Oreo’s twisted truth

Mechanical engineers have put an Oreo’s cream filling through a number of tests to better understand rheology and determine what happens when two wafers are twisted apart. Over the last year or so, MIT engineers decided to object the sandwich cookie through rigorous materials tests to get to the centre of a tantalising question: Why does the cookie’s cream stick to just one wafer when twisted apart? When you twist…

Ready for the Geotech boom?

The global geotechnical engineering market is expected to double in the coming years, thanks to a rapid rise in the demand for geotechnical services. A market research report released last year found that the global geotechnical engineering market is expected to grow to $10.6 trillion (USD) in 2030, up from $5 trillion in 2018. While other reports don’t anticipate quite the same level of growth — there is one very…

Meta using AI to create low-carbon concrete for its data centres

Facebook’s parent company, Meta, has used AI to develop a new way of creating concrete which it claims produces 40 percent less carbon emissions than standard mixtures, and is already using it in its latest data centre. However, experts say that concrete mixtures with similar emissions are already in use across Europe, and that constructing new buildings is incompatible with reducing carbon pollution. Meta is investing heavily in AI research,…