Using satellite observations to track oil and gas industry flaring

A new study by San Francisco State University Assistant Professor of Health Education Lara Cushing and colleagues at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine shows that satellite data can be used to effectively track the potentially harmful, underreported oil and gas industry practice known as “flaring.” When companies drill in areas without Read more about Using satellite observations to track oil and gas industry flaring[…]

An ultrathin, artificial muscle for haptic robotics

Researchers from KAIST have developed an ultrathin, artificial muscle for soft robotics. The advancement, recently reported in the journal Science Robotics, was demonstrated with a robotic blooming flower brooch, dancing robotic butterflies and fluttering tree leaves on a kinetic art piece. The robotic equivalent of a muscle that can move is called an actuator. The actuator Read more about An ultrathin, artificial muscle for haptic robotics[…]

New formula to recreate different sensations of softness for haptic interfaces

What factors affect how human touch perceives softness, like the feel of pressing your fingertip against a marshmallow, a piece of clay or a rubber ball? By exploring this question in detail, a team of engineers and psychologists at the University of California San Diego discovered clever tricks to design materials that replicate different levels Read more about New formula to recreate different sensations of softness for haptic interfaces[…]

New technology that senses, computes and responds without any centralized processing

Inspired by octopuses, researchers have developed a structure that senses, computes and responds without any centralized processing – creating a device that is not quite a robot and not quite a computer, but has characteristics of both. The new technology holds promise for use in a variety of applications, from soft robotics to prosthetic devices. Read more about New technology that senses, computes and responds without any centralized processing[…]

Drones will become more reliable with a development platform for image processing components

Whether for the car or the drone: Developing image processing software for embedded systems takes a lot of time and is therefore very expensive. Now the Tulipp platform makes it possible to develop energy-efficient embedded image processing systems more quickly and less expensively, with a drastic reduction in time-to-market. The Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies and Read more about Drones will become more reliable with a development platform for image processing components[…]

NEXT-GENERATION PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT PREVENTION SYSTEM

The Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT, President Seung Heon Han) has announced the development of its “next-generation pedestrian traffic accident prevention system.” The system induces motor vehicles approaching crosswalks to reduce their speed, thereby reducing pedestrians’ traffic accidents. Pedestrian safety at crosswalks is an area that needs immediate improvement, especially given Read more about NEXT-GENERATION PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT PREVENTION SYSTEM[…]

E-textiles embedded with energy storage devices

The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics will be laser printed and made in minutes. That’s the future imagined by the researchers behind new e-textile technology. Scientists from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have developed a cost-efficient and scaleable method for rapidly fabricating textiles that are embedded with energy storage devices. In just three minutes, Read more about E-textiles embedded with energy storage devices[…]

A novel nanofiber filter demonstrates better performance in terms of breathability and filtration efficiency

The Department of Mechanical Engineering of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has recently developed an electrostatically charged nanofiber filter with multiple separator layers, which can capture pollutant particles that are below 100 nm in diameter (covering the most common airborne nano-particles and viruses). The novel nanofiber filter demonstrates better performance in terms of breathability, Read more about A novel nanofiber filter demonstrates better performance in terms of breathability and filtration efficiency[…]

A self-diagnosing, self-reporting “smart” bridge

Engineers at the University of New Hampshire have designed a unique living laboratory on a heavily traveled iconic bridge which could change the way infrastructure is viewed. The Memorial Bridge, which links Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Kittery, Maine, has been outfitted with data sensors that have transformed it into a self-diagnosing, self-reporting “smart” bridge that Read more about A self-diagnosing, self-reporting “smart” bridge[…]

A new energy map for energetic losses

A new spectroscopic method now makes it possible to measure and visualise the energetic landscape inside solar cells based on organic materials. It was developed by a research team led by Prof. Dr Yana Vaynzof, a physicist at Heidelberg University. This novel visualisation technique enables scientists to study the physical principles of organic photovoltaics with Read more about A new energy map for energetic losses[…]

How solar energy can bring advantage to prosumers and distributors

Solar systems on the roofs of residential buildings often produce energy precisely when the residents can’t actually use it. Stationary batteries enable this energy to be utilized in the evening, at night or on a rainy day. A research project at Empa is investigating whether the use of stationary batteries makes economic sense for the Read more about How solar energy can bring advantage to prosumers and distributors[…]

Imagine a truck tarp that can harvest the energy of sunlight!

With the help of new textile-based solar cells developed by Fraunhofer researchers, semitrailers could soon be producing the electricity needed to power cooling systems or other onboard equipment. In short, textile-based solar cells could soon be adding a whole new dimension to photovoltaics, complementing the use of conventional silicon-based solar cells. Solar panels on building Read more about Imagine a truck tarp that can harvest the energy of sunlight![…]