Engineering

Autonomous steering system keeps human drivers engaged

Researchers from EPFL and JTEKT Corporation have developed an automated driving system based on the concept of "collaborative steering," which aims to increase transportation safety, efficiency, and comfort by encouraging ...

Robotics

Magnetic microrobot can measure both cell stiffness and traction

Scientists have developed a tiny mechanical probe that can measure the inherent stiffness of cells and tissues as well as the internal forces the cells generate and exert on one another. Their new "magnetic microrobot" is ...

Engineering

Changing shapes at the push of a button

Programmable materials are true shapeshifters. They can change their characteristics in a controlled and reversible way with the push of a button, independently adapting to fit new conditions. They can be used, for example, ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

Strong metaphorical messages can help tackle toxic e-waste

Consumers told that not recycling their batteries "risked polluting the equivalent of 140 Olympic swimming pools every year" were more likely to participate in an electronic waste recycling scheme, a new study has found.

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