Engineering

A foolproof fishing lure

A foolproof fishing lure

Sure, you can teach a man to fish, but can you teach a lure to do it? Here's a new fish story. One day two years...
Better than a hologram BYU study produces 3D images that float in 'thin air'

Better than a hologram: BYU study produces 3D images that float in ‘thin air’

Nature study outlines method to make the images of science fiction In the original Star Wars film, R2D2 projects an image of Princess Leia in...
A new approach to rechargeable batteries

A new approach to rechargeable batteries

New metal-mesh membrane could solve longstanding problpems and lead to inexensive power storage A type of battery first invented nearly five decades ago could catapult...
NASA tests new alloy to fold wings in flight

NASA tests new alloy to fold wings in flight

NASA has successfully applied a new technology in flight that allows aircraft to fold their wings to different angles while in the air. The recent...
Ultrafine fibers have exceptional strength

Ultrafine fibers have exceptional strength

New technique developed at MIT could produce strong, resilient nanofibers for many applications Researchers at MIT have developed a process that can produce ultrafine fibers...
New lithium-rich battery could last much longer

New lithium-rich battery could last much longer

Battery leverages both iron and oxygen to drive more lithium ions On paper, it doesn't seem like Christopher Wolverton's super lithium-rich battery should work. For one,...
Laser evaporation technology to create new solar materials

Laser evaporation technology to create new solar materials

Materials scientists at Duke University have developed a method to create hybrid thin-film materials that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to make. The technique...
New technique allows rapid screening for new types of solar cells

New technique allows rapid screening for new types of solar cells

The worldwide quest by researchers to find better, more efficient materials for tomorrow’s solar panels is usually slow and painstaking. Researchers typically must produce lab...
No-sweat suit

No-sweat suit: Researchers design breathable workout suit

A team of MIT researchers has designed a breathable workout suit with ventilating flaps that open and close in response to an athlete’s body...
New power devices could drastically reduce energy waste

New power devices could drastically reduce energy waste

New design could dramatically cut energy waste in electric vehicles, data centers, and the power grid Power electronics, which do things like modify voltages or...