3D-printed robot hand 'plays' the piano
Scientists have developed a 3D-printed robotic hand which can play simple musical phrases on the piano by just moving its wrist. And while the robot is no virtuoso, it demonstrates just how challenging it is to replicate all the abilities of a human hand, and how much complex movement can still be achieved through design.
Highview Power builds energy dream team
Highview Power has added two industry veterans to its deep bench of executive leadership; former InterGen managing director Mark Somerset joins as director of business growth and will own go-to-market and global growth strategy and execution.
AI system may accelerate search for cancer discoveries
Searching through the mountains of published cancer research could be made easier for scientists, thanks to a new AI system.
The future of wearable technology? You're already wearing it
A new technology uses textiles as battery cells, which significantly improves the amount of energy that can be stored, meaning that the new battery could potentially power an object as energy intensive as a laptop or smartphone.The technology enables the use of smaller battery cells, allowing for larger capacities.
Genetic tool to predict adult heart attack risk in childhood
People at high risk of a heart attack in adulthood could be spotted much earlier in life with a one-off DNA test, according to new research.
AI to predict why children struggle at school
Scientists using machine learning - a type of artificial intelligence - with data from hundreds of children who struggle at school, identified clusters of learning difficulties which did not match the previous diagnosis the children had been given.
Introducing the lettuce peeling robot
Researchers have developed what is believed to be the first robotic lettuce leaf peeling system of its kind.
Electronic device implanted in the brain could stop seizures
Researchers have successfully demonstrated how an electronic device implanted directly into the brain can detect, stop and even prevent epileptic seizures.
Scientists pioneer a new way to turn sunlight into fuel
A new study, led by academics at the University of Cambridge, used semi-artificial photosynthesis to explore new ways to produce and store solar energy. They used natural sunlight to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen using a mixture of biological components and manmade technologies.
Graphene phase modulators hold the key to faster mobile technology
Researchers created and tested a graphene based phase modulator that outperforms existing silicon based ones.
Tortech Nano Fibers
Tortech Nano Fibers manufacture CNT non-woven mats and wires via a continuous FCCVD process. Dr Shuki Yeshurun (CEO) was interviewed by IDTechEx technology analyst Dr Richard Collins.
Material can store energy like an eagle's grip
What do a flea and an eagle have in common? They can store energy in their feet without having to continuously contract their muscles to then jump high or hold on to prey. Now scientists have created materials that can store energy this way, be squeezed repeatedly without damage, and even change shape if necessary.
Grids become highly vulnerable
Increasingly violent weather, probably caused by global warming, is increasingly taking down electricity distribution lines and poles and cyberattacks are increasingly taking out electricity, apparently just as trials for major terrorism of this sort.
Versarien agrees deal for graphene inks
Shares in materials engineer Versarien have jumped after a wide-ranging agreement was made over graphene-based inks and a new 'Graphinks' product range was launched.
Potassium gives perovskite-based solar cells an efficiency boost
A simple potassium solution could boost the efficiency of next-generation solar cells, by enabling them to convert more sunlight into electricity.
Development of opioid alternatives
Researchers have identified how the brain's natural painkilling system could be used as a possible alternative to opioids for the effective relief of chronic pain, which affects as many as one in three people at some point in their lives.
University of Cambridge
Researchers at the Department of Materials Engineering and Metallurgy, University Cambridge have developed a new polymeric network material that enables the production of a flexible supercapacitor with high specific capacitance and cycling stability.
The biocomposite market cannot grow fast enough
Fibre reinforced polymers (FRPs) are predominantly made of synthetic fibres, such as glass or carbon, and a petrochemically sourced thermosetting resin or thermoplastic matrix. However, natural fibres and resins are on the rise because of their beneficial properties, competitive cost, legislative drivers, and consumer preferences.
Harnessing the power of algae: new, greener fuel cells move closer
A new design of algae-powered fuel cells that is five times more efficient than existing plant and algal models, as well as being potentially more cost-effective to produce and practical to use, has been developed by researchers.
Drug discovery could accelerate hugely with machine learning
The algorithm can accurately predict the interactions between a protein and a drug molecule based on a handful of reference experiments or simulations.