Introducing spider (inspired) cam
Researchers develop a small and highly effective depth sensor.
The metalens depth sensor working in real-time for different scenes. On the left are two raw images captured on the c...
Joseph Black, teacher of genius
James Watt’s friend was also an innovator of note.
The many recountings of the life of Scottish inventor James Watt are generous in their praise for his development of ...
Infrared imaging gives new insight into Plato
Ancient Greek text recovered through new approach.
A new method called shortwave infrared hyperspectral imaging is revealing ancient Greek words written on the back of ...
Chester Carlson copies success
His invention saved us from hours of laborious work.
Many will also remember a time before copy machines. There was carbon paper in the typewriter, the spirit duplicator,...
Low emissions on a long-distance flight
Clean hydrogen is the obvious answer to reduce emissions from aviation, writes Alan Finkel.
Up and down the length of the cabin, my fellow passengers in window seats are starting into the distance as our aerop...
JWST is whole at last
Another milestone reached for new space science observatory.
Engineers have connected the two halves of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope for the first time at Northrop Grumman’s...
Heading for the jungle? Pack a little graphene
It’s a two-pronged defence against mosquitoes.
Graphene lining doesn’t sound like a fashion statement, but it could prove its value when mosquitoes are about. A US...
Weld done. A new way with ceramics
Clever use of lasers means no furnace required.
US engineers have developed a new welding technology for ceramics that could open up a range of new applications for ...
When secondary is important
JWST’s unfolding mechanism goes through its paces.
Technicians and engineers have just tested a key part of the telescope unfolding mechanism for the James Webb Space T...
Science history: Samuel Morse dashes on the dot
Looking back on the history of the electric telegraph.
Chances are you’re reading this on a hand-held device, probably a smartphone, something Americans call a cell phone a...
Getting a clearer view around the corner
Research takes a new approach to non-line-of-site imaging.
Researchers from the US and Spain say they have drawn on the lessons of classical optics to show that it is possible ...
Science history: the Linotype machine
Ottmar Mergenthaler created the “eighth wonder of the world”.
In the mid-1400s, German inventor Johannes Gutenberg began producing books on his new printing press, using moveable ...