Category Archives: Tech/Biz

Transparent metal touchscreens

Roll-to-roll printing of a conductive metal ink offers an inexpensive, high performance alternative to today’s touchscreen technology. A touchscreen is an essential feature of many modern devices, but the material…

Materials bend as they “breathe” under high temperatures

Mechanical actuators developed by MIT team expand and contract as they let oxygen in and out. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Carrying out maintenance tasks inside a nuclear plant puts severe strains…

Space technologies improve surgeries back on earth

Researchers in Hong Kong have developed a novel surgical robotic system that provides tactile feedback and is capable of single-incision and natural orifice (incision-free) robotic surgery. The system minimizes surgical…

Not stuck on silicon

Engineers use graphene as a “copy machine” to produce cheaper semiconductor wafers.  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In 2016, annual global semiconductor sales reached their highest-ever point, at $339 billion worldwide. In that…

SAVI camera ditches long lens for distant images

Rice, Northwestern imaging array proves adept at capturing details as small as a fingerprint HOUSTON – A unique camera that can capture a detailed micron-resolution image from a distance uses…

A big leap toward tinier lines

Self-assembly technique could lead to long-awaited, simple method for making smaller microchip patterns. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — For the last few decades, microchip manufacturers have been on a quest to find…

A faster single-pixel camera

New technique greatly reduces the number of exposures necessary for “lensless imaging.” CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Compressed sensing is an exciting new computational technique for extracting large amounts of information from a…

Quadruped robot exhibits spontaneous changes in step with speed

The research group of Professor Akio Ishiguro and Assistant Professor Dai Owaki of Tohoku University have, for the first time, successfully demonstrated that by changing only its parameter related to…

Rice U. refines filters for greener natural gas

New study defines best materials for carbon capture, methane selectivity HOUSTON – Natural gas producers want to draw all the methane they can from a well while sequestering as much carbon…

Toward printable, sensor-laden “skin” for robots

New 3-D-printed device mimics the goldbug beetle, which changes color when prodded. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In this age of smartphones and tablet computers, touch-sensitive surfaces are everywhere. They’re also brittle, as…