Engineering

How 3-D printing at home saves big bucks

How 3-D printing at home saves big bucks

Interested in making an investment that promises a 100 percent return on your money, and then some? Buy a low-cost, open-source 3-D printer, plug...
Next Generation Batteries Could Provide Power to Microsatellites, CubeSats

Next generation batteries could provide power to microsatellites, CubeSats

Sometimes good things come in very small packages. Just ask Dr. Luke Roberson, senior principal investigator for Flight Research within the Exploration Research and Technology...
Voice control everywhere

Voice control everywhere

Low-power special-purpose chip could make speech recognition ubiquitous in electronics. The butt of jokes as little as 10 years ago, automatic speech recognition is now...
Secure wireless chargers

Secure wireless chargers

New chip would thwart the counterfeiting that plagues the market for wired device chargers. Counterfeit chargers for portable electronics are a major problem. At the end...
Dual-function nanorod LEDs could make multifunctional displays

Dual-function nanorod LEDs could make multifunctional displays

Cellphones and other devices could soon be controlled with touchless gestures and charge themselves using ambient light, thanks to new LED arrays that can...
New engineered material can cool roofs, structures with zero energy consumption

New engineered material can cool roofs, structures with zero energy consumption

A team of University of Colorado Boulder engineers has developed a scalable manufactured metamaterial -- an engineered material with extraordinary properties not found in...
Material can turn sunlight, heat and movement into electricity -- all at once

Material can turn sunlight, heat and movement into electricity — all at once

Many forms of energy surround you: sunlight, the heat in your room and even your own movements. All that energy -- normally wasted -- can...
Stanford scientists develop 'lab on a chip' that costs 1 cent to make

Stanford scientists develop ‘lab on a chip’ that costs 1 cent to make

Microfluidics, electronics and inkjet technology underlie a newly developed all-in-one biochip from Stanford that can analyze cells for research and clinical applications. Researchers at the...
Move over Bear Grylls! Researchers build ultimate solar-powered water purifier

Move over Bear Grylls! Researchers build ultimate solar-powered water purifier

You’ve seen Bear Grylls turn foul water into drinking water with little more than sunlight and plastic. Now, academics have added a third element —...
Thin, flexible, light-absorbent material for energy and stealth applications

Thin, flexible, light-absorbent material for energy and stealth applications

Transparent window coatings that keep buildings and cars cool on sunny days. Devices that could more than triple solar cell efficiencies. Thin, lightweight shields that...