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21 Sep 2020

Medical Robotic Hand? Rubbery Semiconductor Makes it Possible

A medical robotic hand could allow doctors to more accurately diagnose and treat people from halfway around the world, but currently available technologies aren't good enough to match the in-person experience.
5 Aug 2020

Drawn-on-Skin Electronics Offer Breakthrough in Wearable Monitors

A team of researchers has developed a new form of electronics known as "drawn-on-skin electronics," allowing multifunctional sensors and circuits to be drawn on the skin with an ink pen.
10 Jun 2020

New Material, Modeling Methods Promise Advances in Energy Storage

The explosion of mobile electronic devices, electric vehicles, drones and other technologies have driven demand for new lightweight materials that can provide the power to operate them. Researchers have reported a structural supercapacitor electrode made from reduced graphene oxide and aramid nanofiber that is stronger and more versatile than conventional carbon-based electrodes.
13 Mar 2020

New Material Could Turn Clothing into a Health Monitor

Researchers are reporting a new material, pliable enough to be woven into fabric but imbued with sensing capabilities that could serve as an early warning system for injury or illness.
27 Nov 2019

New Hybrid Device Can Both Capture and Store Solar Energy

Researchers have reported a new device that can both efficiently capture solar energy and store it until it is needed, offering promise for applications ranging from power generation to distillation and desalination.
22 Oct 2019

Assembler robots make large structures from little pieces

Today's commercial aircraft are typically manufactured in sections, often in different locations — wings at one factory, fuselage sections at another, tail components somewhere else — and then flown to a central plant in huge cargo planes for final assembly. But what if the final assembly was the only assembly, with the whole plane built out of a large array of tiny identical pieces, all put together by an army of tiny robots?
25 Sep 2019

Point-of-care test for prostate cancer

The proposed biosensor platform will be based on an ultrahigh sensitivity magnetic nanoparticles detector and will look similar to a home pregnancy test with an electronic readout. As a bonus for healthcare providers and patients alike, it's expected to cost under $3 per test.
9 Aug 2019

Wearable so thin and soft you won't even notice it

Wearable human-machine interfaces - devices that can collect and store important health information about the wearer, among other uses - have benefited from advances in electronics, materials and mechanical designs. But current models still can be bulky and uncomfortable, and they can't always handle multiple functions at one time.
10 May 2019

$5.5 million to apply machine learning to geothermal exploration

The US Department of Energy announced up to $5.5 million for 10 new projects to apply machine learning techniques to geothermal exploration and production. Machine learning - the use of advanced algorithms to identify patterns in and make inferences from data - could assist in finding and developing new geothermal resources.
14 Feb 2019

Advances in stretchable rubbery semiconductors

Researchers have reported significant advances in stretchable electronics, moving the field closer to commercialization.
13 Dec 2018

Meet Holmes & Watson: Robot security

Houston Methodist Hospital has added two new members to its security team — a pair of robots that patrol the halls on wheels.
31 Oct 2018

Properties of 100,000 compounds predicted on a personal computer

Researchers have devised a new machine learning algorithm that is efficient enough to run on a personal computer and predict the properties of more than 100,000 compounds in search of those most likely to be efficient phosphors for LED lighting.
15 Sep 2017

Artificial skin gives robotic hand a sense of touch

A team of researchers has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices.
13 Sep 2017

New way to make dissolving electronics

Researchers have reported a new type of electronic device that can be triggered to dissolve through exposure to water molecules in the atmosphere.
4 Sep 2017

Better way to create organic bioelectronics

With increasing scientific and medical interest in communication with the nervous system, demand is growing for biomedical devices that can better record and stimulate the nervous system, as well as deliver drugs and biomolecules in precise dosages.
4 Aug 2017

New robot speeds sampling of ocean's biogeochemistry and health

The world's first underwater vehicle designed specifically to collect both biological and chemical samples from the ocean water column successfully completed sea trials.
2 Aug 2017

Decoding a treasure trove of data from the brain

Research and new technologies have dramatically expanded the amount of data that can be captured from the brain over the past few years. The challenge now is to determine what that data can tell us.
11 Jul 2017

Biofeedback technology helping improve balance in Parkinson's patients

A research team is developing a system that guides patients through a series of balance exercises using wearable technology.
21 Jun 2017

Inexpensive organic material gives safe batteries a longer life

Modern batteries power everything from cars to cell phones, but they are far from perfect - they catch fire, they perform poorly in cold weather and they have relatively short lifecycles, among other issues. Now researchers have described a new class of material that addresses many of those concerns.
26 Apr 2017

Building a better battery

From portable electronics to transportation and sending satellites into space, the quest for a better battery - lighter, safer, longer lasting - is drawing increasing interest in the scientific community.