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  • Repellent research: Navy developing ship coatings to reduce fuel, energy costs
    on June 22, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    It can repel water, oil, alcohol and even peanut butter. And it might save the US Navy millions of dollars in ship fuel costs, reduce the amount of energy that vessels consume and improve operational efficiency. […]

  • What causes the sound of a dripping tap -- and how do you stop it?
    on June 22, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Scientists have solved the riddle behind one of the most recognizable, and annoying, household sounds: the dripping tap. And crucially, they have also identified a simple solution to stop it, which most of us already have in our kitchens. […]

  • Engineering bacteria to exhibit stochastic Turing patterns
    on June 21, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    A new study has brought science one step closer to a molecular-level understanding of how patterns form in living tissue. The researchers engineered bacteria that, when incubated and grown, exhibited stochastic Turing patterns: a 'lawn' of synthesized bacteria in a petri dish fluoresced an irregular pattern of red polka dots on a field of green. […]

  • Discovery of 12-sided silica cages
    on June 20, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Scientists report the discovery of 10-nanometer, individual, self-assembled dodecahedral structures -- 12-sided silica cages that could have applications in mesoscale material assembly, as well as medical diagnosis and therapeutics. […]

  • New 'e-dermis' brings sense of touch, pain to prosthetic hands
    on June 20, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Engineers have created an electronic 'skin' in an effort to restore a real sense of touch for amputees using prosthetics. […]

  • Interaction of paired and lined-up electrons can be manipulated in semiconductors
    on June 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    The way that electrons paired as composite particles or arranged in lines interact with each other within a semiconductor provides new design opportunities for electronics, according to recent findings. […]

  • Robot bloodhound tracks odors on the ground
    on June 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Bloodhounds are famous for their ability to track scents over great distances. Now researchers have developed a modern-day bloodhound -- a robot that can rapidly detect odors from sources on the ground, such as footprints. The robot could even read a message written on the ground using odors as a barcode. […]

  • Cooler computing through statistical physics?
    on June 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Recent breakthroughs in nonequilibrium statistical physics have revealed opportunities to advance the 'thermodynamics of computation,' a field that could have far-reaching consequences for how we understand, and engineer, our computers. […]

  • Controlling robots with brainwaves and hand gestures
    on June 20, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    System enables people to correct robot mistakes on multi-choice problems. […]

  • World's first intra-operative MRI-guided robot for bilateral stereotactic neurosurgery
    on June 19, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Scientists have recently designed the first neurosurgical robotic system capable of performing bilateral stereotactic neurosurgery inside a magnetic resonance imaging ('MRI') scanner. […]

  • Could this material enable autonomous vehicles to come to market sooner?
    on June 19, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    A new material might show promise for such infrared detection applications as autonomous vehicles, emergency services and even manufacturing. […]

  • Flexible blue vertical micro LEDs
    on June 18, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    A research team developed a crucial source technology that will advance the commercialization of micro LEDs. Engineers have developed a low cost production technology for thin-film blue flexible vertical micro LEDs (f-VLEDs). […]

  • Squeezing light at the nanoscale
    on June 15, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Researchers have developed a new technique to squeeze infrared light into ultra-confined spaces, generating an intense, nanoscale antenna that could be used to detect single biomolecules. […]

  • A sprinkle of platinum nanoparticles onto graphene makes brain probes more sensitive
    on June 15, 2018 at 1:29 am

    Graphene electrodes could enable higher quality brain imaging thanks to new research by a team of engineers and neuroscientists. The researchers developed a technique, using platinum nanoparticles, to lower the impedance of graphene electrodes by 100 times while keeping them transparent. In tests on transgenic mice, the electrodes were able to record and image neuronal activity (calcium ion spikes) at of large groups of neurons and individual brain cells. […]

  • Magnetic 3D-printed structures crawl, roll, and jump
    on June 13, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Engineers have created soft, 3D-printed structures whose movements can be controlled with a wave of a magnet, much like marionettes without the strings. The menagerie of structures that can be magnetically manipulated includes a smooth ring that wrinkles up, a long tube that squeezes shut, a sheet that folds itself, and a spider-like 'grabber' that can crawl, roll, jump, and snap together fast enough to catch a passing ball. […]

  • Automated robotic device for faster blood testing
    on June 13, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Researchers have created an automated blood drawing and testing device that provides rapid results, potentially improving the workflow in hospitals and other health-related institutions to allow health care practitioners to spend more time treating patients. […]

  • New aircraft-scheduling models may ease air travel frustrations
    on June 11, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Flight schedules that allow for a little carefully designed wiggle room could prevent the frustration of cascading airport delays and cancellations. By focusing on the early phases of flight schedule planning and delays at various scales, researchers have developed models to help create schedules that are less susceptible to delays and easier to fix once disrupted. […]

  • Designing a better superconductor with geometric frustration
    on June 11, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Study shows a magnet-controlled 'switch' in superconductor configuration provides unprecedented flexibility in managing the location of vortex filaments, altering the properties of the superconductor. […]

  • Silicon provides means to control quantum bits for faster algorithms
    on June 9, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Quantum bits are now easier to manipulate for devices in quantum computing, thanks to enhanced spin-orbit interaction in silicon. […]

  • A nanotech sensor that turns molecular fingerprints into bar codes
    on June 7, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    A new system can detect and analyze molecules without the need for an infrared spectrometer. The system uses nanostructured metapixels to detect and then translate molecules' unique signatures into bar codes. The technology can be integrated into a compact sensor chip. It opens the door to large-scale image-based detection of materials using machine-learning technology. […]

  • End-to-end blood testing device shows capacity to draw sample and provide diagnostic results
    on June 6, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Researchers have developed an end-to-end blood testing device that integrates robotic phlebotomy with downstream sample processing. This platform device performs blood draws and provides diagnostic results in a fully automated fashion and has the potential to expedite hospital work-flow, allowing practitioners to devote more time to treating patients. […]

  • Airlines and passengers save billions through crew planning
    on June 6, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Research explains the complex reality of airline crew scheduling and provides an inside look at the techniques used by carriers to avoid delays. […]

  • New tools reveal prelude to chaos
    on June 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Engineers have developed tools that mathematically describe the kinetics in a system right before it dissolves into randomness. […]

  • World's most efficient production of succinate from carbon dioxide
    on June 6, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Succinate is widely used as a raw ingredient for petrochemicals, and there is high demand for a way of producing succinate that is renewable and environmentally benign. A Japanese researcher has discovered that succinate production levels increase when cyanobacteria is grown above the ideal temperature for cell growth. He used insights into the metabolic pathway engineering to achieve the world's most efficient production rate for bio-succinate. […]

  • Sticky situation: New process turns wood scraps into tape
    on June 5, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    A team of chemical engineers has developed a more sustainable way of making high-performance adhesives. Their novel new process takes a plant material called lignin -- a substance paper manufacturers throw away -- and turns them into tape. Their invention performs just as well as at least two commercially available products. […]

  • Swimming without an engine
    on June 5, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Using nothing but 3D printing, scientists have developed a paddling submarine that requires no engine, propellant or power supply. […]

  • Atomic clock comparison confirms key assumptions of 'Einstein's elevator'
    on June 4, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    By comparing different types of remote atomic clocks, physicists have performed the most accurate test ever of a key principle underlying Albert Einstein's famous theory of general relativity, which describes how gravity relates to space and time. […]

  • Future robots need no motors
    on June 4, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Engineers have created a novel actuating material that can be powered by visible light, electricity, and other stimuli, and which may replace traditional bulky motors and pneumatic actuators with ones similar to mammalian skeletal muscles in the future. […]

  • AI-based method could speed development of specialized nanoparticles
    on June 1, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Researchers have used a computational neural network, a form of artificial intelligence, to 'learn' how a nanoparticle's structure affects the way it scatters light, based on thousands of examples. The approach may help physicists tackle research problems in ways that could be orders of magnitude faster than existing methods. […]

  • Breakthrough in controlling DNA-based robots
    on June 1, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Researchers have devised a magnetic control system to make tiny DNA-based robots move on demand -- and much faster than recently possible. […]