15 Sep 2020
Thin Layer Protects Battery, Allows Cold Charging
In the search for a reliable, quick-charging, cold-weather battery for automobiles, a self-assembling, thin layer of electrochemically active molecules may be the solution, according to a team of researchers.
7 Sep 2020
Laser Jolts Microscopic Electronic Robots into Motion
In 1959, former Cornell physicist Richard Feynman delivered his famous lecture "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom," in which he described the opportunity for shrinking technology, from machines to computer chips, to incredibly small sizes. Well, the bottom just got more crowded
25 Aug 2020
Matchmaking Service for Battery Makers and Utility Companies
A ground-breaking new battery 'match' service is set to help utility companies choose the most suitable batteries as partners for their energy storage schemes.
3 Aug 2020
Soft Robot Actuators Heal Themselves
Repeated activity wears on soft robotic actuators, but these machines' moving parts need to be reliable and easily fixed. Now a team of researchers has a biosynthetic polymer, patterned after squid ring teeth, that is self-healing and biodegradable, creating a material not only good for actuators, but also for hazmat suits and other applications where tiny holes could cause a danger.
13 Jul 2020
Sweet Way to 3D Print Blood Vessels
Powdered sugar is the special ingredient in a recipe for mimicking the body's intricate, branching blood vessels in lab-grown tissues.
9 Jun 2020
Robots Armed with UV Light to Fight Grape Mildew
Robots fitted with ultraviolet light lamps that roam vineyards at night are proving effective at killing powdery mildew, a devastating pathogen for many crops, including grapes.
12 May 2020
Supercapacitor Promises Storage, High Power and Fast Charging
A new supercapacitor based on manganese oxide could combine the storage capacity of batteries with the high power and fast charging of other supercapacitors, according to researchers.
23 Apr 2020
In East Africa, a Race to Outsmart Locusts with Drones and Data
While the eyes of the world are on the novel coronavirus, East Africa continues to struggle with another crisis of biblical proportions: growing swarms of ravenous locusts. Both crises are extraordinary in scale, and both foes multiply so quickly that governments are struggling to contain them.
16 Apr 2020
Scavenger Technology Allows Robots to Eat Metal for Energy
When electronics need their own power sources, there are two basic options: batteries and harvesters. Batteries store energy internally, but are therefore heavy and have a limited supply. Harvesters, such as solar panels, collect energy from their environments. This gets around some of the downsides of batteries but introduces new ones, in that they can only operate in certain conditions and can't turn that energy into useful power very quickly.
15 Apr 2020
Scientists Tap Unused Energy Source to Power Smart Sensor Networks
The electricity that lights our homes and powers our appliances also creates small magnetic fields that are present all around us. Scientists have developed a new mechanism capable of harvesting this wasted magnetic field energy and converting it into enough electricity to power next-generation sensor networks for smart buildings and factories.
31 Mar 2020
Moving Towards 3D Bioprinted Cardiovascular Tissue
Cardiologists need to rely on the technology at their disposal. Shortages in available donor tissue for cardiac transplantation are driving the development of cardiovascular 3D bioprinting technologies.
12 Mar 2020
High Energy Li-Ion Battery is Safer for Electric Vehicles
A lithium-ion battery that is safe, has high power and can last for 1 million miles has been developed by a team in Penn State's Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center.
17 Feb 2020
CRISPR Could be Feasible for Fighting Cancer
Genetically-edited immune cells can persist, thrive, and function months after a cancer patient receives them, according to new data published by researchers. The team showed cells removed from patients and brought back into the lab setting were able to kill cancer months after their original manufacturing and infusion.
12 Feb 2020
Design Approach May Help Fix Bias in Artificial Intelligence
Bias in artificial intelligence and machine learning programs is well established. Researchers are now proposing that software developers incorporate the concept of "feminist design thinking" into their development process as a way of improving equity - particularly in the development of software used in the hiring process.
10 Feb 2020
Engineers Mix and Match Materials to Make New Stretchy Electronics
At the heart of any electronic device is a cold, hard computer chip, covered in a miniature city of transistors and other semiconducting elements. Because computer chips are rigid, the electronic devices that they power, such as our smartphones, laptops, watches, and televisions, are similarly inflexible. Now a process developed by engineers may be the key to manufacturing flexible electronics with multiple functionalities in a cost-effective way.
7 Feb 2020
SEMI-FlexTech Launches Six New Projects
SEMI-FlexTech announced the launch of six projects to accelerate sensor and sensor system innovations for new applications in industries including healthcare, automotive, industrial and defense.
24 Jan 2020
Wearable Gas Sensor for Health and Environmental Monitoring
A highly sensitive wearable gas sensor for environmental and human health monitoring may soon become commercially available, according to researchers.
17 Dec 2019
Optimizing Additive Manufacturing on a Molecular Level
As the complexity and applications of additive manufacturing increase, researchers are digging down to the smallest scales to optimize the technology on a molecular level.
12 Dec 2019
Self-Healing Liquid Brings New Life to Battery Alternative
Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are a revolutionary technology, found in everything from cellphones to cars. But the chemistry behind them is facing a looming challenge. Lithium-ion batteries cannot be recharged indefinitely; the materials in these batteries' electrodes expand and crack with each cycle, gradually decreasing their storage performance until they are useless. The resulting demand for fresh lithium, cobalt and other necessary elements puts a strain on natural resources.
6 Dec 2019
Computer Generated Antibiotics, Biosensor Band-Aids
Imagine if a computer could learn from molecules found in nature and use an algorithm to generate new ones. Then imagine those molecules could get printed and tested in a lab against some of the nastiest, most dangerous bacteria out there—bacteria quickly becoming resistant to our current antibiotic options.