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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 […]



Scientists built a robot pigeon that flaps just like the real thing, and it’s mesmerizing

January 22nd, 2020 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

Most of us see birds every day. Go look outside your nearest window and chances are you’re not going to have to wait long before you spot a feathered friend cruising by. Despite that, scientists have long struggled with replicating the flight mechanics that birds are naturally blessed with Building a “bird robot” that flies […]



New Harvard study fights fat with salty, icy injections

January 19th, 2020 at 8:58 pm » Comments Off

Injecting an icy saline slurry into fat deposits could be a new fat-reduction technique It sure sounds like a pop-up ad you’d see online, but scientists have created and tested a new treatment that melts away belly fat. The new technique, developed by researchers from Harvard and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), involves injecting an […]



Scientists create lightweight 18-carat gold using ordinary plastic

January 15th, 2020 at 12:46 pm » Comments Off

Researchers with ETHzurich have successfully used plastic to create lightweight gold that retains its purity, according to a recent announcement from the institution. The lightweight gold is ideally suited for products like jewelry and watches — things that would benefit from a reduction in weight without a loss in gold purity or beauty. The gold […]



This leaf-shaped bottle cap condenses and collects atmospheric moisture, turning it into drinking water

January 7th, 2020 at 10:01 pm » Comments Off

Designed to magically ‘turn air into water’, the Limbe is a new sort of dehumidifier that works without electricity, giving its user access to drinking water throughout the day. Its unique leaf-inspired design harks back to how water droplets condense on the surface of leaves, while its 3D printed intricate PET structure helps guide those […]



Researchers demonstrate chip-to-chip quantum teleportation

December 29th, 2019 at 12:09 am » Comments Off

Llewellyn et al realize an array of microring resonators (MRRs) to generate multiple high-quality single photons, which are monolithically integrated with linear-optic circuits that process multiple qubits with high fidelity and low noise. A research team led by University of Bristol scientists has successfully demonstrated quantum teleportation of information between two programmable micrometer-scale silicon chips. […]



Motorized fin gives surfers a boost

December 19th, 2019 at 1:03 pm » Comments Off

The Boost Surfing Fin temporarily replaces a third-party board’s existing fin, via an included adapter Surfers use up a lot of energy, both paddling out to the lineups where the waves roll in, and then paddling even harder to catch one of those waves. The Boost Surfing Fin is designed to help, by giving users […]



How the end of Moore’s Law will usher in a new era in computing

December 9th, 2019 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

Will the next evolution of technology super power our computers? In 1965 Gordon Moore, the founder of Intel, predicted that the number of components that could fit on a microchip would double every year for the next decade. Moore revised his prediction in 1975 to a doubling of components every two years – a prophecy […]



This “Anti-solar panel” could generate power from the darkness

October 2nd, 2019 at 12:38 pm » Comments Off

A new poll confirms that the majority of constituents in the United States are still opposed to president Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, as well as his overall views on climate change. According to reporting by Time Magazine, “while the administration has rolled back regulations to cut emissions of […]



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