Honing household helpers: Computer scientists improve robots' ability to plan, perform complex actions
Imagine a robot able to retrieve a pile of laundry from the back of a cluttered closet, deliver it to a washing machine, start the cycle and then zip off to the kitchen to start preparing dinner.
Light-induced generation of gas breaks open microcapsules and releases fragrances
Fragrances that are sensitive or need to be released with a time delay can be enclosed in microcapsules. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, Swiss scientists have now introduced a new type of microcapsule that c ...
'Zombie' bacteria are nothing to be afraid of
A cell is not a soap bubble that can simply pinch in two to reproduce. The ability to faithfully copy genetic material and distribute it equally to daughter cells is fundamental to all forms of life. Even ...
Researchers argue energy policy rebound effect is overestimated
Minecraft iOS app takes models to new places
Silver in the washing machine: Nanocoatings release almost no nanoparticles
The antibacterial properties of silver-coated textiles are popular in the fields of sport and medicine. A team at Empa has now investigated how different silver coatings behave in the washing machine, and ...
S.Korean scientists develop walking robot maid
South Korean scientists have developed a walking robot maid which can clean a home, dump clothes in a washing machine and even heat food in a microwave.
LG out to clean up with first-ever Twin clothes washer
LG Electronics on Monday promised to take some of the hassle out of doing laundry with a first-ever washing machine setup that simultaneously handles two separate loads.
Hackers could make smart homes stupid—or worse
Imagine the smart home of the future. Thanks to a central controller and wi-fi, not only does the thermostat power up and warm or cool the house as you are heading home. Smart light bulbs come on low at dusk ...
Fridges talk to washing machines at high-tech fair
A fridge that talks to your washing machine and a television that instructs your dishwasher. It's all possible at CeBIT, the world's top high-tech fair.
Japan Nobel laureate gets washing machine as gift
Japan's Shinya Yamanaka may have won $1.2 million along with British researcher John Gurdon when the two were awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine earlier this month, but now he is also getting a new washing machine.
UN offers prize to illuminate 3,000 Bosnian homes
(AP)—Challenge prizes have inspired inventions like margarine or canned food or achievements like the Lindbergh flight over the Atlantic.
Calif. requires TVs to be more energy-efficient (Update)
(AP) -- California regulators adopted the nation's first energy-efficiency standards for televisions Wednesday in hopes of reducing electricity use at a time when millions of American households are switching ...
Spin cycle: a new kind of washer (Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- In many developing countries, electricity is unreliable or unavailable and water must be carried by hand, so conventional modern washing machines are not an option. Washing clothes can take ...