New Hybrid Device Can Both Capture and Store Solar Energy
Researchers have reported a new device that can both efficiently capture solar energy and store it until it is needed, offering promise for applications ranging from power generation to distillation and desalination.
Assembler robots make large structures from little pieces
Today's commercial aircraft are typically manufactured in sections, often in different locations — wings at one factory, fuselage sections at another, tail components somewhere else — and then flown to a central plant in huge cargo planes for final assembly. But what if the final assembly was the only assembly, with the whole plane built out of a large array of tiny identical pieces, all put together by an army of tiny robots?
Point-of-care test for prostate cancer
The proposed biosensor platform will be based on an ultrahigh sensitivity magnetic nanoparticles detector and will look similar to a home pregnancy test with an electronic readout. As a bonus for healthcare providers and patients alike, it's expected to cost under $3 per test.
Wearable so thin and soft you won't even notice it
Wearable human-machine interfaces - devices that can collect and store important health information about the wearer, among other uses - have benefited from advances in electronics, materials and mechanical designs. But current models still can be bulky and uncomfortable, and they can't always handle multiple functions at one time.
$5.5 million to apply machine learning to geothermal exploration
The US Department of Energy announced up to $5.5 million for 10 new projects to apply machine learning techniques to geothermal exploration and production. Machine learning - the use of advanced algorithms to identify patterns in and make inferences from data - could assist in finding and developing new geothermal resources.
Advances in stretchable rubbery semiconductors
Researchers have reported significant advances in stretchable electronics, moving the field closer to commercialization.
Meet Holmes & Watson: Robot security
Houston Methodist Hospital has added two new members to its security team — a pair of robots that patrol the halls on wheels.
Properties of 100,000 compounds predicted on a personal computer
Researchers have devised a new machine learning algorithm that is efficient enough to run on a personal computer and predict the properties of more than 100,000 compounds in search of those most likely to be efficient phosphors for LED lighting.
Artificial skin gives robotic hand a sense of touch
A team of researchers has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices.
New way to make dissolving electronics
Researchers have reported a new type of electronic device that can be triggered to dissolve through exposure to water molecules in the atmosphere.
Better way to create organic bioelectronics
With increasing scientific and medical interest in communication with the nervous system, demand is growing for biomedical devices that can better record and stimulate the nervous system, as well as deliver drugs and biomolecules in precise dosages.
New robot speeds sampling of ocean's biogeochemistry and health
The world's first underwater vehicle designed specifically to collect both biological and chemical samples from the ocean water column successfully completed sea trials.
Decoding a treasure trove of data from the brain
Research and new technologies have dramatically expanded the amount of data that can be captured from the brain over the past few years. The challenge now is to determine what that data can tell us.
Biofeedback technology helping improve balance in Parkinson's patients
A research team is developing a system that guides patients through a series of balance exercises using wearable technology.
Inexpensive organic material gives safe batteries a longer life
Modern batteries power everything from cars to cell phones, but they are far from perfect - they catch fire, they perform poorly in cold weather and they have relatively short lifecycles, among other issues. Now researchers have described a new class of material that addresses many of those concerns.
Building a better battery
From portable electronics to transportation and sending satellites into space, the quest for a better battery - lighter, safer, longer lasting - is drawing increasing interest in the scientific community.
MRI-powered mini-robots could offer targeted treatment
Scientists instead want to deploy dozens, or even thousands of tiny robots to travel the body's venous system as they deliver drugs or a self-assembled interventional tool.
New thermoelectric material with high power factor
Researchers reported that they have demonstrated a step forward in converting waste heat - from industrial smokestacks, power generating plants or even automobile tailpipes - into electricity.
Naval research grant will speed work on materials, energy
A grant will help researchers more efficiently test advanced materials being developed.