Human tests begin on robot exoskeleton


Six people with traumatic spinal cord injuries have tested Ekso, the robotic exoskeleton from Ekso Bionics that enables wheelchair users to stand and walk.

Monitored by scientists at Kessler Foundation, the six participated in one week of preliminary testing in October 2011.

According to a statement, five patients have

Researchers at NASA start developing comet harpoon


Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre are in the early stages of designing a sample-collecting comet harpoon.

The researchers want to send a spacecraft to rendezvous with a

Researchers set out to assess performance of pothole repair


A new project is to study the performance of pothole repairs on a simulated road in an effort to create best-practice maintenance guidelines.

With the repair bill for cars damaged by th

Nanotechnology could improve how hydrogen fuel is stored


Glasgow University scientists believe that nanotechnology could be employed to turn hydrogen into a viable source of energy.

The potential of hydrogen as a fuel source in vehicles such

Renewable energy projects to support 8,500 jobs

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:11 GMT

Eight renewable electricity projects incorporating biomass CHP, biomass conversions and offshore wind have been unveiled today as part of the government’s electricity reforms.

Microscope smartphone app aims at leukaemia diagnosis

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:02 GMT

A smartphone app is being developed to examine blood sample images and diagnose leukaemia.

The Engineer Q&A: aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:21 GMT

Your chance to question the engineers behind the UK’s largest ever warship.

£1m funding boosts prospects for 3D-printed organ tissue

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:59 GMT

Researchers developing 3D-printed living tissue have received £1m of investment to commercialise the technology.

Multisensory 'Jedi putter' helps golfers make the cut

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:04 GMT

Engineering students have developed a training putter for golfers that offers audio, visual and tactile feedback to help them learn a consistent putting stroke.

New breakthrough in nanoscale circuitry

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:33 GMT

A researcher has controlled the charge through a circuit that is the width of a single molecule, an advance that brings nanoscale electronic circuitry a step closer.

Lamb, beef or chicken? 30min test promises to identify mystery meat

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:02 GMT

Concerns over meat traceability could be allayed with a 30 minute test being developed by AltraTech, an Irish company that has raised €900,000 for its single-use portable semiconductor test kit.

Plastic X-ray detector is suitable for medical use

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:38 GMT

Researchers have demonstrated what is claimed to be the first X-ray detector on a plastic substrate that is capable of medical-grade performance.

Robot swarms use no computing to cooperate

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:10 GMT

Clustering robots that carry out tasks without using any memory or processing power have been developed at Sheffield University.