Technology

  • A successful AI cameo in the lab

    Algorithm finds new material with minimum of fuss.

    Scientists have identified a new compound with potential uses in photonic devices and biologically inspired computers...

    AI November 25, 2020
  • Making robots useful in the warehouse

    Researchers try adding a little deep learning.

    Working in a warehouse is tough for robots. Unlike on a production line, where the same motion is constantly repeated...

    Robotics November 19, 2020
  • Keep cool like a camel

    The two-layer thing may work for technology too.

    US scientists have developed a bi-layer passive cooling technology they say is inspired by the way camels stay cool i...

    Materials November 14, 2020
  • Is that meat fresh? Check your phone

    Colour-changing barcode behind novel e-nose.

    Your phone might soon be able to do a sniff test for you. Credit: NTU Singapore Researchers are working on an a...

    AI November 12, 2020
  • Hold it softly like an elephant would

    Robotic gripper design takes its cues from nature.

    Engineers in Australia have gone back to nature in the quest to design a robotic gripper that can deal with tight spa...

    Robotics November 10, 2020
  • Can objects bruise like we do?

    Korean scientists continue quest to make it possible.

    Scientists are trying to develop things that bruise. The theory goes that if skin can tell us where it’s damaged by c...

    Materials November 7, 2020
  • To create a sponge, just add acetic acid

    Scientists find a strange kind of calcium carbonate.

    Canadian scientists have chanced upon a soft and spongy type of calcium carbonate, a material that is usually found i...

    Materials November 6, 2020
  • Step aside barcodes, here’s the Porcupine

    Researchers say they’ve raised the bar for molecular tagging.

    Scannable barcodes, QR codes and RFID tags may soon be surpassed by DNA-based tagging technology. Researchers from...

    Materials November 4, 2020
  • Research

    A step forward for molecular machines

    Near-infrared light antenna powers nano-scale motor.

    European chemists have achieved a long-standing goal in the field of molecular machines, developing a nano-scale moto...

    Materials November 3, 2020
  • The big data storage question

    Is there an answer that ticks all the boxes?

    Data is being created at a breakneck speed, and researchers have their hands full trying to figure out what to do wit...

    Computing October 30, 2020
  • What drones can tell us about penguins

    Algorithm works out the logistics and saves a lot of time.

    How do you keep a close and regular eye on 300,000 nesting pairs of Adélie penguins spread over two square kilometres...

    Automation October 29, 2020
  • New school of thought on how fish swim

    Robots reveal the value of vortex phase matching.

    Do fish save energy by swimming in schools? New technology suggests the answer to this old question is yes. German...

    Robotics October 27, 2020
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