Cyborg insects generate power for their own neural control
Shape-changing liquid metal antenna could lead to responsive electronic devices
Principles of locomotion in confined spaces could help fire ant-inspired robot teams work underground (w/ video)
Future teams of subterranean search and rescue robots may owe their success to the lowly fire ant, a much-despised insect whose painful bites and extensive networks of underground tunnels are all-too-familiar ...
Ultrafast technique unlocks design principles of quantum biology
University of Chicago researchers have created a synthetic compound that mimics the complex quantum dynamics observed in photosynthesis and may enable fundamentally new routes to creating solar-energy technologies. ...
Insect drives robot to track down smells (w/ video)
A small, two-wheeled robot has been driven by a male silkmoth to track down the sex pheromone usually given off by a female mate.
Chips that can steer light
If you want to create a moving light source, you have a few possibilities. One is to mount a light emitter in some kind of mechanical housing—the approach used in, say, theatrical spotlights, which stagehands ...
Simulations uncover 'flashy' secrets of merging black holes (w/ Video)
(Phys.org)—According to Einstein, whenever massive objects interact, they produce gravitational waves—distortions in the very fabric of space and time—that ripple outward across the universe at the ...
Researchers develop technique to remotely control cockroaches (w/ Video)
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique that uses an electronic interface to remotely control, or steer, cockroaches.
Plasmonic chains act like polymers: Repeating patterns dictate optical properties of nanoparticle arrays
(Phys.org) -- New research at Rice University that seeks to establish points of reference between plasmonic particles and polymers might lead to smaller computer chips, better antennae and improvements in ...
Researchers create highly conductive and elastic conductors using silver nanowires
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed highly conductive and elastic conductors made from silver nanoscale wires (nanowires). These elastic conductors could be used to develop stretchable ...
No-photon laser: Physicists demonstrate 'superradiant' laser design
Physicists at JILA have demonstrated a novel "superradiant" laser design, which has the potential to be 100 to 1,000 times more stable than the best conventional visible lasers. This type of laser could boost ...
Metal nanoparticles shine with customizable color (w/ video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- Engineers at Harvard have demonstrated a new kind of tunable color filter that uses optical nanoantennas to obtain precise control of color output.
Spray-on antenna gets great reception at Google event
Making a light-harvesting antenna from scratch
(PhysOrg.com) -- Sometimes when people talk about solar energy, they tacitly assume that we're stuck with some version of the silicon solar cell and its technical and cost limitations. Not so.