How Salt Causes Buildings to Crumble
Posted September 12, 2014 by in News
Salt crystals are often responsible when buildings start to show signs of ageing. Researchers from the Institute for Building Materials have studied salt damage in greater depth and can now predict we...
World’s Largest DNA Origami Created
Posted September 11, 2014 by in News
Researchers from North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of Copenhagen have created the world’s largest DNA origami, which are nanoscale constructions with applicatio...
Wireless Experts Tap Unused TV Spectrum
Posted September 10, 2014 by in News
Rice University wireless researchers have found a way to make the most of the unused UHF TV spectrum by serving up fat streams of data over wireless hotspots that could stretch for miles. Rice Univers...
Advanced Technologies Improve MRI for Kids
Posted September 9, 2014 by in News
Pediatric patients who could benefit greatly from an MRI of the abdomen, chest, or pelvis, often undergo CT scans instead. One reason is that in order to acquire a faithful MR image, patients must hol...
Sun-Powered Desalination for Villages in India
Posted September 8, 2014 by in News
Around the world, there is more salty groundwater than fresh, drinkable groundwater. For example, 60 percent of India is underlain by salty water — and much of that area is not served by an elec...
A Smart Fluorescent Antenna for Wi-Fi Applications
Posted September 5, 2014 by in News
A new invention uses ionized gas in fluorescent light tubes to transmit Internet wireless frequency signals throughout a building with the aid of already existing electrical wiring. A charged argon ga...
Changing Temperature Powers Sensors in Hard-to-Reach Places
Posted September 4, 2014 by in News
A centuries-old clock built for a king is the inspiration for a group of computer scientists and electrical engineers who hope to harvest power from the air. The power harvester could be placed outsid...
Can a Stack of Computer Servers Survive an Earthquake?
Posted September 3, 2014 by in News
How do you prevent an earthquake from destroying expensive computer systems? The rack of servers shook, but did not fall, during a simulation that mimicked 80 percent of the force of 1994′s Nort...
Engineers Develop New Sensor to Detect Tiny Individual Nanoparticles
Posted September 2, 2014 by in News
Nanoparticles, engineered materials about a billionth of a meter in size, are around us every day. Although they are tiny, they can benefit human health, as in some innovative early cancer treatments,...
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...
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