Shape-shifting material can morph, reverse itself using heat, light
A new material can transform into complex, pre-programmed shapes via light and temperature stimuli, allowing a literal square peg to morph and fit into a round hole before fully reverting to its original form and could have broad applications for manufacturing, robotics, biomedical devices and artificial muscles.
Soft robotic fish swims alongside real ones
Even with many technological advances in recent years, it remains a challenging task to document marine life up close. But scientists believe they have a possible solution: using robots.
New malleable electronic skin: self-healable, recyclable
Researchers have developed a new type of malleable, self-healing and fully recyclable "electronic skin" that has applications ranging from robotics and prosthetic development to better biomedical devices.
Light-splitting greenhouse film
Engineers have received a $2.45 million grant to develop a scalable, cost-effective greenhouse material that splits sunlight into photosynthetically efficient light and repurposes inefficient infrared light to aid in water purification.
Next-gen flexible robots move and heal like us
Soft robots contain tremendous potential for future applications as they adapt to dynamic environments and are well-suited to closely interact with humans. The soft devices can perform a variety of tasks, including grasping delicate objects, such as a raspberry and a raw egg, as well as lifting heavy objects.
Shift in wind power by end of the century
In the next century, wind resources may decrease in many regions of the Northern Hemisphere and could sharply increase in some hotspot regions down south, according to a study by University of Colorado Boulder researchers.
Tiny, soft and wearable acoustic sensor
Researchers have developed a tiny, soft and wearable acoustic sensor that measures vibrations in the human body, allowing them to monitor human heart health and recognize spoken words.
Turning brewery wastewater into battery power
Engineers have developed an innovative bio-manufacturing process that uses a biological organism cultivated in brewery wastewater to create the carbon-based materials needed to make energy storage cells.
Grant to improve the way robots interact with people in factories
A three-year, $1 million project funded by the National Science Foundation to help change the role of robots in factories and make it easier for machines to work alongside people.
Touch sensitive super stretchy skin shows promise for soft robots
A material that can emit different coloured light and sense touch - yet still stretch nearly five times its original length - has been invented by scientists in the US and Italy.
Established in 2013 as a spin-out company from the University of Colorado Boulder, Solid Power has been working on commercializing the company's next-generation all solid-state rechargeable batteries.
Sensors enable plants to text message farmers
Data is all transmitted to a user's computer, and the system can send text messages calling attention to particular crops that need water.
Green storage for green energy grows cleaner
SEAS research team removes toxins from flow battery, making it safer and cost-effective.
Alkaline flow battery charges up renewable energy storage
Scientists have developed an alkaline flow battery that they hope will help to tackle the tricky problem of storing energy from renewable power sources such as wind and solar.
New battery technology could allow EVs twice the current range
A cutting-edge battery technology developed at the University of Colorado Boulder that could allow tomorrow's electric vehicles to travel twice as far on a charge is now closer to becoming a commercial reality.
Innovative solid-state rechargeable battery
A cutting-edge battery technology could allow tomorrow's electric vehicles to travel twice as far on a charge is now closer to becoming a commercial reality.
First solar cells with quantum efficiency over 100 percent
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have reported the first solar cell that produces a photocurrent that has an external quantum efficiency greater than 100 percent when photoexcited with photons from the high energy region of the solar spectrum.
NIST Arrays Are Step Toward Mass Production of Nanowires
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have cultivated many thousands of nanocrystals in what looks like a pinscreen or "pin art" on silicon, a step toward reliable mass production of semiconductor nanowires for millionths-of-a-meter-scale devices such as sensors and lasers.
Energy Harvesting & Storage Conference Covers End User Requirements
IDTechEx is hosting the world's largest event on Energy Harvesting & Storage on November 3-4 in Denver, CO, USA. Uniquely, the focus of the event is to address requirements from end users from a range of different vertical industries.
Electricity produced from waste heat
Thermoelectric materials can generate electricity from waste heat which escapes through vehicle exhaust pipes, industrial equipment, and computer chips, but so far the materials have not been efficient and have been too expensive to be widely used.