JCB electric digger wins top MacRobert engineering prize

An all-electric construction vehicle from the Staffordshire firm wins this year's MacRobert Award.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
July 9, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: engineering construction-industry bradford

Britain's 'blindingly cool' engineering innovation

Conceptual still-life photographer Ted Humble-Smith celebrates 50 years of world-beating technology.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: engineering photography

AI reduces ‘communication gap’ for nonverbal people by as much as half

Researchers have used artificial intelligence to reduce the ‘communication gap’ for nonverbal people with motor disabilities who rely on computers to converse

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: engineering speech ai communication speech-technology

Improved MRI scans could aid in development of arthritis treatments

An algorithm that analyses MRI images and automatically detects small changes in knee joints over time could be used in the development of new treatments for arthritis.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: engineering imaging osteoarthritis ageing magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri

Researchers restore neural connections in zebra fish

Precise control over neuron growth paves the way for repairing injuries, including those to the spinal cord, and improving brain models.

Jessica Lau • harvard
June 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology engineering basic-research paola-arlotta spinal-cord-injury axon developmental-cell growth-cone leonard-zon-lab neuron-growth

A good egg: robot chef trained to make omelettes

A team of engineers have trained a robot to prepare an omelette, all the way from cracking the eggs to plating the finished dish, and refined the ‘chef’s’ culinary skills to produce a reliable dish that actually tastes good.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  robot  robotics  engineering  artificial-intelligence  food

The Royal Society announces election of new Fellows 2020

Nine Cambridge scientists are among the new Fellows announced today by the Royal Society. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 29, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: engineering

New technology could provide rapid detection of COVID-19

The CRISPR-based molecular diagnostics chip’s capacity ranges from detecting a single type of virus in more than 1,000 samples at a time to searching a small number of samples for more than 160 different viruses, including the COVID-19 virus.

Karen Zusi • harvard
April 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology engineering covid-19 basic-research broad-institute carmen combinatorial-arrayed-reactions-for-multiplexed-evaluation-of-nucleic-acids crispr-based

Open-source ventilator designed by Cambridge team for use in low- and middle-income countries

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a team at the University of Cambridge has designed an open-source ventilator in partnership with local clinicians, engineers and manufacturers across Africa that is focused to address the specific needs for treating COVID-19 patients and is a fully functioning system for use after the pandemic.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  engineering  africa  covid-19  coronavirus  global-health  manufacturing

Coronavirus: inside story of how Mercedes F1 and academics fast-tracked life saving breathing aid

In under 10 days, engineers from UCL and Mercedes F1 reverse-engineered a product, produced a new design, tested it, got regulatory approval and started production.

Clare Elwell, Professor of Medical Physics, Vice Dean for Impact, UCL Engineering, UCL • conversation
April 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: engineering covid-19 coronavirus manufacturing ventilators medical-devices ucl

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