A robot to beat humans at foosball

At first glance, the foosball table located in the middle of the Automatic Control Laboratory looks perfectly normal. Looks can be deceiving. In defense, one of the levers has a mechanical arm capable of propelling the ball ...

Copper Nanowires Enable Bendable Displays, Solar Cells

(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of Duke University chemists has perfected a simple way to make tiny copper nanowires in quantity. The cheap conductors are small enough to be transparent, making them ideal for thin-film solar cells, ...

Monitoring food with millimeter waves

Has the packet been properly filled? Are there impurities in the chocolate? Have the plastic seams been welded correctly? Is there a knife hidden in the parcel? Answers to all these questions are provided by SAMMI, short ...

Tunable 'metasurface' is akin to optical swiss army knife

MIT engineers and colleagues report important new advances on a tunable metasurface, or flat optical device patterned with nanoscale structures, that they compare to a Swiss army knife while its passive predecessor can be ...

Scientists make transparent materials absorb light

A group of physicists from Russia, Sweden and the U.S. has demonstrated a highly unusual optical effect. They managed to "virtually" absorb light using a material that has no light-absorbing capacity. The research findings, ...

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