antifreeze proteins minimizes freeze-thaw damage and increases the strength and durability of concrete, improving the longevity of new infrastructure and decreasing carbon emissions over its lifetime.
Bricks made from plastic, organic waste
Revolutionary 'green' types of bricks and construction materials could be made from recycled PVC, waste plant fibers or sand with the help of a remarkable new kind of recently discovered rubber polymer. The rubber polymer, itself made from sulfur and canola oil, can be compressed and heated with fillers to create construction materials of the future.
Engineers develop low-cost, high-accuracy GPS-like system for flexible medical robots
Roboticists have developed an affordable, easy to use system to track the location of flexible surgical robots inside the human body. The system performs as well as current state of the art methods, but is much less expensive. Many current methods also require exposure to radiation, while this system does not.
Riddled with holes: Making flexible thin-film electronics more durable
Researchers have developed a simple approach for controlling the otherwise random formation of cracks in flexible thin-film conductors, greatly increasing the durability of flexible electrodes and transistors against bending and folding.
Double helix of masonry: Researchers discover the secret of Italian renaissance domes
Researchers found that the masonry of Italian renaissance domes, such as the duomo in Florence, use a double-helix structure that is self-supporting during and after construction. Their study is the first to quantitatively prove the forces at work in such masonry domes, which may lead to advances in modern drone construction techniques.
Tiny pop-up devices work relentlessly, even under extreme pressure
Miniature devices, notably those that bulge out from 2D surfaces like pop-up greeting cards, have seamlessly found their way into pressure-sensing and energy-harvesting technologies because of their ability to be frequently stretched, compressed or twisted. Despite their force-bearing abilities, it is still unclear if repeated physical stress can damage the working of these miniature devices, particularly if there is already a defect in their construction.
Making quantum 'waves' in ultrathin materials
A team of researchers has observed unusually long-lived wavelike electrons called 'plasmons' in a new class of electronically conducting material. Plasmons are very important for determining the optical and electronic properties of metals for the development of new sensors and communication devices.
High strength steel at unprecedented levels of fracture resistance
The Super Steel project has made important breakthrough in its new super D&P steel (produced using a new deformed and partitioned method) to greatly enhance its fracture resistance while maintaining super strong in strength for advanced industrial applications.
2D oxide flakes pick up surprise electrical properties
Researchers find evidence of piezoelectricity in lab-grown, two-dimensional flakes of molybdenum dioxide.
Liquid metal research invokes 'Terminator' film -- but much friendlier
Researchers have developed 'the first liquid metal lattice in the world.' The team has created a series of prototypes that return to their shapes when crushed.
Saving energy and lives: How a solar chimney can boost fire safety
Built as part of the sustainable features of a new Australian building, the specially-designed solar chimney radically boosts safe evacuation time in a fire - from 2 minutes to over 14 minutes.
Catching nuclear smugglers: Fast algorithm could enable cost-effective detectors at borders
A new algorithm could enable faster, less expensive detection of weapons-grade nuclear materials at borders, quickly differentiating between benign and illicit radiation signatures in the same cargo.
Environment-friendly compound shows promise for solar cell use
A team of engineers, material scientists, and physicists demonstrated how a new material -- a lead-free chalcogenide perovskite -- that hadn't previously been considered for use in solar cells could provide a safer and more effective option than others that are commonly considered.
Nanohybrid vehicle: Delivering drugs into the human body
Researchers have developed a nanohybrid vehicle that can be used to optimally deliver drugs into the human body.
A breakthrough in estimating the size of a (mostly hidden) network
A newly discovered connection between control theory and network dynamical systems could help estimate the size of a network even when a small portion is accessible. Understanding the spread of coronavirus may be the most alarming recent example of a problem that could benefit from fuller knowledge of network dynamical systems, but scientists and mathematicians have grappled for years with ways to draw accurate inferences about these complex systems from available measurements.
Carbon dioxide sensor can lower energy use, reduce utility costs
Researchers developed a sensor to help control and cut down on energy consumption through heating and ventilation systems.
Quantum entanglement offers unprecedented precision for GPS, imaging and beyond
Engineers have demonstrated for the first time that it's possible to connect a network of sensors through quantum entanglement. The experiment opens a door to unprecedented levels of sensitivity in GPS navigation, medical imaging and astronomy.
Micro-device to detect bacteria, viruses
Scientists designed a next-generation miniature lab device that uses magnetic nano-beads to isolate minute bacterial particles that cause diseases. This new technology improves how clinicians isolate drug-resistant strains of bacterial infections and difficult-to-detect micro-particles such as those making up Ebola and coronaviruses.
Fog harp harvests water even in the lightest fog
What do you get when you cross a novel approach to water harvesting with a light fog? The answer: a lot more water than you expected.
Under pressure: New bioinspired material can 'shapeshift' to external forces
Inspired by how human bone and colorful coral reefs adjust mineral deposits in response to their surrounding environments, researchers have created a self-adapting material that can change its stiffness in response to the applied force. This advancement can someday open the doors for materials that can self-reinforce to prepare for increased force or stop further damage.
Could shrinking a key component help make autonomous cars affordable?
Electrical engineers working on shrinking the mechanical and electronic components in a rooftop lidar down to a single silicon chip think the component could be mass produced for as little as a few hundred dollars.
Nanosensor can alert a smartphone when plants are stressed
Engineers can closely track how plants respond to stresses such as injury, infection, and light damage using sensors made of carbon nanotubes. These sensors can be embedded in plant leaves, where they report on hydrogen peroxide levels.
Unique physical, chemical properties of cicada wings
Biological structures sometimes have unique features that engineers would like to copy. For example, many types of insect wings shed water, kill microbes, reflect light in unusual ways and are self-cleaning. While researchers have dissected the physical characteristics that likely contribute to such traits, a new study reveals that the chemical compounds that coat cicada wings also contribute to their ability to repel water and microbes.
Carbon nanostructure created that is stronger than diamonds
Researchers have closed-cell plate-nanolattices that are stronger than diamonds in terms of a ratio of strength to density. The performance of this arrangement had been theorized but never experimentally validated until now.
Thanks to 'flexoskeletons,' these insect-inspired robots are faster and cheaper to make
Engineers have developed a new method that doesn't require any special equipment and works in just minutes to create soft, flexible, 3D-printed robots. The structures were inspired by insect exoskeletons, which have both soft and rigid parts -- the researchers called their creations 'flexoskeletons.'
Engineers and chemists 'program' liquid crystalline elastomers to replicate complex twisting action simply with the use of light
Researchers designed a polymer known as a liquid crystal elastomer (LCE) that can be 'programmed' to both twist and bend in the presence of light. Especially in the field of soft robotics, this is essential for building devices that exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
Pollen-based 'paper' holds promise for new generation of natural components
Scientists have created a paper-like material derived from pollen that bends and curls in response to changing levels of environmental humidity. The ability of this paper made from pollen to alter its mechanical characteristics in response to external stimuli may make it useful in a wide range of applications, from artificial muscles to sensors. Combined with digital printing, it may hold promise for the fabrication of a new generation of programmable natural actuators.
More pavement, more problems
Think your daily coffee, boutique gym membership and airport lounge access cost a lot? There may be an additional, hidden cost to those luxuries of urban living, says a new study: more flooding. For every percentage point increase in roads, parking lots and other impervious surfaces that prevent water from flowing into the ground, annual floods increase on average by 3.3%, the researchers found.
Making stronger concrete with 'sewage-enhanced' steel slag
Researchers examined whether steel slag that had been used to treat wastewater could then be recycled as an aggregate material for concrete. Their findings? Concrete made with post-treatment steel slag was about 17% stronger than concrete made with conventional aggregates, and 8% stronger than raw steel slag.
Giant umbrellas shift from convenient canopy to sturdy storm shield
In a new approach to storm surge protection, a team has created a preliminary design for dual-purpose kinetic umbrellas that would provide shade during fair weather and could be tilted in advance of a storm to form a flood barrier. The researchers used computational modeling to begin evaluating the umbrellas' ability to withstand an acute storm surge.
Scientists tap unused energy source to power smart sensor networks
The electricity that lights our homes and powers our appliances also creates small magnetic fields that are present all around us. Scientists have developed a new mechanism capable of harvesting this wasted magnetic field energy and converting it into enough electricity to power next-generation sensor networks for smart buildings and factories.
How fire causes office-building floors to collapse
Researchers spent months meticulously recreating the long concrete floors supported by steel beams commonly found in high-rise office buildings, only to set the structures ablaze. These experiments indicate that structures built to code are not always equipped to survive the forces induced by extreme shifts in temperature, but the data gained here could help researchers develop and validate new design tools and building codes that bolster fire safety.
Composite metal foams take the heat, move closer to widespread applications
Engineering researchers have demonstrated that composite metal foams (CMFs) can pass so-called 'simulated pool fire testing' with flying colors, moving the material closer to use in applications such as packaging and transportation of hazardous materials. In addition, researchers used this experimental data to develop a model for predicting how variations in the CMF would affect its performance.
New low-cost approach detects building deformations with extreme precision in real time
A new camera-based method for measuring building deformations can detect small displacements from 10 meters away. The method could be useful for continuously detecting fast deformations in high-rise buildings, bridges and other large structures with the aim of adapting these structures to external forces.
New nano strategy fights superbugs
Researchers imprint carbon nitride nanosheets to catch and kill free-floating antibiotic resistant genes found in secondary effluent produced by wastewater treatment plants. The strategy would prevent the DNA molecules from making downstream bacteria more resistant to drugs.
New approach to sustainable building takes shape in Boston
A new building about to take shape in Boston's Roxbury area could, its designers hope, herald a new way of building residential structures in cities.
Drones can now scan terrain and excavations without human intervention
Drones can now scan terrain and excavations without human intervention. New research has allowed artificial intelligence to take over the human-controlled drones currently being used for the task. The algorithm also predicts and counteracts the wind forces acting on the drone body.
How do you make adhesives for electronics, vehicles, and construction tougher?
A team, looking to make adhesives tougher, added bonds that are broken easily throughout the material. When pressure or stress is applied to the glue, these sacrificial bonds are designed to absorb energy and break apart. Meanwhile, the rest of the larger adhesive system remains intact.
Two NE tree species can be used in new sustainable building material
Two tree species native to the Northeast have been found to be structurally sound for use in cross-laminated timber (CLT) - a revolutionary new type of building material with sought-after sustainability characteristics, according to new research.
Shining a new light on biomimetic materials
Researchers have merged optical, chemical and materials sciences to utilize light to control the local dynamic behavior within a hydrogel, much like the ability of the iris and pupil in the eye to dynamically respond to incoming light.
'Wood' you like to recycle concrete?
Scientists studied a method for recycling unused concrete with wood fibers. They found the conditions that produce new building materials with bending strength even greater than the original concrete. This work may help reduce the CO2 emissions associated with manufacturing new concrete.
Improving the electrical and mechanical properties of carbon-nanotube-based fibers
Researchers recently developed a technique that can be used to build carbon-nanotube-based fibers by creating chemical crosslinks. The technique improves the electrical and mechanical properties of these materials.
New air-pressure sensor could improve everyday devices
A team of mechanical engineers investigating a revolutionary kind of micro-switch has found another application for its ongoing research.
New method offers more stable, efficient electrocatalytic reactions
By fluidizing catalyst particles in electrolyte instead of gluing them to electrodes, researchers made electrocatalytic reactions that are more efficient and longer lasting, which play an important role in energy storage.
Crystal-stacking process can produce new materials for high-tech devices
Stacking ultrathin complex oxide single-crystal layers allows researchers to create new structures with hybrid properties and multiple functions. Now, using a new platform, researchers will be able to make these stacked-crystal materials in virtually unlimited combinations.
Extreme weather conditions can tax urban drainage systems to the max
During a typical Canadian winter, snow accumulation and melt -- combined with sudden rainfalls -- can lead to bottlenecks in storm drains that can cause flooding. With that in mind, researchers have been examining urban stormwater drainage systems, and they too have concerns about the resilience of many urban drainage systems.
Controlling light with light
Researchers have developed a new platform for all-optical computing, meaning computations done solely with beams of light.
Induced flaws in metamaterials can produce useful textures and behavior
A new study shows how induced defects in metamaterials -- artificial materials the properties of which are different from those in nature -- also produce radically different consistencies and behaviors. The research has far-reaching applications for several engineering disciplines.
Tiny 'bridges' help particles stick together
Understanding how particles bind together has implications for everything from the likelihood a riverbank will erode to the mechanism by which a drug works in the body. A team found that particle size matters more than other properties in determining how strongly they stick together.
Research zeroing in on electronic nose for monitoring air quality, diagnosing disease
Research has pushed science closer to developing an electronic nose for monitoring air quality, detecting safety threats and diagnosing diseases by measuring gases in a patient's breath.
Hybrid technique to produce stronger nickel for auto, medical, manufacturing
Purdue University innovators have created a hybrid technique to fabricate a new form of nickel that may help the future production of lifesaving medical devices, high-tech devices and vehicles with strong corrosion-resistant protection.
Color-changing bandages sense and treat bacterial infections
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health. Sensing and treating bacterial infections earlier could help improve patients' recovery, as well curb the spread of antibiotic-resistant microbes. Now, researchers have developed color-changing bandages that can sense drug-resistant and drug-sensitive bacteria in wounds and treat them accordingly.
Revolutionary reversible 4D printing
Researchers worked to revolutionize 4D printing by making a 3D fabricated material change its shape and back again repeatedly without electrical components.
Buildings can become a global CO2 sink if made out of wood instead of cement and steel
A material revolution replacing cement and steel in urban construction by wood can have double benefits for climate stabilization. First, it can avoid greenhouse gas emissions from cement and steel production. Second, it can turn buildings into a carbon sink as they store the CO2 taken up from the air by trees that are harvested and used as engineered timber.
Current model for storing nuclear waste is incomplete
The materials the United States and other countries plan to use to store high level nuclear waste will likely degrade faster than anyone previously knew, because of the way those materials interact, new research shows. The findings show that corrosion of nuclear waste storage materials accelerates because of changes in the chemistry the nuclear waste solution, and because of the way the materials interact with one another.
New portable tool analyzes microbes in the environment
Imagine a device that could swiftly analyze microbes in oceans and other aquatic environments, revealing the health of these organisms - too tiny to be seen by the naked eye - and their response to threats to their ecosystems. Researchers have created just such a tool, a portable device that could be used to assess microbes, screen for antibiotic-resistant bacteria and analyze algae that live in coral reefs.
Flooding damage to levees is cumulative -- and often invisible
Recent research finds that repeated flooding events have a cumulative effect on the structural integrity of earthen levees, suggesting that the increase in extreme weather events associated with climate change could pose significant challenges for the nation's aging levee system.
Not all of nature's layered structures are tough as animal shells and antlers
Engineers looking to nature for inspiration have long assumed that layered structures like those found in mollusk shells enhance a material's toughness, but a study shows that's not always the case. The findings may help engineers avoid 'naive biomimicry, the researchers say.
Programmable nests for cells
Using DNA, smallest silica particles, and carbon nanotubes, researchers developed novel programmable materials. These nanocomposites can be tailored to various applications and programmed to degrade quickly and gently. For medical applications, they can create environments in which human stem cells can settle down and develop further. Additionally, they are suited for the setup of biohybrid systems to produce power, for instance.

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