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Sunflowers Inspire More Efficient Solar Power System(2)

August 16, 2012 9:48 am | by Mark Riechers, University of Wisconsin-Madison | Articles | Comments

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.

Photos of the Day: Reinventing the Toilet

August 16, 2012 9:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Could FastStitch Device Be the Future of Suture?

August 16, 2012 8:56 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

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.

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3D Movies in Your Living Room – Without the Glasses

August 16, 2012 8:41 am | by Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications | News | Comments

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 Robotic Car Hits the Track

August 15, 2012 11:17 am | by Stanford University | Videos | Comments

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.

Stompy the Giant, Rideable Walking Robot

August 15, 2012 11:12 am | by Project Hexapod | Videos | Comments

Meet Stompy, an open-source, 18ft wide, 4,000 pound, 6-legged hydraulic robot that you can ride.

KC518 Adventourer Composite Helicopter

August 15, 2012 11:08 am | by Composite Helicopter | Videos | Comments

Peter Maloney of Composite Helicopter talks about the KC518 Adventourer aircraft, the world’s first all-composite carbon-Kevlar frameless helicopter fuselage.

Pivothead Video Eyewear

August 15, 2012 11:00 am | by Pivothead | Videos | Comments

The recordable 1080P eyewear from Pivothead , features three resolution settings with three different focus settings, and records on 8 GB of internal memory.

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Collecting Deep Sea Trash

August 15, 2012 10:45 am | by This Week in Engineering | Videos | Comments

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.

Unwritten Rules of OSHW

August 15, 2012 10:38 am | by EEVBlog | Videos | Comments

Dave lists the 5 unwritten rules of Open Source Hardware (OSHW),that have essentially been around since the very early electronics magazine project days.

Flexible Snake Armor

August 15, 2012 9:23 am | by Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel | News | Comments

Biology could inspire systems in engineering with minimized abrasion.  

Plants Exhibit a Wide Range of Mechanical Properties

August 15, 2012 9:17 am | by MIT | News | Comments

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

An Artificial Retina with the Capacity to Restore Vision

August 15, 2012 8:59 am | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

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.

Deep Inside the Body, Tiny Mechanical Microscope

August 15, 2012 8:55 am | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

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.  

Super Angry Birds - A Tangible Controller

August 15, 2012 8:44 am | by Andrew Spitz | Videos | Comments

Super Angry Birds is a force feedback USB controller for Angry Birds that simulates the feeling of a slingshot.

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