Technology

  • Using perovskite to help shape light

    It’s a cost-effective option in Faraday rotators.

    Researchers in Australia say they have found a way to manipulate laser light at a fraction of the cost of current tec...

    Materials February 25, 2020
  • Gently does it

    Soft robotic fingers lift jellyfish without stress.

    Soft robots have many uses, and now we can add lifting jellyfish to that list. US researchers have shown that captur...

    Robotics February 24, 2020
  • Look under the road to stay on the road

    Ground-penetrating radar used to overcome the elements.

    How do you drive if you can’t see the road? If you’re a driverless car, the answer may be to look under it. US resea...

    AI February 24, 2020
  • Watching magnets in 3D

    A complex world of waves and tornadoes.

    British and Swiss scientists have developed a 3D imaging technique that allows them to observe complex behaviours in ...

    Materials February 24, 2020
  • Snakes in the lab, but all is well

    Engineers develop a robot that can climb like a kingsnake.

    Ophiophobes might suggest we have enough real snakes in the world without creating artificial ones. A robot snake ...

    Robotics February 19, 2020
  • Researchers make solar efficiency breakthrough

    Fast conversion makes technology more viable.

    Australian researchers have set a new world record for the conversion of solar energy to electricity using quantum do...

    Energy February 18, 2020
  • Generating electricity 'out of thin air'

    Researchers unveil a new device powered by a microbe.

    Scientists in the US have developed a device they say uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in t...

    Energy February 17, 2020
  • Extreme weather can disrupt energy supply

    We need more storage and grid improvements.

    Future climate variation could produce a gap of up to 34% between renewable energy potential and demand without conce...

    Energy February 17, 2020
  • Algorithms predicting parole outcomes

    A promising way to calculate the risk of reoffending.

    The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world, which results in overcrowded prisons and all the additional v...

    Automation February 17, 2020
  • New interest in old helmet design

    Protection from shock waves is increasingly important.

    The helmet may be old, but the vision you are looking at is relatively new. Credit: Joost Op 't Eynde, Duke Univer...

    Materials February 17, 2020
  • History

    Aspdin’s concrete success

    It was the highlight of an otherwise shady life.

    “Our lives are full of artificial materials – plastic bottles, steel structures and glass facades. But while these ma...

    Features February 16, 2020
  • Conversation

    Atom-scale materials are the next tech frontier

    Getting ready for when silicon nanomaterials run their course.

    Every age in the history of human civilisation has a signature material, from the Stone Age, to the Bronze and Iron A...

    Materials February 13, 2020
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