Electronics

Flea-sized solar panels in clothes can charge smartphones

Clothing embedded with tiny solar cells the size of a flea can allow wearers to generate electricity on the move and charge items like...

Tiny device could speed up memory while saving battery life on chip

Researchers have discovered a new functionality in a two-dimensional material that allows data to be stored and retrieved much faster on a computer chip,...

Scientists create first sensor package that can ride aboard bees

Farmers can already use drones to soar over huge fields and monitor temperature, humidity or crop health. But these machines need so much power to...

New foldable drone could fly through narrow holes in rescue missions

Scientists from the University of Zurich has developed a new drone that can retract its propeller arms in flight and make itself small to...

This new blood pressure app could be used on iPhone easily

In a new study, researchers from Michigan State University invented a proof-of-concept blood pressure app. This app can give accurate readings on an iPhone with...

Spending too much time on your phone? Behavioral science has an app for that

We’re squandering increasing amounts of time distracted by our phones. And that’s taking a serious toll on our mental and physical well-being. In 2017, U.S. adults...

Could drones replace cameras for making animated movies?

New research shows how drones can greatly reduce the effort required to make realistic animated figures for movies and television. Computer scientist Tobias Nägeli is...

Why Apple is no longer a byword for innovation – just ask the markets

Which company would you say is going to grow faster in the coming years: Apple or Domino’s Pizza? Intuitively, we see Apple as an innovative...

Scientists create synthetic fingerprints that can spoof smartphone fingerprint sensors

New research reveals a surprising level of vulnerability in fingerprint-based security systems. Fingerprint authentication systems are a widely trusted, ubiquitous form of biometric authentication, deployed...

Scientists produce smallest 3D transistor yet

Process that modifies semiconductor material atom by atom could enable higher-performance electronics. Researchers from MIT and the University of Colorado have fabricated a 3D transistor...