• A Robot That Jumps, Flips, and Does Pull-ups

    A Robot That Jumps, Flips, and Does Pull-ups

    RHex is an all-terrain walking robot that could one day climb over rubble in a rescue mission or cross the desert with environmental sensors strapped to its back.

  • A Killer's Brain: Scans Look for Clues to Violence

    A Killer's Brain: Scans Look for Clues to Violence

    Adrian Raine is putting together a puzzle. One of the puzzle’s key pieces is central to the nature versus nurture debate about the human experience: What makes people do bad things? Are violent criminals born, or are they made?

  • Engineers Without Borders

    Engineers Without Borders

    Earlier this year, Penn Engineers Without Borders (PennEWB) traveled to Cameroon to improve an aged, inefficient water distribution system.

  • The First Computer at Penn: ENIAC

    The First Computer at Penn: ENIAC

    In its day, the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, or ENIAC, was a revolutionary machine. Created under the direction of John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert of Penn’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering (now the School of Engineering and Applied Science), ENIAC was important to the history of Philadelphia, as well as the digital age that it helped to usher in.

  • Explaining Metamaterials

    Explaining Metamaterials

    We live in a world of waves. The radio waves hitting your car’s antenna and the light coming in through its windshield, the X-rays that can detect a tumor and the gamma radiation that can destroy it are all different facets of the same phenomenon: electromagnetism. As one of the fundamental forces of nature, its imprint can be felt on almost everything in the universe.