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Your Engineering Inspiration for Monday 03 August 2020


If you're in the mood for some lighter, cooler tech news this morning, we have just the thing for you: the ENGins ‘Cool’ tab. (To access it, just visit the ENGins front page.)

Perhaps you're interested in watching a robot play Jenga? You might prefer to spend a few minutes learning how to hack your face. Or maybe you're interested in discovering the history of NASA's impressively engineered space pen. Whatever you're interested in, the Cool tab has something for you.

We recommend turning off your customisation preferences (using the switch at the top of the page) to get the full range of weird and wonderful stories.

Very best,

Dr Sunny Bains
Editorial Director

Last weeks's top headlines:

How Physics Gifted Math With a New Geometry
3rd August 2020 - Listed in:
In the early 1800s, William Rowan Hamilton discovered a new kind of geometric space with nearly magical properties. It encoded motion and mathematics into a single, glinting geometric object. This phenomenon birthed a field called symplectic geometry. Over the last...
Electronic textiles that communicate, sense, or power other devices promise a new era of smart wearable technology. But current e-textiles rely heavily on metals such as gold, silver, and copper, making disposal or recycling difficult. Using nanomaterials such as carbon...
Balloon shaping isn’t just for kids anymore. A team of researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has designed materials that can control and mold a balloon into pre-programmed shapes. The system uses...
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have improved the technique of frontal polymerization, where a small amount of heat triggers a moving reaction wave that produces a polymeric material. Their new method allows the creation of a wider...
Chemists make tough plastics recyclable
28th July 2020 - Listed in:
Thermosets, which include epoxies, polyurethanes, and rubber used for tires, are found in many products that have to be durable and heat-resistant, such as cars or electrical appliances. One drawback to these materials is that they typically cannot be easily...
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