Physics/Engineering

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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Spring and summer 2017 have been among the wettest on record in eastern North America. Urbanization has led to a rapid loss of permeable surfaces where water...
by Catherine Howell, Jennifer Drake, Liat Margolis, University of Toronto
9:33am
8.22.2017
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Repairing heart tissue destroyed by a heart attack or medical condition with regenerative cells or tissues usually requires invasive open-heart surgery. Now,...
by University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
3:00pm
8.14.2017
An engineer pulled an accordion folder from the bookshelf above his Iowa State University desk. Inside was the carefully collected and preserved wing of a...
by Iowa State University
9:04am
8.14.2017
A new system represents a much faster, more accurate alternative to a conventional method of identifying delamination, a gradual separation of concrete layers...
by University of Nebraska, Lincoln
9:10am
8.9.2017
Researchers have developed the next step in microbial fuel cells (MFCs): a battery activated by spit that can be used in extreme conditions where normal...
by Binghamton University
3:02pm
8.8.2017
Scientists and engineers have invented a range of bioactive "tissue papers" made of materials derived from organs that are thin and flexible enough to even...
by Northwestern University
10:34am
8.7.2017
A pioneering new study is set to help surgeons repair hearts without damaging precious tissue.
by University of Manchester
9:22am
8.4.2017
Researchers are looking to insects – specifically cicadas – for insight into the design of artificial surfaces with de-icing, self-cleaning and anti-fogging...
by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
12:36pm
8.2.2017
TV infomercials offer a world of potential solutions for back pain, but most of them have at least one of three problems — they’re unproven, unworkable or just...
by Vanderbilt University
9:08am
8.2.2017
For people who are recovering from a stroke and want to get back to enjoying their favorite activities, there’s something better: a soft, lightweight, bionic...
by Boston University
8:36am
7.31.2017
It might seem like a tomato plant and a subway system don’t have much in common, but both, it turns out, are networks that strive to make similar tradeoffs...
by Salk Institute
9:12am
7.27.2017
Dark matter is the aptly named unseen material that makes up the bulk of matter in our universe. But what dark matter is made of is a matter of debate.
by University of Washington
9:14am
7.26.2017
Imagine slipping into a jacket, shirt or skirt that powers your cell phone, fitness tracker and other personal electronic devices as you walk, wave and even...
by Vanderbilt University
9:09am
7.24.2017
Cheap, plastic toys—no manufacturer necessary. The 2020 toy and game market is projected to be $135 billion, and 3-D printing brings those profits home.
by Michigan Technological University
2:32pm
7.20.2017
Researchers report that they have developed a 3-D printed sensor worn on the ear that measures one of the most basic medical indicators of health in real-time...
by American Chemical Society
9:32am
7.19.2017
Throughout the universe, supersonic shock waves propel cosmic rays and supernova particles to velocities near the speed of light. The most high-energy of these...
by DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
1:03pm
7.14.2017
Researchers have invented a cellphone that requires no batteries — a major leap forward in moving beyond chargers, cords and dying phones. Instead, the phone...
by University of Washington
9:43am
7.6.2017
The lack of clean water in many areas around the world is a persistent, major public health problem. One day, tiny robots could help address this issue by...
by American Chemical Society
9:29am
6.29.2017
The outermost layer of human skin acts as a protective barrier between underlying living tissue and the external environment. The wettability of this tissue...
by Binghamton University
2:41pm
6.28.2017
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