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The new frontier of digital implants

June 22nd, 2016 at 12:23 pm » Comments Off

Tim Shank can guarantee you that he’ll never leave home without his keys. Why is that? Well, his house keys are located inside his body.



Smart contact lens monitors diabetes and delivers drugs

May 31st, 2016 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

Researchers have made a smart contact lens that could be used to monitor diabetes and dispense drugs on-demand. The system includes cool-looking eyeglasses that wirelessly power and communicate with the circuit-lined, drug-releasing lens that a patient could wear for up to a month.



Lithium-air catalyst could make car and phone batteries last five times longer

May 26th, 2016 at 3:14 pm » Comments Off

US and South Korean scientists discovered catalyst materials that could make it possible to create lithium-air (Li-Air) batteries that can potentially store five times more power than lithium-ion (Li-On) batteries do today. Lithium-air batteries work by taking oxygen from the air and then using it in chemical reactions that will produce electricity, rather than storing an […]



Harvard 3D laser printer prints metal structures mid-air by lasering nanoparticles

May 25th, 2016 at 2:58 pm » Comments Off

All futurists agree that consumer electronics of the future will be flexible, wearable and packed with sensors and antennas to perform a wide range of biomedical functions. This sound great, but unfortunately today’s production techniques are suitable for little more than flat, bulky and rigid devices.



Microscopic robots get tiny practical engines

May 12th, 2016 at 1:02 pm » Comments Off

Making machines smaller and smaller is becoming easier and easier to the point we can now make working machines that are only the size of complex molecules. The problem is making them work. Researchers have tried various power an propulsion systems, but they lack  speed, strength and control. However, with the creation of tiny engines, […]



New nanowire battery can survive thousands of charges

April 22nd, 2016 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

Batteries haven’t seen a technological leap in years, mainly due to the volatile chemicals they contain. The most effective one produced being the lithium ion cell. Even with experimentation of exotic compounds the new wave of batteries is still many years away. Recently new research in the area of nanowires – surfaces “thousands of times thinner […]



RMIT University researchers say self-cleaning clothes are on the way

March 23rd, 2016 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

Thanks to pioneering nanotechnology research being developed by RMIT University researchers, people could soon be able to replace their washing machines with a little bit of sunshine. The researchers have been working on self-cleaning textiles by growing nanostructures on textiles. When exposed to light, they release a burst of energy that then degrades organic matter.



Researchers invent super-elastic conducting fibers to make artificial muscles, sensors, and capacitors

July 30th, 2015 at 8:24 pm » Comments Off

A University of Texas at Dallas research team has made electrically conducting fibers that can be reversibly stretched to more than 14 times their initial length and whose electrical conductivity increases 200-fold when stretched.



Coolest chemical substances humans have discovered

July 16th, 2015 at 8:09 pm » Comments Off

Scientists are creating and discovering new materials all the time, but few are so jaw-droppingly cool that they deserve to be recognized.  



World’s thinnest lightbulb developed using graphene

June 17th, 2015 at 9:03 am » Comments Off

A postdoctoral research scientist, Young Duck Kim,  has led a team of scientists from  Columbia, Seoul National University (SNU), and Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) that have demonstrated for the first time ever an on-chip visible light source using graphene, an atomically thin and perfectly crystalline form of carbon, as a filament.



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