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2020
27 Nov 2020

Smart Wrap Implant may Help Bladder Control

An implantable smart wrap that fits safely and securely around the bladder may one day help people who have under-active bladders, a condition that hinders patients from urinating regularly and comfortably, according to an international team of researchers.
2 Nov 2020

New Tool can Diagnose Strokes with a Smartphone

A new tool created by researchers could diagnose a stroke based on abnormalities in a patient's speech ability and facial muscular movements, and with the accuracy of an emergency room physician -- all within minutes from an interaction with a smartphone.
20 Oct 2020

Treeswift's Autonomous Robots Take Flight to Save Forests

Forests cover 30% of the Earth's landmass, but that number is on the decline. Despite forests' crucial role in conserving wildlife and processing carbon dioxide, many are threatened by deforestation and wildfires. Complicating these threats is the lack of quantitative information that foresters and environmental researchers need for making important decisions to preserve forests.
19 Oct 2020

AI Keeps an Eye on Volcano Movements

Radar satellites can collect massive amounts of remote sensing data that can detect ground movements at volcanoes in near real time. These ground movements could signal impending volcanic activity and unrest; however, clouds and other atmospheric and instrumental disturbances can introduce significant errors in those ground movement measurements. Now, researchers have used artificial intelligence to clear up that noise, drastically facilitating and improving near real-time observation of volcanic movements and the detection of volcanic activity and unrest.
19 Oct 2020

Engineers Print Wearable Sensors Directly on Skin Without Heat

Wearable sensors are evolving from watches and electrodes to bendable devices that provide far more precise biometric measurements and comfort for users. Now, an international team of researchers has taken the evolution one step further by printing sensors directly on human skin without the use of heat.
5 Oct 2020

Using Wearable Technology to Prevent Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are a painful and expensive medical problem, and people who suffer from kidney stones once are likely to experience them a second time. Recurrence can often be prevented if patients increase urine output by increasing the amount of water that they drink. Though this may seem easy, fewer than 50% of people who have suffered from kidney stones are able to drink the recommended amount of fluids.
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.
9 Sep 2020

Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles and Fleets 2021-2031

IDTechEx Report: Luke Gear
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.
22 Jun 2020

Directly Printing 3D Tissues Within the Body

A collaboration has produced a specially-formulated bio-ink designed for printing directly in the body.
10 Jun 2020

Energy Harvesting Microwatt to Gigawatt: Opportunities 2020-2040

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr Xiaoxi He
4 Jun 2020

Genetic Technologies in Agriculture 2020-2030: Forecasts, Markets, Technologies

IDTechEx Report: Dr Michael Dent
27 May 2020

Materials Informatics 2020-2030

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins
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.
27 Apr 2020

Energy Harvesting for Electronic Devices 2020-2040

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Xiaoxi He and Raghu Das
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.
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.
14 Apr 2020

E-textiles and Smart Clothing 2020-2030: Technologies, Markets and Players

IDTechEx Report: James Hayward
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.
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.