Producing electricity at estuaries using light and osmosis
Researchers are working on a technology to exploit osmotic energy - a source of power that's naturally available at estuaries, where fresh water comes into contact with seawater.
Tiny, implantable device uses light to treat bladder problems
A team of neuroscientists and engineers has developed a tiny, implantable device that has potential to help people with bladder problems bypass the need for medication or electronic stimulators.
Crop-counting robot earns top recognition
Today's crop breeders are trying to boost yields while also preparing crops to withstand severe weather and changing climates. To succeed, they must locate genes for high-yielding, hardy traits in crop plants' DNA.
Making interaction with AI systems more natural
Researchers have proposed a new supervised learning algorithm to solve a well-known problem in AI called textual grounding.
Blood testing via sound waves may replace some tissue biopsies
Cells secrete nanoscale packets called exosomes that carry important messages from one part of the body to another. Scientists have now devised a way to intercept these messages, which could be used to diagnose problems such as cancer or fetal abnormalities.
Fizzy soda water could be key to clean manufacture of graphene
Whether you call it effervescent, fizzy, or sparkling, carbonated water is making a comeback as a beverage.
New 3D display takes the eye fatigue out of virtual reality
Although AR and VR devices are starting to hit the market, they remain mostly a novelty because eye fatigue makes them uncomfortable to use for extended periods.
A few self-driving cars can dramatically improve traffic flow
The presence of just a few autonomous vehicles can eliminate the stop-and-go driving of the human drivers in traffic, along with the accident risk and fuel inefficiency it causes, according to new research.
Nanotube structure strengthens thin films for flexible electronics
Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers have synthesized thin carbon nanotube textiles, that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.
Agricultural robot may be game changer for crop growers, breeders
A semiautonomous robot may soon be roaming agricultural fields gathering and transmitting real-time data about the growth and development of crops, information that crop breeders -- and eventually farmers -- can use to identify the genetic traits in plants likely to produce the greatest yields.
Dual-function nanorod LEDs could make multifunctional displays
Cellphones and other devices could soon be controlled with touchless gestures and charge themselves using ambient light, thanks to new LED arrays that can both emit and detect light.
Robot drone that mimics bat flight
Bats have long captured the imaginations of scientists and engineers with their unrivalled agility, but their complex wing motions pose significant technological challenges for those seeking to recreate their flight in a robot.
Soft, microfluidic lab on the skin for sweat analysis
Aresearch team has developed a first-of-its-kind soft, flexible microfluidic device that easily adheres to the skin and measures the wearer's sweat to show how his or her body is responding to exercise.
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.
Unveiling the nanotube's quantum behavior
The discovery of an important method for measuring the properties of nanotube materials using a microwave probe.
Bluetooth circuit on a skin patch
The debut of AppleWatch early this year has stimulated a new wave of interest in wearable electronics worldwide. Wearable devices include electronics on cloth, in wrist watches and ultimately on the human body.
Paper tubes make stiff origami structures
From shipping and construction to outer space, origami could put a folded twist on structural engineering.
Robust new process forms 3D shapes from flat sheets of graphene
Researchers have developed a new approach for forming 3D shapes from flat, 2D sheets of graphene, paving the way for future integrated systems of graphene-MEMS hybrid devices and flexible electronics.
New manufacturing approach slices lithium-ion battery cost in half
Reinventing how these batteries are made also improves their performance and recyclability.