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Engineering news roundup #9

The impact of engineering is all around us. In our last roundup for 2020, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite news stories, articles and thought pieces from the week to showcase some of the latest innovations and opinions across design engineering.

engineering highlights this year

2020 has been an unexpected one in many ways, and not without some amazing engineering innovations. From the discovery of an earth-sized planet, to “printing” skin, setting a new internet speed-record and the world’s largest camera taking the world’s largest picture…this inspiring article full of engineering highlights is not to be missed!

23 engineering highlights for 2020

The satellites are watching

A new satellite, Capella 2, has a resolution that is good enough to capture images even inside buildings. Unlike existing satellites which rely on optical imaging, the Capella 2 has been engineered using synthetic aperture radar. Creepy or a useful monitoring tool? You decide.

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Engineers design comet chaser

British engineers are to start work on a new spacecraft, dubbed the “comet chaser”, that will lie in wait for passing comets then chase them down and map their surfaces in three dimensions.

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Using UV light to clean public spaces from COVID-19

A team of designers and engineers are using the power of light in a project called URBAN SUN, which uses a proved wavelength of light (222nm) to clean public spaces from airborne COVID-19 particles.

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Smart hearables

A team of engineers based at the University of Illinois Grainger College of Engineering are exploring a new sub-area of mobile technology based on sophisticated and connected earphones.  They hope that in the future, these wearable devices will continuously sense human behaviour; run acoustic augmented reality; have digital assistants whisper information, and track user health and fitness.

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