Bottom-up approach provides first characterization of pyroelectric nanomaterials
By taking a "bottom-up" approach, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have observed for the first time that "size does matter" in regards "pyroelectricity"—the current/voltage developed in response ...
Toshiba launches highly sensitive 20MP BSI CMOS image sensor
Toshiba Corporation today announced that it will launch a new 20-megapixel (MP) CMOS image sensor, the TCM5115CL, as the latest addition to its sensor line-up for digital still cameras. TCM5115CL offers the ...
Tiny robot swarm able to play tunes on a virtual piano (w/ video)
Air Force sends mystery X-37B mini-shuttle back to space (Update 2)
The military's small, top-secret version of the space shuttle rocketed into orbit Tuesday for a repeat mystery mission, two years after making the first flight of its kind.
Student's invention harvests energy from earthquakes
(Phys.org)—A wireless vibration sensor being developed by a Victoria University student could provide a low-cost solution for engineers to monitor the damage of buildings affected by earthquakes.
Glittering Sydney launch for Samsung S4
The sails of one of the world's most iconic buildings, the Sydney Opera House, were lit up with images shot by ordinary Australians Tuesday for the glitzy "blue-carpet" launch of Samsung's new phone.
Snowboarders feel the buzz from haptic system
Chicago skyscrapers go green, slash energy costs
Chicago's skyline is going green, as property managers install energy efficient tools like motion-detectors on office lights, in a project officials hope will inspire changes across the United States.
Anatomy of a blast: Researchers develop sensor system to assess the effects of explosions on soldiers
(Phys.org) —Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are becoming a global problem for the U.S. armed forces. To prevent injuries to soldiers and provide better care to those who are injured, the U.S. military ...
Physicist happens upon rain data breakthrough
(Phys.org)—A physicist and researcher who set out to develop a formula to protect Apollo sites on the moon from rocket exhaust may have happened upon a way to improve weather forecasting on Earth.
Computer scientists, electrical engineers devising algorithms that look for useful new patterns in medical sensor data
Medical radiography is basically a species of photography. Historically, the patient's limb would be positioned between an x-ray source and a photographic plate. The plate would be exposed and developed, ...
Small, portable sensors allow users to monitor exposure to pollution on their smart phones
(Phys.org)—Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have built a small fleet of portable pollution sensors that allow users to monitor air quality in real time on their smart phones. ...
Researchers find scales on crocodile heads are formed from cracks not genetically defined
Medical vital-sign monitoring reduced to the size of a postage stamp
Electrical engineers at Oregon State University have developed new technology to monitor medical vital signs, with sophisticated sensors so small and cheap they could fit onto a bandage, be manufactured in ...