Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital built a living laser partly to study interactions between electronic and biological systems, and partly out of sheer curiosity.
Silly Putty is pretty much the best non-Newtonian viscoelastic liquid we can think of--it stretches, it bounces, it transfers ink, it's reminiscent of mussel fibers, and it can be broken with a sharp blow.
The ability to store electrical energy in an efficient and light weight form has the promise to solve many critical social problems. The last few months have led me to wonder whether we might not be betting on the wrong technology.
They created a 15-by-20-by-5-foot vinyl-and-nylon landing pad that contained two inflatable chambers. The upper chamber was sealed, while the four-foot-high lower chamber had valves that released a controlled amount of air on impact.
an 8.8-ounce handheld gadget that uses inkjets, computer-mouse-like optics and navigation software to print uploaded images and text on any flat surface, including paper, plastic, wood and even fabric.
A robber is cornered in a dead-end alley. He turns to face the police officer pursuing him, ready to fight. He pauses. The officer’s left forearm is encased in ballistic nylon, and half a million volts arc menacingly between electrodes on his wrist.
Prosthetic hands typically come in three varieties: purely cosmetic models; hooks and other low-cost that provide a limited range of motion; and electronic versions that better mimic natural hand movements yet can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
a machine he calls the Zero Liquid Discharge Sewage Elimination System (ZLD). The device uses engine heat to oxidize and evaporate toilet, shower and galley waste.
IBM researchers have built the first integrated circuit based on graphene, a breakthrough they say could herald future based on graphene wafers instead of silicon. The circuit, a 10 gigahertz frequency mixer, could give wireless devices greater range
A new battery design developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could transform the way electric vehicles and the power grid store and discharge energy.
Researchers at the Technical University of Hamburg and the Helmholtz Center Geesthacht have engineered a new nanomaterial that changes from hard to soft with the flip of a switch.
Minnesota mine say they’ve seen seasonally varying blips in electrical pulses that may be the telltale signs of WIMPs, or weakly interacting massive particles.
Girls might just have a new best friend. Diamonds are commonly known as one of the hardest (and shiniest) rocks on the planet, but new simulations show that three other stable forms of pure carbon would sparkle even more than diamonds.
Casey Anthony--the Florida mother accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008--has not been short on conflicts and legal confrontation. But one controversial aspect is stemming from an unexpected source: a can of air
After walking across the stage at his graduation with the help of exoskeletal legs, Austin Whitney strolled straight into a new career: bionic leg tester.
General Electric has pretty much had its hand in every major technological advance in the 130 years since its founding (in part by Thomas Edison!). The company recently started a Tumblr of some of its most striking innovations
The key is a modular design, which could make the technology practical as a way to keep the grid stable and reduce electricity costs.
A test-tube circuit made of DNA-based logic gates can calculate the square root of numbers up to 15, using DNA replication and sequence binding to conduct computations. It’s excruciatingly slow — a calculation can take up to 10 hours
Nanotechnology, organic chemistry, thermoelectrics and, yes, fashion are all in play here, as scientists and designers come up with clothing that can protect humans’ health, generate electricity and even keep things nice and clean.
Sprinklers that read your lawn's mind, 3-D phones, speakers that adjust the sound for your location and more
Two robots have gathered a treasure-trove of data from beneath the ice shelf.
The Jetlev-Flyer propels itself using a torrent of water
Two separate research teams using different methods have topped the 100 terabits per second mark through a single optical fiber. That’s enough data flow to download three seamless months worth of HD video in a single second.
"Her 'sustainable' fridge works through evaporation and can be used to keep perishable goods such as milk and meat cool for days." "Without using any power, temperatures stay at around 6c."
The last time an ocean submersible took a crew down to Challenger Deep, the deepest known point in the Mariana Trench (about 36,000 feet below the surface), it was 1960.
In the year 2020, cars will fly, cities will power themselves with sunlight, biofuels, and minerals mined from the moon, computers will be more powerful than the human brain, and everything will be a touchscreen! Perhaps.
Using a aluminum foil, gelatin, milk protein, and a cheap LED light--items that collectively sell for under a buck--he’s created a fast, one-hour test for acute pancreatitis.
Georgia Tech engineers believe they’ve developed the next weapon in the ongoing challenge of detecting concussions and other traumatic brain injuries: deployable radar systems that could be tucked away on any NFL sideline.
A new nerve-cell-support design could give amputees better control over prosthetic limbs.
In tests, synapse circuit functions much like a real neuron--neurons being the very building blocks of the brain. Tapping the unique properties of carbon nanotubes, their lab was able to essentially recreate brain function in a very fractional way