Silk could be new 'green' material for next-generation batteries
Lithium-ion batteries have enabled many of today's electronics, from portable gadgets to electric cars. But much to the frustration of consumers, none of these batteries last long without a recharge. Now ...
Soon smartwatches will listen to your body to work out how you're feeling
Final details of Apple's new smartwatch have finally arrived at the firm's glitzy Spring Forward event. But while the hype machine steps up another notch, there are other issues regarding health and self ...
New materials for opto-electronic and spintronic devices from understanding spin relaxation in topological insulators
Scientists have gained insights that will aid development of new materials for opto-electronic and spintronic devices by understanding spin relaxation in topological insulators.
Will next-generation wearable sensors make us healthier?
There is certainly no shortage of headlines on wearable sensors these days. "A contact lens measures your glucose level." "New electronic tattoos could help monitor health during normal daily activities." A "headband can read your brainwaves." Numerous wearable sensors are cu ...
Early Look: How does Apple Watch stack up vs rival watches?
Apple made a strong case for how you can use its upcoming Apple Watch, and the device stacks up well against the competition.
Patented process builds better semiconductors, improves electronic devices
Through a surprise research discovery, a Kansas State University chemical engineer has found the icing on the cake for electronic devices.
Team develops ultrathin polymer insulators key to low-power soft electronics
A group of researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed a high-performance ultrathin polymeric insulator for field-effect transistors (FETs). The researchers used ...
As hacking grows, biometric security gains momentum
With hackers seemingly running rampant online and millions of users compromised, efforts for stronger online identity protection—mainly using biometrics—are gaining momentum.
Magnetic memory promises faster and more energy efficient information storage
A developing form of computer memory has the potential to store information more quickly and more cheaply, while using less energy, than what's used today by the semiconductor industry, NYU Physics Professor ...
Researchers spin cotton into capacitive yarn
While the pattern for making a wearable fabric battery has already been laid out, it's now time to select the threads that will turn a textile into an energy storage device. That process is being driven by ...
Flexible sensors turn skin into a touch-sensitive interaction space for mobile devices
If a mobile phone rings during a meeting, its owner often has to dig it out before it can be muted. A more discreet method would be to decline the incoming call by pressing on one of your fingers. Computer ...
From massive supercomputers come tiniest transistors
A relentless global effort to shrink transistors has made computers continually faster, cheaper and smaller over the last 40 years. This effort has enabled chipmakers to double the number of transistors on ...
New technology could improve night vision, thermal imaging
Engineers at the University of Texas at Dallas have created semiconductor technology that could make night vision and thermal imaging affordable for everyday use.
Why your laptop battery won't kill you
News on Tuesday that major U.S. airlines are no longer going to ship powerful lithium-ion batteries might lead some to fret about the safety of their personal electronic devices.