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2020
5 Jun 2020

Sensitive Strain Sensor can Detect Weight of a Feather

Physicists have created the most sensitive strain sensor ever made, capable of detecting a feather's touch.
20 May 2020

Pretty as a Peacock: Gemstone for Next Generation of Smart Sensors

An international team of scientists has developed colour-changing, flexible photonic crystals that could be used to develop sensors that warn when an earthquake might strike next. The wearable, robust and low-cost sensors can respond sensitively to light, temperature, strain or other physical and chemical stimuli making them an extremely promising option for cost-effective smart visual sensing applications in a range of sectors including healthcare and food safety.
4 May 2020

Open Access Hardware, 3D Printing to Tackle Health Supplies Demand

Free open source hardware and 3D printing could help to alleviate the burden of Covid-19 on global health systems, according to scientists.
21 Apr 2020

Why Robots are Being Trained in Self-Awareness

Robots passing cognitive tests such as recognising themselves in a mirror and being programmed with a human sense of time are showing how machines are being shaped to become a bigger part of our everyday lives.
1 Jan 2020

Blueprint for Nanomaterial Offers Hope to Newborns, Elderly, Doctors

Newborn babies, elderly people, sick hospital patients and sports enthusiasts all stand to gain from a breakthrough in the development of wearable technology using nanomaterials.
2019
19 Aug 2019

Europe has the untapped onshore capacity to meet global energy demand

In an analysis of all suitable sites for onshore wind farms, the new study reveals that Europe has the potential to supply enough energy for the whole world until 2050.
23 May 2019

3D printed metamaterials improve sound quality

Academics have created devices capable of manipulating sound in the same way as light - creating exciting new opportunities in entertainment and public communication. The technology takes everyday materials like glass, wood and 3D printer plastic and engineers them to control, direct, and manipulate waves in uncommon ways, transforming metasurfaces into behaving like converging lenses for sound.
15 Jan 2019

Game theory can bring humans and robots closer together

Researchers have for the first time used game theory to enable robots to assist humans in a safe and versatile manner.
2018
19 Jan 2018

Potentially life-saving health monitor

Sick babies in remote parts of the world could be monitored from afar, thanks to new wearable technology.
2017
2 Nov 2017

Physicists have breakthrough on brittle smartphone screens

Scientists may have found a solution to the long-standing problem of brittle smartphone screens.
18 Oct 2017

Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer

Researchers have applied electrical charges to manipulate liquid metal into 2D shapes such as letters and a heart.
2016
12 Dec 2016

Award-winning graphene battery could slash electric-car charging times

A student engineer from the University of Sussex has won a national car industry award for designing a new battery that could revolutionise electric vehicles.
3 Oct 2016

Physicists develop new touchscreen technology

Physicists are at an advanced stage of developing alternative touchscreen technology to overcome the shortfall in the traditional display, phone and tablet material that relies on electrodes made from indium tin oxide (ITO).
18 May 2016

Silver could be the key to gold-standard flexible gadgets

Research has described how silver nanowires are proving to be the ideal material for flexible, touch-screen technologies while also exploring how the material can be manipulated to tune its performance for other applications.
13 Apr 2016

Research brings 'smart hands' closer to reality

Using your skin as a touchscreen has been brought a step closer after UK scientists successfully created tactile sensations on the palm using ultrasound sent through the hand.