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A new Rescue Drone can be widely used to save people

The School of Design and Human Engineering (DHE) at UNIST has announced that its rescue drone design concept, ‘911$ Rescue Drone’ has been honored at the international design competition, iF Design Awards 2020. The 911$ Rescue Drone, proposed by Professor Yunwoo Jeong’s design team, comprised of Ga-eul Han, Jinhee Cha, Choeun Park, Jungmu Lee, and Read more about A new Rescue Drone can be widely used to save people[…]

A new material capable of purifying water effectively from oil products

Scientists of Tomsk Polytechnic University jointly with the University of Lille (France) have developed a new material capable of purifying water effectively from oil products. It is based on an ordinary household polyurethane sponge. The research team made it superhydrophobic – it repels water, while effectively sorbing oil product molecules. The results were published in Separation Read more about A new material capable of purifying water effectively from oil products[…]

A low-cost solar cell with one of the highest power-conversion efficiencies

The future’s getting brighter for solar power. Researchers from CU Boulder have created a low-cost solar cell with one of the highest power-conversion efficiencies to date, by layering cells and using a unique combination of elements. “We took a product that is responsible for a $30 billion a year industry and made it 30% better,” Read more about A low-cost solar cell with one of the highest power-conversion efficiencies[…]

How important is visible light communication for industry 4.0

WLAN and Bluetooth have limited bandwidth, making conventional wireless communication problematic in the production environment. Nevertheless, numerous components such as sensors and robots need to be wirelessly connected. To overcome this challenge, a team of researchers at Fraunhofer IOSB-INA in Lemgo is working on solutions with help from the Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL) University of Applied Sciences Read more about How important is visible light communication for industry 4.0[…]

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Conquering a Complex Math Problem with a Novel Process Architecture

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have designed a novel processor architecture that can solve combinatorial optimization problems much faster than existing ones. Combinatorial optimization are complex problems that show up across many different fields of science and engineering and are difficult for conventional computers to handle, making specialized processor architectures very important. The power Read more about Conquering a Complex Math Problem with a Novel Process Architecture[…]

4D printing will allow minimally invasive, pain-free and easy-to-use microneedles for delivering drugs

Painful hypodermic needles may not be needed in the future to give shots, inject drugs and get blood samples. With 4D printing, Rutgers engineers have created tiny needles that mimic parasites that attach to tissues and could replace hypodermic needles, according to a study in the journal Advanced Functional Materials. While 3D printing builds objects layer by Read more about 4D printing will allow minimally invasive, pain-free and easy-to-use microneedles for delivering drugs[…]

Speeds up wound healing with handheld 3D skin printer

A new handheld 3D printer can deposit sheets of skin to cover large burn wounds – and its “bio ink” can accelerate the healing process. The device, developed by a team of researchers from the University of Toronto Engineering and Sunnybrook Hospital, covers wounds with a uniform sheet of biomaterial, stripe by stripe. The bio Read more about Speeds up wound healing with handheld 3D skin printer[…]

Damage to steel wires inside external cables now visible through non-destructive methods

Researchers at Tohoku University have found a way to make covered or hidden PC steel wires visible, by developing a new terahertz wave light source featuring both light and radio-wave characteristics. This new technology will be especially useful in the safety inspection of extradosed and other types of bridges that use PC steel wires hidden Read more about Damage to steel wires inside external cables now visible through non-destructive methods[…]

Can buildings learn to save energy by themselves?

Empa researchers think so. In their experiments, they fed a new self-learning heat­ing control system with temperature data from the previous year and the current weather forecast. The “smart” control system was then able to assess the building’s behavior and act with good anticipation. The result: greater comfort, lower energy costs. Factory halls, airport terminals Read more about Can buildings learn to save energy by themselves?[…]

Haptic Helmet improve the safety and efficiency of firefighters

Imagine firefighters trying to navigate through an unfamiliar, burning building full of suffocating smoke and deafening noise. Firefighting is exceedingly dangerous, and the ability for first responders to maintain communications in hostile environments can literally mean life or death. Developing technologies to improve the safety and efficiency of firefighters is challenging because smoke and noise Read more about Haptic Helmet improve the safety and efficiency of firefighters[…]

How the new 3D nanoprinting technology works

A team from Graz University of Technology succeeded in using the FEBID method to produce complex 3D-printed nano-components for the first time without additional support structures. In the nanometer range, complex, free-standing 3D architectures are very difficult to produce in a single step due to the required precision. In the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Direct Read more about How the new 3D nanoprinting technology works[…]