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Microtechnics / Electroengineering - Physics / Materials Science - 18.06.2018
Diamond watch components
Diamond watch components
researchers have developed a new technique for carving materials to create micromechanical systems. In particular, they have created a miniscule watch component out of synthetic single-crystal diamond. Diamond is very hard and elastic, a very good thermal conductor and highly transparent, which makes it ideal for many mechanical and optical applications.

Microtechnics / Electroengineering - Physics / Materials Science - 13.06.2018
Magnetic 3-D-printed structures crawl, roll, jump, and play catch
Magnetic 3-D-printed structures crawl, roll, jump, and play catch
MIT engineers have created soft, 3-D-printed structures whose movements can be controlled with a wave of a magnet, much like marionettes without the strings. The menagerie of structures that can be magnetically manipulated includes a smooth ring that wrinkles up, a long tube that squeezes shut, a sheet that folds itself, and a spider-like "grabber" that can crawl, roll, jump, and snap together fast enough to catch a passing ball.

Physics / Materials Science - Microtechnics / Electroengineering - 11.06.2018
A better device for measuring electromagnetic radiation
A better device for measuring electromagnetic radiation
Bolometers, devices that monitor electromagnetic radiation through heating of an absorbing material, are used by astronomers and homeowners alike. But most such devices have limited bandwidth and must be operated at ultralow temperatures. Now, researchers say they've found a ultrafast yet highly sensitive alternative that can work at room temperature - and may be much less expensive.

Physics / Materials Science - Microtechnics / Electroengineering - 04.06.2018
Researchers devise new way to make light interact with matter
Researchers devise new way to make light interact with matter
A new way of enhancing the interactions between light and matter, developed by researchers at MIT and Israel's Technion, could someday lead to more efficient solar cells that collect a wider range of light wavelengths, and new kinds of lasers and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that could have fully tunable color emissions.

Physics / Materials Science - Microtechnics / Electroengineering - 01.06.2018
Novel Insulators with Conducting Edges
Novel Insulators with Conducting Edges
Topology examines the properties of objects and solids that are protected against perturbations and deformations.

Life Sciences - Microtechnics / Electroengineering - 31.05.2018
An artificial nerve system gives prosthetic devices and robots a sense of touch
Stanford Professor Zhenan Bao is leading American and Korean researchers in the quest for an artificial nerve system. (Image credit: Kevin Craft) Stanford and Seoul National University researchers have developed an artificial nervous system that could give prosthetic limbs or robots reflexes and the ability to sense touch.

Life Sciences - Microtechnics / Electroengineering - 30.05.2018
Surgical technique improves sensation, control of prosthetic limb
Surgical technique improves sensation, control of prosthetic limb
Humans can accurately sense the position, speed, and torque of their limbs, even with their eyes shut. This sense, known as proprioception, allows humans to precisely control their body movements. Despite significant improvements to prosthetic devices in recent years, researchers have been unable to provide this essential sensation to people with artificial limbs, limiting their ability to accurately control their movements.

Physics / Materials Science - Microtechnics / Electroengineering - 28.05.2018
Physicists invent flux capacitor to break time-reversal symmetry
Physicists have invented a flux capacitor and, while it might not run a ‘Back to the Future' inspired time machine, they say it will have important applications in communication technology and quantum computing . The team from The University of Queensland, RMIT University and ETH Zurich have proposed a device which uses the quantum tunnelling of magnetic flux around a capacitor which they say can break time-reversal symmetry.

Chemistry - Microtechnics / Electroengineering - 25.05.2018
An elastic fiber set to revolutionize smart clothes
EPFL scientists have found a fast and simple way to make super-elastic, multi-material, high-performance fibers. Their fibers have already been used as sensors on robotic fingers and in clothing. This breakthrough method opens the door to new kinds of smart textiles and medical implants. It's a whole new way of thinking about sensors.

Microtechnics / Electroengineering - Computer Science / Telecom - 24.05.2018
A new technology to secure integrated systems and circuits
The Laboratoire d'informatique, de robotique et de microélectronique de Montpellier (LIRMM) (CNRS/Université Montpellier 2) has recently developed a new technology capable of reducing data leakage fr

Microtechnics / Electroengineering - Mechanical Engineering / Mechanics - 03.05.2018
Koman Family Outpatient Pavilion at UC San Diego Health Dedicated
An innovative, eel-like robot developed by engineers and marine biologists at the University of California can swim silently in salt water without an electric motor. Instead, the robot uses artificial muscles filled with water to propel itself. The foot-long robot, which is connected to an electronics board that remains on the surface, is also virtually transparent.

Physics / Materials Science - Microtechnics / Electroengineering - 30.04.2018
Laser frequency combs may be the future of Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi and cellular data traffic are increasing exponentially but, unless the capacity of wireless links can be increased, all that traffic is bound to lead to unacceptable bottlenecks. Upcoming 5G networks are a temporary fix but not a long-term solution. For that, researchers have focused on terahertz frequencies, the submillimeter wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Physics / Materials Science - Microtechnics / Electroengineering - 17.04.2018
New type of opal formed by common seaweed discovered
New type of opal formed by common seaweed discovered
Scientists have discovered a completely new type of opal formed by a common seaweed which harnesses natural technology by self-assembling a nanostructure of oil droplets to control how light reflects from its cells to display a shimmering array of colours that until now, has only been seen in the gem stone.

Physics / Materials Science - Microtechnics / Electroengineering - 16.04.2018
Thin film converts heat from electronics into energy
Thin film converts heat from electronics into energy
Nearly 70 percent of the energy produced in the United States each year is wasted as heat. Much of that heat is less than 100 degrees Celsius and emanates from things like computers, cars or large industrial processes. Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a thin-film system that can be applied to sources of waste heat like these to produce energy at levels unprecedented for this kind of technology.

Computer Science / Telecom - Microtechnics / Electroengineering - 16.04.2018
Virtual contact lenses for radar satellites
Virtual contact lenses for radar satellites
Research news Radar satellites supply the data used to map sea level and ocean currents. However, up until now the radar's "eyes" have been blind where the oceans are covered by ice. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a new analysis method to solve this problem.

Physics / Materials Science - Microtechnics / Electroengineering - 09.04.2018
Physicists explore a safe alternative to x-ray security scanners
Physicists explore a safe alternative to x-ray security scanners
Physicists explore a safe alternative to x-ray security scanners A team of physicists at the University of Sussex are developing the science to create a safe and efficient ‘paint' that can reveal, with terahertz (THz) radiation, the contents of luggage or objects hidden in clothing. THz radiation could replace the use of harmful x-rays and ultraviolet light in security scanners.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Microtechnics / Electroengineering - 27.03.2018
Paper-folding art inspires better bandages
Paper-folding art inspires better bandages
Scraped up knees and elbows are tricky places to securely apply a bandage. More often than not, the adhesive will peel away from the skin with just a few bends of the affected joint. Now MIT engineers have come up with a stickier solution, in the form of a thin, lightweight, rubber-like film. The adhesive film can stick to highly deformable regions of the body, such as the knee and elbow, and maintain its hold even after 100 bending cycles.

Physics / Materials Science - Microtechnics / Electroengineering - 26.03.2018
Self-assembling, tunable interfaces found in quantum materials
Self-assembling, tunable interfaces found in quantum materials
A potential revolution in device engineering could be underway, thanks to the discovery of functional electronic interfaces in quantum materials that can self-assemble spontaneously. This illustrates that if we can learn to control and exploit the remarkable properties at the interfaces of quantum materials, this will likely result in a new generation of devices beyond our current imagination.

Computer Science / Telecom - Microtechnics / Electroengineering - 22.03.2018
Robots working together to build a NEST
Robots working together to build a NEST
Researchers from ETH Zurich are using a new method for digital timber construction in a real-world project for the first time.

Computer Science / Telecom - Microtechnics / Electroengineering - 22.03.2018
Water-carrying robot brings help to Indian village
On World Water Day, a University of Glasgow computer scientist is highlighting how residents of a remote Indian village have benefited from social robot which helped them with their daily burden of water-gathering. Dr Amol Deshmukh, a research associate in the School of Computing Science, recently completed a project with partners from Amrita University which aimed to explore how a water-carrying robot would affect the lives of villagers in Ayyampathy in southern India.
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