Bacteria trapped — and terminated — by graphene filter
Airborne bacteria may see what looks like a comfy shag carpet on which to settle. But it's a trap. Scientists have transformed their laser-induced graphene into self-sterilizing filters that grab pathogens out of the air and kill them with small pulses of electricity.
NASA Designing Shapeshifting Robots for Saturn's Moons
Mini robots that can roll, fly, float and swim, then morph into a single machine? Together they form Shapeshifter, a developing concept for a transformational vehicle to explore treacherous, distant worlds.
Alibaba unveils its own AI chip
Alibaba Group plans to launch its first self-developed AI inference chip, which has potential for use in autonomous driving, smart cities and smart logistics. In addition to this, the Academy will boost its R&D in AI chips for training on the cloud and for IOT applications.
Device generates light from the night sky
An inexpensive thermoelectric device harnesses the cold of space without active heat input, generating electricity that powers an LED at night, researchers report.
Fastree3D are developing lidar modules and a lidar hardware development kit.
Flexible solar cells a step closer to reality
Solar cells that use mixtures of organic molecules to absorb sunlight and convert it to electricity, that can be applied to curved surfaces such as the body of a car, could be a step closer thanks to a discovery that challenges conventional thinking about one of the key components of these devices.
3D printing Californian start-up Origin are disrupting the industry with their Open Additive Production platform using Programmable Photopolymerization (P³) technology. IDTechEx Technology Analyst Dr Bryony Core investigates this new technology and the exciting range of materials being developed by Origin's partners.
New coating brings lithium metal battery closer to reality
Hope has been restored for the rechargeable lithium metal battery - a potential battery powerhouse relegated for decades to the laboratory by its short life expectancy and occasional fiery demise while its rechargeable sibling, the lithium-ion battery, now rakes in more than $30 billion a year.
Heat shield just 10 atoms thick to protect electronic devices
Excess heat given off by smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices can be annoying, but beyond that it contributes to malfunctions and, in extreme cases, can even cause lithium batteries to explode.
Researchers study birds to improve how robots land
Even the most advanced robots come nowhere near the grasping ability of animals when dealing with objects of varying shapes, sizes and textures.
New type of electrolyte could enhance supercapacitor performance
Supercapacitors, electrical devices that store and release energy, need a layer of electrolyte — an electrically conductive material that can be solid, liquid, or somewhere in between. Now, researchers have developed a novel class of liquids that may open up new possibilities for improving the efficiency and stability of such devices while reducing their flammability.
Wireless sensors that stick to the skin
Stanford engineers have developed experimental stickers that pick up physiological signals emanating from the skin, then wirelessly beam these health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing. It's all part of a system called BodyNet.
Europe has the untapped onshore capacity to meet global energy demand
In an analysis of all suitable sites for onshore wind farms, the new study reveals that Europe has the potential to supply enough energy for the whole world until 2050.
Progress in 3D holographic tissue printing
Prellis Biologics today announced that Khosla Ventures has led an $8.7 million Series A investment in the company. The announcement comes as Prellis has reached major tissue engineering milestones in its mission to use 3D holographic printing to create 3D tissue and organs for research and transplantation.
IDTechEx spoke to Dr Anil Singhal, Vice President of Worldwide Operations at iSchemaView. This company's technology, RAPID, is a stroke detection platform which delivers software tools for diagnosing and treating this condition.
IDTechEx spoke with Sam Liu, Vice President of Marketing at VivaLNK. This company provides connected wearable solutions that capture and analyse human vitals and biometrics for continuous patient monitoring.
Material for wearables that can self heal after being stretched or cut
A research team announced a new material, developed via joint convergence research, that simultaneously possesses high stretchability, high electrical conductivity, and self-healability even after being subjected to severe mechanical strain.
Energy from seawater
Salt is power. It might sound like alchemy, but the energy in places where salty ocean water and freshwater mingle could provide a massive source of renewable power. Researchers have developed an affordable, durable technology that could harness this so-called blue energy.
IDTechEx spoke to Dr Campbell Rogers (MD), Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer at HeartFlow. This medical technology company provides a non-invasive method of diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease.
Pixium Vision has developed a bioelectronic epi-retinal implant designed to restore sight in people affected with macular degeneration.