5 Jun 2020
Sensitive Strain Sensor can Detect Weight of a Feather
Physicists have created the most sensitive strain sensor ever made, capable of detecting a feather's touch.
20 May 2020
Pretty as a Peacock: Gemstone for Next Generation of Smart Sensors
An international team of scientists has developed colour-changing, flexible photonic crystals that could be used to develop sensors that warn when an earthquake might strike next. The wearable, robust and low-cost sensors can respond sensitively to light, temperature, strain or other physical and chemical stimuli making them an extremely promising option for cost-effective smart visual sensing applications in a range of sectors including healthcare and food safety.
4 May 2020
Open Access Hardware, 3D Printing to Tackle Health Supplies Demand
Free open source hardware and 3D printing could help to alleviate the burden of Covid-19 on global health systems, according to scientists.
21 Apr 2020
Why Robots are Being Trained in Self-Awareness
Robots passing cognitive tests such as recognising themselves in a mirror and being programmed with a human sense of time are showing how machines are being shaped to become a bigger part of our everyday lives.
1 Jan 2020
Blueprint for Nanomaterial Offers Hope to Newborns, Elderly, Doctors
Newborn babies, elderly people, sick hospital patients and sports enthusiasts all stand to gain from a breakthrough in the development of wearable technology using nanomaterials.
19 Aug 2019
Europe has the untapped onshore capacity to meet global energy demand
In an analysis of all suitable sites for onshore wind farms, the new study reveals that Europe has the potential to supply enough energy for the whole world until 2050.
23 May 2019
3D printed metamaterials improve sound quality
Academics have created devices capable of manipulating sound in the same way as light - creating exciting new opportunities in entertainment and public communication. The technology takes everyday materials like glass, wood and 3D printer plastic and engineers them to control, direct, and manipulate waves in uncommon ways, transforming metasurfaces into behaving like converging lenses for sound.
15 Jan 2019
Game theory can bring humans and robots closer together
Researchers have for the first time used game theory to enable robots to assist humans in a safe and versatile manner.
19 Jan 2018
Potentially life-saving health monitor
Sick babies in remote parts of the world could be monitored from afar, thanks to new wearable technology.
2 Nov 2017
Physicists have breakthrough on brittle smartphone screens
Scientists may have found a solution to the long-standing problem of brittle smartphone screens.
18 Oct 2017
Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer
Researchers have applied electrical charges to manipulate liquid metal into 2D shapes such as letters and a heart.
12 Dec 2016
Award-winning graphene battery could slash electric-car charging times
A student engineer from the University of Sussex has won a national car industry award for designing a new battery that could revolutionise electric vehicles.
3 Oct 2016
Physicists develop new touchscreen technology
Physicists are at an advanced stage of developing alternative touchscreen technology to overcome the shortfall in the traditional display, phone and tablet material that relies on electrodes made from indium tin oxide (ITO).
18 May 2016
Silver could be the key to gold-standard flexible gadgets
Research has described how silver nanowires are proving to be the ideal material for flexible, touch-screen technologies while also exploring how the material can be manipulated to tune its performance for other applications.
13 Apr 2016
Research brings 'smart hands' closer to reality
Using your skin as a touchscreen has been brought a step closer after UK scientists successfully created tactile sensations on the palm using ultrasound sent through the hand.