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Harvard finds material to challenge silicon

A transistor made by the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) achieves a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude using a quantum material – a correlated oxide…

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Robotic hand works undersea

Touch first, ask questions later. That’s the motto a robotic deep-sea explorer lives by as it examines the depths by touch. Shaped like a three-fingered hand, the robot could be used to fix problems at deep-sea oil and gas wells. Underwater visibility is impaired by impurities…

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Ultrasound pioneer to get Sir Frank Whittle medal

Ultrasound imaging pioneer Professor Peter Wells is to receive the Sir Frank Whittle medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering for his achievements in medical engineering over six decades. Wells, now research Professor in the School of Engineering at Cardiff University, worked on ultrasonic surgery and he developed a novel…

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Nature inspires CMOS colour sensor

An aluminium surface grating can add colour selectivity to CMOS chips, without separate colour filters, claims a team of US researchers. The grating works by surface plasmon – where photons interact with a wave of electrons. Colour selection, and focussing, comes from interference between the plasmonic grating and the photodetector’s…

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Old tyres become batteries

Old tyres could be a source of anode carbon for lithium-ion cells, said Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US. When used in lab cells, after 100 cycles capacity was nearly 390mAh/g “which exceeds the best properties of commercial graphite”, claimed ORNL, attributing this to the micro-structure…

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How Harvard's 1,024 robot swarm does what it does

Researchers at Harvard University’s school of engineering have been puzzling over autonomous robot collaboration – in particular, how do you get robots that can only sense a short distance to make something big without an all-seeing eye or central control to direct them. And recently they have had some…

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OpenStax digital textbooks learn as you learn

Tired of learning from a dusty old textbook? Try a book that learns from you. Students in Houston, Texas, are about to get their hands on the first digital schoolbooks that use artificial intelligence to personalise lessons…

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