Copper Shines as Flexible Conductor
Posted August 29, 2014 by in News
Bend them, stretch them, twist them, fold them: modern materials that are light, flexible and highly conductive have extraordinary technological potential, whether as artificial skin or electronic pap...
Comet Collision Left Nanodiamonds Across Earth?
Posted August 28, 2014 by in News
Most of North America’s megafauna — mastodons, short-faced bears, giant ground sloths, saber-toothed cats and American camels and horses — disappeared close to 13,000 years ago at th...
Sorting Cells With Sound Waves
Posted August 27, 2014 by in News
Researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their ...
Hotels With Smart Bracelets
Posted August 26, 2014 by in News
The Tecnalia applied research centre has revolutionised the hotel sector with smart bracelets — the Smart VIB (Very Important Bracelet) that enables clients access hotel rooms without the need f...
C2D2 Fighting Corrosion
Posted August 25, 2014 by in News
Bridges become an infrastructure problem as they get older, as de-icing salt and carbon dioxide gradually destroy the reinforced concrete. A new robot can now check the condition of these structures, ...
Laser Device May End Pin Pricks for Diabetics
Posted August 22, 2014 by in News
Princeton University researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people’s blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow...
Power Streaming: The Power of Salt
Posted August 21, 2014 by in News
Where the river meets the sea, there is the potential to harness a significant amount of renewable energy, according to a team of mechanical engineers at MIT. The researchers evaluated an emerging met...
Solar Energy That Doesn’t Block the View
Posted August 20, 2014 by in News
A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the ...
Device Monitors Key Step in Development of Tumor Metastases
Posted August 19, 2014 by in News
A microfluidic device developed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may help study key steps in the process by which cancer cells break off from a primary tumor to invade other tissues and form me...
Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells
Posted August 18, 2014 by in News
This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-la...
Wireless Sensors and Flying Robots: A Way to Monitor Deteriorating Bridges
Posted August 15, 2014 by in News
As a recent report from the Obama administration warns that one in four bridges in the United States needs significant repair or cannot handle automobile traffic, Tufts University engineers are employ...
Temporary Tattoo Biobatteries Produce Power from Sweat
Posted August 14, 2014 by in News
In the future, working up a sweat by exercising may not only be good for your health, but it could also power your small electronic devices. Researchers will report today that they have designed a sen...
Stinky Gases Emanating From Landfills Could Transform Into Clean Energy
Posted August 13, 2014 by in News
A new technique that transforms stinky, air-polluting landfill gas could produce the sweet smell of success as it leads to development of a fuel cell generating clean electricity for homes, offices an...
Customized Surface Inspection Integrated into Production Process
Posted August 12, 2014 by in News
The quality control of component surfaces is a complex undertaking. Researchers have engineered a high-precision modular inspection system that can be adapted on a customer-specific basis and integrat...
Carbon Dioxide ‘Sponge’ Could Ease Transition to Cleaner Energy
Posted August 11, 2014 by in News
A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) might ease our transition away from polluting fossil fuels and toward new energy sources, such as hydrogen. The material R...
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