Bendable smartphone technology could save lives
A university team has designed a glass-like polymer to conduct electricity for transparent and flexible electronics. The innovative polymer film, which has the look and feel of glass, can be inexpensively and sustainably produced on a large scale because it originates from earth-abundant materials.
Electrical stimulation could cure digestive disorders
More than 60 million people in the U.S. suffer from disorders in the gastrointestinal tract that could be cured by electrical stimulation, but scientists don't fully understand the therapy's effects on a critical organ: the stomach.
New material, manufacturing process, uses sun's heat for cheaper power
Researchers have developed a new material and manufacturing process that would make one way to use solar power - as heat energy - more efficient in generating electricity.
Simple stickers may save lives of heart patients, athletes
Heart surgery can be traumatic for patients. Having to continuously monitor your status without a doctor when you are back home can be even scarier. Imagine being able to do that with a simple sticker applied to your body.
New 3D-printed cement paste gets stronger when it cracks
What if the inherent weaknesses of a material actually made houses and buildings stronger during wildfires and earthquakes? Researchers have 3D-printed cement paste, a key ingredient of the concrete and mortar used to build various elements of infrastructure, that gets tougher under pressure like the shells of arthropods such as lobsters and beetles.
Robots and drones making their own decisions? That's the goal
What if a parent could feel safe allowing a drone to walk their child to the bus stop? Robots working without human intervention? That might occur sooner than you think with a new avenue of artificial intelligence.
Super cheap earth element to advance new battery tech to the industry
Most of today's batteries are made up of rare lithium mined from the mountains of South America. If the world depletes this source, then battery production could stagnate. Sodium is a very cheap and earth-abundant alternative to using lithium-ion batteries that is also known to turn purple and combust if exposed to water - even just water in the air.
Wearable could help pregnant woman improve outcomes
Pregnant women could use a wearable app to detect whether they have or are susceptible to a condition that leads to serious health complications for them or their unborn child.
Wearable 'microbrewery' saves human body from radiation damage
The same way that yeast yields beer and bread can help hospital lab workers better track their daily radiation exposure, enabling a faster assessment of tissue damage that could lead to cancer.
Future electronic components to be printed like newspapers
A new manufacturing technique uses a process similar to newspaper printing to form smoother and more flexible metals for making ultrafast electronic devices.
Phoneme project creates new haptic communications future
Communication could step beyond reading a cellular phone screen with a new technique by researchers to learn and read messages through a person's sense of touch.
Now you can 3D print clay, cookie dough - or solid rocket fuel
It's now possible to 3D print extremely viscous materials, with the consistency of clay or cookie dough with fine precision. This development may soon allow the creation of customized ceramics, solid rockets, pharmaceuticals, biomedical implants, foodstuffs, and more.
Gene editing just got easier
An international team of researchers has made CRISPR technology more accessible and standardized by simplifying its complex implementation. The simpler, faster CRISPR offers a broad platform for off-the shelf genome engineering that may lower the barrier of entry for this powerful technology.
Rare element for flexible, printed devices
Researchers have discovered a new two-dimensional material, derived from the rare element tellurium, to make transistors that carry a current better throughout a computer chip.
Wearable enables pregnant women to detect serious health complications
Researchers are developing an app and wearable technology to enable pregnant women to use a smartphone to detect whether they have or are susceptible to a condition that could lead to serious health complications for them or their unborn child.
Glass-like polymer conducts electricity for transparent electronics
Researchers have created a transparent polymer film that also conducts electricity, introducing an inexpensive organic material for applications such as the screens of electronic devices.
All-terrain microbot moves by tumbling
A new type of all-terrain microbot that moves by tumbling could help usher in tiny machines for various applications including robotics.
Ideal material for smart photovoltaic windows
Imagine that when a window is darkened, it simultaneously produces electricity. Such a material - a photovoltaic glass that is also reversibly thermochromic - is a green technology researchers have long worked toward, and now, scientists have demonstrated a way to make it work.