Physics/Engineering

Imagine if the sun's energy could be harnessed to power energy needs on Earth, and done in a way that is economical, scalable, and environmentally responsible.
by Columbia University
2:42pm
12.15.2017
A gecko scampering up a wall or across a ceiling has long fascinated scientists and encouraged them to investigate how to harness lizard’s mysterious ability...
by Georgia Institute of Technology
10:08am
12.14.2017
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Imagine that instead of switching on a lamp when it gets dark, you could read by the light of a glowing plant on your desk.
by MIT
9:39am
12.14.2017
A research team has developed an entirely textile-based, bacteria-powered biobattery that could one day be integrated into wearable electronics.
by Binghamton University
9:33am
12.11.2017
In research that could lead to better gas mask filters, scientists have been putting the X-ray spotlight on composite materials in respirators used by the...
by Lawrence Berkely National Laboratory
9:25am
12.8.2017
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NASA recorded thousands of hours of audio from the Apollo lunar missions, yet most of us have only been able to hear the highlights.
by University of Texas at Dallas
2:30pm
12.7.2017
For those with very specific preferences when it comes to their beverage of choice, an innovative device called Vocktail could be the perfect solution.
by National University of Singapore
2:52pm
12.5.2017
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Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration is planning to require the replacement of every underground lead service pipe in Michigan within 20 years while delaying by...
by David Eggert, Associated Press
9:33am
11.29.2017
Large mammals crossing US Highway 93 are more likely to use wildlife crossing structures than move past a random location in the surrounding habitat, new...
by Frontiers
2:56pm
11.20.2017
Whether it’s tiger bones, exotic fishes, or rare plants, international customs officials have a major challenge in preventing illegal sale of poachers’ spoils...
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10:07am
11.20.2017
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The unparalleled liquid strength of cartilage, which is about 80 percent water, withstands some of the toughest forces on our bodies. Synthetic materials...
by University of Michigan
9:27am
11.17.2017
As any wine enthusiast knows, the “legs” that run down a glass after a gentle swirl of vino can yield clues about alcohol content. The physical phenomenon that...
by American Chemical Society
1:33pm
11.15.2017
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The prospect of getting around in cities of the future by flying car was a sci-fi trope in movies and TV spanning from The Jetsons and Blade Runner to The...
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3:02pm
11.8.2017
Today’s engineers are in a bind: increasingly advanced product requirements are exceeding the capabilities of the materials that are immediately at hand.
by Sean McGee, Product Marketing Manager, Dassault Systèmes BIOVIA
9:23am
11.8.2017
In cities and large-scale manufacturing plants, a water leak in a complicated network of pipes can take tremendous time and effort to detect, as technicians...
by University of Washington
2:19pm
11.7.2017
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Would you want a spider web inside your ear? Probably not. But if you're able to put aside the creepy factor, new research shows that fine fibers like spider...
by Binghamton University
1:37pm
10.31.2017
An advanced space engine in the running to propel humans to Mars has broken the records for operating current, power and thrust for a device of its kind, known...
by University of Michigan
9:13am
10.26.2017
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Discarded plastic bottles could one day be used to build stronger, more flexible concrete structures, from sidewalks and street barriers, to buildings and...
by MIT
1:34pm
10.25.2017
A young physicist submitted his doctoral thesis 52 years ago this month. The title was “Properties of Expanding Universes,” and its length at 117 pages was...
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2:21pm
10.23.2017
The energy and climate benefits of cool roofs have been well established: by reflecting rather than absorbing the sun’s energy, light-colored roofs keep...
by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
2:29pm
10.20.2017
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Since its introduction in the 1977 film "Star Wars," the Death Star has remained one of science fiction's most iconic figures. Scientists and laser experts...
by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
9:27am
10.19.2017
A new synthetic rubber made by MIT and Army scientists stiffens under impact, and could be used in combat helmets of the future, they report in a new paper....
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3:07pm
10.10.2017
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New research has come up with a new hybrid nanomaterial that harnesses solar energy and uses it to generate hydrogen from seawater more cheaply and efficiently...
by University of Central Florida
9:42am
10.5.2017
Scientists have developed a novel weapon in the battle against deadly hospital-acquired infections - a textile that disinfects itself.
by University of Leeds
9:39am
10.5.2017
Many of the Nobel Prizes are bestowed upon scientists, thinkers and writers only decades after their biggest contributions to their respective fields. But this...
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9:52am
10.3.2017
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A new generation of microsensors could provide the vital link between food products and the Internet of Things. Researchers have developed an ultra-thin...
by ETH Zurich
2:22pm
9.28.2017
Many species of owl are able to hunt without being heard by their prey by suppressing the noise of their wings at sound frequencies above 1.6 kilohertz (kHz)—...
by Lehigh University
2:36pm
9.27.2017
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Dyson – the company best known for its innovative vacuum cleaners and fans – is now setting its sights on developing electric vehicles. Company founder and...
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9:40am
9.27.2017
Robots perform many tasks that humans can't or don't want to perform, getting around on intricately designed wheels and limbs. If they tip over, however, they...
by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2:38pm
9.25.2017
Some great ideas are born out of years of painstaking research. Others are gleaned from the plotline of the movie "Twister."
by Penn State
2:27pm
9.21.2017
Do you know how safe it is to use your finger as a security login? And have you wondered how your cell phone knows if your finger is real or a fake?
by Michigan State University
2:14pm
9.21.2017
An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn...
by Penn State University
9:47am
9.21.2017
Modern-day inventors – even those in the league of Steve Jobs – will have a tough time measuring up to the productivity of the Thomas Edisons of the past. That...
by Stanford University
2:15pm
9.19.2017
In the old days, a slingshot, BB gun, rifle or cannon was only as smart as the marksman taking aim. Now, many weapons are guided to their targets with the...
by University of Delaware
2:11pm
9.18.2017
Researchers have dramatically slowed digital information carried as light waves by transferring the data into sound waves in an integrated circuit, or...
by University of Sydney
9:21am
9.18.2017
Researchers have set a new delivery distance record for medical drones, successfully transporting human blood samples across 161 miles of Arizona desert.
by Johns Hopkins Medicine
9:05am
9.13.2017
Engineers have demonstrated a technique for making 3-D-printed biomaterials that can degrade on demand, which can be useful in making intricately patterned...
by Brown University
9:17am
9.8.2017
Researchers have reported a new type of electronic device that can be triggered to dissolve through exposure to water molecules in the atmosphere.
by University of Houston
2:25pm
9.6.2017
Scientists cooled water without electricity by sending excess heat where it won’t be noticed – space. The specialized optical surfaces they developed are a...
by Stanford University
9:42am
9.6.2017
Packing tiny solar cells together, like micro-lenses in the compound eye of an insect, could pave the way to a new generation of advanced photovoltaics, say...
by Stanford University
9:13am
9.1.2017
Introducing a simple step to the production of plant-derived, biodegradable plastic could improve its properties while overcoming obstacles to manufacturing it...
by University of Nebraska, Lincoln
9:48am
8.31.2017
Researchers have developed a simple device that mimics complex birdsongs. The device uses air blown through a stretched rubber tube to recreate birdsongs found...
by Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
9:24am
8.29.2017
They say that oil and water do not mix, but now scientists have discovered that – under certain circumstances – it may be possible. A new study suggests that...
by University of Edinburgh
9:21am
8.28.2017
It was a technological marvel: the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship. The H.L. Hunley entered legend when it sank the U.S.S. Housatonic off the coast...
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3:28pm
8.23.2017
Engineers have developed prototype technology that uses controlled burning to partially reveal landmines buried in peat soil. It ignites peat, causing a...
by Imperial College London
9:44am
8.23.2017
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