MIT’s Remote-control Robot System Puts VR to Work

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has come up with a use for virtual reality headsets that goes beyond firing them up, checking out a new game, muttering “cool” briefly after 5 minutes of use and then putting them back in the closet: Controlling robots remotely for manufacturing jobs. Read more.

Three Ways Today’s Research Will Improve Bridges of the Future

There’s little question that the country’s infrastructure needs more investment, and its bridges are no exception. But successfully implementing the necessary monitoring, repairs and other upgrades requires more than money. The strategic application of new materials, effective construction techniques and comprehensive data capture are just a few of the tactics engineers today are using to increase bridges’ lifespans. Read more.

New Industrial Centre Rises from Construction Debris

The new, $350-million Richmond Industrial Centre, spread over 170 acres off Blundell Road, is rising up on the remains of construction debris. It was made possible through a unique arrangement with the B.C. Ministry of Environment, the City of Richmond and a development company. When built out, the city will see a once degraded site return to its natural setting reflecting the native vegetation found around the Fraser River. Read more.

Five Futuristic Ways to Pave Roads

From cracks to potholes, there’s a lot that could go wrong with roads as time goes on. While some places are confronting these headaches by simply reverting back to gravel roads, other cities are open to trying out new ideas from scientists and engineers. And in 2017, there are a lot of those going around. Whether the goal is to patch streets up more efficiently or harness them for greater public good, here are the road-transforming ideas you should know. Read more.

Contest Seeks Transformational Projects to Boost Canadian Economy

The corridors that have come to define Canada are hardly relics. The country still depends on the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Trans-Canada Highway. But they are the grand dreams of past centuries. For all the ways they connect Canada’s vast territory, the connective tissue of its future is largely yet to be seen. Read more.