10 Dec 2020
Breakthrough Optical Sensor Mimics Human Eye, a Key Step to Better AI
Previous attempts to build a human-eye type of device, called a retinomorphic sensor, have relied on software or complex hardware, but the new sensor's operation is part of its fundamental design, using ultrathin layers of perovskite semiconductors - widely studied in recent years for their solar energy potential - that change from strong electrical insulators to strong conductors when placed in light.
12 Dec 2019
Underwater Robotic Gliders to Measure Ocean Sound Levels
At a time when ocean noise is receiving increased global attention, researchers have developed an effective method to use an underwater robotic glider to measure sound levels over broad areas of the sea.
20 Nov 2018
Solar arrays increase plant productivity
Scientists have found a resource to increase agricultural production on dry, unirrigated farmland—solar panels.
15 Nov 2018
Manganese may finally solve hydrogen fuel cells' catalyst problem
Manganese is known for making stainless steel and aluminum soda cans. Now, researchers say the metal could advance one of the most promising sources of renewable energy: hydrogen fuel cells.
10 May 2018
Transparent transistors fabricated onto the sharp curves
Transparent transistors fabricated onto the sharp curves of a tiny glass tube are paving the way toward a therapeutic advance for diabetes sufferers.
3 Apr 2018
Harvesting wave energy for fresh water
Among the many alternative energy sources available, Atmocean has settled on wave energy as a tool for converting ocean water into fresh water and opening up new coastal agriculture opportunities in countries around the world.
13 Mar 2018
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.
3 Nov 2017
Breakthrough in 3D printed marine grade stainless steel
Researchers have achieved a breakthrough in 3D printing one of the most common forms of marine grade stainless steel - a low-carbon type called 316L - that promises an unparalleled combination of high-strength and high-ductility properties for the ubiquitous alloy.
14 Jun 2017
Research aims to make artificial intelligence explain itself
Eight computer science professors in Oregon State University's College of Engineering have received a $6.5 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to make artificial-intelligence-based systems like autonomous vehicles and robots more trustworthy.
6 Apr 2017
Bio-sensing contact lens could someday measure bodily functions
Scientists say the bio-sensing lenses, based on technology that led to the development of smartphones with more vivid displays, also could potentially be used to track drug use or serve as an early detection system for cancer and other serious medical conditions.
28 Feb 2017
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.
13 Feb 2017
Agility Robotics aims to revolutionize robot mobility
Legged locomotion may revolutionize robot mobility and enable robots to go anywhere people can go.
30 Dec 2016
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.
27 Dec 2016
Advance in intense pulsed light sintering for electronics manufacture
Faster production of advanced, flexible electronics is among the potential benefits of a discovery by researchers.
9 Nov 2016
Glucose-monitoring contact lens would feature transparent sensor
Type 1 diabetes patients may one day be able to monitor their blood glucose levels and even control their insulin infusions via a transparent sensor on a contact lens, a new study suggests.
31 Oct 2016
One-time pollutant may become valued product
Chemists have discovered that one or more organic compounds in a family that traditionally has been known as pollutants could offer an important advance to make cheap, reliable batteries.
15 Aug 2016
New lithium-oxygen battery greatly improves energy efficiency
Lithium-air batteries are considered highly promising technologies for electric cars and portable electronic devices because of their potential for delivering a high energy output in proportion to their weight.