Science

  • ESA shows off sweet new renders of the Exomars 2020 rover  Late last year the European Space Agency doubled down on its Mars mission, dedicating half a billion euros to the next phase of its Exomars 2020 program — and now we are seeing the benefits of that enormous investment: a pretty awesome new render of the rover they plan to deploy to the Martian surface. ...
  • NASA is using a mixed reality space station to train astronauts  NASA has always embraced emerging technology for visualization, even if that tech was seemingly developed for frivolous entertainment. We recently covered its holographic Mars exhibit, and the many 3D resources that NASA makes available to developers and educators. Now, the US space agency has partnered with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine to create a mixed reality International Space… Read More ...
  • Japanese authorities decry ongoing robot failures at Fukushima  Six years ago, a massive earthquake, consequent tsunami and nuclear crisis struck Japan. International organizations rushed to help the country’s devastated residents, and to figure out how to clean up Fukushima Daiichi, the wrecked nuclear power plant. Robots offered a ray of hope amid unfathomable loss. At least they did, until recently. As the Asahi ...
  • Swedish scientists successfully implant 3D-printed human cartilage cells in baby mice  In what could potentially serve as an important moment in the quest to 3D-print body parts, a team of scientists from Sweden’s Sahlgrenska Academy and Chalmers University of Technology have managed to successfully implant human cartilage cells in six-week-old baby mice. Read More Share this:Click to email this to a friend ...
  • Swedish scientists successfully implant 3D-printed human cartilage cells in baby mice  In what could potentially serve as an important moment in the quest to 3D-print body parts, a team of scientists from Sweden’s Sahlgrenska Academy and Chalmers University of Technology have managed to successfully implant human cartilage cells in six-week-old baby mice. Read More Share this:Click to email this to a friend ...
  • From smugglers to supermarkets: the ‘informal economy’ touches us all You may think that a smuggler in the Tunisian desert has nothing to do with your trip to the supermarket. You’re wrong As I talk to him, Ahmed pulls his chair into his store to escape the hot Tunisian sun. He is a retired teacher – the years of screaming children can be counted in the ...
  • MIT researchers take a cue from color-changing beetles in quest to 3D print robot skin  When Subramanian Sundaram’s team hit a roadblock in its quest to build a 3D printed robot, it turned, as roboticists often do, to nature. The team of MIT researchers drew inspiration for the latest step in the process from the golden tortoise beetle – a North America beetle species with a unique form of camouflage. ...
  • Causes of the global water crisis and 12 companies trying to solve it  It’s World Water Day. Time to wake up and take shorter showers. That is, if we’re fortunate enough to have them. Water scarcity and pollution are persistent global problems. According to End Water Poverty, some 663 million people around the world have absolutely no reliable access to clean, safe water year-round. And two-thirds of the world population faces ...
  • Behold the robo-fruit  Perhaps you’ve been watching the BBC’s Spy in the Wild, in which meticulously recreated robotic animals cohabitate with their fleshy brethren and record all their secret goings and doings. But haven’t you ever wondered what fruit gets up to during the long trip from its homeland to your local produce department? These robo-fruits are your ...
  • The Mednet launches its ‘Quora for cancer,’ an online medical knowledge base  A New York City startup called The Mednet today launched a platform that gives physicians a knowledge-sharing tool that’s as easy to use as Quora, but provides them with expert answers about the latest research in their field. The site has focused, so far, strictly on cancer. Read More Share this:Click ...
  • NASA’s pop-up robot can tackle tight spots where rovers can’t reach  NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is pretty much a non-stop source of amazing things, and the latest is the PUFFER, or Pop-Up Flat Folding Robot. The design of the robot is inspired by origami, and folding is its specialty. Read More Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on ...
  • WebMD taps Apple’s ResearchKit for study on factors contributing to healthy pregnancies  There are still a lot of unknowns in the medical world when it comes to pregnancy – including what factors lead to carrying a healthy fetus to term. That’s why WebMD and Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) have launched a new investigative study via WebMD’s newly redesigned pregnancy app and is teaming up with Apple’s ResearchKit ...
  • Trump flips science the bird with new budget Cuts threaten US leadership in science, would result in widespread job losses. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • OceanGate plans an expedition to 3D scan the Titanic  Seattle-based OceanGate Inc. this week announced plans for a manned expedition to study the R.M.S. Titanic, the world’s most famous shipwreck. Fewer than 200 people have ever visited the Titanic since it sank in April 1912 according to historians’ estimates. To put that in perspective, more people have scaled the summit of Mt. Everest, or ...
  • Seriously, this skull-drilling robot is good news for humanity  When someone invents a robot specifically made to drill into the skulls of unconscious, immobile humans, you’d be forgiven for feeling a natural reaction along the lines of “for the love of god, why?” But trust me, this particular robotic trepanation station is a good idea. Read More Share this:Click to ...
  • X-ray technique creates nanometer-scale 3D reconstructions of computer chips  The chips in our devices are powered by transistors and circuits so small that they can barely be detected by our most advanced imaging techniques. How chip makers manage to do quality control when they can’t even see what they’re working is a really good question. A new method from Swiss researchers provides an incredibly ...
  • Teen quiz app Wishbone hacked, users’ emails and phone numbers exposed  Check your kid’s phone for this app, ASAP: Wishbone, a popular quiz app for kids, tweens and teens, has been hacked, according to a report from Motherboard out this morning. The hack involved 2.2 million email addresses as well as 287,000 phone numbers, many of which are from kids under the age of 18. The app ...
  • The financial benefits of the EPA data Trump doesn’t want you to know about Making EPA data easily accessible to the private sector plays a significant role in many billion-dollar industries, from renewable energy to auto manufacturing A guide to the EPA data under threat by the Trump administration For more than 25 years, Walter Hang has helped local governments, engineers and homeowners make sense of hazardous waste. To do that, ...
  • MIT lab’s smart boots could keep astronauts on their feet  If you’ve ever worn a spacesuit during a moonwalk or EVA, and I know a lot of you have, you were probably frustrated by how difficult it is to move around — both with the restrictions of the suit itself and the limitations on what you can see and feel. Researchers want to make things ...
  • CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna shines hope on the future of genetic modification at SXSW  Jennifer Doudna, co-inventor of CRISPR Cas9 technology, or the ability to program genes using a special enzyme, spoke about the promises of this technology on stage at SXSW this afternoon. In a keynote today, Doudna noted that while this technology is very young (less than five years old), “it’s been deployed very rapidly for existing applications,” ...
  • Bolt Threads debuts its first product, a $314 tie made from spiderwebs  It may not look like a bunch of cobwebs but the tie you see above was spun from the same material spiders spin out from their behind. The difference is this thread was mass produced from fermented microbial poop instead and it’s the first product out from materials science startup Bolt Threads. Intrigued? We first ...
  • Storing data in a single atom proved possible by IBM researchers  The fundamental components of computers are becoming small enough that they are pressing against the boundaries of the familiar world of Newtonian physics. And nowhere is the scale and precision of operation on better display than in hard disk dr… Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook ...
  • With $37 million in funding, health startup Virta aims to cure type 2 diabetes by watching what you eat  Type 2 diabetes is a disease affecting 415 million people globally and Virta, a Silicon Valley-based health startup, believes it has something unique to reverse it – remote monitoring of everything you eat. Most people with the disease end up having to constantly monitor their blood sugar with the prick of a needle and diabetic pills or ...
  • Disney Research has robots matching verbal styles with kids  Roboticists at Disney Research are investigating how to improve the quality of human-robot interactions by studying how speech patterns affect engagement with a creepy anthropomorphic bot that imitates its playmates’ speech. Read More Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in ...
  • How Hazel Technologies keeps fresh fruit and vegetables from spoiling  Chicago-based Hazel Technologies is on a mission to reduce food waste. The company has developed packaging inserts that, through the magic of basic chemistry, can ward off fungus, mold and slow the spoilage of fruits and vegetables. How big a problem is food waste? The most recent available reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have ...
  • Watch World View explain its unique approach to space business and tourism  World View’s new spaceport in Tucson, Arizona is focused on a unique task: Launching high altitude balloons that will take equipment, and eventually people, to the Earth’s stratosphere to do work in an edge-of-space operating theater. We got the chance to go to the facility’s grand opening, and interview CEO and co-founder Jane Poynter, as ...
  • Jeff Bezos wants Blue Origin to be the Amazon of the Moon  Not one to be left out, Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos is also making plans to go to the Moon, just like fellow space magnate Elon Musk. Bezos’ plan, uncovered by The Washington Post via a draft proposal presented to NASA and Trump’s administration, outlines Blue Origin’s plan to create a cargo spacecraft ...
  • NASA released a ton of software for free and here’s some you should try  NASA has just published its 2017-2018 software catalog, which lists the many apps, code libraries and tools that pretty much anyone can download and use. Of course, most of it is pretty closely tied to… you know, launching spacecraft and stuff, which most people don’t do. But here are a few items that might prove ...
  • Honda’s new R&D Center X will focus on robots, energy and AI  Honda opened its new Innovation Lab Tokyo to press for the first time on Tuesday, and also marked the occasion by announcing the debut of a new tech R&D group within the facility called R&D Center X. The new unit will begin operations in April, and will focus on the kind of cutting edge stuff ...
  • LeoLabs raises $4M to build out its space debris collision avoidance network  Low-Earth orbit is a prime candidate for explosive commercial growth, but it’s also a space where the risk of actual explosions resulting from debris impact is a legitimate concern for businesses focused on the opportunity. That’s the problem LeoLabs aims to address, a startup spun out of SRI International to detect, map and help avoid collisions ...
  • SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft successfully attaches to the ISS  SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, which launched on Sunday and is filled with 5,500 pounds of supplies and experiment materials for the crew of the International Space Station has successfully docked. The Dragon craft had missed its first attempt at meeting up with the station, due to a GPS error. It’s the first time since 2012 that ...
  • Research heralds better and bidirectional brain-computer interfaces  A pair of studies, one from Stanford and another from the University of Geneva, exemplify the speed with which brain-computer interfaces are advancing; and while you won’t be using one instead of a mouse and keyboard any time soon, even in its nascent form the tech may prove transformative for the disabled. Read More ...
  • NASA found 7 “Earthlike” planets just under 40 light years away  NASA has discovered seven planets with Earth-like qualities orbiting a nearby star making them among the strongest candidates in the continued search for extraterrestrial life among  known exoplanets, or planets that exist outside of our own solar system. These new planets all inhabit another solar system which includes seven planets that have a relatively warm ...
  • Researchers devise method for regenerating hair cells to help reverse hearing loss  Damage to the approximately 15,000 hair cells per ear is a leading factor contributing to hearing loss. A new technology demonstrated by a team at MIT, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear could help reverse some of that damage, mimicking some animals’ ability to regenerate the hair, potentially reversing hearing loss in ...
  • SpaceX successfully lands its first-stage Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral  Success all around for today’s SpaceX mission. The company successfully launched a Dragon spacecraft that is on its way to the International Space Station. SpaceX also successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral. The weather was cloudy but it looks like it wasn’t enough to stop SpaceX from launching ...
  • Watch SpaceX’s second attempt for its ISS resupply mission live right here  Sunday seems like a fine day to launch a rocket into space. Yesterday, SpaceX rescheduled the CRS-10 mission. There was an issue with the the positioning of an engine nozzle that’s responsible for steering the rocket. At 9:39 AM ET (6:30 AM PT), SpaceX is set to launch its Falcon 9 rocket for good this ...
  • Ornithologists are using drones to eavesdrop on songbirds  When conservationists put drones to work in field research, they typically function as flying eyes that gather imagery of the habitat and wildlife below. Now, ornithologists from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania are using drones as flying ears to monitor songbirds in the Appalachian Mountains. Results of their drone study were published in the peer-reviewed journal The ...
  • SpaceX’s CRS-10 ISS resupply mission rocket launch scrubbed, next window is Feb 19  Update: SpaceX aborted the launch with 13 seconds to go, citing the issue with the positioning of an engine nozzle that’s responsible for steering the rocket in the second stage as the cause. The company said it was exercising “an abundance of caution” in postponing the launch, but wanted to be absolutely sure. The next launch ...
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology taps Nvidia for Japan’s fastest AI supercomputer  Nvidia’s business is increasingly the business of artificial intelligence, and its latest partnership fits with that new role. The graphics processing maker is supplying the Tokyo Institute of Technology for the GPUs that will power its new AI supercomputer, which will be the fastest of its kind in Japan once completed. Nvidia Tesla P100 GPUs, ...
  • Havard-led woolly mammoth de-extinction project gets closer to reality  The woolly mammoth is long extinct, but it’s beginning to look like they might make a comeback – or a comeback of sorts, as a hybrid elephant genetically edited to display many mammoth traits. A team of Harvard researchers presented their progress in making this happen at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s ...
  • LIFE puts beautiful people in space, then tries to kill them Ars talks with the science advisors from the film—plus, we’ve got an exclusive video. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in ...
  • Semi-finalists named in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize  The Shell Oil-sponsored Ocean Discovery XPrize moves to the semi-finalist stage this week with 21 teams from 25 countries, including Canada, China, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Aimed at exploring and detecting chemical and biological systems at the depths of the ocean, the teams ...
  • Virtual nurse app Sense.ly raises $8 million from investors including the Mayo Clinic  San Francisco startup Sense.ly has raised $8 million in a Series B round of venture funding to bring its virtual nurse technology to clinics and patients of every kind. The company’s app helps physicians stay in touch with patients, and prevent readmission to the hospital. Chief Executive Officer and founder of Sense.ly, Adam Odessky describes ...
  • AncestryDNA clustered 770,000 genomes to find your family’s American immigration story  Immigration into the U.S. is a hot political topic right now, but, unless you’re Native American, pretty much everyone here has a family history involving some sort of immigration story. Now AncestryDNA, a consumer genetics subsidiary of the genealogy research site Ancestry.com, wants to help you know more about your family’s immigration journey. To do so, the ...
  • Cambridge is giving cancer the 3D VR treatment  It’s always good to hear that scientists are bringing the latest technology to the fight against cancer, but virtual reality doesn’t seem like an obvious addition to the arsenal. Yet it’s VR and 3D visualization that Cambridge University researchers are planning to explore under a multi-million pound grant. Read More Share ...
  • NASA’s concept Europa lander belongs on the cover of a sci-fi pulp  Long before any mission to another planet is undertaken, NASA and other space agencies commission reports on why and how we might want to go about it. The latest such report was issued this week regarding Jupiter’s moon Europa, one of the most interesting and mysterious bodies in the solar system — and among the ...
  • TSA knows its airport behavior detection program is ineffective ACLU: Documents in TSA’s files say program “is unscientific and unreliable.” Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • Tiny chip looks deep inside your body with millimeter-wave radiation  Researchers at the University of California Irvine have created a chip for use in medical imaging and other applications that’s as powerful as it is tiny. The pint-size millimeter-wave radiator could lead to better scanning of tissues and organs, but may also work as part of our everyday wireless data ecosystem. Read More ...
  • This app uses spectral analysis to analyze objects and their makeup  Normally, if the creators of an app claimed that it could look inside things and tell you their constituent parts, I would tell you to go peddle your snake oil elsewhere. But this app is from veteran R&D group Fraunhofer — so it may very well be the real thing. Read More ...
  • Bat Bot is the biomimetic flying soft robot we deserve  If you’ve ever seen a bat in flight, you know how impressive their aerial acrobatics can be — so impressive that we have yet to successfully imitate it the way we have with locomotion or even bird flight. This impressive new flying robot is the best attempt yet, though it’s still a long way from ...
  • How Facebook plans to evaluate its quest for generalized artificial intelligence  One of the biggest misconceptions about artificial intelligence is the belief that today’s AIs possess generalized intelligence. We are really good at leveraging large datasets to accomplish specific tasks, but fall flat at replicating the breath of human intelligence. If we’re going to move towards generalized intelligence, Facebook wants to make sure we know how to… Read More ...
  • MIT researchers are using AI and wearables to detect conversational tone  For most, wearables are little more than pedometers – ways of gauging how much one’s moved during the day and, hopefully, challenging them to do more in the future. It’s one of the factors in the space’s seeming plateau of late. But a wrist full of sensors can do a heck of a lot more ...
  • MIT built a gel-based claw robot that can catch and release live fish  MIT’s latest robot looks a bit like one of those claw machines you find at the front of an arcade, only instead of metal, the claws are made of a clear, membranous substance. And instead of stuffed Minion dolls, they pick up live fish. But other than that, the principles are pretty similar. The robot’s limbs ...
  • Origami-inspired radiator from NASA could change shape to warm or cool tiny satellites  The devices we’re sending into space are getting smaller and lighter, which means there’s less room for bulky and static components. Flexibility and compactness are coming into vogue, and this prototype satellite radiator is inspired by that most compact and flexible of arts: origami. Read More Share this:Click to email this ...
  • SpaceX’s Hyperloop competition sees three companies run their pods  SpaceX hosted a hyperloop pod design test competition at its Hawthorne headquarters this past weekend, where student teams got the chance to run their pod designs in low-pressure environments in a test track for the first time. There were a numbe… Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on ...
  • Rogue National Park Service Twitter account says it’s no longer run by government employees…but maybe it never was  The rogue government Twitter account, AltUSNatParkService, which claimed it was being run by current park rangers, says it has now handed off control of its Twitter account to “several activists and journalists who believe they can continue in the same spirit.” The move has led some to question if the account was, in fact, ever operated ...
  • EPA scientific studies must be vetted by administration before release  The Trump administration has told the EPA that its scientific work must pass through a political vetting process before being released, multiple sources indicate. Doug Erickson, head of Trump’s EPA transition team, has made it clear to NPR and the AP, among others, that “We’re taking a look at everything on a case-by-case basis, including ...
  • Your smartphone could soon be the first step for diagnosing skin cancer  If caught early, skin cancer isn’t particularly deadly. But unfortunately for many, signs and symptoms go unnoticed until health has irreversibly deteriorated. Research findings published in Nature today hint at a future where anyone, anywhere, might be able to perform a basic skin cancer screening on a smartphone. Utilizing machine learning, a Stanford team, including… Read More ...
  • These genetically modified cyborg dragonflies could perform ‘guided pollination’  We are now in a day and age where cyborg insects no longer even raise an eyebrow. Hell, you can order kits! But this particular cyborg insect is especially interesting: a dragonfly that has been modified inside and out to follow the path programm… Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • Good luck silencing science  Technology and the internet have empowered science just as they have business and communication. As with the others, tech has helped make scientific endeavors global in scope, robust against interference, and accessible by billions — with or without the consent of the powers that be. That’s just one reason why the current administration’s efforts to ...
  • Bots_alive kit imbues toy robots with charming, lifelike AI  There will be no shortage at Toy Fair next month of robots and gadgets promising artificial intelligence — and generally falling short. But a more modest approach from an actual AI researcher has produced a clever and accessible way to create lifelike behavior through a simple and elegant modification of a popular existing robot. Read ...
  • Google Lunar XPrize down to 5 finalists aiming to fly to the moon in 2017  Google’s Lunar XPrize competition is nearing its zenith – the slate of competitors is down to five finalists, all of whom are competing to be the first private company to launch a spacecraft destined for the moon by the end of 2017. The five remaining teams include SpaceIL, Moon Express, Synergy Moon, Team Indus and ...
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative acquires and will free up science search engine Meta  Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s $45 billion philanthropy organization is making its first acquisition in order to make it easier for scientists to search, read and tie together more than 26 million science research papers. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is acquiring Meta, an AI-powered research search engine startup, and will make its tool free to ...
  • Fake news’ power to influence shrinks with a contextual warning, study finds  Research conducted by social psychologists at Cambridge University in the UK, and Yale and George Mason in the US, offers a potential strategy for mitigating the spread of misinformation online — involving the use of pro-active warnings designed to contextualize and pre-expose web users to related but fake information in order to debunk factual distortion ...
  • The genomics intelligence revolution  We’ve entered a new phase in the history of whole-genome sequencing; it has opened the door to understanding our entire world at the molecular level. With this intelligence, we’ll be able to understand, influence and optimize the way we interact with ourselves and our natural world. The promise of genomics is just beginning — we ...
  • Come on, let’s go to Pluto  Hey do you want to go far, far away from this place right now for some reason? Check out Pluto – it’s far. NASA created a video (via Gizmodo) made up of around 100 images snapped by the New Horizons probe, which launched in 2006 and which completed a flyby of the dwarf planet in 2015. ...
  • XNOR.ai frees AI from the prison of the supercomputer  Machine learning and AI are incredible tools, but they also require a similarly incredible amount of computing power. If that requirement could be cut by a couple orders of magnitude, AI would be unfettered from its banks of parallel processors and free to inhabit practically any device — which is exactly what a breakthrough at ...
  • 2016 is the new hottest year on record – how NASA takes the planet’s temperature  NASA announced on Wednesday that in 2016, Earth experienced the hottest surface temperatures in modern history. Separate, independent analysis at NOAA provided the same conclusion. This makes the third year in a row that Earth experienced record high temperatures. These record years are part of a concerning long-term trend of increasing global temperatures. In fact, 16 ...
  • Forward, a $149 per month medical startup, aims to be the Apple Store of doctor’s offices  It was cold and pouring outside as the Uber pulled up at 180 Sutter Street in downtown San Francisco. Inside, a man dressed all in black offered to take my jacket and umbrella as he ushered me through the clinical white lobby to a set of chairs, handing me a bottle of VOSS. I scanned the ...
  • A new lawsuit alleges anti-aging startup Elysium Health hasn’t paid its supplier and is in breach of agreement  Chromadex, the sole supplier of pterostilbene and Nicotinamide Riboside (NR), the two ingredients in anti-aging startup Elysium’s products, is suing Elysium Health for failure to make payments on those ingredients and for breach of a trademark and royalties agreement. According to a document on Chromadex’s website, dated Dec 29, 2106, Elysium “made false promises and… Read More Share this:Click to email ...
  • SpaceX successfully returns to launch with Iridium-1 NEXT Falcon 9 mission  SpaceX has succeeded in launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, its first launch since a Falcon 9 rocket exploded on a launch pad in pre-flight procedures in September 2016. The launch took place at 9:54 AM PT Saturday, during an instant launch window. It’s a huge victory for SpaceX, ...
  • SpaceX successfully lands its first-stage Falcon 9 rocket on drone ship  SpaceX successfully recovered its first stage Falcon 9 rocket during a launch on Saturday, marking the 7th rocket recovered overall, and the first one for this drone landing barge, Just Read The Instructions. The recovery was captured on video from the rocket’s perspective, too, so you can see the entire process as it touches down. Developing… ...
  • The case for farming subsidies after Brexit | Letters George Monbiot makes many good points (Farmers fear life outside the EU, but it could mean a rebirth for rural Britain, 11 January), including free markets’ impact on small farmers whose incomes fall in times of plenty. He could have said more on food security. Climate change, including gas escapes from frozen deposits, is a growing ...
  • This 20-cent whirligig toy can replace a $1,000 medical centrifuge  Centrifuges are found in medical labs worldwide. But a good one could run you a couple grand and, of course, requires electricity — neither of which are things you’re likely to find in a rural clinic in an impoverished country. Stanford researchers have created an alternative that costs just a few cents and runs without ...
  • This Swiss watch would power, and be powered by, a heartbeat  Swiss researchers have given a literal twist to the proverbial ticker, designing a clock-like device that could help power pacemakers by harvesting energy from the heart itself — just like an automatic watch harvests movement from the motion of the wrist. Read More Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to ...