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Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.
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2020
4 Feb 2020

Bionic Jellyfish Swim Faster and More Efficiently

Engineers have developed a tiny prosthetic that enables jellyfish to swim faster and more efficiently than they normally do, without stressing the animals. The researchers behind the project envision a future in which jellyfish equipped with sensors could be directed to explore and record information about the ocean.
4 Feb 2020

Hanergy Collapse: Significance for EV and Photovoltaic Industry

Hanergy is a large Chinese company. In past years, it has been in trouble for allegedly false accounting but it has been a global leader in flexible and thin film photovoltaics including GaAs and copper indium gallium diselenide CIGS and it has its own advanced silicon photovoltaics PV.
28 Jan 2020

New Stretchable Battery Can Power Wearable Electronics

Researchers have developed a soft and stretchable battery that relies on a special type of plastic to store power more safely than the flammable formulations used in conventional batteries today.
24 Jan 2020

Deep Learning Enables Real-Time Imaging Around Corners

Researchers have harnessed the power of a type of artificial intelligence known as deep learning to create a new laser-based system that can image around corners in real time.
13 Jan 2020

AI for #MeToo: Training Algorithms to Spot Online Trolls

Researchers have demonstrated that machine-learning algorithms can monitor online social media conversations as they evolve, which could one day lead to an effective and automated way to spot online trolling.
2019
19 Dec 2019

A Soft Robotic Insect That Survives Being Flattened by a Fly Swatter

Researchers have developed an ultra-light robotic insect that uses its soft artificial muscles to move at 3 cm per second across different types of terrain. It can be folded or crushed and yet continue to move.
6 Dec 2019

Avazzia

IDTechEx analyst Nadia Tsao interviewed Avazzia Vice President of International Sales Benjamin Soong.
5 Dec 2019

Robots Join the Workforce at New Stanford Hospital

In the new Stanford hospital, the human employees will be joined by a fleet of robots programmed to take on some repetitive and mechanical tasks.
25 Nov 2019

Parker Hannifin

Parker Hannifin is a major US company that specialises in motion and control technologies. At the IDTechEx Show 2019 in Santa Clara, Technology Analyst Dr Michael Dent spoke with Dr Alexander York, Senior Principal Engineer at Parker Hannifin about the company's electroactive polymer technology.
11 Nov 2019

Solar and Wind Energy Preserve Groundwater For Drought and Agriculture

Solar and wind farms are popping up around the country to lower carbon emissions, and these renewables also have another important effect: keeping more water in the ground.
11 Nov 2019

Access to 3D Modeling Through Touch-Based Display

With the goal of increasing access to making, engineers have collaborated with members of the blind and visually impaired community to develop a touch-based display that mimics the geometry of 3D objects designed on a computer.
17 Oct 2019

Unmanned, fully-autonomous ship that will cross the Atlantic

A global consortium of partners, led by marine research organization ProMare, is building an unmanned, fully-autonomous ship that will cross the Atlantic on the fourth centenary of the original Mayflower voyage in September 2020.
9 Oct 2019

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.
8 Oct 2019

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.
30 Sep 2019

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.
20 Sep 2019

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.
13 Sep 2019

Fastree3D

Fastree3D are developing lidar modules and a lidar hardware development kit.
13 Sep 2019

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.
10 Sep 2019

Origin

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.
29 Aug 2019

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.