Technology

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft completes first spaceflight test

NASA marked a major milestone today on its journey to Mars as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years.“Today’s flight test of Orion is a huge step

December 05, 2014

Unmanned underwater vehicle provides first 3-D images of underside of Antarctic sea ice

A National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research team has successfully tested an autonomous underwater vehicle, AUV, that can produce high-resolution, three-dimensional maps of Antarctic sea ice. SeaBED, as the vehicle is known, measured and mapped the underside of s

November 29, 2014

New solar monitoring instrument "EXIS" passes final review

EXIS, the new solar monitoring instrument that will fly aboard new NOAA's GOES-S satellite has completed its final review, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center said yesterday.The Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) Flight Model 2 instrument that will

November 14, 2014

3D-printing a lunar base

In 2013 ESA, working with industrial partners, proved that 3D printing using lunar material was feasible in principle. Since then, work continues to investigate the technique. The shielding against radiation provided by a 3D-printed block of simulated lunar regolith was

November 11, 2014

Drones and robots to monitor active volcanoes

A professor at Tohoku University in Japan, Keiji Nagatani, has spent last 10 years developing robotic systems specifically designed to operate in harsh conditions near active volcanoes. Nagatani's aim is to design robots which can go where humans can't and effec

October 15, 2014

Ireland takes first steps toward wave energy

Pelamis Wave Power announced last week that it was shortlisted as one of just two technology developers to progress to the next stage of a WestWave procurement process with Irish utility ESB for the deployment of Pelamis wave energy machines on the west coast of Ireland

October 03, 2014

Liquid phase 3D printing method introduced by Chinese researchers

Scientists at the Beijing Key Laboratory of CryoBiomedical Engineering, part of the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, have developed a new conceptual liquid-phase 3D printing method with "ink" consisting of a meta

October 03, 2014

MOONS to solve mysteries of how stars and galaxies evolve

A €9M contract was announced last week for UK-based engineers and designers to build MOONS (Multi-Object Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph) that aims to tackle some of the most compelling astronomical puzzles – such as how stars and galaxies form and evo

October 02, 2014

Breakthrough in light sources for new quantum technology

Electronic circuits are based on electrons, but one of the most promising technologies for future quantum circuits are photonic circuits, i.e. circuits based on light (photons) instead of electrons. First, it is necessary to be able to create a stream of single photons

August 29, 2014

Water tractor beam created

Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach.The group, led by Professor Michael Shats discovered th

August 11, 2014

On the frontiers of cyborg science. Step 1 - connecting the brain and electronics

Taking the human-machine concept to an unprecedented level, pioneering scientists are working on the seamless marriage between electronics and brain signaling with the potential to transform our understanding of how the brain works — and how to treat its most

August 10, 2014

"All our patent are belong to you" - Tesla Motors releases all its patents to the public domain

In a bid to accelerate the development of electric vehicle technology car manufacturer Tesla Motors has released all their patents to the public domain, its CEO Elon Musk announced on Thursday, June 12, 2014.Musk made the announcement on the Tesla Motors blog

June 14, 2014

New computer program aims to teach itself everything about anything

In today’s digitally driven world, access to information appears limitless. But when you have something specific in mind that you don’t know, like the name of that niche kitchen tool you saw at a friend’s house, it can be surprisingly hard to sift

June 13, 2014

Shields Up! Students devise concept for Star Wars-style deflector shields

Technology for protecting spaceships from laser fire is feasible today, University of Leicester students discovered. The only drawback, so far, is that you won’t be able to see a thing outside.In anticipation of Star Wars Day on 4 May, three fourth-year Physics st

May 05, 2014

Graphene not all good - transport of graphene oxide nanoparticles in water

In a first-of-its-kind study of how a super material some think could transform the electronics industry moves in water, researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering found graphene oxide nanoparticles are very mobil

April 29, 2014

Google buys surveillance drone company Titan Aerospace

It's official: Google is no longer "just another media company." Or search engine, for sure.No, Google has transformed itself into a bona fide technology company, one that boasts robotics and now drones.The tech giant recently purchased a manufacturer of s

April 29, 2014

LADEE ends its mission with stunning 80 Mbps laser transmission from Moon

NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, ended its mission last week with a planned impact on the Moon but just before the impact it performed another successful laser communication with ESA's ground station at a stunning s

April 26, 2014

Inducing rain and lightning with high-energy laser beams

Researchers at the University of Central Florida’s College of Optics & Photonics and the University of Arizona are developing a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning.They are surrounding one bea

April 23, 2014

Stanford developed game controller that can sense players' emotions

Stanford engineers have developed what could be the next big thing in interactive gaming: handheld game controllers that measure the player's physiology and alter the gameplay to make it more engaging.The prototype controller was born from research conducted in

April 08, 2014

A breakthrough in creating invisibility cloaks, stealth technology

Controlling and bending light around an object so it appears invisible to the naked eye is the theory behind fictional invisibility cloaks. It may seem easy in Hollywood movies, but is hard to create in real life because no material in nature has the properties

March 31, 2014

High-tech materials purify water with sunlight

Sunlight plus a common titanium pigment might be the secret recipe for ridding pharmaceuticals, pesticides and other potentially harmful pollutants from drinking water. Scientists combined several high-tech components to make an easy-to-use water purifier that could

March 17, 2014

Duke engineers build world’s first 3D acoustic cloaking device

Using little more than a few perforated sheets of plastic and a staggering amount of number crunching, Duke engineers have demonstrated the world’s first three-dimensional acoustic cloak. The new device reroutes sound waves to create the impression that both the

March 14, 2014

China tests anti-smog drone aircraft

In an important step toward tackling with overwhelming air pollution China tested domestically-produced drone aircraft designed to disperse smog on Saturday, March 8, 2014. This unmanned aircraft helps disperse smog by spraying chemicals that freeze pollutants and

March 10, 2014

Artificial leaf jumps developmental hurdle

In a recent early online edition of Nature Chemistry, ASU scientists, along with colleagues at Argonne National Laboratory, have reported advances toward perfecting a functional artificial leaf. Designing an artificial leaf that uses solar energy to convert

February 19, 2014

Federal court deals blow to net neutrality, threatening future of freely accessible, unbiased information

Whether it is being blocked by governments or whether tech companies are attempting to limit access to it, attempts to control your access to the Internet have been ongoing practically since its commercialization. Until now, however, outside of governments (Syria

February 17, 2014

Researchers develop holograms that change colour in presence of certain compounds

‘Smart’ holograms, which are currently being tested to monitor diabetes, and could be used to monitor a wide range of medical and environmental conditions in future, have been developed by researchers. Responsive holograms that change colour in the

January 24, 2014

The cyborgs era has started - KIT scientists discuss the state of the art of research, opportunities, and risks

Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns. In their review entitled "Chemie der

January 10, 2014

Breakthrough metamaterials may make buildings immune to earthquakes

For decades, architects, engineers and construction experts have struggled to find designs and materials that would make buildings more survivable during earthquakes. Now, finally, that breakthrough may have occurred. In fact, there are likely going to be many uses

January 03, 2014

Creating water out of thin air - Ingenious billboard helps alleviate drinking water shortages

Using the power of technology to help ease water security issues, Peruvian ad agency Mayo DraftFCB and the University of Engineering and Technology in Lima have joined forces to create the first water-generating billboard. Built in Lima, Peru, the innovative structure

December 31, 2013

Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory welcomes researchers interested in collaboration

Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL) is NASA’s hub for an experiment to assess the potential of quantum computers to perform calculations that are difficult or impossible using conventional supercomputers. They welcome researchers at

December 21, 2013

Disaster-response robots competition - DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials 2013

The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) is extremely difficult competition of robot systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters. Seventeen teams from around the world will be

December 20, 2013

Here come the robots - Google bought 8 robotics companies in last 6 months

In last 6 months Google has been quietly buying key robotics companies and has since then bought 8 of them. Their latest and crown acquisition for this year - cutting edge robotic company Boston Dynamics - was announced on Friday, December 13. Google's

December 16, 2013

Deta Elis, groundbreaking Star Trek medicine a reality – bioresonance

Thought doctor McCoy had it good with his equipment on the Starship Enterprise? Wait until you get a load of what is coming to revolutionize the world of medicine. Medicine just got exciting thanks to Russian scientists and over 17 years of in-depth research. The

December 06, 2013

Revolutionary artificial heart containing miniaturized space technology ready for human trials

Human trials for revolutionary artificial heart are now approved in 5 international cardiac surgery centers. The new prosthetic, ESA said in a press release today, is the brainchild of the visionary cardiac surgeon, Professor Alain Carpentier, and the result of 15

December 05, 2013

Amazon to deploy army of robotic flying drones to deliver packages straight to your doorstep

In news that has shocked the world, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has publicly announced an ambitious plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes using airborne robotic drones. The story was unveiled by 60 Minutes on Sunday. More than a mere pipe

December 02, 2013