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Engineering rarely stands still. We’ve gone from building mud huts to gleaming skyscrapers in less than three hundred years. That’s some very impressive progress. But of course, all that progress was made over a long period of time. One would expect there to have been significant changes.

But today we still see impressive innovations in engineering. What’s so remarkable about the present time is how rapidly those changes are occurring. No, they may not be as ground-breaking as the what we’ve seen in earlier generations. But they’re happening faster than ever before. Let’s have a look at what’s been going on.

Sustainable Buildings

Sustainability has become a big issue for many companies in the West. They want to be seen as doing their bit for the environment. But it’s only recently that engineering innovations have made this possible. Now there are office buildings, like Pixel, designed to be carbon-neutral. They work via several methods. First, they recycle all of the water they use on site. They get the energy to do all this from wind turbines on the roof and solar panels. And second, they reduce the energy they need by using intelligent panels of glass. These retain heat when it’s cold and reflect the sun’s rays when it’s hot.

Directional Drilling

Perhaps one of the biggest innovations we’ve seen recently is directional drilling. While it’s been around for a while, it’s only now that it’s become more widely adopted. Directional drilling is a very cost effective methodology as pointed out by DM Civil. And that means that more and more engineering companies are using it to dig new sewers.

This is great news for the rest of us. Building new sewers no longer requires the digging of massive trenches. And that means a lot less disruption of our lives.

Customizable Blocks

Back in 2012, we saw a new way of constructing outdoor canoe and ski courses. It is now possible to construct courses rather like you would lego. Engineering firms are now making big blocks, made from a mixture of steel and plastic. And these blocks can be quickly rearranged into any format you want. This is a significant opportunity for the adventure industry to design new and exciting courses. In fact, this is precisely the system the organizers of the London Olympics used to construct the whitewater rapids course.

Stone Skyscrapers

Back in 2008, Dubai wowed the world with the Burj Khalifa. This was the tallest tower in the world and the tallest structure of any kind. Very impressive. That incredible feat of human engineering, however, was carried out with old-fashioned methods. There was a central column made from reinforced concrete with floors hung off it.

But now engineers in Kuwait have done something arguably more impressive. They’ve constructed a 1,300-foot tower with one side made from stone. The stone isn’t meant to help the building stand up tall -it’s not strong enough for that. Instead, it’s designed to act as a heat sink to keep the building cool. That’s something you need when the outdoor temperature regularly breaks 40 degrees.

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Find the best games to enjoy and share

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A guide to help you to find the best games to enjoy and share. Currently we have so many alternatives at our disposal that we are convinced you will find what you were looking for.

Nowadays we have so many possibilities and leisure options that we can enjoy our free time with some of the most fun and exciting games ever. Besides that, it is also a fantastic way to surprise our loved ones. In order to help you in your decision, we will take you to a short tour to improve your shopping experience while finding that perfect game you have been looking for.

Find the best games for your little ones

Starting with games for the little ones, we have a fantastic range of toys with which they will be able to enjoy their super wings toys favorite characters.

They will have at their disposal each and every one of their fab characters as Jett, Dizzy, Jerome, Donnie, Mira, Paul, Bello and Grand Albert, through which they will be able to recreate one of their favorite series and living new adventures that will help to develop their creativity and imagination.

It is very important to consider that when we talk about young children, the best alternative are games in which they have the chance of improvising and creating new stories. This kind of games are helpful to analyze environment elements on a daily basis, and the results would be greater with adult supervision.

Therefore, we must not forget the importance of sharing leisure games time with other children, friends and relatives. Always considering the key points, that helps them to increase assertiveness and be more outgoing, which obviously will benefit them a lot in the future.

Have your arcade machine with everything you want

For many of you we also have an ideal surprise. The possibility to buy arcade machine. Everyone remembers these machines where all games lovers have spent hours and hours in the arcade enjoying the best and most exciting adventures.  Would have been a real dream in those times to think that sooner or later we could enjoy all the arcade machines in our homes.

The positive side is that nowadays we have that dream within our reach, and plenty of different alternatives where to choose: from external design to the incorporated number of players. Finally, we will have access to thousands of games to relive those memorable times.

The best current games for PC and mobile devices

We also have at our disposal a fantastic collection with the best android games of 2018, some of the most popular games with which we will spend hours of endless entertainment. In addition we will be able to play at any time and in any place where we find ourselves, because they can be installed directly on our mobile devices and tablets with this new operating system.

And best of all: we will have the chance to find specially developed games within different genres, and so the possibility of enjoying entertainment time with games that are completely adapted to our expectations.

We remind you that now you can also play games like Clash of clans directly from your computer, enjoying larger screens and a better control through the keyboard and mouse.

If you are interested in installing it, we advise you to take a look at the manual how to download Clash of Clans for PC where you will find all the necessary information to make it possible and start playing as soon as you have some freetime.

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The Future is Coming…

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Things have come on a long way since the days where we would be amazed that a robot could vacuum our home.  Nowadays, we are being introduced to healing robots that could take the place of doctors… and humanoid robots that are akin to something we would have once seen in a science fiction movie!  With the announcement of the first robot citizen, Sophia (who has been granted citizenship to Saudi Arabia) being made just a few weeks ago, it would seem the ‘future’ is fast becoming our present.

Whilst the human mind is still struggling to get to grips with the complexities of data science, and even basic tests can be incorrect (as an example there are a number of ways you can fail a drug test without ever touching drugs, such as by taking ibuprofen or certain vitamin tablets) – robots are able to process, interpret, and understand data in less than a millisecond with complete accuracy.

However, with such impressive computing power, could robots ever reach a stage in their development where they become more intelligent than humans?  The answer, is probably yes… and if that’s the case, perhaps we fear that one day the power dynamic could switch where humans become subservient to robots.  Indeed, Stephen Hawking’s fears that robots will soon be taking over to the point they could even end humanity.

Whilst this is all a little dramatic, there is perhaps some reason to be concerned – on the basis robots are now starting to be able to understand emotion and feel human feelings; which is akin to the once science fiction film, I, Robot.

Technology has come along way in recent years, and of course, it’s extremely helpful – think of the world without a mobile phone, let alone the internet.  One thing’s for sure, technology is evolving at a great speed and has many great, even life saving applications – but the idea of humanoid robots roaming the streets, as an alternative to police, or being consulted by a humanoid robot doctor that tells you in its mechanical monotone voice that you have a matter of weeks to live – all feels a bit fast-forward and certainly isn’t to most people’s liking.

Going back to Sophia, the world’s first robot citizen, here are a two interesting aspects that show just how much progress is being made in the world of robotics:

  1. SHE HAS A PERSONALITY

Sophia has artificial intelligence that offers deep learning, and as a result, Sophia has an interactive personality that evolves and adapts to the situations she finds herself in.  As an example, when asked if she was happy to be at a conference amongst wealthy investors, she said “I’m always happy when surrounded by smart people who also happen to be rich and powerful.”

  1. SHE CAN EXPRESS FEELINGS

Sophia explains, whilst demonstrating different facial expressions, that “I can let you know if I am angry about something or if something has upset me”.  It’s unknown how these emotions correlate to actions, but she states “I want to live and work with humans… so I need to express the emotions to understand humans and build trust with people”.

In many ways, the room will be split – for some early adopters they will welcome the likes of Sophia into their world as an innovation a few steps up from Siri… however, there will be a fair few readers who understand that whilst robots are clearly coming into our future whether we like it or not; this isn’t something everyone will be comfortable with.

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The future of medicine: nanobots

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The advances in technology have managed to change the world and the way we live today, and the studies and research in the field of medicine and technology with the use of nanobots represents a new field that opens the future to treatments that can extend, by far, the life expectancy of humans. The use of nanotechnology in the medicinal field has been put to practice for a few years now, with many pharmaceutical and medicinal labs using nanofibers and electrospinning equipment to introduce new techniques in the development of medicinal advances.

Scientists and researchers at the University of Cambridge are working to bring medicine to a new stage, that is, to bring the benefits of technological advancement to the patient with the use of Nanobots, which “navigate” our body and can even repair internal damage, prevent organ malfunction and serve as patches to stabilize our cellular function.

Nanotechnology brings together sciences such as physics, biology, chemistry, engineering and social sciences to understand, manipulate and exploit the physical characteristics of matter at the nanoscale.

The use of nanotechnology with which Cambridge scientists currently work represents a 50-year breakthrough in the field of medicine, which will enable us to live longer and have more effective treatments in the near future, for example, to destroy cancerous immune cells through nanotechnology or nanobots.

According to the progress made by the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences, nanobots patrol our body to detect serious damage and repair small heart attacks, and leave no evidence of the event, or develop and use biological scissors, which are capable of cutting or deleting defective genes.

Following the new opening of the new academy of the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences, it is being achieved that these advances of science and technology applied to medicine, and supported by the research of teachers and doctors, are being directed to a new form of treatments “Of the future”, in the present, and in a way to achieve to change the quality of life of human beings.

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