Engineering

Tissue paper sensors show promise for health care, entertainment, robotics

Tissue paper sensors show promise for health care, entertainment, robotics

University of Washington engineers have turned tissue paper - similar to toilet tissue - into a new kind of wearable sensor that can detect...
New hybrid material can double solar cell efficiency

New hybrid material can double solar cell efficiency

A newly created material may have the capacity to double the efficiency of solar cells. Conventional solar cells are at most one-third efficient, a limit...
Laser turns water into alien ice in nanoseconds

Laser turns water into alien ice in nanoseconds

For the first time, researchers have observed and captured the freezing of water into a type of extraterrestrial ice called ice VII (“ice seven”),...
Engineers create super wood stronger than most metals

Engineers create super wood stronger than most metals

New process could make wood as strong as titanium alloys but lighter & cheaper Engineers at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) have found...
Using shark scales to design better drones, planes, and wind turbines

Using shark scales to design better drones, planes, and wind turbines

Bioinspired vortex generators increase airfoil lift, decrease drag To build more aerodynamic machines, researchers are drawing inspiration from an unlikely source: the ocean. A team of...
Silk fibers could be high-tech 'natural metamaterials'

Silk fibers could be high-tech ‘natural metamaterials’

New research has demonstrated how the nano-architecture of a silkworm's fiber causes "Anderson localization of light," a discovery that could lead to various innovations...
New transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells

New transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells

A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, have discovered a new nano-scale thin film material with the highest-ever conductivity in its...
MIT engineers explore microfluidics with LEGO bricks

MIT engineers explore microfluidics with LEGO bricks

MIT engineers have just introduced an element of fun into microfluidics. The field of microfluidics involves minute devices that precisely manipulate fluids at submillimeter scales. Such...
Explorer 1

Explorer 1: The beginning of American space science

On the evening of Jan. 31, 1958, the United States orbited its first satellite -- Explorer 1. The effort was part of the nation's participation...
Graphene ink could lead to washable electronics

Graphene ink could lead to washable electronics

New graphene printing technology can produce electronic circuits that are low-cost, flexible, highly conductive and water repellent, researchers report. The nanotechnology “would lend enormous value...