Engineering

Cannibalistic materials feed on themselves to grow new nanostructures

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory induced a two-dimensional material to cannibalize itself for atomic "building blocks" from which stable...

A new way to remove ice buildup without power or chemicals

Passive solar-powered system could prevent freezing on airplanes, wind turbines, powerlines, and other surfaces From airplane wings to overhead powerlines to the giant blades of...

Scientists develop tools to bring infrastructure to slums

Of the estimated 4 billion people currently living in urban areas worldwide, perhaps as many as a billion reside in slums. As urbanization picks up,...

New approach to produce non-fullerene organic solar cells

Organic solar cells (OSCs) has driven their efficiencies to above 10% to reach a viable level for commercialization. However, the increase in the photoactive layer...

Dual-layer solar cell sets record for efficiently generating power

A perovskite-CIGS solar cell developed by UCLA Samueli researchers converts 22.4 percent of incoming energy from the sun, a record for this type of...

This military robot can get itself up after falls

Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have developed software to ensure that if a robot...

Scientists 3D print prototype for ‘bionic eye’ for the first time

A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota have, for the first time, fully 3D printed an array of light receptors on a...

Nanotubes can change the shape of water

Engineers show how water molecules square up in nanotubes Here’s one way to fit a square peg into a round hole. First, according to Rice University...

Self-healing reverse filter opens the door for many novel applications

A self-healing membrane that acts as a reverse filter, blocking small particles and letting large ones through, is the "straight out of science fiction"...
New material can transform into pre-programmed shapes using heat and light

New material can transform into pre-programmed shapes using heat and light

A new material developed by University of Colorado Boulder engineers can transform into complex, pre-programmed shapes via light and temperature stimuli. This allows a literal...