Engineering is a diverse branch of science and technology devoted to designing, building, problem-solving and finding practical uses for scientific discoveries. Live Science guides you through the different types of engineering— mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, aerospace engineering and many more — with explainers on everything from who invented the telephone to how Bluetooth works.
Our expert writers and editors also scour the internet to break down the biggest engineering stories of the day, like biodegradable bullets or the world’s longest bridges. So, if you've got a mind for the mechanical, check out our latest engineering news, features and articles.
Today's infrared lasers are only powerful enough to disable aerial targets, but scientists now have the keys to building high-powered laser weaponry that can 'melt' distant targets.
Did Alexander Graham Bell really invent the telephone, or did he steal someone else's thunder?
Reference Bluetooth was inspired by a Nordic king and harnesses the power of radio. How has this wireless connectivity reshaped our electronic ecosystems.
Reference Working out who invented the car is not as simple as you might think as the automobile we know today had a long journey to being created.
Reference The Jaws of Life are the favoured hydraulic tool for safely removing car crash victims. The equipment can cut car frames apart and lift crushing weights from passengers.
Reference Like something from a science fiction movie, bionic eyes are artificial eyes which can enhance and even replace lost vision. The tech is still in its infancy, but the potential is huge.
Reference Engineering is the application of science and math to solve problems. Here we explore the different types of engineering.
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