Latest Mechanical Stories


Smart sink could help save waterAugust 26, 2019

An experiment with a water-saving 'smart' faucet shows potential for reducing water use. The catch? Unbeknown to study participants, the faucet's smarts came from its human controller

Soft robots for allJuly 1, 2019

Each year, soft robots gain new abilities. They can jump, squirm, and grip. Unlike hard robots, they can handle tomatoes without bruising the fruit, resurface unscathed after being run over by a car, and journey through radiation, disaster zones, and outer-space with few scars.

How one engineer has tackled poverty, one person at a timeMarch 12, 2019

MIT senior and Rhodes scholar Sarah Tress aims to combine her mechanical engineering background and MPhil in development studies that she is pursuing at Oxford University to help gain a deeper understanding of how poverty arises and to reduce hardships in developing countries