• Life-saving sensors

    A phone alert when the quality of the air you’re breathing has become unhealthy or downright dang...

    When we think of “air quality”, we imagine polluted air around our workplaces, factories and homes. Air quality can b...

    Chemistry December 10, 2021
  • 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...

    News November 10, 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
  • Vampire bats choose to social distance

    When sick they keep more to themselves, study shows.

    Vampire bats, it seems, embrace what you could think of as social distancing.A new study published in the journal...

    Animals October 29, 2020
  • When sensors get together

    Matrix takes us further down the path towards electronic skin.

    Advances in flexible sensors and organic electronics are moving us closer to the idea of creating electronic skin, bu...

    Materials January 26, 2020
  • Fold me a machine

    The continuing quest for technology inspired by kirigami

    For some time, engineers and mathematicians have been intrigued by the ancient Japanese art of kirigami (similar to t...

    Materials December 16, 2019
  • Introducing spider (inspired) cam

    A small and highly effective depth sensor.

    There’s a lot to love about the arachnid family Salticidae – the jumping spiders. This mob contains about 6000 specie...

    Engineering October 29, 2019
  • The Internet of Humans

    Researchers suggest new role for sensor technology.

    Unexpected findings from sensors implanted in animals, a practice known as biologging, should cause a seismic shift i...

    Body and Mind October 6, 2019
  • It’s not easy giving a robot a sense of touch

    There are clues in the biological world, however.

    We have robots that can walk, see, talk and hear, and manipulate objects in their robotic hands. There’s even a robot...

    Robotics July 19, 2019
  • Robo-skin mimics our neuro architecture

    Membrane lets let robots react to stimuli in milliseconds.

    Researchers from the University of Singapore have created an electronic skin which will permit robots to detect tempe...

    Robotics July 17, 2019
  • Next gen quantum sensors

    New protocols to revolutionise sensor accuracy.

    Quantum sensors up to one hundred million times more sensitive than existing models are now possible, thanks to resea...

    Physics December 19, 2017
  • Stomach acid helps power tiny, ingestible sensors

    Zinc, copper and a dash of stomach acid could form the basis of cheap, safe battery-powered swall...

    There’s no doubt stomach acid is powerful – it’s capable of digesting metal. But it’s also powerful in the electric s...

    Technology February 6, 2017
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