Kickstarter project launches for SOCCKET—soccer ball that generates electricity
Nothing fishy about swimming with same-sized mates
Have you ever wondered why, and how, shoals of fish are comprised of fish of the same size? According to new research by Ashley Ward, from the University of Sydney in Australia, and Suzanne Currie, from Mount Allison University ...
Transforming noise into mechanical energy at nano level
A team of researchers at the Freie Universität Berlin, co-ordinated by José Ignacio Pascual, have developed a method that enables efficiently using the random movement of a molecule in order to make a macroscopic-scale ...
Professor designs shape shifters
(Phys.org)—Craig Lusk's job takes on many shapes.
Lava dots: Scientists make hollow, soft-shelled quantum dots
(Phys.org)—Serendipity proved to be a key ingredient for the latest nanoparticles discovered at Rice University. The new "lava dot" particles were discovered accidentally when researchers stumbled upon ...
Butterfly wings inspire new high-tech surfaces
A South American butterfly flapped its wings, and caused a flurry of nanotechnology research to happen in Ohio. Researchers here have taken a new look at butterfly wings and rice leaves, and learned things ...
Review: Surface mostly bridges work-play divide
I've been conditioned just like any other consumer to expect certain things from certain companies. When it comes to tablets, I expect Apple's to look and feel amazing, Google's to seamlessly blend online ...
First mouse, now human, lab-grown eye tissue
Producing retinal tissue from human embryonic stem cells is now possible thanks to a team of researchers led by Yoshiki Sasai of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan.
Bouncing on Titan: How Huygens landed
(Phys.org)—ESA's Huygens probe bounced, slid and wobbled its way to rest in the 10 seconds after touching down on Saturn's moon, Titan, in January 2005, a new analysis reveals. The findings provide novel ...
Gold nanocluster arrays will improve SERS sensors, researchers say
Cancer, food pathogens and biosecurity threats can all be detected using a sensing technique called surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). To meet ever-increasing demands in sensitivity, however, signals ...
A windshield wiper for Mars dust developed
A team of researchers at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid has developed a device that works as a windshield wiper to eliminate Mars dust from the sensors on the NASA spacecrafts that travel to the red planet.
UCLA's new transparent solar film could be game-changer
One of the holy grails of solar cell technology may have been found, with researchers at UCLA announcing they have created a new organic polymer that produces electricity, is nearly transparent and is more durable and malleable ...
A robot learns how to tidy up after you
(Phys.org) -- Sooner than you think, we may have robots to tidy up our homes.
Folding light: Wrinkles and twists boost power from solar panels
Taking their cue from the humble leaf, researchers have used microscopic folds on the surface of photovoltaic material to significantly increase the power output of flexible, low-cost solar cells.