Engineering

Definition

Engineering is the design and construction of systems and structures for influencing the world around us and enhancing our experience within it. Engineers use the fundamental principles of mathematics, physics and chemistry to create machines that enable us to travel faster, provide improved medical care, and process more complicated information.

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News and Comment

  • Editorial |

    Recent large-scale carbon-capture schemes in the energy sector point to progress, but further development and support are still required to improve viability and widespread deployment.

    Nature Energy 2, 17141
  • News and Views |

    Typically, the allocation of renewable power sources is determined by a desire to maximize output and reduce generation costs in order to satisfy the preferences of a small number of stakeholders. A new model broadens this perspective by considering societal equity and acceptability, with the aim of improving the siting process.

    • Philipp Grunewald
    Nature Energy 2, 17130
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Wood has great potential as a building material, because it is strong and lightweight, environmentally friendly and can be used in prefabricated buildings. However, only changes in building codes will make wood competitive with steel and concrete.

    • Guido Wimmers
  • News and Views |

    Integrated circuits usually have only one layer of electronic devices, which limits their performance and functionality. A 3D integrated circuit that incorporates multiple device layers enables a wealth of applications. See Letter p.74

    • Sherief Reda
    Nature 547, 38–40