Breakthrough in Optical Fiber Communications
Posted December 19, 2014 by in News
Researchers from the University of Southampton have revealed a breakthrough in optical fibre communications. Academics from the University’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) have collaborat...
Getting Bot Responders Into Shape
Posted December 18, 2014 by in News
Sandia National Laboratories is tackling one of the biggest barriers to the use of robots in emergency response: energy efficiency. Through a project supported by the Defense Advanced Research Project...
Smart Window Tints and Powers Itself
Posted December 17, 2014 by in News
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) scientists have developed a smart window which can darken or brighten without the need for an external power source. This unique self-tinting window requires zer...
First Steps for Hector the Robot Stick Insect
Posted December 16, 2014 by in News
A research team at Bielefeld University has succeeded in teaching the only robot of its kind in the world how to walk. Its first steps have been recorded in a video. You can watch them in Bielefeld Un...
Squid Supplies Blueprint for Printable Thermoplastics
Posted December 15, 2014 by in News
Squid, what is it good for? You can eat it and you can make ink or dye from it, and now a Penn State team of researchers is using it to make a thermoplastic that can be used in 3-D printing. “Mo...
More-Flexible Digital Communication
Posted December 12, 2014 by in News
Communication protocols for digital devices are very efficient but also very brittle: They require information to be specified in a precise order with a precise number of bits. If sender and receiver ...
‘Smart Windows’ Keep Heat Out, Save Energy
Posted December 11, 2014 by in News
Windows allow brilliant natural light to stream into homes and buildings. Along with light comes heat that, in warm weather, we often counter with energy-consuming air conditioning. Now scientists are...
The Gold Standard: Affordable Catalyst for Energy and Environmental Applications
Posted December 10, 2014 by in News
Precious elements such as platinum work well as catalysts in chemical reactions, but require large amounts of metal and can be expensive. However, computational modeling below the nanoscale level may ...
Harvesting More of the Sun’s Energy
Posted December 9, 2014 by in News
As solar panels become less expensive and capable of generating more power, solar energy is becoming a more commercially viable alternative source of electricity. However, the photovoltaic cells now u...
Sunlight to Electricity With 40% Efficiency
Posted December 8, 2014 by in News
UNSW Australia’s solar researchers have converted over 40% of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported. The record efficiency was achieved in ou...
X-Ray Lasers and Proteins Morphing in the Light
Posted December 5, 2014 by in News
Human biology is a massive collection of chemical reactions, from the intricate signaling network that powers our brain activity to the body’s immune response to viruses and the way our eyes adj...
New Model to Detect Aggressive Driving
Posted December 4, 2014 by in News
Researchers from the UPM have developed a system capable of detecting patterns of reckless driving behavior with non intrusive methods for the driver. A group of researchers from the High School of Te...
Energy Efficient Buildings, But Lack of Know-How
Posted December 3, 2014 by in News
More than one-third of new commercial building space includes energy-saving features, but without training or an operator’s manual many occupants are in the dark about how to use them. Julia Day...
Climate Research High Up in the Clouds
Posted December 2, 2014 by in News
Barely has the research aircraft HALO entered the kilometre-high clouds towering above the Brazilian rainforest than the researchers find themselves in a complete haze, but they can rely on the measur...
Microbullet Hits Confirm Graphene’s Strength
Posted December 1, 2014 by in News
Graphene’s great strength appears to be determined by how well it stretches before it breaks, according to Rice University scientists who tested the material’s properties by peppering it w...
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