Researchers discover "zombie solar cells" that generate power even after electrolyte evaporation
27 minutes ago
A group of researchers at Uppsala University has discovered a "zombie solar cell" that continues to generate electricity with unexpected effectiveness although the liquid transferring charges between the electrodes has dried ...
Scientists convert harmful algal blooms into high-performance battery electrodes
3 hours ago feature
Last August, the seasonal harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Lake Erie grew so extreme that they poisoned the water system in Toledo, Ohio, leaving nearly half a million residents without drinking water. But a few researchers ...
Light introduces multi-aperture computational camera
4 hours ago weblog
Hold it right there. Say cheese or, more appropriately, wow. The L16 is a small camera that enables professional-quality photos.
On soft ground? Tread lightly to stay fast
14 hours ago
These findings, reported today, Friday 9th October, in the journal Bioinspiration & Biomechanics, offer a new insight into how animals respond to different terrain, and how robots can learn from them.
University team's robot inspired by jumping spider
22 hours ago weblog
Special insights and observations about how animals move, handle danger and preserve energy are not only interesting but valuable to scientists in the field of robotics. One such contribution of animal-like robotic movement ...
Bio-inspired robotic finger looks, feels and works like the real thing (w/ Video)
Oct 08, 2015
Most robotic parts used to today are rigid, have a limited range of motion and don't really look lifelike. Inspired by both nature and biology, a scientist from Florida Atlantic University has designed a novel robotic finger ...
Remote Mexican village uses solar power to purify water
Oct 08, 2015
Deep in the jungles of the Yucatan peninsula, residents of the remote Mexican village of La Mancalona are producing clean drinking water using the power of the sun.
Researcher explores cost-effective, non-polluting enhanced geothermal systems
Oct 08, 2015
Tapping the natural heat of the earth may be more cost-effective and clean thanks to a research project by New Mexico State University Assistant Professor Kenneth C. Carroll and others.
IROS 2015: Thermobot feels the heat and walks (and walks)
Oct 07, 2015 weblog
Takeru Nemoto and Akio Yamamoto of University of Tokyo have presented a bipedal walking robot which is driven by constant heating. No sensors. No actuators, said Even Ackerman in IEEE Spectrum. Just a hot surface will do ...
'Psychic robot' will know what you really meant to do
Oct 07, 2015
What if software could steer a car back on track if the driver swerves on ice? Or guide a prosthesis to help a shaky stroke patient smoothly lift a cup?