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John Loudon McAdam: The father of the modern road

John Loudon McAdam was a pioneering Scottish engineer who almost single-handedly changed the way roads were built around the world. His innovative shallow camber, crushed, compacted stone layered roads would become the standard for road building throughout the world. 

Researchers give voice to disabled persons

'For too long, the lived experiences and voices of disabled people have not been at the heart of research and policymaking,' says NUI Galway's Prof Eilionóir Flynn, one of Europe’s top researchers in the field of disability rights.

Does a password-less future have to be biometric?

In a previous column I wrote about the frustration of managing passwords. The software industry is moving to password-less authentication, relying instead on biometric data such as a fingerprint or a facial image, writes former Engineers Ireland president Dr Chris Horn.

The 'great resignation': Should I stay or should I go?

In weighing up the question ‘should I stay or should I go’ it’s useful to be aware of the range of motivations underpinning the desire for change, writes executive coach James Sweetman.

Giving bug-like bots a boost

A new fabrication technique produces low-voltage, power-dense artificial muscles that improve the performance of flying microrobots.

Engineers test an idea for a new hovering rover

A levitating vehicle might some day explore the moon, asteroids, and other airless planetary surfaces. 


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