Robots that can sort recycling

Every year trash companies sift through an estimated 68 million tons of recycling, which is the weight equivalent of more than 30 million cars.

Producing electrical power with cardboard, tape, and a pencil

A small device made from everyday materials can generate enough energy to power several diodes. This clever discovery by an EPFL postdoctoral student was presented yesterday at a global conference on micro- and nano- systems ...

An all-glass lab-on-a-chip

Lab-on-a-chip devices are microfluidic cells that incorporate pipes, reaction vessels, valves and a host of other implements typically found in laboratories. These components are typically carved into a flat plastic plate ...

NASA showcases ‘spinoff’ technologies

Contrary to popular belief, Tang, Velcro and Teflon (along with the zero-gravity “space” pen) aren’t derived from NASA technology. NASA has, however, developed numerous technologies over the years, which are ...

Inspired by teflon, researchers create super durable proteins

(PhysOrg.com) -- More than 50 years ago, NYU-Poly alumni John Gilbert was asked to evaluate a newly- developed material called Teflon. His experiments using the fluorinated polymer as a surface coating for pots and pans helped ...

UIC engineer tests improved 'icephobic' coatings

(PhysOrg.com) -- While scientists and engineers have developed several products that repel water and, to a lesser degree, snow and ice, considerable room remains for something "new and improved."

Smooth operators: Teflon microfluidic chips

(PhysOrg.com) -- The growing number of research and development efforts focused on microfluidics speaks to the technology’s promise of a potentially broad range of applications, largely in highly-integrated single-chip ...

Fluorographene: The world's thinnest insulator

(PhysOrg.com) -- The remarkable properties of graphene and Teflon have been combined in a new material by the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize for Physics.

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