A field of young sunflowers will slowly rotate from east to west during the course of a sunny day, each leaf seeking out as much sunlight as possible as the sun moves across the sky through an adaptation called heliotropism.
Scientists are reinventing the toilet for the 2.5 billion people around the world who don't have access to modern sanitation as part of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation competition.
After a surgeon stitches up a patient's abdomen, costly complications -- some life-threatening -- can occur. To cut down on these postoperative problems, Johns Hopkins undergraduates have invented a disposable suturing tool to guide the placement of stitches and guard against the accidental puncture of internal organs.
New television screens will make it possible for viewers to enjoy three-dimensional television programming without those bothersome 3D glasses. Still, the content has been rather lacking – until now. A new technology will soon be adapting conventional 3D films to the new displays in real time. Researchers will unveil this technology in Berlin at this year’s IFA trade show from August 31 to September 5 (Hall 11.1, Booth 10).
Stanford's self-driving Audi TTS, Shelley, hit 120 mph on a recent track test. Combined with new research on professional drivers' brain activity, the car's performance could get even better.
Meet Stompy, an open-source, 18ft wide, 4,000 pound, 6-legged hydraulic robot that you can ride.
Peter Maloney of Composite Helicopter talks about the KC518 Adventourer aircraft, the world’s first all-composite carbon-Kevlar frameless helicopter fuselage.
The recordable 1080P eyewear from Pivothead , features three resolution settings with three different focus settings, and records on 8 GB of internal memory.
This week in engineering , an autonomous robot designed to collect trash from the ocean; a bicycle made of cardboard that can be built from less than $10 in materials; 3D printed buildings that can be constructed in less than a day; and swallowable electronics.
Dave lists the 5 unwritten rules of Open Source Hardware (OSHW),that have essentially been around since the very early electronics magazine project days.
Biology could inspire systems in engineering with minimized abrasion.
An MIT researcher has compiled data on the microstructures of a number of different plants, from apples and potatoes to willow and spruce trees, and has found that plants exhibit an enormous range of mechanical properties
Two researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have deciphered a mouse's retina's neural code and coupled this information to a novel prosthetic device to restore sight to blind mice.
Tiny space age probes — those that can see inside single living cells — are increasingly being used to diagnose illness in hard-to-reach areas of the body.