3D-printed smart gel walks underwater, moves objects
Engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that walks underwater and grabs objects and moves them. The watery creation could lead to soft robots that mimic sea animals like the octopus, which can walk underwater and bump into things without damaging them. It may also lead to artificial heart, stomach and other muscles, along with devices for diagnosing diseases, detecting and delivering drugs and performing underwater inspections.
Engineers 3D print shape-shifting smart gel
Engineers have invented a "4D printing" method for a smart gel that could lead to the development of "living" structures in human organs and tissues, soft robots and targeted drug delivery.
Controlling diabetes with your phone might be possible someday
Think about this. You have diabetes, are trying to control your insulin levels and instead of taking a pill or giving yourself an injection, you click an app on your phone that tells your pancreas to bring blood sugar levels back to normal.
Forget about it: A material that mimics the brain
Inspired by human forgetfulness - how our brains discard unnecessary data to make room for new information - scientists conducted a recent study that combined supercomputer simulation and X-ray characterization of a material that gradually 'forgets.' This could one day be used for advanced bio-inspired computing.
Defeating cyberattacks on 3D Printers
With cyberattacks on 3D printers likely to threaten health and safety, researchers have developed novel methods to combat them, according to a groundbreaking study.
Lab on a chip could monitor health, germs and pollutants
Imagine wearing a device that continuously analyzes your sweat or blood for different types of biomarkers, such as proteins that show you may have breast cancer or lung cancer.
Sensor could improve evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of asthma
Scientists have created a graphene-based sensor that could lead to earlier detection of looming asthma attacks and improve the management of asthma and other respiratory diseases, preventing hospitalizations and deaths.
A few self-driving cars can dramatically improve traffic flow
The presence of just a few autonomous vehicles can eliminate the stop-and-go driving of the human drivers in traffic, along with the accident risk and fuel inefficiency it causes, according to new research.
3-D printed structures "remember" their shapes
Engineers are using light to print three-dimensional structures that "remember" their original shapes. Even after being stretched, twisted, and bent at extreme angles, the structures sprang back to their original forms within seconds of being heated to a certain temperature.
3D bioprinter to create building blocks for new tissue
Advances in technology have made it possible to produce bone, muscle and even organs using a 3D bioprinter, which allows scientists to generate tissue in a laboratory environment.
Transparent metal films for smartphone, tablet and TV displays
A new material that is both highly transparent and electrically conductive could make large screen displays, smart windows and even touch screens and solar cells more affordable and efficient.
Battery bounce test often bounces off target
Researchers conclude that the bounces increase because the zinc oxide forms tiny bridges within the zinc material, which decreases the mechanical damping of the battery.
Solving a mystery of thermoelectrics
Researchers say they have finally found a theoretical explanation for the differences, which could lead to the discovery of new, improved thermoelectric materials.
SAGE Electrochromics is an electrochromic glass manufacturer. The company was bought recently by Saint Gobain Group, a global leader in glass manufacturing and retailing. The company invested $135 million in a manufacturing plant in 2013.
High performance graphene electrochemical energy systems
Grafoid Inc. to sign a two-year R&D agreement with the University of Waterloo to investigate and develop a graphene-based composite for electrochemical energy storage for the automotive and/or portable electronics sectors.
Scientists capture lithium-ion batteries in nanoscale action
Researchers have developed methods of examining lithium-ion reactions in real-time with nanoscale (billionths of a meter) precision, offering unprecedented insights into these crucial materials.
Wave powered robot transmits data during Hurricane Sandy
Liquid Robotics, an ocean data service provider and developer of the Wave Glider, the first wave powered autonomous marine robot, reports one of their Wave Gliders named Mercury battled through Hurricane Sandy and successfully piloted through winds up to 70 knots, all the while transmitting weather data in real time.
Pentagonal tiles pave the way towards organic electronics
New research paves way for next generation of ultra-small electronic devices.
Graphene could be used one day in large-area thin film electronics
Researchers have found a simple way to uniformly deposit between one and five layers of graphene to create transistors and proof-of concept electrodes for organic photovoltaics.