Tagged: engineering

How water towers work

The job of finding enough water, making it safe to use, and then reliably distributing it to the system customers with almost no downtime is a monumental task that requires a lot of infrastructure....

Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space

It’s time to say goodbye to one of the most storied explorers of our age: Voyager 2 has entered interstellar space, NASA announced December 10th. Voyager 2, which launched in 1977, has spent more four decades...

Singapore: city of the future

With visionary thinkers and innovators as the guides, City of the Future: Singapore dives deep into the latest innovations and technology being created and implemented to blaze a path into the future. [Via: National Geographic]

The Shinkansen story

In 1964, Japan unveiled the Shinkansen – a new high speed railway connecting the country’s two largest cities (in the 1960’s), Tokyo and Osaka. Travelling at speeds in excess of 200 km/h, the new...

KMT waterjet cutting xilix spectrum cake cutter

KMT Waterjet Cutting Systems and the Xixlix Systems‘ Spectrum cake cutter demonstrates 1,000 ipm (inches per minute) (25400 mm/min) waterjet cutting of sheet cake. The waterjet cake cutter can cut unlimited, intricate cake shapes...

Rise of the machines

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future is a book by American futurist Martin Ford. The book discusses the impact accelerating change and artificial intelligence will have on the labor market. His thesis is that there will...

Was Roman concrete better?

In this video, Practical Engineering discusses a few modern techniques that help improve design life of concrete, including roller compacted concrete (RCC) and water reducing admixtures (superplasticizers).

How a CPU works

While the complexity, size, construction and general form of CPUs have changed enormously since 1950, the basic design and function has not changed much at all. Almost all common CPUs today can be very...

Spot robot testing at construction sites

BostonDynamics have begun field testing the Spot robot for commercial usage around the world. After an initial mapping run, Spot autonomously navigated two dynamic construction sites in Tokyo and used a specialized payload for...

Boston Dynamics’ s Atlas can do parkour now

The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace (Step height...