3D-printed robot hand 'plays' the piano
Scientists have developed a 3D-printed robotic hand which can play simple musical phrases on the piano by just moving its wrist. And while the robot is no virtuoso, it demonstrates just how challenging it is to replicate all the abilities of a human hand, and how much complex movement can still be achieved through design.
Disordered crystals are promising for future battery technology
Tiny, disordered particles of magnesium chromium oxide may hold the key to new magnesium battery energy storage technology, which could possess increased capacity compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries.
CPI collaborates on BodySense Project
The Centre for Process Innovation is part of a collaboration aiming to improve the performance of smart devices used to capture real-time health and lifestyle data. Working with a number of partners on the BodySense project, CPI is supporting the development of next generation multi-functional sensing devices.
Targeting 37% efficient perovskite solar cells
Oxford PVTM announced a five year research project with the University of Oxford to develop a thin-film multi-junction perovskite solar cell, with a target 37% efficiency and long term stability.
Screen-printed electrodes could unlock hydrogen as an affordable fuel
Creating a renewable and sustainable source of energy from hydrogen that is also affordable could be unlocked with a university's innovative use of screen-printed nanotechnology.
Liquid battery could lead to flexible energy storage
A new type of energy storage system could revolutionise energy storage and drop the charging time of electric cars from hours to seconds.
EPSRC announces £16 million investment in Supergen Energy Hubs
Three £5 million energy research hubs and a new £1 million network in solar energy that will build multidisciplinary collaborations between universities, academic bodies and industry were announced by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
Synthetic 'brainy skin' with sense of touch gets £1.5m funding
A robotic hand covered in 'brainy skin' that mimics the human sense of touch is being developed by scientists.
University of Glasgow's Professor Ravinder Dahiya has plans to develop ultra-flexible, synthetic Brainy Skin that 'thinks for itself'. The super-flexible, hypersensitive skin may one day be used to make more responsive prosthetics for amputees, or to build robots with a sense of touch.
Robotics experts to help with Sellafield decommissioning
This latest nuclear clean-up scheme sees a consortium of industry and academia tasked with designing a system for dismantling highly radioactive rooms or 'cells' at Sellafield in Cumbria, UK, Europe's most complex nuclear site.
Wearable sensor for chronic conditions
A new type of flexible, wearable sensor could help people with chronic conditions like diabetes avoid the discomfort of regular pin-prick blood tests by monitoring the chemical composition of their sweat instead.
Battery research to help super-charge electric vehicle revolution
The University of Bath is part of a consortium of academic and industry partners awarded Government funding to conduct research aimed at overcoming battery challenges to accelerate the electric vehicle revolution.
Harnessing the power of algae: new, greener fuel cells move closer
A new design of algae-powered fuel cells that is five times more efficient than existing plant and algal models, as well as being potentially more cost-effective to produce and practical to use, has been developed by researchers.
Drug discovery could accelerate hugely with machine learning
The algorithm can accurately predict the interactions between a protein and a drug molecule based on a handful of reference experiments or simulations.
Cheap and safe electro-catalysts for fuel cells
Scientists from the University of Surrey have produced non-metal electro-catalysts for fuel cells that could pave the way for production of low-cost, environmentally friendly energy generation.
Grant to establish robotics centre for tackling nuclear waste
It will go towards the creation of the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics which is a multi-university project that has received funding and contributions totalling £40m to bring together a diverse consortium of experts in robotics, AI, sensors and radiation resilient embedded systems to address nuclear waste problems.