Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we're digging ditches with Big Bertha, using self-cleaning super glass, making a mini Mona, and electrifying hydrogels to make soft robots. This episode features:
-Researchers at North Carolina State University have further developed soft-robotics research by using hydrogels -- a polymer substance that is almost entirely water.
-The SR 99 tunneling machine, also known as Bertha, has started her two-mile journey through downtown Seattle with her 5 story-tall cutter-head.
-Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have "painted" the Mona Lisa on a substrate surface about 30 microns in width -- that is one-third the width of an average human hair.
-A team from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has reported a new transparent, bioinspired coating that makes ordinary glass tough, self-cleaning, and incredibly slippery.