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Electronics & Semiconductors

Heterogeneous epitaxy of semiconductors targeting the post-Moore era

A research team led by Prof. Liu Zhiqiang from the Institute of Semiconductors of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with the team led by Prof. Gao Peng from Peking University and the team led by Prof. Liu Zhongfan ...

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Explainer: The tech behind Tokyo Olympics' fast track

The Jamaican sprinter and her Olympic-record time captured everyone's attention. What's under foot, though, might have been a factor when Elaine Thompson-Herah broke a 33-year-old Olympic record in the women's 100 meters.

Engineering

Smartphone screens effective sensors for soil or water contamination

The touchscreen technology used in billions of smartphones and tablets could also be used as a powerful sensor, without the need for any modifications.

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Wearable brain-machine interface turns intentions into actions

A new wearable brain-machine interface (BMI) system could improve the quality of life for people with motor dysfunction or paralysis, even those struggling with locked-in syndrome—when a person is fully conscious but unable ...

Energy & Green Tech

Green hydrogen production from curtailed wind and solar power

Designing future low-carbon energy systems to use power generated in excess of the grid's demands to produce hydrogen fuel could substantially lower electricity costs, according to new work published by Advances in Applied ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

Organic electronics may soon enter the GHz-regime

Physicists of the Technische Universität Dresden introduce the first implementation of a complementary vertical organic transistor technology, which is able to operate at low voltage, with adjustable inverter properties, ...

Energy & Green Tech

Chemists develop novel electrolyser for hydrogen production

In a recent Nature Communications paper, a group of researchers led by Dr. Ning Yan of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences at the University of Amsterdam showcases a practical membrane-free approach to water ...

Engineering

World's first 3D-printed steel footbridge unveiled by robot

The bridge, which is over four years in the making and is led by Dutch company MX3D, will be a "living laboratory" in Amsterdam's city center. Using its vast network of installed sensors, Imperial College London researchers ...

Engineering

A big step forward for ship remote inspection technologies

Different types of RITs were recently tested on a double-skin supramax bulk cargo carrier owned by Greek shipper Oceanbulk Maritime. The testing was carried out by Belgian certification company Bureau Veritas that established ...

Energy & Green Tech

Study puts charge into drive for sustainable lithium production

An important new study by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has yielded critical fresh insights into the lithium production process and how it relates to long-term environmental ...

Computer Sciences

What could possibly go wrong with virtual reality?

YouTube is a treasure trove of virtual reality fails: users tripping, colliding into walls and smacking inanimate and animate objects. By investigating these "VR fails' on YouTube, researchers at the University of Copenhagen ...

Engineering

Unique technology gives humans a leg up on walking

An exoskeleton designed by Queen's Engineering researchers that improves walking efficiency is the subject of a new study featured in the leading academic journal Science.

Consumer & Gadgets

Virtual body language may give untrustworthy avatars away

People who have something to hide while using full-body avatars in a collaborative virtual reality (VR) environment are less trusted than when they do not use a full-body avatar, because their body language could be interpreted ...

Energy & Green Tech

Achieving a national-scale, 100% renewable electric grid

With recently announced federal emissions-reduction targets, a push for national power-sector decarbonization, and plummeting wind and solar costs, the United States is poised to deploy major amounts of renewables, and fast.

Telecom

Laser communications: Empowering more data than ever before

Launching this summer, NASA's Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will showcase the dynamic powers of laser communications technologies. With NASA's ever-increasing human and robotic presence in space, missions ...

Computer Sciences

Exploring partial synchronization in networked systems

Synchronization is all around us: from thousands of fireflies congregating near trees and lighting up simultaneously to an excited audience taking part in "Mexican waves" during a football match, and the list goes on. In ...

Engineering

3D printing company Desktop Metal will now use wood to print

The 3D printing company Desktop Metal has just announced the release of Forust, a new tool using wood to 3D print objects. The company, founded in 2019, focuses on 3D printing for interior design. With printing methods deemed ...

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Algorithm for shoe-based blind assistance system

A shoe that tells you where to go: The Lower Austrian company Tec-Innovation has developed an intelligent shoe for detecting obstacles. The shoe, known as InnoMake, has recently been put on the market as an approved medical ...