Biosensors empowering robots to detect different odors

A new technological development by Tel Aviv University has made it possible for a robot to smell using a biological sensor. The sensor sends electrical signals as a response to the presence of a nearby odor, which the robot can detect and interpret. In this new study, the researchers successfully connected the biological sensor to Read more about Biosensors empowering robots to detect different odors[…]

Firefighters upgraded by intelligent fire suits

Firefighting may look vastly different in the future thanks to intelligent fire suits and masks developed by multiple research institutions in China. Researchers published results showing breathable electrodes woven into fabric used in fire suits have proven to be stable at temperatures over 520ºC. At these temperatures, the fabric is found to be essentially non-combustible Read more about Firefighters upgraded by intelligent fire suits[…]

New reactor concept for methanation

Synthetic energy carriers are carbon-neutral and make renewable energy transportable and storable in the long term. Synthetically produced methane is one of them. The problem: The production involves rather high energy losses; moreover, existing processes require the methane to be purified. To change this, Empa researchers have developed a new, optimized reactor concept for methanation. Read more about New reactor concept for methanation[…]

A solar-driven technology that could help to address plastic pollution and greenhouse gases

Researchers have developed a system that can transform plastic waste and greenhouse gases into sustainable fuels and other valuable products – using just the energy from the Sun. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, developed the system, which can convert two waste streams into two chemical products at the same time – the first Read more about A solar-driven technology that could help to address plastic pollution and greenhouse gases[…]

Jetlets as new clues about the origins of the solar wind

Scientists with NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission have uncovered significant new clues about the origins of the solar wind – a continual stream of charged particles released from the Sun that fills the solar system. Observations from multiple space and ground-based observatories show the solar wind could be largely fueled by small-scale jets, or “jetlets,” Read more about Jetlets as new clues about the origins of the solar wind[…]

A new miniaturized analyzer that may revolutionize astrobiology as the hunt for extraterrestrial life

As space missions delve deeper into the outer solar system, the need for more compact, resource-conserving and accurate analytical tools has become increasingly critical—especially as the hunt for extraterrestrial life and habitable planets or moons continues. A University of Maryland-led team developed a new instrument specifically tailored to the needs of NASA space missions. Their Read more about A new miniaturized analyzer that may revolutionize astrobiology as the hunt for extraterrestrial life[…]

A new discovery brings silicon quantum computing closer

Australian engineers have discovered a new way of precisely controlling single electrons nestled in quantum dots that run logic gates. What’s more, the new mechanism is less bulky and requires fewer parts, which could prove essential to making large-scale silicon quantum computers a reality. The serendipitous discovery, made by engineers at the quantum computing start-up Diraq and UNSW Read more about A new discovery brings silicon quantum computing closer[…]

Flexible solar cells with record efficiency of 22.2%

One year after announcing an efficiency record, Empa scientists have achieved a new mark of 22.2% for flexible CIGS solar cell on polymer film. Solar cells of this type are especially suited for applications on buildings, vehicles, satellites, airships, and mobile devices. Empa researchers have – once again – improved the efficiency of CIGS flexible Read more about Flexible solar cells with record efficiency of 22.2%[…]

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Metamaterials as new programmable materials

Programmable materials are true shapeshifters. They can change their characteristics in a controlled and reversible way with the push of a button, independently adapting to fit new conditions. They can be used, for example, to make comfy chairs or mattresses that prevent bedsores. To produce these, the support is formed in such a way that Read more about Metamaterials as new programmable materials[…]

HoloLayouts for factories of the future

The factories of the future have significant demands to meet – including the ability to adapt to production processes quickly and function within tight spaces that come at a high operating cost. Mixed reality can provide efficient support for factory planning in exactly this kind of scenario. Through their HoloLayouts software, researchers at the Fraunhofer Read more about HoloLayouts for factories of the future[…]

Metaverse empowered by haptic technology

Enhancing the virtual experience with the touch sensation has become a hot topic, but today’s haptic devices remain typically bulky and tangled with wires. A team led by the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) researchers recently developed an advanced wireless haptic interface system, called WeTac, worn on the hand, which has soft, ultrathin soft features, and Read more about Metaverse empowered by haptic technology[…]