Early warning system on COVID-19 and flu using wearables

Temperature data collected by wearable devices worn on the finger can be reliably used to detect the onset of fevers, a leading symptom of both COVID-19 and the flu, according to a team of researchers from the University of California San Diego, UC San Francisco and MIT Lincoln Lab. Researchers published their results in a Read more about Early warning system on COVID-19 and flu using wearables[…]

How robots can influence humans to have more courage

New research has shown robots can encourage people to take greater risks in a simulated gambling scenario than they would if there was nothing to influence their behaviours. Increasing our understanding of whether robots can affect risk-taking could have clear ethical, practical and policy implications, which this study set out to explore. Dr Yaniv Hanoch, Read more about How robots can influence humans to have more courage[…]

Enhancing energy efficiency of artificial synapses

A joint research led by City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has built an ultralow-power consumption artificial visual system to mimic the human brain, which successfully performed data-intensive cognitive tasks. Their experiment results could provide a promising device system for the next generation of artificial intelligence (AI) applications. The research team is led by Professor Johnny Chung-yin Ho, Read more about Enhancing energy efficiency of artificial synapses[…]

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A viable path forward for hybrid energy systems

Future novel hybrid energy systems could lead to paradigm shifts in clean energy production, according to a paper published last week in Joule. Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) three applied energy laboratories Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) co authored the paper Read more about A viable path forward for hybrid energy systems[…]

nanoPCR technology can accurately diagnose the infection in less than 20 minutes with zero false positive and false negative

A “nanoPCR” technology was developed for the point-of-care (POC) diagnosis of coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19). This new technology can diagnose the infection within ~20 minutes while retaining the accuracy of conventional reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) technology. A team of researchers led by Professor CHEON Jinwoo, the director of the Center for Nanomedicine (CNM) within Read more about nanoPCR technology can accurately diagnose the infection in less than 20 minutes with zero false positive and false negative[…]

Enabling a new technology for modern glass design

Curved glass façades can be stunningly beautiful, but traditional construction methods are extremely expensive. Panes are usually made with “hot bending”, where glass is heated and formed using a mold or specialized machines, an energy-intensive process that generates excess waste in the form of individual molds. Cold-bent glass is a cheaper alternative in which flat Read more about Enabling a new technology for modern glass design[…]

Optimal wireless charging in moving devices

Wireless power transfer has proven to be quite useful in electronic devices such as medical implants and smartphones. In most cases, this is done by aligning or “coupling” two separate coils of wire (transmitter Tx and receiver Rx). The electrical current circulating in the Tx coil then creates a magnetic field that transfers energy to Read more about Optimal wireless charging in moving devices[…]

SARS-CoV-2 detection using a device attached to an ordinary smartphone

Researchers have developed an assay that can detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in a nasal swab using a device attached to an ordinary smartphone, they report December 4 in the journal Cell. Although more research is needed before such a test can be rolled out, the results are promising and ultimately may be applicable to screening Read more about SARS-CoV-2 detection using a device attached to an ordinary smartphone[…]

UBER driver data helps track and potentially alleviate urban traffic congestion

A new machine learning algorithm is poised to help urban transportation analysts relieve bottlenecks and chokepoints that routinely snarl city traffic. The tool, called TranSEC, was developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to help urban traffic engineers get access to actionable information about traffic patterns in their cities. Currently, publicly Read more about UBER driver data helps track and potentially alleviate urban traffic congestion[…]

New findings for improvement haptic feedback systems

Human fingerprints have a self-regulating moisture mechanism that not only helps us to avoid dropping our smartphone, but could help scientists to develop better prosthetic limbs, robotic equipment and virtual reality environments, a new study reveals. Primates – including humans, monkeys and apes – have evolved epidermal ridges on their hands and feet with a Read more about New findings for improvement haptic feedback systems[…]

Nanobarcode for future nanoscale sensing applications

Using barcodes to label and identify everyday items is as familiar as a trip to the supermarket. Imagine shrinking those barcodes a million times, from millimetre to nanometre scale, so that they could be used inside living cells to label, identify and track the building blocks of life or, blended into inks to prevent counterfeiting. Read more about Nanobarcode for future nanoscale sensing applications[…]

A next-generation and disruptive technology for more energy-efficient way

Molecular cages, in which guest molecules cling to the cages’ outer surfaces rather than enter an internal cavity, could cut the environmental impact of separating mixtures of industrial chemicals, research from KAUST suggests. Molecular separations performed at scale by the chemical industry collectively account for as much as 15 percent of global energy consumption. One Read more about A next-generation and disruptive technology for more energy-efficient way[…]