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Glitter Bomb Explodes YouTube Star’s Popularity, Part 2

Read Part One of YouTube Star Goes Viral with Glitter BombDespite all of the cool inventions he created, the glitter bomb is clearly Rober@s greatest hit. It is also among the most complex: a combi...

YouTube Star Goes Viral with Glitter Bomb, Part 1

Mark Rober was fed up. Packages delivered to his Northern California home began disappearing from his doorstep.So the mechanical engineer with a mischievous sense of humor, a talent for making cool...

Drone Deploys in Just Minutes but Flies for Hours

Martin UAV@s V-BAT autonomous military drone looks like nothing else in the sky. The composite aircraft consists of an 8-foot-long rocket-like fuselage with thin, 9-foot-wide wings towards the rear...

U.S. Can Learn From Texas’ Surge in Wind and Solar Power

If you believe the stereotypes, then either you have a robust energy industry or you take sufficient action to stave off climate change. But you can@t do both. There is no middle ground.Texas is a ...

Tapping Signals Replacement for Keyboards

What could be more ubiquitous than the standard QWERTY keyboard? It easily moved from early 20th Century typewriters to 21st Century computers and mobile devices, acting as the standard point of da...

Tiny Gyroscope Aims to Improve Wearable, Nano Technology

A more stable, accurate and powerful gyroscope @ no larger than a grain of rice @ could soon make its way into wearable devices, nano platforms, and other applications.Gyroscopes enable vehicles, a...

New Window Film Reduces Energy Costs

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have discovered a way to make an optical film containing hydrogel microparticles that blocks radiative heat transfer. If commercialized, the covering...

The Bionic Mushroom

Mushrooms can delight the palate, be turned into packaging, and knock you dead. Now they have a new power@generate electricity by working as the substrate for a bacteria and graphene energy system....

Polymer Composite Can Regulate Its Own Temperature

Systems of any kind typically operate best within a fairly narrow temperature range, whether it@s an engine, a phone battery, or the human body. The flora and fauna of the world have had the advant...

Renewable Energy Experts Shine Light on Solar Farms and Grids

Listen to ASME TechCast to hear about the challenges and benefits of creating solar farms and other sources of renewable energy in big cities and rural environments.

Why We Need 5G Cellular Service

Read Part One: The Critical Need for 5G Cellular ServiceThe new data-sharing network that defines so many technical applications would be almost impossible without 5G. Because it transmits data mor...

The Critical Need for 5G Cellular Service

In northern Lapland, snow stays on the ground from October to May. Travel conditions can be bad. Even when the roads are plowed, they can be so icy that some people prefer reindeer to get around.In...

Manufacturing Takes Flight

.mb-2 { margin-bottom: 12px; } Walk across the spotlessly clean and well-lit floors of Pratt @ Whitney@s 1 million-square-foot manufacturing plant in North Berwick, Maine, and you@ll pass by do...

Global Talent Makes American Industry Stronger

American industry@especially the energy industry@ is stronger when it can draw talent from all over.Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen: Those seven countries were singled out when ...

Markforged’s Greg Mark on 3D Metal Printing, Additive Manufacturing

Markforged CEO Greg Mark has always been hands-on. He fabricated custom bicycle frames in high school and built lightweight racing cars with MIT@s Formula SAE team while studying aeronautics at the...

Universal Robots Grabs New York Stock Exchange Attention

In Part One of this story, we took a look at how Universal Robots@ UR5e is helping to usher in a new era of affordable collaborative robots. Here, we explore why Wall Street is interested in the co...

Universal Robots Grabs New York Stock Exchange, Manufacturer Attention

Everyone knows a business has arrived when its leaders ring the bell to close trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Late last year, however, the exchange broke from tradition and chose a Universa...

How Engineers Can Resolve Conflict and Save Their Business

Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin. Jamie Dimon and Sandy Weill. Lennon and McCartney.@Each of these successful business partnerships broke up, not because of philosophical differences, but becaus...

5 Ways How Digital Farm Technology Is Transforming Agriculture

Old McDonald@s farm, like many things in our high-tech age, has gotten a lot smarter.As crop information is increasingly tracked, digitized, and synced with other variables like soil composition an...

How Elephants Uses Their Tails to Chase Away Mosquitoes

When an elephant@s tail swats a mosquito on its back, it generates enough torque (350 newton meters) to accelerate a car. But why does it take so much energy to swat a mosquito or a fly?The questio...

Navy Sails Into Supply Chain with Metal 3D Printing

It is a beginning. The U.S. Navy builds and sails some of the world@s largest and most powerful vessels and those vessels depend on a wide range of advanced systems and machinery to operate. Now, t...

Fight Climate Change, Build the Wall

Sea levels could rise to catastrophic levels over the next century if global warming continues. One recent report says the oceans could increase by about four and a half feet by 2100, inundating th...

Using the Eyes of Killer Shrimp to Design A Super Camera

A camera that mimics the eyes of a mantis shrimp may one day help autonomous cars see hazards through shadows and fog. The camera is 1 million times more sensitive to light levels than conventional...

Artificial and 3D-Printed Skin Advances for Robots, Humans

Skin, the largest organ in the human body senses temperature, pressure, and pain. Recent advancements in artificial and 3D-printed skin could soon deliver those sensations and more to robots, prost...

The Rise from BattleBot to Corporate Robot

For 16 years Icewave has ripped, hacked apart, torn limbs, and otherwise mangled the likes of Razorback, Chomp, and Ghost Raptor.The destruction has taken place on the television program BattleBots...

Startup Suns

There is scarcely a more futuristic sounding technology than nuclear fusion. It is the power source in the heart of every star, the process that created every atom of oxygen, carbon, and iron in th...

Portonovo Ayyaswamy, 2018 ASME Honorary Member

Portonovo Ayyaswamy, Ph.D., the Asa Whitney professor of dynamical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, is honored for exceptional contributions to mechanical engineering.

Robert M. Nerem, 2018 Honorary Member

Robert M. Nerem, Ph.D., an institute professor emeritus in the School of Mechanical Engineering, is honored for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the dynamics of blood flow in healt...

Frank E. Talke, 2018 Honorary Member

Frank E. Talke, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering and endowed chair at the Center for Memory and Recording Research at the University of California, San Diego, is honored for contributions...

Gwynne Shotwell, 2018 Ralph Coats Roe Medal

Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX in Hawthorne, Calif., is recognized for outstanding leadership in innovation for space commercialization and for technical contribut...

Kamlakar Rajurkar, 2018 M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME/SME

Kamlakar Rajurkar, Ph.D., distinguished professor of engineering, and mechanical @ materials engineering at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, is honored for pioneering contributions to enhance th...

Alan Needleman, 2018 Honorary Member

Alan Needleman, Ph.D., a distinguished professor @ TEES distinguished research professor in the department of materials science and engineering at Texas A@M University in College Station, is honore...

Thomas J.R. Hughes, 2018 ASME Medal

Thomas J.R. Hughes, P.E., Ph.D., professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, is honored for the pioneering development of computer-aided engineering and design technologies.

Ivar Giaever, 2018 Nancy DeLoye Fitzroy and Roland V. Fitzroy Medal

Ivar Giaever, Ph.D., chief technology officer at Applied BioPhysics, Inc. in Troy, N.Y., is recognized for innovative experimental work in superconductor tunneling.

Richard W. Barnes, 2018 Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal

Richard W. Barnes, P.Eng., president of ANRIC Enterprises Inc. in Toronto, is recognized for distinguished leadership and professionalism in the research, development, promotion, acceptance and app...

The Best Engineering Stories of 2018

Socially and politically, 2018 was a year of volatility. Technologically, engineers and scientists kept a lower profile, while mothering a host of advancements across a number of disciplines, from ...

Extremely Lightweight Nanocardboard Is Stronger than Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated cardboard is a staple in the packaging industry. It utilizes the standard sandwich structure: two solid sandwich panels separated by a layer of lightweight webbing or lattice. This desig...

3D-printed Lithium-ion Battery Could Power Electric Vehicles, Drones

We rely on lithium-ion batteries every day to charge our smartphones, laptops, and many other electronics. One day they could power our electric vehicles. But the energy-storage capacity of lithium...

Synthetic Ice Gets
Closer to the Real Thing

Hockey players, figure skaters, and terrified beginners hugging the wall as they go round-and-round know the troubles that come with skating on ice. For one thing, it@s cold. If you want to do it o...

Autonomous Vehicle Industry Races to Fill Big Engineering Talent Gap

Transportation in the next 10 years will change dramatically, shifting from automobile ownership to a much greater use of shared mobility options. Many of those rides will be electric and automated...

3D-Printed Cement Improves Crack Resistance

Additive manufacturing of cement-based materials, such as concrete and mortar, is a top research objective in the construction industry, with several start-up@s having already shown its feasibility...

Ice Stripes Could Mean the End of Frost on Airplanes, Cars, Wind Turbines

Jack Frost is a hoodlum. Every year we spend billions on heat and de-icing chemicals to rid our planes, cars, wind turbines and heat exchangers of his handiwork. And it@s not just the money. Both t...

Podcast: The Future of Education and Grand Challenges

This week we speak with Evelyn Wang, who was recently named the head of MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. We talk about some of the new educational models and grand research challenges sh...

No BS: Engineering Elephant Dung to Help African Farmers

Botswana is home to more than 130,000 African elephants, more than all other African countries@combined. Unfortunately, those elephants have begun exploring beyond the national parks, encroaching i...

Autonomous, Robotic Boat First to Sail Across the Atlantic

No Atlantic crossing is easy, but the little Sailbuoy has to maneuver past oil platforms, navigate high-traffic areas, and withstand gale force winds without a human hand at the tiller. It took 80 ...

Computing Power and Sensors Strengthen Rural Electric Grids

Despite the size of the U.S. electric grid, not all Americans benefit from it, especially those living in rural areas.The U.S. Department of Energy is committed to closing that gap and has earmarke...

Engineers Fighting Depression Shouldn’t
Go It Alone

A recent Harvard Business Review survey has found that engineers had the second loneliest profession. Lawyers take the lead. The researchers surveyed 1,624 full-time employees.The findings may not ...

Robots Programmed to Work Like Ants Get Job Done

Robots have long borrowed from nature for locomotion. They fly like bees, run like cheetahs, and bounce like galagos. But as they advance and begin to work more closely together on certain tasks, r...

Is This the Most Wear-Resistant Material in the World?

People love gold for many reasons. It@s shiny, valuable, an excellent conductor, and doesn@t corrode quickly. Gold is also extremely brittle. But when scientists at Sandia National Laboratories mix...