A new study sheds insight on how ant towers are built: fire ants form Eiffel-like structures without a leader or coordinated efforts. The findings hold potential applications in robotics technology, such as in search-and-rescue operations.
Animals July 12, 2017
Is this the most flexible microscopic material on Earth?
Energy January 22, 2016
There are still questions to be answered, but it's an interesting concept to help alert diabetics about poor circulation in their feet.
LIFE January 22, 2016
This new robot can clean house with the impressive fluidity we expect in a human.
FUTURE TECH January 19, 2016
A team of researchers, engineers and designers at Dyson used its tech to create an innovative office Christmas tree that features ornaments that bounce in mid-air.
Society December 17, 2015
The flying animals tuck one wing in while spreading the other to perform a secret maneuver as they land.
Animals November 20, 2015
Rice Krispies could be the solution to detecting when post-avalanche snow is safe to walk through.
SCIENCE November 18, 2015
Four Canadian graduate students snagged the 2015 James Dyson Award for a prototype circuit board printer dubbed the Voltera V-One. The device showed immense potential in hastening the design process for hardware.
Start Ups November 11, 2015
The material absorbs virtually all light in the visible spectrum, making it potentially useful for astronomers and solar energy engineers.
FUTURE TECH November 10, 2015
Engineers use sound waves to manipulate tiny objects. The feat brings 'Star Trek'-like tractor beams closer to reality.
October 28, 2015
French engineers have developed and optimized a wall-less Hall thruster which they believe could pave the way for cheaper Mars missions. The use of wall-less Hall thruster is more efficient than traditional chemical rockets, scientists say.
Space October 28, 2015
The insects have evolved to sail through the air and land in amazingly efficient ways. That is perfect for robots involved in disaster relief.
FUTURE TECH October 22, 2015
The new material is 100 times lighter than Styrofoam, and will be used inside Boeing aircrafts.
October 13, 2015
An Australian team of engineers announced they have built a quantum logic gate in silicon for the first time. The breakthrough made it possible to calculate between two quantum bits of information and therefore cleared the last hurdle in making silicon quantum computing come to life.
Animals October 7, 2015
This small startup wants to change the world, one billion trees at a time. To do this, it is going to veer away from manual planting efforts and use drones to map and reach places that are inaccessible to humans.
Internet Culture October 6, 2015
Ahmed Mohamed built and brought a clock into school Monday, which teachers thought resembled a bomb. He was arrested and taken to juvenile detention later that day.
Gadgets September 16, 2015
DARPA has selected three awardees of $6.5 million each to develop and design the concept of a space plane that will be able to send small spacecraft in orbit, fly at Mach 10 speed, return to Earth and go back to space repeatedly, while costing less than $5 million each flight. Designs should be completed a year from now, and a prototype should be sent to space in 2018.
FUTURE TECH August 16, 2015
A Slinky is great — for the few seconds it takes to go down a flight of stairs. But what if it could go on forever? It might just be mesmerizing.
Gadgets August 6, 2015
A new system could harvest vibrational energy to create electricity for a car's systems, reducing the work of its alternator. That could translate into billions of dollars saved in fuel consumption costs, researchers say.
FUTURE TECH August 5, 2015
Pinterest diversity goals for 2016 suggest that the company is planning to increase the hiring rates for full-time females in engineering roles to 30 percent.
Business July 31, 2015
The U.S. challenge of a Transformers-like giant robot duel has been accepted by the Japanese. American and Japanese robots will go hand-to-hand until one is left standing, their makers say.
FUTURE TECH July 7, 2015
In addition to being fun to watch as they zip around a petri dish, these tiny metal motors could one day contribute to the production of hydrogen power for cars and other machines. The motors are 'self-powered' because the hydrogen bubbles coming out of the rear propel them forward.
July 2, 2015
Researchers show that bioactive silk inks can be used for printing, unraveling a range of bio-sensing applications to aid in addressing health needs, among others.
June 23, 2015
The super climbing powers of the gecko is inspiring new robotics that may one day help save lives and make heavy lifting much easier in industrial and construction settings.
FUTURE TECH April 27, 2015
Science, technology, engineering and math education are getting a boost - thanks to $240 million in pledges. The funding will be announced at the White House Science Fair, celebrating innovation with young scientists.
March 23, 2015
DARPA-funded Atrias aims to be the fastest two-legged robot in the world. Robot used "pogo stick" technique to get around.
March 15, 2015
Scientists identify a way to make glass that will be more durable, maintain its strength longer. Findings can also be applied to concrete used in structures, they say.
March 10, 2015
Ah, MacGyver. How we miss thee. MacGyver's creator, Lee Zlotoff, is kicking off a contest to find the next great science/engineering hero. The twist is that this time his hero will be a woman.
Movies/TV Shows February 21, 2015
Apple Stores are known for their designs that mask incredible structural feats. But the technology giant may have just topped itself with this incredible store that just opened in Hangzou, China.
Internet Culture February 19, 2015
Facebook, LinkedIn and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology formed a partnership to provide support to women taking up courses in computer science and engineering.
Business February 7, 2015
Tiny motors smaller than a human hair swim through a mouse's stomach, powered by stomach acid. Technique could by used for targeted drug delivery or tumor diagnosis, researchers say.
Healthy Living/Wellness January 28, 2015
Nanotechnology could keep you warm in winter without having to turn the thermostat up. Nanowire clothing may keep you toasty warm in winter.
Energy January 13, 2015
With multiple high-definition 3D screens and computers running high-end graphics, VuePod is a gamer's dream, however, the VR system was actually built by environmental engineers for their own scientific use.
Geek December 22, 2014
Incredible frame rate of new high-speed camera will open up new visions in science, researchers say. The device can capture moving light, the fastest thing in the universe.
December 4, 2014
For too long Transformers have been relegated to the world of fiction. Now a team of Japanese engineers are looking to change that by completing step one in their mission to create a massive, full scale transforming robot.
Geek October 23, 2014
New spacesuit design would put the "squeeze" on astronauts to keep them safe in the vacuum of space. MIT researchers using memory alloys to create a "shrink wrap" suit.
SCIENCE September 19, 2014
Scientists turn to nature as inspiration for a device that can collect water from fog or dew. The method could be a sustainable way to bring potable water to the Earth's deserts and semi-arid regions, researchers say.
Earth/Environment September 19, 2014
Researchers say micro-helicopter can't match hovering ability of hummingbirds, but they're getting close. Still a lot to learn from nature, they say.
August 1, 2014
NSF-funded researchers, inspired by the water collection system of the Stenocara beetle, created nanoscale and macro-scale surfaces to increase efficiency in condensers and create more effective diagnostic tests and microfluidic circuits.
Energy July 25, 2014
Insiders say Microsoft is preparing for its biggest round of layoff since 2009. The company's workforce has ballooned since taking on tens of thousands of employees during its Nokia acquisition.
Business July 15, 2014
A new study discovers the benefits of gravity and how a connection exists between it and how animals pee. The findings can be of help to engineers who can design mechanisms accordingly.
July 5, 2014