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Scientists have created programmable shape-shifting liquid metal

November 3rd, 2018 at 12:56 pm » Comments Off

Researchers at the University of Sussex and Swansea University have applied electrical charges to manipulate liquid metal into 2D shapes such as letters and a heart. The team says the findings represent an “extremely promising” new class of materials that can be programmed to seamlessly change shape. This open up new possibilities in ‘soft robotics’ […]



Robot masters human balancing act

November 2nd, 2018 at 8:26 am » Comments Off

Mercury, a biped robot developed in Cockrell School of Engineering professor Luis Sentis’ Human Centered Robotics Lab, is able to maintain balance when hit unexpectedly or when force is applied without warning. AUSTIN, Texas — When walking in a crowded place, humans typically aren’t thinking about how we avoid bumping into one another. We are […]



’Venus Flytrap’ spheres catch and destroy BPA

November 1st, 2018 at 4:26 am » Comments Off

Scientists have created micron-sized spheres built to catch and destroy bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical used to make plastics. BPA is commonly used to coat the insides of food cans, bottle tops, and water supply lines, and was once a component of baby bottles. While BPA that seeps into food and drink is considered […]



The newest industrial revolution: How a tech unicorn’s 3-d metal printers could remake manufacturing

October 7th, 2018 at 9:43 am » Comments Off

Ric Fulop, the 43-year-old cofounder and chief executive of Desktop Metal, is eager to show off the skunkworks for the company’s giant 3-D metal printers, which can produce stainless steel, aluminum and other metal alloy parts at assembly-line speeds and in large quantities. It’s the first time he’s taken an outsider to the facility in […]



Lex folding wearable chair lets you take a seat anywhere

September 18th, 2018 at 9:57 am » Comments Off

Imagine if anytime, anywhere you felt a little fatigued in the legs you could simply lean back and take a load off? The developers of Lex are working towards such a future with a folding exoskeleton that turns into an ergonomic chair in just a few seconds. Lex is much like Chairless Chair we looked […]



Who needs ink cartridges? Harvard’s acoustic printer can spit out honey or cells

September 13th, 2018 at 8:03 am » Comments Off

We’re all about innovative printing methods here at Digital Trends and, boy, have the folks at Harvard not disappointed with their latest piece of research. It involves using sound waves to make it possible to print with virtually any liquid imaginable. That includes everything from human cells and liquid metal to optical resins and even […]



Award-winning robot travels through water pipes to detect leaks

September 8th, 2018 at 2:35 am » Comments Off

It sounds unbelievable, but each day around 20 percent of clean water produced in the world is lost as the result of leaky pipes. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, this amounts to an estimated 6 billion gallons of clean water per day in the U.S. alone. The problem is exacerbated by current […]



General Drones’ Auxdron Lifeguard UAV rescues swimmer in Spain

August 29th, 2018 at 9:46 am » Comments Off

A group of seven swimmers was in trouble when an undertow whisked them off to sea. Fortunately, a lifeguard drone was deployed to the rescue. When a group of seven swimmers found themselves carried off into the ocean by an undertow in Valencia, Spain Wednesday, time was of the essence. Though they successfully managed to […]



Photos show how Microsoft took a big step forward in its crazy plan to power the internet from the sea

July 11th, 2018 at 8:52 am » Comments Off

Microsoft has put a data centre in the sea in an experimental effort to see if it can provide internet services faster to coastal cities using renewable energy. As part of its bigger Project Natick “moonshot,” Microsoft has put the data centre on the seafloor close to Scotland’s Orkney Islands. The data centre is submerged […]



This diving system lets you stay submerged for 2 hours, no tank needed

June 20th, 2018 at 9:02 am » Comments Off

Do you want a diving system that bridges the gap between scuba diving and snorkeling, minus the limitations of both? If so, a new Kickstarter campaign could be for you. Described by its creators as the smartest and safest hookah-diving system around, Supa Huka possesses neither the complications of scuba diving nor the restrictions of […]



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