Scientists create a virtual reality simulation of a supermassive black hole

The black hole at the center of our galaxy, Sagittarius A*, has been visualized in virtual reality for the first time. The details are described...

This autonomous robot could change shape to adapt to challenging environments

A robot can assemble a car door or pack a box much faster and more efficiently than any human, but such single-purpose machines struggle...

How can we design electronic devices that don’t overheat?

A new thermal transistor could help conduct heat away from delicate electronic components and also insulate them against chip and circuit failure. You’ve felt the...

Air taxis – why they’re no longer pie in the sky

Imagine a taxi service that picked you up (into the sky) and then dropped you off after an exciting journey, completely free of road...
Smart skin could soon warn the strain in bridges and airplanes

Smart skin could soon warn the strain in bridges and airplanes

Thanks to one peculiar characteristic of carbon nanotubes, engineers will soon be able to measure the accumulated strain in an airplane, a bridge, or...

Scientists create new methane fuel cell to operate at practical temperatures

Researchers have created a new fuel cell that runs on cheap fuel at temperatures comparable to automobile engines and could slash materials costs. Fuel cells...

What is augmented reality, anyway?

Augmented reality systems show virtual objects in the real world – like cat ears and whiskers on a Snapchat selfie, or how well a...

Electric blue thrusters to propel BepiColombo to Mercury

In mid-December, twin discs will begin glowing blue on the underside of a minibus-sized spacecraft in deep space. At that moment, Europe and Japan's BepiColombo...

Will hydrogen-powered cars gradually become mainstream in Europe?

An EU initiative will deploy hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in three European capitals as taxis, private-hire and police cars. The move will accelerate their...

One step closer to efficient biofuel cell

Fuel cells that work with the enzyme hydrogenase are, in principle, just as efficient as those that contain the expensive precious metal platinum as...