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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New self-assembling photovoltaic technology can keep repairing itself
New self-assembling photovoltaic technology can keep repairing itself to avoid any loss in performance
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.
Tyre pressure monitoring systems and 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.
Berkeley Lab, USA create the smallest radio ever made
The first fully functional radio from a single carbon nanotube has been created by a team of researchers with the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) making it the smallest radio ever made.