Technology

  • Who’s the fool now?

    Magnetic new role possible for a maligned material.

    Fool’s gold could actually be valuable, but only if you do something that no-one (fool or otherwise) has done before....

    Materials August 1, 2020
  • Attacking e-waste with ‘material microsurgery’

    Innovative small-scale approach has big potential.

    Australian researchers have reported early success with an innovative idea for recycling old electronic devices or e-...

    Materials July 31, 2020
  • Self-heal like a squid

    A new material inspired by natural protein.

    US and German researchers have developed a self-healing material inspired by squid ring teeth protein. Yes, you read ...

    Materials July 30, 2020
  • Birdwatching is better with AI and CNN

    Researchers find a new way to pick one from the other.

    We may have to add advanced birdwatching to the list of things computers can do that we can’t. Researchers say the...

    Computing July 28, 2020
  • Is that the best you've got, angle grinder?

    Engineers create a material they say can’t be cut.

    Engineers claim to have created the first manufactured material that can’t be cut because it turns the force of a cut...

    Materials July 21, 2020
  • A camera system with bugs – but that’s OK

    Energy efficiency makes wireless vision possible.

    Yes, that is a beetle wearing a camera backpack. Not because it needs to: just because it can. Or, more accurately...

    Robotics July 16, 2020
  • Exploring potential of solar-flow batteries

    Merging two technologies may provide efficient solar storage.

    Scientists continue to advance the potential to use solar-flow batteries to provide electricity in remote areas. A...

    Energy July 14, 2020
  • Using wood to purify water

    Chinese team takes steam generation up a notch.

    Chinese scientists have developed a wood-based steam generator which, with the help of bacterial-produced nanomateria...

    Materials July 12, 2020
  • Robot loose in the chem lab

    Modern researcher makes its own decisions and discoveries.

    This will either inspire or terrify you, depending on your view of such things. British researchers have built an ...

    Robotics July 9, 2020
  • Shining bright without light

    Researchers working to make chemiluminescence viable.

    In the world of microscopy, fluorescence is king, but chemiluminescence is snapping at its heels. The ability to a...

    Energy July 9, 2020
  • Doing spiders out of a job

    Researchers use bacteria to produce silk.

    Spider silk has a lot going for it. It’s strong, very light, biodegradable and biocompatible, and has the potential t...

    Materials July 9, 2020
  • Smile, we’re taking a good look at your teeth

    Scientists now know a little more about decay.

    Materials scientists in the US say they have cracked one of the secrets of tooth decay by identifying a small number ...

    Materials July 2, 2020
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