Engineering

The curved barriers would deflect air pollution away from pedestrians and provide a scaffold for plants to "green" a city.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
Electronic display fabrics are now larger and more durable, opening the door to clothing that acts like a computer screen.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Sensing earthquakes with telecommunications cables could lead to better warnings.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
Laser etching on food-safe pigments can create 2D images that appear 3D.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Using a bouncy platform instead of a vibrating tip may allow MRI machines to image a single virus.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
The microscopic lens bends light to quicken data transfer in computers.
Tess Joosse, Contributor
Scientists find that aerogels may make effective, ultralightweight noise barriers.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
New single-pixel device borrows materials from solar cells to replicate the behavior of a biological retina as part of its fundamental design.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Haptic training could help expert musicians and top athletes break through their performance ceilings.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
A recent experiment has created a one-way quantum network between two labs, reaching a milestone on the path to creating a quantum internet.
Meredith Fore, Contributor
Researchers say the morphing wings and tail of their robotic flyer allow it to soar at low speeds and make sharp maneuvers.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
The tiny robots walk using platinum leg muscles that get their energy from laser light.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor