15 Dec 2020
Xidas has developed a proprietary micro-engineering method that relies on bonding patterned sheets of different materials to make micro-mechanical and micro-electronic devices. These include sensors, energy harvesters and miniaturized medical devices. The company primarily targets industrial IoT as an application space.
28 Sep 2020
Robots to Help Children Touch the Outside World
A team of researchers is working to improve telepresence robots and the algorithms that drive them to help children with disabilities stay connected to their classmates, teachers and communities.
16 Apr 2020
Carbon Nanostructure Stronger Than Diamonds
Researchers have architecturally designed plate-nanolattices - nanometer-sized carbon structures - that are stronger than diamonds as a ratio of strength to density.
11 Oct 2019
Using machine learning to understand climate change
Every three years, an international group of climate scientists called the Global Carbon Project updates what is known as the methane budget. The methane budget reflects the current state of understanding of the inputs and outputs in the global methane cycle. It was last updated in 2016.
27 Sep 2019
Machine learning to find out which wildfires will burn out of control
An interdisciplinary team of scientists has developed a new technique for predicting the final size of a wildfire from the moment of ignition. Built around a machine learning algorithm, the model can help in forecasting whether a blaze is going to be small, medium or large by the time it has run its course -- knowledge useful to those in charge of allocating scarce firefighting resources.
15 Aug 2019
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.
24 Jul 2019
Deep learning algorithm solves Rubik's Cube faster than any human
Since its invention by a Hungarian architect in 1974, the Rubik's Cube has furrowed the brows of many who have tried to solve it, but the 3D logic puzzle is no match for an artificial intelligence system created by researchers.
2 May 2019
Squid skin inspires creation of next-gen material
Drawing design inspiration from the skin of stealthy sea creatures, engineers have developed a next-generation, adaptive space blanket that gives users the ability to control their temperature.
15 Feb 2019
Engineers develop wearable respiration monitor with children's toy
Researchers have developed a wearable, disposable respiration monitor that provides high-fidelity readings on a continuous basis. It's designed to help children with asthma and cystic fibrosis and others with chronic pulmonary conditions.
2 May 2018
Why a robot can't yet outjump a flea
When it comes to things that are ultrafast and lightweight, robots can't hold a candle to the fastest-jumping insects and other small-but-powerful creatures. New research could help explain why nature still beats robots, and describes how machines might take the lead.
28 Jan 2018
Enevate is a US start-up that is about to launch its fast-charging, high energy, silicon-based batteries. The company claims a 750 Wh/L energy density and up to 50% longer runtime than its competitors.
28 Nov 2017
Ionic 'solar cell' could provide on-demand water desalination
Modern solar cells, which use energy from light to generate electrons and holes that are then transported out of semiconducting materials, have existed for over 60 years. Little attention has been paid, however, to the promise of using light to drive the transport of oppositely charged protons and hydroxides obtained by dissociating water molecules.
11 Apr 2017
How robots can help kids stay in school
Telepresence robots — Internet-enabled, two-way-video-streaming automatons that have wheels for feet and a screen showing the child's face at the top of a vertical "body" — act as surrogates.
27 Apr 2016
Battery technology with off-the-charts charging capacity
Researchers have invented nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times, moving us closer to a battery that would never require replacement.
4 Mar 2016
Researchers find security breach in 3D printing process
With findings that could have been taken from the pages of a spy novel, researchers have demonstrated that they can purloin intellectual property by recording and processing sounds emitted by a 3D printer.
5 May 2015
Supercapacitor charging technique by a hysteretic charging scheme
Researchers have invented a hysteretic charging scheme, which helps extend the upper bound of the capacitance of supercapacitors.
3 Nov 2010
New self-assembling photovoltaic technology can keep repairing itself
New self-assembling photovoltaic technology can keep repairing itself to avoid any loss in performance
8 Oct 2010
Tyre pressure monitoring systems & energy harvesting
Although the first tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) appeared in the mid-80's as a feature of top-range luxury vehicles, it is only in recent years that they have seen widespread adoption worldwide. Most drivers in the USA must recognize the symbol below, a warning light incorporated in dashboards of all new vehicles after 2007 (although phase in started in 2005), that informs drivers on whether tire pressure is getting dangerously low.