Energy-harvesting shock absorber that increases fuel efficiency wins R&D 100 award
Unique structure of fist-like club of mantis shrimp could tranform body armor materials
(Phys.org) -- Military body armor and vehicle and aircraft frames could be transformed by incorporating the unique structure of the club-like arm of a crustacean that looks like an armored caterpillar, according ...
More power from bumps in the road: Energy-harvesting shock absorbers
(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of MIT undergraduate students has invented a shock absorber that harnesses energy from small bumps in the road, generating electricity while it smoothes the ride more effectively than ...
Mechanical motion rectifier leads to better energy harvesting
Illinois robotics lab's HyTAQ moves in air, rolls on land (w/ video)
Resilin springs simplify the control of crustacean limb movements
Animals can simplify the brain control of their limb movements by moving a joint with just one muscle that operates against a spring made of the almost perfect elastic substance called resilin. This principle is analysed ...
Bioinspired material mimics squid beak
(Phys.org) —Researchers led by scientists at Case Western Reserve University have turned to an unlikely model to make medical devices safer and more comfortable—a squid's beak.
Researchers find three unique cell-to-cell bonds
(Phys.org)—The human body has more than a trillion cells, most of them connected, cell to neighboring cells.
Agreement will lead to grid-friendly electric vehicle charging
A technology that will allow widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles without negatively impacting the electrical grid is the subject of a commercial license agreement between Battelle and AeroVironment, ...
Tendons absorb shocks muscles won't handle
Anyone who has hiked down a mountain knows the soreness that comes a day or two after means the leg muscles have endured a serious workout. While the pain is real, it's not well understood how leg muscles ...