Solar device that takes pressure off doctors
Engineers find a way to keep things really hot.
This rather unassuming looking set-up on a research station roof in Mumbai, India, could play a part in improving med...
Printed tongues take some licking
Synthetic surface behaves like the real thing.
British scientists have 3D-printed some rather sophisticated fake tongues – even if they don’t actually look like ton...
Aluminium alloys that heal themselves
Researcher address problems with fatigue failure.
Aluminium alloys are widely used because they are light and non-magnetic and have great corrosion resistance. But the...
New photodetector is a shining light
Ultra-thin prototype can see the full spectrum.
Australian engineers appear to have raised the bar for photodetector technology, developing a device that is incredib...
The fisheye lens goes flat and wide
Panoramas possible with a single piece of glass.
Fisheye lenses let photographers take panoramic views in a single shot but, because they are made from multiple piece...
Helping keep computer chips cool
Integrated system proves effective and power-efficient.
When it comes to computer chips, smaller is better. Manufacturers are continually trying to shrink their size and pac...
To be safe in a crowd, be like a locust
Engineers inspired to design new collision-avoidance device.
US engineers are trying to develop a low-power collision detector for robots, drones and even self-driving cars that ...
Build it like an earwig wing
Insect-inspired fans offer wide-ranging applications.
When you marvel over inspirational things in nature, the earwig (Proreus simulans) doesn’t tend to come to mind. A gr...
Researchers claim an internet speed record
Fastest from one optical chip, thanks to a micro-comb.
Australian researchers say they have successfully tested and recorded the world's fastest internet speed from a singl...
Thank Valdemar Poulsen for your music collection
The telegraphone made all formats possible.
In homes today people might possess recordings in a dozen different formats, from vinyl platters playable at various ...
Diamonds may shine in energy storage
Australian researchers propose a new approach.
Australian researchers have proposed the design of a new carbon nanostructure made from bundles of diamond nanothread...
Traffic jams mapped using contagion model
Three continents of data to test an idea.
Is this a case of a scientific paper that hits the right notes and gets a run in the mainstream? Perhaps not – but...