Painless Micro-Needle Patch Could Replace Needles

Painless Micro-Needle Patch Could Replace Needles

It’s only a matter of time before drugs are administered via patches with painless microneedles instead of unpleasant injections. But designers need to balance the need for flexible, comfortable-to-wear material with effective microneedle [...]
Chip Will Offer Clear View Of Alien Planets

Chip Will Offer Clear View Of Alien Planets

Scientists have developed a new optical chip for a telescope that enables astronomers to have a clear view of alien planets that may support life. Seeing a planet outside the solar system which is close to its host sun, similar to Earth, [...]
Batteries Many Times More Powerful

Batteries Many Times More Powerful

Major scientific breakthrough research has discovered new materials offering an alternative to battery power and proven to be between 1,000-10,000 times more powerful than the existing battery alternative – a supercapacitor. The new [...]
Protein Feed And Bioplastic From Farm Biogas, Landfills Or Wastewater

Protein Feed And Bioplastic From Farm Biogas, Landfills Or Wastewater

VTT has developed a solution for converting even small sources of methane-rich biogas into raw materials for animal feed or bioplastic on farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. This emission-reducing solution is based on the [...]
Refinery In A Container Produces Liquid Fuels From Air, Water And Sunlight

Refinery In A Container Produces Liquid Fuels From Air, Water And Sunlight

Compact refineries may one day produce a variety of vehicle fuels as well as chemicals from air, water and sunlight. The Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland are building a unique demo [...]
Nanobionic Spinach Plants Detect Explosives, Communicate With Humans Wireless

Nanobionic Spinach Plants Detect Explosives, Communicate With Humans Wireless

The Daily Journalist.   Spinach is no longer just a superfood: By embedding leaves with carbon nanotubes, MIT engineers have transformed spinach plants into sensors that can detect explosives and wirelessly relay that information to [...]
Game Theory: Gears Of The Modern World Chaos

Game Theory: Gears Of The Modern World Chaos

  The Daily Journalist. Game theory has long been used to apply mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent rational decision-makers. However, our world has evolved from great power conflicts to one where many [...]
Simbot: Omnidirectional Mobile Robot Has Only Two Moving Parts

Simbot: Omnidirectional Mobile Robot Has Only Two Moving Parts

More than a decade ago, Ralph Hollis invented the ballbot, an elegantly simple robot whose tall, thin body glides atop a sphere slightly smaller than a bowling ball. The latest version, called SIMbot, has an equally elegant motor with just [...]
Wireless Alternative To Drugs: Treatment for Diabetes, High Blood Pressure or Parkinson's

Wireless Alternative To Drugs: Treatment for Diabetes, High Blood Pressure or Parkinson’s

Unlike drugs, active implants such as electroceuticals act locally, have fewer side effects and function directly through electrical signals, much like the body itself.  Fraunhofer researchershave developed a new technology platform that [...]
Fluid-Glass: Solar Powered Water Water-Filled Windows Offer Heating And Cooling

Fluid-Glass: Solar Powered Water Water-Filled Windows Offer Heating And Cooling

The Daily Journalist. EU researchers say we could be doing so much more with our windows. We could use them to collect solar energy? EU-funded researchers are developing an innovative solution to do just that. Their concept is based on thin [...]
Prototype System Can Read Closed Books

Prototype System Can Read Closed Books

Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) researchers and their colleagues are designing an imaging system that can read closed books. In the latest issue of Nature Communications, the researchers describe a prototype of the system, which [...]
Swarm of robots learns to work together without colliding

Swarm of robots learns to work together without colliding

When roboticists create behaviors for teams of robots, they first build algorithms that focus on the intended task. Then they wrap safety behaviors around those primary algorithms to keep the machines from running into each other. Each robot [...]
Computer clothing?

Computer clothing?

Computers are important tools in everyday life, whether as PC or smartphone. In the future, they will increasingly be incorporated in everyday objects and support users wearing the smart watches, display goggles, sensor clothing, among other [...]
Atomic gyroscope design enables navigation by dead reckoning

Atomic gyroscope design enables navigation by dead reckoning

By Alton Parrish.   Shrink rays may exist only in science fiction, but similar effects are at work in the real world at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). After successfully miniaturizing both clocks and magnetometers [...]
Microchip design senses sabotage and detects other problems

Microchip design senses sabotage and detects other problems

The Daily Journalist. With the outsourcing of microchip design and fabrication a worldwide, $350 billion business, bad actors along the supply chain have many opportunities to install malicious circuitry in chips. These “Trojan horses” [...]
Nanoscale wireless communication

Nanoscale wireless communication

The Daily Journalist. The pursuit of next-generation technologies places a premium on producing increased speed and efficiency with components built at scales small enough to function on a computer chip. One of the barriers to advances in [...]
Scientists Solve Puzzle of Converting Gaseous Carbon Dioxide to Fuel with Nanotechnology

Scientists Solve Puzzle of Converting Gaseous Carbon Dioxide to Fuel with Nanotechnology

  By Alton Parrish.   Every year, humans advance climate change and global warming – and quite likely our own eventual extinction – by injecting about 30 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. A team of scientists [...]
Acoustic Prism Invented, Can Split a Sound into Its Constituent Frequencies

Acoustic Prism Invented, Can Split a Sound into Its Constituent Frequencies

By Alton Parrish.   Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (EPFL) scientists have invented a new type of “acoustic prism” that can split a sound into its constituent frequencies. Their acoustic prism has applications in sound detection. Almost [...]
Seeking the Perfect Toilet Paper

Seeking the Perfect Toilet Paper

  By Alton Parrish.   Canada’s tissue manufacturers are now much closer to producing the perfect paper, thanks to new UBC research. A team working with UBC mechanical engineering professors Sheldon Green and Srikanth Phani have created [...]
Delicious Trick: Machine To Infuse Sweet, Fat and Salty Tastes and Aromas in Healthy Foods to Fool the Brain

Delicious Trick: Machine To Infuse Sweet, Fat and Salty Tastes and Aromas in Healthy Foods to Fool the Brain

  By Alton Parrish.   Scientists may be closing in on a way to let consumers savor the sweet taste of cake, cookies and other culinary delights without the sugar rush. In preliminary tests using a new device developed in-house that [...]