6 Sep 2021
Astronomers Create the First 3D Printed Stellar Nurseries
Astronomers can't touch the stars they study, but astrophysicists are using 3-dimensional models that fit in the palm of the hand to unravel the structural complexities of stellar nurseries, the vast clouds of gas and dust where star formation occurs.
30 Mar 2021
3D Printed Porous Carbon Aerogels for Space Exploration
Exploration of extremely cold environments, from Earth's polar regions to the moon and Mars, requires technology that can rapidly store and deliver electricity at ultralow temperatures. NASA's Perseverance rover, for example, needs heaters to keep the rover's battery system from freezing in Martian temperatures averaging about -81 F (-62 C).
14 Oct 2020
Bioelectronic Device Achieves Unprecedented Control of Cell Membrane
In an impressive proof-of-concept demonstration, an interdisciplinary team of scientists has developed a bioelectronic system driven by a machine learning algorithm that can shift the membrane voltage in living cells and maintain it at a set point for 10 hours.
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.
29 Oct 2018
3D-printed supercapacitor electrode breaks records
Advances in supercapacitor technology could lead to wider use of fast-charging energy storage devices and novel designs for electronic gadgets.
14 Aug 2018
Soft multifunctional robots get really small
Robots could be safely deployed in difficult-to-access environments, such as in delicate surgical procedures in the human body.
5 Mar 2018
3D printing method embeds sensing capabilities in robotic actuators
Soft robots that can sense touch, pressure, movement and temperature.
15 Nov 2017
Solar greenhouses generate electricity and grow crops
The first crops of tomatoes and cucumbers grown inside electricity-generating solar greenhouses were as healthy as those raised in conventional greenhouses, signaling that "smart" greenhouses hold great promise for dual-use farming and renewable electricity production.
27 Sep 2017
Way to harvest energy from the backs of marine species
While solar panel systems continue to pop up on rooftops throughout the solar panels installed underwater, in the ocean, on the backs of marine species.
22 Jun 2016
Improved 3-D-printed graphene aerogel supercapacitors
Researchers have devised a method for doubling the performance of 3-D-printed graphene-based supercapacitors.
14 Jun 2016
Novel capping strategy improves stability of perovskite nanocrystals
Perovskite materials have shown great promise for use in next-generation solar cells, light-emitting devices, sensors, and other applications, but their instability remains a critical limitation.
15 Feb 2016
Researchers 3D print ultralight supercapacitors
For the first time ever, scientists have successfully 3D-printed supercapacitors using an ultra-lightweight graphene aerogel, opening the door to novel, unconstrained designs of highly efficient energy storage systems for smartphones, wearables, implantable devices, electric cars and wireless sensors.
3 Nov 2015
Powering marine science sensors with ambient energy
Researchers are assisting marine scientists with wildlife monitoring research and will explore energy harvesting from the environment, using elephant seals for the initial experiments.