20 Feb 2020
Germ-Fighting Fabric for Health Care
Researchers have created germ-killing fabric that could help stop the spread of communicable diseases.
20 Feb 2020
New Green Technology Generates Electricity "Out of Thin Air"
Electrical engineers and microbiologists have created a device they call an 'Air-gen' or air-powered generator, with electrically conductive protein nanowires produced by the microbe Geobacter. The Air-gen connects electrodes to the protein nanowires in such a way that electrical current is generated from the water vapor naturally present in the atmosphere.
19 Nov 2019
Wearable Oxygen Sensor for Sick Infants
Researchers are developing a sensor the size of a Band-Aid that will measure a baby's blood oxygen levels, a vital indication of the lungs' effectiveness and whether the baby's tissue is receiving adequate oxygen supply.
9 Oct 2019
Researchers use drones to weigh whales
By measuring the body length, width and height of free-living southern right whales photographed by drones, researchers were able to develop a model that accurately calculated the body volume and mass of the whales.
23 Sep 2019
'Phyjama,' a physiological sensing pyjama
Scientists expect that in the future, electronically active garments containing unobtrusive, portable devices for monitoring heart rate and respiratory rhythm during sleep, for example, will prove clinically useful in health care. Now researchers have developed physiological-sensing textiles that can be woven or stitched into sleep garments they have dubbed "phyjamas."
4 Sep 2019
Wireless wearables powered by human skin
This scientist's vision is to invent devices that not only operate without batteries but take the concept of battery-less wearables one step further. In his mind's eye, the next generation of wearables will transfer power between wireless sensors using a far more efficient conductor - human skin.
30 Aug 2019
Anellotech is a biotechnology company developing biobased aromatic chemical intermediates and fuels.
30 Aug 2019
Using artificial intelligence to track birds' dark-of-night migrations
On many evenings during spring and fall migration, tens of millions of birds take flight at sunset and pass over our heads, unseen in the night sky. Though these flights have been recorded for decades by the National Weather Services' network of constantly scanning weather radars, until recently these data have been mostly out of reach for bird researchers.
23 Jul 2019
New laws of attraction: Scientists print magnetic liquid droplets
Scientists have made a new material that is both liquid and magnetic, opening the door to a new area of science in magnetic soft matter. Their findings could lead to a revolutionary class of printable liquid devices for a variety of applications from artificial cells that deliver targeted cancer therapies to flexible liquid robots that can change their shape to adapt to their surroundings.
25 Jun 2019
Smart Façades: Working from the outside in for energy efficiency
In an ongoing effort to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, an interdisciplinary team of scientists and students is working to design and build more-sustainable building façade systems - so-called smart façades.
2 Apr 2019
Researchers create new way to power electric cars
The innovation will enable electric vehicles of all sizes to run longer while maintaining zero emissions. The new technology uses water, carbon dioxide and the metal cobalt to produce hydrogen gas on demand at a relatively low temperature and pressure.
28 Jan 2019
Tapping body heat to power smart garments
Some research has shown that small amounts of power can be harvested from a human body over an eight-hour workday, but the special materials needed at present are either very expensive, toxic or inefficient.
13 Nov 2018
Fabric alternative to batteries
A major factor holding back development of wearable biosensors for health monitoring is the lack of a lightweight, long-lasting power supply. Now scientists report that they have developed a method for making a charge-storing system that is easily integrated into clothing for "embroidering a charge-storing pattern onto any garment."
21 Jun 2018
Teaching robots to sort out their issues
Robots can help do a lot of things - assemble cars, search for explosives, cook a meal or aid in surgery. But one thing they can't do is tell you how they're doing - yet.
2 May 2018
Why a robot can't yet outjump a flea
When it comes to things that are ultrafast and lightweight, robots can't hold a candle to the fastest-jumping insects and other small-but-powerful creatures. New research could help explain why nature still beats robots, and describes how machines might take the lead.
25 Jan 2018
Next big breakthrough in robotics
While drones and driverless cars dominate the headlines, another breakthrough—robot dexterity—is likely to have an even greater impact in both business and everyday life.
3 Jan 2018
Paving the way for a non-electric battery to store solar energy
Materials chemists have been trying for years to make a new type of battery that can store solar or other light-sourced energy in chemical bonds rather than electrons, one that will release the energy on demand as heat instead of electricity - addressing the need for long-term, stable, efficient storage of solar power.
18 Sep 2017
Peel-and-go printable structures fold themselves
As 3-D printing has become a mainstream technology, industry and academic researchers have been investigating printable structures that will fold themselves into useful three-dimensional shapes when heated or immersed in water.
29 Aug 2017
A good read: AI evaluates quality of short stories
The idea that artificial intelligence will someday be able to understand and even generate narratives has inspired and motivated researchers for years. A question inextricably bound to both lines of research remains unresolved, however: Can AI recognize a good story if it sees one?
29 May 2017
Off-the-shelf, power-generating clothes are almost here
A lightweight, comfortable jacket that can generate the power to light up a jogger at night may sound futuristic, but materials scientists could make one today.