High-speed images capture patterns by which raindrops spread pathogens among plants
Farmers have long noted a correlation between rainstorms and disease outbreaks among plants. Fungal parasites known as "rust" can grow particularly rampant following rain events, eating away at the leaves ...
Researchers are working on new smart cameras to help the visually impaired
Standing in the grocery store, you scan the peanut butter jars looking for the one on your list. Your eyes flit from label to label until they land on the familiar red, blue and green jar, and you reach to ...
Skin device uses motion to power electronics
Body motion energy harvester may power medical and consumer wearable devices
A body motion energy harvester, with the flexibility and elasticity to be applied to high-flexion joints and suitable for integration with fabrics, is being developed by researchers at Sogang University in ...
Talking drone offers aviation safety boost
In a world first, RMIT University researchers have developed a talking drone that can converse with air traffic controllers just like a normal pilot.
Automakers hire rocket firm to probe air bag problems
(AP)—The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding the cause of air bags to explode with too much force, has hired a Virginia rocket science company to investigate the matter.
Florentine basilica gets high-tech physical
Late last year, two University of California, San Diego students set out for Florence, Italy, to diagnose a patient that had no prior medical record, couldn't be poked or prodded in any way, and hadn't been ...
Radar sensors support parking management
Siemens is researching the use of sensor networks in an advanced parking management solution that will hopefully counter the increasing parking space crisis in cities. The online magazine Pictures of the ...
Life-saving train design is rarely used
(AP)—Nearly a decade ago, the U.S. secretary of transportation stood at the site of a horrendous commuter train crash near downtown Los Angeles and called for the adoption of a new train car design that ...
Lexus tops auto dependability survey
(AP)—Lexus is the most dependable car brand for the fourth consecutive year in rankings that increasingly hinge on high-tech features.
Researchers discover cellular networks can be used to detect dangerous fog
When warm air comes into contact with a cool surface and chills to saturation, fog materializes. It blankets open roads and runways and dramatically reduces visibility—often causing devastating accidents.
Ramp metering and speed limits to prevent traffic jams
EPFL researchers showed that by managing the access to freeway junctions and moderating the speed limit on the express lanes it is possible to reduce delays by over 12% across the highway system.
The aesthetic appearance of concrete is controversial
Is a perfect concrete wall concrete without big pores? The aesthetic appearance of concrete is a controversial subject among developers, architects and building contractors. What does look like anyway? What ...
Automated system enables unmanned aircraft to land
QUT unmanned aircraft researchers have made what's believed to be a world-first breakthrough for small unmanned aircraft (UA) under 20 kilograms, developing an automated emergency landing system (AELS) that ...