9 May 2022
New Research to Minimise Impact of Wind Energy on Migratory Birds
The development of wind energy is expanding worldwide in an effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change. However, locations ideal for harvesting wind energy often overlap with wildlife concentrations, potentially leading to collisions and habitat loss. Researchers have found that data collected by weather radar networks could be used to reduce collisions and minimize habitat-related impacts of wind turbines on nocturnally migrating birds.
18 Feb 2022
Gene Editing Breakthrough in Ticks to Help Combat Lyme Disease
Reducing tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, may now be possible thanks to two new gene editing methods. The methods could allow scientists to alter parts of the tick genome that are involved in harboring and transmitting pathogens.
12 Jan 2022
First Successful Transplant of Pig Heart into Adult Human
In a first-of-its-kind surgery, a 57-year-old patient with terminal heart disease received a successful transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart and is still doing well five days later. It was the only currently available option for the patient.
22 Dec 2021
EVs Provide Lower Carbon Emissions Through Additional Channels
Study finds electric vehicles provide lower carbon emissions through additional channels.
20 Dec 2021
Soft Semiconductors that Stretch Like Human Skin
Semiconductors are moving away from rigid substrates, which are cut or formed into thin discs or wafers, to more flexible plastic material and even paper thanks to new material and fabrication discoveries. The trend toward more flexible substrates has led to fabrication of numerous devices, from light-emitting diodes to solar cells and transistors.
5 Dec 2021
Materic: 3D Printing
Materic is an advanced materials company based out of Baltimore, Maryland, USA. IDTechEx discussed Materic's 3D Printing activities with Stephen Farias (CEO), Colin Harmer (Business Development Specialist), and Chris Ewing (Director of Sales and Marketing).
25 Oct 2021
Material Derived From Trees for Electrolytes in Next-Gen Batteries
In pursuit of batteries that deliver more power and operate more safely, researchers are working to replace the liquids commonly used in today's lithium ion batteries with solid materials. Now, a research team has developed a new material for use in solid-state batteries that's derived from an unlikely source: trees.
19 Jul 2021
3D Printed Soft Robotic Hand Can Play Nintendo
This research demonstrates a promising innovation in the field of soft robotics, which centers on creating new types of flexible, inflatable robots that are powered using water or air rather than electricity. The inherent safety and adaptability of soft robots has sparked interest in their use for applications like prosthetics and biomedical devices. Unfortunately, controlling the fluids that make these soft robots bend and move has been especially difficult - until now.
1 Jul 2021
Autonomous Excavators Ready for Around the Clock Real World Deployment
Researchers have introduced an autonomous excavator system that can perform material loading tasks for a long duration without any human intervention while offering performance closely equivalent to that of an experienced human operator.
30 Jun 2021
CRISPR 3.0 System for Highly Efficient Gene Activation in Plants
This third generation CRISPR system focuses on multiplexed gene activation, meaning that it can boost the function of multiple genes simultaneously.
13 Jan 2021
Vagus Nerve Stimulation Helps Language Learning in Adults
A recent study showed language learning advantages with transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation included up to a 30% increase in accuracy and recall for some subjects.
6 Jan 2021
Innovative Battery Chemistry Revolutionises Zinc-Air Battery
High-performance, eco-friendly, safe and at the same time cost-effective: the zinc-air battery is an attractive energy storage technology of the future. Until now, the conventional zinc-air battery has struggled with a high chemical instability, parasitic reactions which rooted in the usage of alkaline electrolytes lead to electrochemical irreversibility.
7 Dec 2020
New Machine Learning Tool Tracks Urban Traffic Congestion
A new machine learning algorithm is poised to help urban transportation analysts relieve bottlenecks and chokepoints that routinely snarl city traffic.
22 May 2020
Researchers Tap CRISPR Technology to Connect Biology, Electronics
In an effort to create first-of-kind microelectronic devices that connect with biological systems, researchers are utilizing CRISPR technology in a novel way to electronically turn "on" and "off" several genes simultaneously. Their technique has the potential to further bridge the gap between the electronic and biological worlds, paving the way for new wearable and "smart" devices.
17 Apr 2020
Materials Zone are a platform technology for connected research data. IDTechEx interviewed their Co-founder and CTO Barak Sela.