A new kind of light bulb traps insects that carry vector-borne diseases
How many researchers does it take to change a light bulb? And how many lives could they save by changing it?
Morphing wings help drones manage collisions
Researchers in the US have taken inspiration from nature to create a robotic wing that can recover from mid-air collisions.
Designing self-healing concrete with shape memory
Roads that self-repair, bridges filled with first-aid bubbles, buildings with arteries… not some futuristic fantasy but a very real possibility with 'smart' concrete.
Ordinary paper and pencil used to create primitive sensor
Wearable device helps vision-impaired avoid collision
People who have lost some of their peripheral vision, such as those with retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, or brain injury that causes half visual field loss, often face mobility challenges and increased likelihood ...
Automated braille writing tutor wins Touch of Genius prize
An innovative device developed by Carnegie Mellon University's TechBridgeWorld research group to help visually impaired students learn how to write Braille using a slate and stylus is the winner of the 2014 ...
Low-vibration sawing and sanding
No matter whether it's a drill or an oscillator, handheld power tools produce powerful vibrations. But a new anti-vibration system almost entirely eliminates that uncomfortable shaking sensation you get when ...
Sensor cable monitors fences of all kinds and can even detect low-level drone fly-bys
Fenced-in areas, such as airports, nuclear power stations, industrial sites, or private plots of land, can now be monitored thanks to novel sensor technology that has been developed by a team of experimental ...
Navy scientists develop prototype for diver life support
Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City (NSWC PC) scientists have developed a prototype for a new life support system for divers the Navy announced March 19.
When the road salt seeps, sometimes the manhole covers fly
Call it another form of March Madness: Not flying basketballs, but flying manhole covers.
New technique paints tissue samples with light
One infrared scan can give pathologists a window into the structures and molecules inside tissues and cells, enabling fast and broad diagnostic assessments, thanks to an imaging technique developed by University ...
Premature wear on WA roads caused by wet base coat
The lifespan of some West Australian roads has been reduced thanks to the moisture susceptibility of a road construction material, research suggests.
Artificial hand able to respond sensitively thanks to muscles made from smart metal wires
Engineers at Saarland University have taken a leaf out of nature's book by equipping an artificial hand with muscles made from shape-memory wire. The new technology enables the fabrication of flexible and ...
Airships – the future of aviation?
Researchers from the University of Lincoln, UK, have completed a three year investigation into stratospheric passenger airships as part of a multi-national engineering project designed to provide a future ...