3 Jun 2020
How to Succeed in Vertical Farming
Vertical farming is an emerging technique within agriculture that involves growing crops indoors under controlled environmental conditions. By carefully tailoring the environment to the exact requirements of the crop, such through using LED lighting to produce the exact light spectrum needed for optimal photosynthesis, it is possible to obtain yields hundreds of times higher than traditional agriculture.
4 May 2020
Two Steps Closer to Flexible, Powerful, Fast Bioelectronic Devices
Researchers are developing bioelectronic devices that are not only fast, sensitive, biocompatible, soft, and flexible, but also have long-term stability in physiological environments such as the human body.
7 Apr 2020
The Big Benefits of Microgrids in Disaster
So much of our modern, technological world depends on reliable access to electricity, it can be difficult to imagine what life without it would be like for a few hours, let alone days. But that's exactly what the people who prepare our infrastructure to withstand disaster must do.
22 Jan 2020
Finalists Announced for 2019 R&D 100 Awards
Finalists for the venerable R&D 100 Awards have been announced by R&D World magazine and its new parent company, WTWH Media, LLC.
30 Dec 2019
First Images of an 'Upgraded' CRISPR Tool
Scientists have captured the first images of a new gene editing tool that could improve upon existing CRISPR-based tools. The team developed the tool, called INTEGRATE, after discovering a unique "jumping gene" in Vibrio cholerae bacteria that could insert large genetic payloads in the genome without introducing DNA breaks.
20 Nov 2019
Voyant Photonics was founded by researchers from a nanophotonics group at Columbia University (USA).
12 Nov 2019
The Weird and Wonderful World of 3D Printing
3D printing has been touted as being a manufacturing cure-all for a whole host of different applications. The reality is very different, but this doesn't stop the onslaught of news articles proclaiming 3D printing to be the answer. Here's a roundup of the weird and wonderful world of 3D printing in 2019.
23 Oct 2019
Next-gen solar cells mimic photosynthesis with biological material
Next-generation solar cells that mimic photosynthesis with biological material may give new meaning to the term "green technology."
22 Aug 2019
Primus Power (2019)
Founded in 2009, Primus Power is a Californian startup developing long-duration Zinc-Bromine Redox Flow Batteries for stationary energy storage applications.
15 Jul 2019
Using artificial intelligence to detect discrimination
A new artificial intelligence tool for detecting unfair discrimination--such as on the basis of race or gender--has been created by researchers.
12 Jul 2019
Simple 'smart' glass reveals the future of artificial vision
The sophisticated technology that powers face recognition in many modern smartphones someday could receive a high-tech upgrade that sounds — and looks — surprisingly low-tech.
2 Jul 2019
Using 3D-printing to stop hair loss
Researchers have created a way to grow human hair in a dish, which could open up hair restoration surgery to more people, including women, and improve the way pharmaceutical companies search for new hair growth drugs.
27 May 2019
Robots activated by water may be the next frontier
Imagine a robot that could be activated without a motor or electricity. Instead, the robot would be propelled into motion by the water content or humidity in its environment, with its movements controlled by a pattern set into its design.
25 Mar 2019
"Particle robot" works as a cluster of simple units
Taking a cue from biological cells, researchers have developed computationally simple robots that connect in large groups to move around, transport objects, and complete other tasks.
1 Mar 2019
Fast, flexible ionic transistors for bioelectronic devices
A team has developed the first biocompatible ion-driven transistor that is fast enough to enable real-time signal sensing and stimulation of brain signals.
5 Feb 2019
A step closer to self aware machines
Robots that are self-aware have been science fiction fodder for decades, and now we may finally be getting closer. Humans are unique in being able to imagine themselves—to picture themselves in future scenarios. Humans can also learn by revisiting past experiences and reflecting on what went right or wrong. While humans and animals acquire and adapt their self-image over their lifetime, most robots still learn using human-provided simulators and models, or by laborious, time-consuming trial and error. Robots have not learned to simulate themselves the way humans do.
28 Dec 2018
How climate impacts solar and wind power supply
One of the challenges with solar and wind power is that, on any given day, the sun isn't always shining, and the wind isn't always blowing when we want it to. Now, zooming out, researchers at Columbia's Earth Institute have found that the same could be true on the scale of years to decades.
31 Aug 2018
Seeking a new element in artificial intelligence: trust
For decades, the cybersecurity community has devised protections to fend off malicious software attacks and identify and fix flaws that can disrupt the computing programs that are central to all aspects of life. Now, a team of researchers has received a grant to develop some of the first tools to bring those same protections to artificial intelligence systems.
28 Mar 2018
Dissecting artificial intelligence to better understand human brain
In the natural world, intelligence takes many forms. It could be a bat using echolocation to expertly navigate in the dark, or an octopus quickly adapting its behavior to survive in the deep ocean. Likewise, in the computer science world, multiple forms of artificial intelligence are emerging - different networks each trained to excel in a different task.
15 Mar 2018
Capturing brain signals with soft electronics
A new technology for long-term stable neural recording. It is based on a novel elastic material composite, which is biocompatible and retains high electrical conductivity even when stretched to double its original length.