Technology & Innovation

  • wiggle of tiny molecules of the world's thinnest glass as they undergo strain.

    The new images, described in the journal Science, show that in small, localized regions, glass behaves like a crystal, with atoms aligned in an orderly matrix
  • Your Pee Could Power Future Robots

    Walters and colleagues at the University of Bristol have created four generations of these so-called EcoBots.Each is powered by a microbial fuel cell, containing live microorganisms like those found in the human gut or sewage treatment plants. The microbes digest the waste (or urine) and produce electrons, which can be harvested to produce electrical current,
  • 3D-Printing 'Jimmy Choos' for Horses

    Designed by researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), the Australian science agency, the hot-pink horseshoes are custom-made for each of a horse's four hooves, using lightweight titanium and 3D-printing technology.Each new shoe weighs about 3.5 ounces (100 grams) less than a regular aluminum horseshoe — and every ounce counts in the high-stakes world of horse racing.
  • Molten Salts Could Improve Fuel Economy

    An emerging class of engine lubricants with a radically different chemical makeup could significantly improve the fuel economy of cars, according to a recent report from researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and General Motors
  • Self-driving Cars and Autonomous Robots

    Powered by ultra-intelligent sensors, the robot intuitively moves and reacts to the changing conditions of the terrain, entering areas unfit for human testing. As it does so, the robot transmits a detailed 3D map of the entire location to the other side of the world
  • Programmable Thermostats Lower Heating Bills

    Like any thermostat, the system regulates the temperature within a house or business through turning on or off the air conditioning or heating systems. However, the big difference is that these recently developed programmable thermostats can be controlled from any location, as long as the user has the application on their desktop or mobile phone.
  • Photons Seen Without Being Destroyed in a First

    At the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Germany, researchers found a way to detect single, visible-light photons without "touching" them and losing the photons themselves.