Stretchy wires for the future
Scientists have teamed up to create stretchable, flexible wires that conduct current and change colors to indicate they're about to reach the breaking point. Future uses could be wearable electronics, biomedical devices and soft robots.
3-D printing to create metallic glass alloys
Researchers have now demonstrated the ability to create amorphous metal, or metallic glass, alloys using three-dimensional printing technology, opening the door to a variety of applications - such as more efficient electric motors, better wear-resistant materials, higher strength materials, and lighter weight structures.
Using drones to feed billions
As our population continues its rapid growth, food is becoming increasingly scarce. By the year 2050, we will need to double our current food production to feed the estimated 9.6 million mouths that will inhabit Earth.
New technique allows printing of flexible, stretchable silver nanowire
Researchers have developed a new technique that allows them to print circuits on flexible, stretchable substrates using silver nanowires. The advance makes it possible to integrate the material into a wide array of electronic devices, as reported in Printed Electronics World.
Low-cost way to make flexible, stretchable electronics
Researchers have developed a new technique for directly printing metal circuits, creating flexible, stretchable electronics. The technique can use multiple metals and substrates and is compatible with existing manufacturing systems that employ direct printing technologies.
Synthetic circuits can harvest light energy
Novel structures made with DNA scaffolds could be used to create solar-powered materials.
Peel-and-go printable structures fold themselves
As 3-D printing has become a mainstream technology, industry and academic researchers have been investigating printable structures that will fold themselves into useful three-dimensional shapes when heated or immersed in water.
Project connects brain science with electric cars
Technology developed to help neurosurgeons control electric currents during noninvasive brain stimulation could also lead to safer, more efficient batteries for electric cars and solar panels.
Building the safe genes toolkit
DARPA created the Safe Genes program to gain a fundamental understanding of how gene editing technologies function; devise means to safely, responsibly, and predictably harness them for beneficial ends; and address potential health and security concerns related to their accidental or intentional misuse.
New design improves performance of flexible wearable electronics
Engineers have designed a flexible thermoelectric energy harvester that has the potential to rival the effectiveness of existing power wearable electronic devices using body heat as the only source of energy.
Persistent photoconductivity offers new tool for bioelectronics
Researchers have developed a new approach for manipulating the behavior of cells on semiconductor materials, using light to alter the conductivity of the material itself.
Touch-sensitive, elastic fibres
Researchershave created elastic, touch-sensitive fibres that can interface with electronic devices.
Controlling soft robots using magnetic fields
A team of engineering researchers has made a fundamental advance in controlling so-called soft robots, using magnetic fields to remotely manipulate microparticle chains embedded in soft robotic devices.