Technology

  • Ironing out the bumps in perovskite’s potential

    Detecting imperfections that reduce performance.

    A literal “trick of the light” can detect imperfections in perovskite solar cells, Australian scientists say, boostin...

    Energy April 13, 2020
  • The potential of pollen paper

    Researchers create a material that responds to humidity.

    Scientists in Singapore have created a paper-like material derived from pollen that bends and curls in response to ch...

    Materials April 9, 2020
  • Mannered AI

    Giving robots a grounding in workplace etiquette.

    Most of us – not all – figure out an approach to workplace behaviour while on the job and through trial and error. ...

    AI April 3, 2020
  • A spring in your step?

    In theory, it could make you run an awful lot faster.

    A spring-powered device attached to human legs could, in theory at least, boost sprinting speed by more than 50% with...

    Robotics March 26, 2020
  • Electric cars are better for the environment

    Study confirms they produce fewer emissions.

    A global analysis has verified that electric cars and heat pumps generate less greenhouse gas over their life cycle t...

    Automation March 24, 2020
  • Wildlife conservation is getting better

    According to AI probe of scientific studies.

    Whether it’s plastic pollution, climate change or endangered species conservation, there’s a growing tsunami of scien...

    AI March 23, 2020
  • History

    Moore’s law is turning 55

    Intel boss a driving force behind silicon chip technology.

    It doesn’t require a background in computer science, or even a strong interest in technology, to have at least a pass...

    Computing March 23, 2020
  • AI creates protein symphony

    Amino acids have unique musical vibrations.

    Researchers have found that proteins – building blocks for the human body found in everything from hair to muscle and...

    AI March 18, 2020
  • Wine counterfeiters beware

    Blockchain solution promises cure for $70 billion hangover.

    Global wine counterfeiting has become a massive headache that is leaving wine producers and their multi-national supp...

    Computing March 16, 2020
  • Robotic feelings?

    AI that shows vulnerability makes for better conversation.

    Suppose you’re part of a team in a group activity. One of your team members is uncommunicative, even taciturn. This b...

    Robotics March 11, 2020
  • How morally egalitarian are we?

    Exploring the ethics of automated vehicle accidents.

    In 2018 the results of a massive and audacious online experiment into human morality, published in the journal Nature...

    Automation March 4, 2020
  • Algorithm keeps robots on task

    To avoid collisions, they focus on their immediate vicinity.

    US researchers say they have developed the first decentralised algorithm that can stop robots colliding when they are...

    Robotics February 25, 2020
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