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Chitin could be used to build tools and habitats on Mars, study finds

October 7th, 2020 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

The manufacturing process would require minimal energy and no specialized equipment. Scientists mixed chitin—an organic polymer found in abundance in arthropods, as well as fish scales—with a mineral that mimics the properties of Martian soil to create a viable new material for building tools and shelters on Mars. Space aficionados who dream of one day […]

Insect-inspired robots that can jump, fly and climb are almost here

October 6th, 2020 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

Roboticists who designed these robots, called Tribots, took inspiration from the real-life trap-jaw ant’s locomotion strategies. Did you envision a giant machine assembling cars, Data from “Star Trek,” C-3PO from “Star Wars” or “The Terminator”? Most of us would probably think of something massive — or at least human size. But a whole arm of […]

Microsoft’s underwater server experiment resurfaces after two years

September 24th, 2020 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

Turns out, dunking data centers is a great idea Back in 2018, Microsoft sunk an entire data center to the bottom of the Scottish sea, plunging 864 servers and 27.6 petabytes of storage 117 feet deep in the ocean. Today, the company has reported that its latest experiment was a success, revealing findings that show […]

Why Tokyo’s new transparent public restrooms are a stroke of genius

August 22nd, 2020 at 11:03 am » Comments Off

Tokyo transparent bathroom At first, it’s hard to fathom how a public restroom with transparent walls could possibly help ease toilet anxiety — but a counterintuitive design by one of Japan’s most innovative architects aims to do just that. Around the world, public toilets get a foul rap. Even in Japan, where restrooms have a […]

Indian Railways to soon introduce these 20 in-house Made-in-India innovations

July 22nd, 2020 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

On the list is also a system to monitor real-time CCTV footage on board trains The Western Railway has developed natural water coolers, with zero electric consumption, each at a cost of ₹1.25 lakh. The North Central Railway has developed a vehicular system for ultrasonic flaw detection of rails. The Railway Board has decided to […]

This wearable robotic arm can hold tools, pick fruit, and punch through walls

June 22nd, 2020 at 11:09 am » Comments Off

Doc Ock, is that you? We’ve always had a soft spot for supernumerary robotic limbs here at The Verge, but this latest example of the genre is one of the most impressive we’ve seen to date. Designed by researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke in Canada, it’s a hydraulic arm that sits on the wearer’s […]

Hadrian X brick-laying robot ups the ante to 200 blocks an hour

June 17th, 2020 at 5:55 pm » Comments Off

The Hadrian robot was created by Australian firm Fastbrick Robotics (FBR) and is named after the UK’s Hadrian Wall Back in 2015 we looked at an interesting approach to automated construction in the form of a brick-laying robot, capable of putting together full-sized homes in just two days. The engineers behind the Hadrian X have […]

This lick-able screen can recreate almost any taste of flavor without eating food

June 6th, 2020 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

No matter how they may make you feel, licking your gadgets and electronics is never recommended. Unless you’re a researcher from Meiji University in Japan who’s invented what’s being described as a taste display that can artificially recreate any flavor by triggering the five different tastes on a user’s tongue. Years ago it was thought […]

Stanford makes giant soft robot from inflatable tubes

April 1st, 2020 at 1:19 pm » Comments Off

As much as we love soft robots (and we really love soft robots), the vast majority of them operate pneumatically (or hydraulically) at larger scales, especially when they need to exert significant amounts of force. This causes complications, because pneumatics and hydraulics generally require a pump somewhere to move fluid around, so you often see […]

Goodyear invented a new tire that never needs to be changed. Here’s how its self-regenerating tread works.

March 21st, 2020 at 10:57 am » Comments Off

  Goodyear has unveiled its reCharge Concept tires that are self-regenerating and self-charging with artificial intelligence features. The tires can change its treads according to the climate and terrain. Goodyear claims its concept tires keep in line with the trending needs of electric and sustainable mobility.

‘We are literally making electricity out of thin air’; UMass develops groundbreaking technology that will change the way we power electronics

March 1st, 2020 at 1:41 am » Comments Off

Graphic image of a thin film of protein nanowires generating electricity from atmospheric humidity. (Ella Maru Studios) Soon having to replace batteries or spend time recharging your phone could be a thing of the past. Scientists in Amherst are developing a new technology that will use the moisture from the air to create a charge. […]

Engineers just built an impressively stable quantum silicon chip from artificial atoms

February 19th, 2020 at 12:38 pm » Comments Off

Newly created artificial atoms on a silicon chip could become the new basis for quantum computing. Engineers in Australia have found a way to make these artificial atoms more stable, which in turn could produce more consistent quantum bits, or qubits – the basic units of information in a quantum system. The research builds on […]

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