Electric chopsticks will replace the use of salt

A new method to make residential solar panels twice as efficient

Robotic fish that could enable a closer study of aquatic life

3D-printed prototype for bionic eye

An array of light receptors on a hemispherical surface has been completely 3D printed by the team of researchers at the University of Minnesota. This discovery marks a significant step toward creating a 'bionic eye' that could someday help blind people see or sighted people see better. Extrusion‐based 3D printing, an emerging technology, has been previously used in the comprehensive fabrication of light‐emitting diodes using various functional inks, without cleanrooms or conventional microfabrication techniques. Here, polymer‐based photodetectors exhibiting high performance are fully 3D printed and thoroughly characterized. The researchers also hold the patent for 3D-printed semiconducting devices.


Robot that carries payloads necessary for search-and-rescue operations

A highly maneuverable search-and-rescue robot that can creep, crawl and climb over rough terrain and through tight spaces has been developed by the team of researchers at Ben-Gurion University (BGUni) of the Negev (BGU). It is called RSTAR. RSTAR stands for Rising Sprawl-Tuned Autonomous Robot. It utilizes adjustable sprawling wheel legs attached to a body that can move independently and reposition itself to run on flat surfaces, climb over large obstacles and up closely-spaced walls, and crawl through a tunnel, pipe or narrow gaps. The innovative new robot was introduced in May at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2018) in Brisbane, Australia.


A new camping stove that reduces the heat loss and negative effects of wind

A novel stove that can cope even in strong winds has been developed by the team of researchers at ETH Zurich. A kettle shaped like a Bundt cake tin encloses a gas burner, protecting it from the wind. Moreover, other design features make the kettle extremely energy efficient: the wall of the gas burner is rippled, like a citrus juicer. This increases the contact area between the flame and the jug. The fact that the wall is very thin, makes heat transfer to the contents of the jug ideal. The interior of the burner is also packed with engineering expertise: the gas nozzles are what are known as Venturi nozzles. Their geometry causes a localised drop in pressure. This increases airflow, which enhances the quality of the flame and boosts efficiency.


An adjustable shading system that adapts itself independently during the day

A new cooling system for the hazmat suits

A spinning heat shield for future spacecraft

Graphene based sensor for environmental monitoring

Pollution sensors were developed by scientists from the University of Southampton and the Japanese Scientific and Technical Institute. They are miniature graphene sensors that are capable of recording the level of CO2 and toxins in the house. Unique sensors that capture negligible concentrations of carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds can be embedded in interior decoration, furniture or household appliances, reliably controlling the cleanliness of their home without unnecessary costs and inconveniences. In recent years, there has been an increase in health problems due to air pollution in personal living spaces, known as sick building syndrome, along with other conditions such as sick car and sick school syndromes. Harmful volatile compounds, even at concentrations of the order of a few particles per billion (ppb), can harm human health, especially children.


The Terrafugia Transition is the world's first practical flying car

The flying car was developed by Terrafugia. Terrafugia’s mission is to create practical flying cars that enable a new dimension of personal freedom. Terrafugia (ter-ra-FOO-jee-ah) is derived from the Latin for 'Escape the Earth'". The company presented 'Transition', which is the world’s first practical flying car. A folding-wing, two-seat, roadable aircraft, 'Transition' is designed to fly like a typical Light Sports Aircraft in the air and drive like a typical car on the ground. It will run on premium unleaded automotive gasoline, fit in a standard construction single-car garage, and convert between flight and drive modes in under a minute. This model is able to drive both on ordinary motorways as a hybrid electric car, and, spreading its wings, fly at speeds up to 160 km/h.


New device for high-speed genetic sequencing

High-speed nanoporous DNA sequencing was developed by a team of scientists from the BioDesign Institute of the University of Arizona and the IBM Watson Research Center. This prototype of the new device can be used in the daily work of a doctor. Such technologies are especially relevant in the era of personalized medicine when information about the patient's DNA and protein profile can be used to select individual treatment of diseases. These are technologies that completely change the rules of the game in medicine and pharmacy. Sequencing the genome in everyday clinical practice becomes a reality. A new achievement allows doing it for only $1000 - a fairly modest sum by the standards of American medicine. In a recent study, scientists tested a microscopic device for reading DNA, which is several thousand times less than the thickness of a human hair.


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