Technology

  • New charge for old battery?

    Researchers find a way to make zinc-air batteries reusable.

    Zinc-air (Zn-air) batteries aren’t new – they were first commercially produced in the 1930s – and they have a lot of ...

    Energy January 8, 2021
  • The lure of lithium gets serious

    Power demand means we need new sources.

    Scientists and engineers seeking to power the alternative-energy future are scrambling to find new sources of lithium...

    Energy December 18, 2020
  • Magazine

    It’s hip to be square

    Why CubeSats are the coolest things in space.

    By Bianca Nogrady Like orbiting LEGO bricks crammed with tech, CubeSats are simple, customisable and the next big ...

    Robotics December 15, 2020
  • Nature inspires a new hydrogen sensor

    Microstructures imitate the surface of butterfly wings.

    Some see hydrogen as the fuel of the future, with the potential to service energy-intensive industries – like aviatio...

    Materials December 9, 2020
  • Creating nanobots like they do in movies

    Design theory seeks to control how they assemble.

    Researchers in Australia and the UK are bringing a sci-fi concept closer to reality as they work to overcome a major ...

    Robotics December 8, 2020
  • AI makes its mark in the stratosphere

    Unmanned balloons kept in position for weeks.

    Canadian and US scientists have kept an unmanned balloon in position in the stratosphere for weeks at a time by teach...

    AI December 4, 2020
  • Diving with Clio is quite an adventure

    New AUV works hard and travels far and wide.

    Engineers in the US have built an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that appears to up the ante in terms of underwa...

    Robotics December 2, 2020
  • Swift by design, drone by nature

    Ornithopters not just a flight of fancy.

    Hovering, darting, gliding, diving and braking, the fleet-winged contraption in the video below is at the cutting edg...

    Robotics November 27, 2020
  • Producing hydrogen, not oxygen

    Scientists create tiny droplet-based microbial factories.

    The search for alternative energy sources is as wide-ranging as it is important. In a new chapter, scientists from...

    Energy November 26, 2020
  • Next-gen drones could bee like this

    Agility and perception the keys to navigating tight spots

    An Australian-led team says it has uncovered the secret to the agile flight of the bumblebee, which could influence t...

    Robotics November 25, 2020
  • 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
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