Taking building tips from a glass sponge
Mechanically robust lattice inspired by nature.
This humble deep-sea glass sponge may inspire a new generation of construction. Credit: Matheus Fernandes/Harvard ...
Add plasma to biomass to get better biogas
Researchers try a new way to break down the tricky bits.
Producing biogas from the bacterial breakdown of biomass seems a relatively simple idea: just let the bacteria do the...
Cosmos Q&A: Dealing with data at top speed
CSIRO's new AI platform a boost for genomic research.
In a massive leap forward for computational genomic research, Australia’s CSIRO recently announced that its VariantSp...
Predicting the life and death of batteries
Researchers believe an algorithm could ease our pain.
Estimating battery life is one of the great modern dilemmas, and the older the item, the harder it gets. But resea...
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...
A novel approach to making leather
Consider stepping out in mushroom shoes.
If you love leather boots, handbags and wallets but feel iffy about their animal or synthetic sources, fungi may be t...
Why Siri needs more Star Trek
Chief Scientist Alan Finkel looks back to look forward.
Artificial intelligence is a powerful tool, but it threatens our privacy. Fortunately, there is a way forward. To ...
Can entanglement make communication safer?
Researchers improve quantum networks without nodes.
Scientists say they are a step closer to developing a secure internet after unveiling a prototype of what they believ...
Electronic skin that behaves like skin
New device mimics body’s feedback response
Researchers at Australia’s RMIT University have developed prototype electronic artificial skin that senses and reacts...
Solar cells are getting seriously light
Novel design uses inkjet printing and clever ink.
Researchers continue to break new ground with advances in solar cell technology that uses organic polymer material ra...
These bots were made for walkin’
Taking baby steps with standard electronic signals.
A Cornell University collaboration is trying to up the ante on walking robots by developing some you can control with...
Natural radiation can mess with qubits
Study reveals new hurdle for practical quantum computing.
Natural radiation can limit the performance of superconducting quantum bits and thus potentially the operation of qua...