Engineering Design

  1. Tech

    Are propellers fin-ished?

    The fins and flippers of penguins and other marine animals inspire new ways to propel watercraft.

  2. Brain

    A dog’s amazingly large vocabulary

    A border collie named Rico recognizes a surprisingly large number of words.

  3. Physics

    Project music

    From hard rock to country and classical, music comes into play in several award-winning science projects.

  4. Tech

    Drawing energy out of wastewater

    Microbes in a fuel cell can generate electricity from plant and animal waste in water.

  5. Space

    Destination Mars

    Sending mice into space is just one step toward putting astronauts on Mars.

  6. Chemistry

    Cooking up superhard diamonds

    Popping diamonds into a high-pressure oven can make these hard minerals even harder.

  7. Tech

    Electronic paper turns a page

    Changeable ink and battery-powered paper may make textbooks lighter and bring video newspapers into daily use.

  8. Tech

    A micro-dose of your own medicine

    Medicine-delivering microchips implanted in the body could replace some injections and pills.

  9. Computing

    A classroom of the mind

    Computer technology that puts kids in a cartoon classroom may help them learn to pay attention.

  10. Space

    Dreams of floating in space

    Traveling into outer space is scary, fun, and a possibility for anyone who's willing to work hard enough to get there.

  11. Genetics

    Baby swaps, crime scenes, and DNA testing

    By looking at animal DNA, investigators are solving crimes and conservationists are helping save endangered species.

  12. Tech

    Butterfly wings and waterproof coats

    Inspired by nature, scientists have come up with clever new designs for waterproof coatings.