Potassium-oxygen batteries that last longer
Researchers have built a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery, a step toward a potential solution for energy storage on the power grid and longer-lasting batteries in cell phones and laptops.
New material to help power electronics
Electronics rule our world, but electrons rule our electronics. A research team has discovered a way to simplify how electronic devices use those electrons—using a material that can serve dual roles in electronics, where historically multiple materials have been necessary.
Electrifying wound care: Better bandages to destroy bacteria
Bandages infused with electricity can help heal wounds faster than typical bandages or antibiotics--but for years, researchers have not really understood why. A recent study is offering new clues about the science behind those bandages, and researchers say the findings could help lead to better wound treatment.
World's first study using focused ultrasound to treat epilepsy
In a first-in-world clinical trial, researchers are studying how well focused ultrasound surgery works in adults with a specific type of epilepsy whose seizures are not controlled by medication.
Solar arrays increase plant productivity
Scientists have found a resource to increase agricultural production on dry, unirrigated farmland—solar panels.
Route to flexible electronics made from exotic materials
Engineers have developed a technique to fabricate ultrathin semiconducting films made from a host of exotic materials other than silicon. To demonstrate their technique, the researchers fabricated flexible films made from gallium arsenide, gallium nitride, and lithium fluoride — materials that exhibit better performance than silicon but until now have been prohibitively expensive to produce in functional devices.
Flexible micro-batteries developed for smart wearable electronics
Chinese scientists have developed flexible micro-batteries with high energy density and steady performance under extraordinary high-temperature.
Spotlight on advances in additive manufacturing in aerospace & defense
In IDTechEx Research's latest report Additive Manufacturing and Lightweight Materials for Aerospace and Defense 2018-2028, the focus is on advanced lightweight materials and the rise of additive manufacturing.
Breakthrough in controlling DNA-based robots
Researchers have devised a magnetic control system to make tiny DNA-based robots move on demand—and much faster than recently possible.
3D-printable alloy shows promise for flexible electronics, robotics
Researchers have taken a key step toward the rapid manufacture of flexible computer screens and other stretchable electronic devices, including soft robots.
Regenerative medicine breakthrough
Researchers have developed a new technology, Tissue Nanotransfection, that can generate any cell type of interest for treatment within the patient's own body. This technology may be used to repair injured tissue or restore function of aging tissue, including organs, blood vessels and nerve cells.
Not stuck on silicon
A new technique developed by engineers may vastly reduce the overall cost of wafer technology and enable devices made from more exotic, higher-performing semiconductor materials than conventional silicon.
Hydronium-ion battery presents opportunity
A new type of battery developed by scientists shows promise for sustainable, high-power energy storage. It's the world's first battery to use only hydronium ions as the charge carrier.
Agility Robotics aims to revolutionize robot mobility
Legged locomotion may revolutionize robot mobility and enable robots to go anywhere people can go.
Wearable revolutionizes whale research, makes them partners in science
A sophisticated new type of "tag" on whales that can record data every second for hours, days and weeks at a time provides a view of whale behavior, biology and travels never before possible.