Robot builds itself for special tasks
Handheld windmills serve as electric generators
Inflatable Habitats for Polar and Space Colonists
In 'forty jumps,' scientists model scales of quarks to quasars
Humanoid avatar plays a competitive game of table tennis
Robot Discovers Itself, Adapts to Injury
Nothing can possibly go wrong ... go wrong ... go wrong ... The truth behind the old joke is that most robots are programmed with a fairly rigid "model" of what they and the world around them are like. If a ...
Sandia fingerprinting technique demonstrates wireless device driver vulnerabilities
The next time you’re sipping a latte and surfing the Net at your favorite neighborhood wireless cafe, someone just a few seats away could be breaking into your laptop and causing irreparable damage to your ...
Future space devices inspired by spider legs
Autonomous lenses may bring microworld into focus
When Hongrui Jiang looked into a fly's eye, he saw a way to make a tiny lens so "smart" that it can adapt its focal length from minus infinity to plus infinity-without external control.
Researchers use corn waste to generate electricity
After the corn harvest, whether for cattle feed or corn on the cob, farmers usually leave the stalks and stems in the field, but now, a team of Penn State researchers thinks corn stover can be used not only to manufacture ...
Anti-Ad Blockers Sure to Irk Viewers
Inventors Philip Newton and Declan Kelly, at Philips Electronics (Eindhoven NL), have come up with a system to stop you from changing channels when viewing an ad and fast-forwarding past ads on recorded material.
Warbots to Replace Human Soldiers?
Any good student of military history can tell you that technological change can make a huge difference on the battlefield. History is replete with examples: the English longbow at Crecy overmatched the Genovese ...
New Honda Accord drives itself
Japanese car manufacturer Honda has launched a new self-driven car. Dubbed Honda Accord ADAS, the vehicle can change gear and steer itself around bends. While the auto-pilot function will currently only operate ...
Ethanol can replace gasoline with big energy savings
Putting ethanol instead of gasoline in your tank saves oil and is probably no worse for the environment than burning gasoline, according to a new analysis by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. ...