We can make robots from gelatine and other edible ingredients

Soft, edible robots that mimic real organisms could be used to deliver drugs to animals. That is just one potential application of a new material made from biodegradable gel. By Gege Li Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2246165-we-can-make-robots-from-gelatine-and-other-edible-ingredients/#ixzz6QyXafD1S “The question is, could we develop a material that is, at the same time, very reliable while you use it, but once triggered can […]

Fish scales turned into flexible and biodegradable electronic displays

Fish scales could provide an eco-friendly alternative to plastic for use in flexible displays for electronic devices. By Layal Liverpool Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2237819-fish-scales-turned-into-flexible-and-biodegradable-electronic-displays/#ixzz6Ia0hGj36 Flexibility is important for wearable electronics to enable the creation of displays that bend, fold or twist easily, says Hai-Dong Yu at Nanjing Tech University in China. Plastic has been the go-to material for […]

Space radar movies track motion on Earth’s surface

Satellite operator Iceye is now making videos that can show the Earth’s surface through cloud and at night. By Jonathan AmosBBC Science Correspondent https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51806771 The short, 20-second movies are an extension of the standard still radar images it already produces. In the examples released by the Finnish company on Monday, planes are seen taxiing across Britain’s Heathrow […]

Soft finger-like robots can sweat to cool down just like humans

Robots are becoming more human-like every day: now they can sweat. By Donna Lu Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2231859-soft-finger-like-robots-can-sweat-to-cool-down-just-like-humans/#ixzz6FcG6T8Eb Thomas Wallin at Cornell University in New York and his colleagues have created soft robotic grippers that are capable of sweating to cool down. The grippers are capable of a cooling capacity of 107 watts per kilogram, making them more efficient […]

A fingerprint can show if someone has taken cocaine or just touched it

A single fingerprint can distinguish whether someone has recently touched cocaine or actually ingested it. This test can be completed in less than 2 minutes, far quicker than blood tests, and could be used for forensic investigations or drug testing. By Donna Lu Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2232622-a-fingerprint-can-show-if-someone-has-taken-cocaine-or-just-touched-it/#ixzz6FcEp3aoV Melanie Bailey at the University of Surrey in the UK and […]

Tech heaven: Drone academy students help map out Africa’s future

Eldson Chagara https://www.reuters.com/article/us-malawi-drones/tech-heaven-drone-academy-students-help-map-out-africas-future-idUSKBN1ZT0Y9 Now, as a student at Africa’s first drone academy, she is about to make it come true. The institute is in Malawi, and builds on the work of a pilot scheme launched in 2017 with support from U.N. children’s fund UNICEF, in which drones have been used to deliver medical supplies, monitor […]

3D-printed bunny contains DNA instructions to make a copy of itself

A 3D-printed polyester rabbit has been embedded with DNA that contains a blueprint for printing additional bunnies. Using the information, researchers have replicated the rabbit several times, highlighting the potential for using DNA to store information in everyday objects. Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2226644-3d-printed-bunny-contains-dna-instructions-to-make-a-copy-of-itself/#ixzz6CENj0NHT By Layal Liverpool The plastic bunny was developed by the teams of Robert Grass at […]

Driverless cars and the other biggest sci and tech fails of the decade

Whether it was driverless cars, lab-grown meat or faster-than-light neutrinos, some things just didn’t live up to the hype in the 2010s SPACE 18 December 2019 Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24432613-900-driverless-cars-and-the-other-biggest-sci-and-tech-fails-of-the-decade/#ixzz6CEN8Rht7 Self-driving cars This was meant to be the decade of the self-driving car, as governments began permitting testing on public roads. But you can’t hang up your steering wheel […]

A new battery could keep your phone charged for five days

A new lithium-sulphur battery with an ultra-high capacity could lead to drastically cheaper electric cars and grid energy storage. By Donna Lu Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2228681-a-new-battery-could-keep-your-phone-charged-for-five-days/#ixzz6CEMWqwmp Mahdokht Shaibani at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and her colleagues have developed a battery with a capacity five times higher than that of lithium-ion batteries. The battery maintains an efficiency of 99 per […]

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