12 May 2021
An Electrifying Way to Seal Broken Blood Vessels
A team of researchers has developed a device that offers a quicker and less invasive way to seal tears and holes in blood vessels, using an electrically-activated glue patch applied via a minimally invasive balloon catheter.
21 Apr 2021
New Perovskite Fabrication Method for Large-Scale Production
A new, simpler solution process for fabricating stable perovskite solar cells overcomes the key bottleneck to large-scale production and commercialization of this promising renewable-energy technology, which has remained tantalizingly out of reach for more than a decade.
5 Apr 2021
Antibacterial Gel Bandage Developed Using Durian Husk
Food scientists have made an antibacterial gel bandage using the discarded husks of the popular tropical fruit, durian.
2 Apr 2021
CRISPR Based COVID-19 Test Detects the Virus Even When it Mutates
A team of scientists has developed a diagnostic test that can detect the virus that causes COVID-19 even after it has gone through mutations. Called the VaNGuard (Variant Nucleotide Guard) test, it makes use of a gene-editing tool known as CRISPR, which is used widely in scientific research to alter DNA sequences and modify gene function in human cells under lab conditions, and more recently, in diagnostic applications.
12 Feb 2021
Flexible Crystal Paves Way for Efficient Bendable Electronics
A team of researchers has developed a new material, that when electricity is applied to it, can flex and bend forty times more than its competitors, opening the way to better micro machines.
4 Feb 2021
Dishing up 3D Printed Food, One Tasty Printout at a Time
Researchers have developed a new way to create "food inks" from fresh and frozen vegetables, that preserves their nutrition and flavour better than existing methods. Food inks are usually made from pureed foods in liquid or semi-solid form, then 3D-printed by extrusion from a nozzle, and assembled layer by layer.
13 Jan 2021
Hybrid Chips can run AI on Battery Powered Devices
Smartwatches and other battery-powered electronics would be even smarter if they could run AI algorithms. But efforts to build AI-capable chips for mobile devices have so far hit a wall - the so-called "memory wall" that separates data processing and memory chips that must work together to meet the massive and continually growing computational demands imposed by AI.
19 Oct 2020
Mini-Brains Help Robots Recognise Pain and Self-Repair
Using a brain-inspired approach, scientists have developed a way for robots to have the artificial intelligence to recognise pain and to self-repair when damaged.
6 Oct 2020
The Best of Both Worlds: New Take on Metal-Plastic Hybrid 3D Printing
Scientists develop a novel and surprisingly simple method to print 3D structures made of metal and plastic, paving the way for 3D electronics.
31 Aug 2020
Fruit Peel Turns Old Batteries Into New
Scientists have developed a novel method of using fruit peel waste to extract and reuse precious metals from spent lithium-ion batteries in order to create new batteries.
26 Aug 2020
Biorubber Glue for Faster Surgical Recovery and Pain Relief
Materials scientists have invented a new type of surgical glue that can help join blood vessels and close wounds faster and may also serve as a platform to deliver pain relief drugs.
20 Aug 2020
Skin-Like Electronics and Computer Vision Recognise Hand Gestures
Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence system that recognises hand gestures by combining skin-like electronics with computer vision.
20 Jul 2020
Record Conversion for Perovskite Solar Cells
A team of researchers has created a perovskite solar mini module that has recorded the highest power conversion efficiency of any perovskite-based device larger than 10 cm2.
22 May 2020
Electrics and Electronics Becomes User-Dedicated Smart Material
An important new trend is buying electrics and electronics you customise to function not just shape. See the new IDTechEx report, "Complete Electronics as Smart Material, User-Customized 2020-2040". Builders, textile manufacturers, those doing home improvement and others are starting to buy electrically-smart materials direct from materials companies, bypassing the electronics industry.