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23 Aug 2021

Engineers Strive to Reduce Emissions from Aircraft Engines

Post-pandemic vacation travel was among the biggest stories of summer 2021, raising questions about air travel's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, 710 million tons of global carbon dioxide came from commercial aviation in 2013. By 2017, that number reached 860 million tons, a 21% increase in four years. By 2018, it climbed to 905 million tons, 2.4% of total CO2 emissions.
18 Aug 2021

The Secrets of Highly Efficient Swimming Robots

Underwater vehicles are typically designed for one cruise speed, and they're often inefficient at other speeds. The technology is rudimentary compared to the way fish swim well, fast or slow.
25 May 2021

New Possibilities for 3D-Printing Human Tissue, Vocal Chord Repair

There is no replacement for the vocal cords when damage is severe or permanent. Now, a team of materials scientists has developed a soft material with promise of new treatments in the future. Their novel soft material, called an elastomer, is very stretchable and 10,000 times softer than a conventional rubber, matching the mechanical properties of vocal cords. The elastomer can be 3D printed for use in health care.
23 Oct 2020

Robotics Enter the COVID-19 Fight

A decontamination robot funded by the Office of Naval Research and designed by several local universities was recently tested. The robot--initially designed for shipboard firefighting and maintenance tasks--has now been enlisted in the fight against Covid-19.
5 Oct 2020

Tool Helps Clear Biases from Computer Vision

Researchers have developed a tool that flags potential biases in sets of images used to train artificial intelligence systems. The work is part of a larger effort to remedy and prevent the biases that have crept into AI systems that influence everything from credit services to courtroom sentencing programs.
3 Aug 2020

Physicians Urge Hospitals to Become Artificial Intelligence Ready

A group of doctors and data scientists is calling on hospitals to create clinical departments devoted to artificial intelligence to harness the power of the technology to transform patient care.
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.
2 Oct 2019

Tunabot: First robotic fish to keep pace with tuna

Mechanical engineers have created the first robotic fish proven to mimic the speed and movements of live yellowfin tuna.
9 Aug 2019

Tyto Care

IDTechEx spoke to Ophir Lotan, Head of Product and Implementation at TytoCare. This company has developed devices to connect patients to clinicians to provide remote home examination and diagnosis solutions.
31 Jul 2019

Technique could help engineer filter for polluted water & human tissue

Scientists can turn proteins into never-ending patterns that look like flowers, trees or snowflakes, a technique that could help engineer a filter for tainted water and human tissues.
12 Oct 2018

Route to flexible electronics made from exotic materials

Engineers have developed a technique to fabricate ultrathin semiconducting films made from a host of exotic materials other than silicon. To demonstrate their technique, the researchers fabricated flexible films made from gallium arsenide, gallium nitride, and lithium fluoride — materials that exhibit better performance than silicon but until now have been prohibitively expensive to produce in functional devices.
3 Sep 2018

AI can detect tumours

A study published in The Lancet Oncology establishes for the first time that artificial intelligence can process medical images to extract biological and clinical information.
5 Feb 2018

Lightweight Metals 2018-2028: Forecasts, Developments, Players

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins
25 Jan 2018


VLNComm, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, was founded in 2013 as a spin-off from the University of Virginia.
11 Dec 2017

Discovery could bring better efficiency to a new class of solar cells

Since the 2009 discovery of a highly energy-efficient class of solar cell materials known as HOIPs - hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites - researchers have been working to understand exactly how these promising materials tick at the molecular level, in order to improve the durability of their performance.
20 Oct 2017

Artificial pancreas performs well in clinical trial

During more than 60,000 hours of combined use of a novel artificial pancreas system, participants in a 12-week, multi-site clinical trial showed significant improvements in two key measures of well-being in people living with type 1 diabetes.
7 Jul 2017

Composites 2017-2027: Innovations, Opportunities, Market Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins
29 May 2017

A wearable brain scanner

The scanner can be "worn" like a helmet, allowing research subjects to stand and make movements as the device scans.
26 Jun 2015

New microchip improves future of self-powered wearable technology

Energy from your body heat and motion could fuel the future of preventative health care.
5 Jun 2015

Researchers measure thermoelectric behavior by 'Tinkertoy' materials

Researchers have made the first measurements of thermoelectric behavior by a nanoporous metal-organic framework, a development that could lead to an entirely new class of materials for such applications as cooling computer chips and cameras and energy harvesting.