Magnetic fingerprinting as a feasible path forward in security detection

Most traditional electromagnetic methods for detecting hidden metal objects involve systems that are heavy, bulky and require lots of electricity. Recent studies have shown metallic objects have their own magnetic fingerprints based on size, shape and physical composition. In AIP Advances, from AIP Publishing, scientists look to leverage these observations to potentially create a smaller and Read more about Magnetic fingerprinting as a feasible path forward in security detection[…]

Embed information with a 3D printer and retrieve with a commercial scanner

A team from Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), composed of Ph.D. Student Arnaud Delmotte, Professor Yasuhiro Mukaigawa, Associate Professor Takuya Funatomi, Assistant Professor Hiroyuki Kubo, and Assistant Professor Kenichiro Tanaka, has developed a new method to embed information in a 3D printed object and retrieve it using a consumer document scanner. Information such Read more about Embed information with a 3D printer and retrieve with a commercial scanner[…]

Strange Metals as the Key to Superconductivity

Superconductors allow electrical current to flow without any resistance – but only below a certain critical temperature. Many materials have to be cooled down to almost absolute zero, while some materials keep their superconducting properties up to much higher temperatures. How this “high-temperature superconductivity” works and how it is possible to develop new materials that Read more about Strange Metals as the Key to Superconductivity[…]

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Automatic take-off is an important milestone established by Airbus

Airbus has successfully performed the first fully automatic vision-based take-off using an Airbus Family test aircraft at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. The test crew comprising of two pilots, two flight test engineers and a test flight engineer took off initially at around 10:15  am on 18 December and conducted a total of 8 take-offs over a period Read more about Automatic take-off is an important milestone established by Airbus[…]

New funding boost for low cost solar panel printing

Low cost, customizable solar panels being developed at Aalto University have received a funding boost from the Future Makers program, with Dr Ghufran Hashmi receiving €600 000 grant to develop the research further. The award is jointly funded from the Technology Industries Finland Centennial Foundation and Jane & Aatos Erkko Foundation. ‘There’s lots of excitement about new materials Read more about New funding boost for low cost solar panel printing[…]

New programs that help drones to navigate unfamiliar environments

The flight navigation strategy of moths can be used to develop programs that help drones to navigate unfamiliar environments, report Ioannis Paschalidis at Boston University, Thomas Daniel at University of Washington, and colleagues, in the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology. To understand how real moths plan their route, the researchers mounted 8 hawk moths (Mantuca sexta) Read more about New programs that help drones to navigate unfamiliar environments[…]

Real-time analysis chemical reaction production of synthetic natural gas

Researchers at the joint EPFL-Empa lab in Sion have developed a reactor system and an analysis method that has allowed them to observe the real-time production of synthetic natural gas from CO2 and H2 for the first time. Infrared (IR) thermography is used to determine the temperature of humans and objects with high precision and without interfering Read more about Real-time analysis chemical reaction production of synthetic natural gas[…]

Personal air conditioning to a human body

One day, soldiers could cool down on the military battlefield preventing heat stroke or exhaustion by using “wearable air conditioning,” an on-skin device designed by engineers at the University of Missouri. The device includes numerous human health care applications such as the ability to monitor blood pressure, electrical activity of the heart and the level Read more about Personal air conditioning to a human body[…]

A 3D model shows how cracks propagate in gas turbine blade

Upwards, downwards or sideways. Quickly or slowly. Evenly or unevenly. New research at LiU shows how cracks propagate in gas turbine blades. The results may have far-reaching industrial implications. Extreme stress Just consider – a temperature of 500 °C and repeated loading corresponding to the weight of a truck. The blades in a gas turbine Read more about A 3D model shows how cracks propagate in gas turbine blade[…]

A new type of transistor for high-power electronic devices

A new method to fit together layers of semiconductors as thin as a few nanometres has resulted in not only a scientific discovery but also a new type of transistor for high-power electronic devices. The result, published in Applied Physics Letters, has aroused huge interest. The achievement is the result of a close collaboration between scientists Read more about A new type of transistor for high-power electronic devices[…]

What are the flashes of light patients report seeing during brain radiotherapy?

For decades, theories have existed to explain patient reports of seeing light flashes during radiation therapy, even with their eyes closed. However, no one has been able to secure evidence of this sensation in humans to prove their theory. A team of researchers at Dartmouth’s and Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center led by radiation oncologist Read more about What are the flashes of light patients report seeing during brain radiotherapy?[…]

World’s most efficient lithium-sulfur battery

Imagine having access to a battery, which has the potential to power your phone for five continuous days, or enable an electric vehicle to drive more than 1000km without needing to “refuel”. Monash University researchers are on the brink of commercialising the world’s most efficient lithium-sulphur (Li-S) battery, which could outperform current market leaders by Read more about World’s most efficient lithium-sulfur battery[…]