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Robotics

Light-fueled torsional soft robot able to rapidly climb stairs

Azobenzene-functionalized liquid crystalline materials can be operated by remote light-stimuli without complicated circuits or parts and thus are attracting great attention in fields such as human interfaces, haptic devices, ...

Energy & Green Tech

Toyota testing hydrogen combustion engines in race cars

Toyota said Monday it is testing hydrogen combustion engines in race cars as it works toward using the technology in commercial products.

Machine learning & AI

Mesoscale neural plasticity helps in AI learning

A joint research team led by Xu Bo from the Institute of Automation and Mu-Ming Poo from the Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, have discovered that self-backpropagation, ...

Energy & Green Tech

Rethinking grid integration of a massive renewable power expansion to achieve carbon neutrality

There are many uncertainties about pathways to mid-century carbon neutrality in China and other major emitting nations, but one fundamental aspect is certain: they will require massive expansions of wind and solar power to ...

Engineering

Canada hospitals use drones to carry lungs for transplant

In the dark of night, a drone takes off from a Toronto hospital rooftop, the hum of its rotors barely audible over the bustling sounds of the cars and pedestrians below in Canada's largest metropolis.

Energy & Green Tech

New material could pave way for better, safer batteries

In pursuit of batteries that deliver more power and operate more safely, researchers are working to replace the liquids commonly used in today's lithium ion batteries with solid materials. Now, a research team from Brown ...