At the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in South Korea, Shiquan Wang from Stanford presented a new microspine-based palm design for rock-climbing robots. The palms use microspines that can support four times the weight of previous designs, which will be enough to turn JPL’s RoboSimian DRC robot into a champion rock climber. […]
For the first time in the field of solid-state chemistry scientists at NYU Abu Dhabi have developed a smart crystal that can heal itself after breakage without any chemical or biological intervention. The crystal relies on its own molecular structure and physical contact to heal — similar to cuts on skin. Self-healing polymers has […]
Carbon nanotube enabled nanocomposites have received much attention as a highly attractive alternative to conventional composite materials due to their mechanical, electrical, thermal, barrier and chemical properties such as electrical conductivity, increased tensile strength, improved heat deflection temperature, or flame retardancy. In new work at the Polytechnique Montréal, researchers report the fabrication of highly […]
The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L Fearing for the design and synthesis of molecular machines, touted to herald a second industrial revolution. They are not alone. Countless researchers around the world have contributed to this work.
Fish scales extracted from food waste have been used to build tiny generators that can convert mechanical energy, such as a touch or sound vibrations, to electrical energy. The work was done by physicists in India, who say that the piezoelectric device could be used to develop environmentally friendly, self-powered electronics with a wide-range […]
Lexus has debuted the Kinetic Seat Concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. In humans, our spines act to stabilize our heads. The spine allows the pelvis and chest to rotate in opposite directions, stabilizing movement of the head even while walking or jogging. In order to recreate this movement in car seats, the seat cushion and […]
Stanford scientists have developed a plastic textile that could be used to manufacture clothing, and cool people who wear it. While many breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics are available, the new nanoporous fabric, dubbed nanoPE, adds a second dimension of cooling because it uses polyethylene, which unlike other materials, allows the body’s infrared radiation to […]
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Researchers at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and the University of Texas at Dallas have succeeded in fabricating stretchy, electrically conductive textiles based on Spandex and carbon nanotubes. The composite yarns, which were literally knitted together, could be used to make actuators and sensors for use in applications such as artificial muscles and smart […]
A new molecular gel recipe developed at the University of Michigan is at the core of a prototype for a more accurate lead paint test. The test makes it easy to see whether a paint chip contains more than the regulated 5,000 parts per million of the poisonous metal that was banned from pigments […]