Electronics

Walking with this flip-flop could generate electricity

Wearable devices that harvest energy from movement are not a new idea, but a material created at Rice University may make them more practical. The...
Scientists unlock a super tough material for next-generation electronics

Scientists unlock a super tough material for next-generation electronics

Graphene, a super tough wonder material, hasn’t made it into electronics yet because it doesn’t conduct an electric current on its own. Researchers used...
In-car technology are we being sold a false sense of security

In-car technology: are we being sold a false sense of security

The retired football star David Beckham recently received a six-month driving ban after being photographed using his hand-held phone while driving. Unfortunately, Beckham is not...
Scientists land drones smoothly with deep neural network

Scientists land drones smoothly with deep neural network

Landing multi-rotor drones smoothly is difficult. Complex turbulence is created by the airflow from each rotor bouncing off the ground as the ground grows ever...
This wearable patch could serve as personal thermostat

This wearable patch could serve as personal thermostat

UC San Diego engineers have developed a wearable patch that could provide personalized cooling and heating at home, work, or on the go. The soft,...
This machine learning tool can predict age and gender from just your Twitter profile

This machine learning tool can predict age and gender from just your Twitter profile

Researchers have developed a method to infer information about a social media account owner based on the information disclosed in their Twitter profile information. A...
Scientists develop new thin coatings to improve refrigeration efficiency

Scientists develop new thin coatings to improve refrigeration efficiency

A slippery surface for liquids with very low surface tension promotes droplet formation, facilitating heat transfer. Unlike water, liquid refrigerants and other fluids that have...
These 4 things trigger the ‘compulsive itch’ for your smartphone 2

These 4 things trigger the ‘compulsive itch’ for your smartphone

Everywhere you look, people are looking at screens. In the decade since smartphones have become ubiquitous, we now have a feeling almost as common as...
How Uber and other digital platforms could trick us using behavioral science

How Uber and other digital platforms could trick us using behavioral science

Unless we act fast Uber’s business model is incredibly simple: It’s a platform that facilitates exchanges between people. And Uber’s been incredibly successful at it, almost...

VR may help people with dementia live better

In a new study, researchers found that virtual reality (VR) technology could improve the quality of life for people with dementia. The technology could help...

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Scientists find the major cause of autism

In a new study, researchers discovered that autism is 80% reliant on inherited genes. That means that environmental causes are only responsible for 20% of...
These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

In a recent study from the University of East Anglia, researchers find that long-term use of anticholinergic antidepressants is linked to a higher risk...

This popular painkiller may harm your blood sugar

In a new study, researchers found popular pain drug opioid tramadol (marketed as ConZip and Ultram) may increase the risk of developing hypoglycemia, or...

Popular high blood pressure drug may increase risk of bowel disease

High blood pressure harms one in ten adults across the globe, and it increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. The most common treatments...
Common painkiller may harm your immune system, damaging heart and kidneys

Common painkiller may harm your immune system, damage heart and kidneys

In a recent study, researchers found that a widely used type of painkiller may increase risks of heart failure and kidney disease. The type of...