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Robotics

Watch tiny electromechanical robots that are faster than cheetahs for their size

A team of researchers at Johannes Kepler University, in Austria, has developed a series of tiny, steerable electromechanical robots that can walk, run, jump and swim at high speeds for their size. In their paper published ...

Computer Sciences

Promising beginnings for Australia's newest supercomputer

Australia's newest supercomputer, Setonix, has produced a highly detailed image of a supernova remnant immediately after the computing system's first stage was made available to researchers.

Engineering

Stretchy computing device feels like skin—but analyzes health data with brain-mimicking artificial intelligence

It's a brainy Band-Aid, a smart watch without the watch, and a leap forward for wearable health technologies. Researchers at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) have developed a flexible, ...

Engineering

Fancy a side of 3D printed carrots and crickets with your meal?

As the global population continues to age and grow, the demand for protein-rich food is also expected to increase concurrently. This has also caused concerns on increasing greenhouse gases, land and water consumption associated ...

Robotics

Underwater robot connects humans' sight and touch to deep sea

As the underwater robot OceanOneK carefully navigated toward the upper deck railing of the sunken Italian steamship Le Francesco Crispi about 500 m below the Mediterranean's surface this month (roughly a third of a mile), ...

Consumer & Gadgets

How to turn throwaway cardboard into a DIY arcade game

Like many people across Colorado, Peter Gyory spent the height of the COVID-19 pandemic sitting at home with nothing to do. Then the researcher, a game designer by training, noticed all the random materials he had lying around ...

Engineering

Underwater glove puts octopus' abilities on the hand of humans

A team of researchers led by Virginia Tech's Michael Bartlett have developed an octopus-inspired glove capable of securely gripping objects underwater. Their research was selected for the July 13 cover of Science Advances.

Energy & Green Tech

A health monitoring wearable that operates without a battery

A new self-powered, wristwatch-style health monitor invented by researchers at the University of California, Irvine can keep track of a wearer's pulse and wirelessly communicate with a nearby smartphone or tablet—without ...

Hardware

Operating a 'smart home' by breath control

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have created a simple prototype device that enables users to control "smart home" technology by changing their breathing patterns.

Engineering

New skate blade for off-ice training unveiled

In almost two decades of training NHL players, Kelly Riou tried just about everything to help them replicate the unnatural motion of skating when they're off the ice.

Hi Tech & Innovation

Sniffing out your identity with breath biometrics

Biometric authentication like fingerprint and iris scans are a staple of any spy movie, and trying to circumvent those security measures is often a core plot point. But these days the technology is not limited to spies, as ...

Computer Sciences

Nanostructured surfaces for future quantum computer chips

Quantum computers are one of the key future technologies of the 21st century. Researchers at Paderborn University, working under Professor Thomas Zentgraf and in cooperation with colleagues from the Australian National University ...

Hi Tech & Innovation

Creating a drag-friendly garment that changes in real time

Sarah Aguasvivas Manzano and her team's latest work has real-world, practical use. Wearable technology is being explored in the space industry for astronauts and big tech companies are eager for improvements to the inter-connected ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

Logical switching using one single molecule

Logic gates, the basic elements of the digital world, can now be built using one single molecule. An example is XOR, with two inputs. If at least one of them is "1," then the output is "1," as well; otherwise, it is 0. These ...

Hi Tech & Innovation

Spanish airline to fly UK-made helium airships

Spain's Air Nostrum has become the first airline to reserve 100-seat helium airships that emit just one tenth of harmful emissions produced by jet planes, their British manufacturer said Wednesday.

Robotics

Rubbery camouflage skin exhibits smart and stretchy behaviors

The skin of cephalopods, such as octopuses, squids and cuttlefish, is stretchy and smart, contributing to these creatures' ability to sense and respond to their surroundings. A Penn State-led collaboration has harnessed these ...