LED light bulb. (Stock image) Credit: © somchaisom / Fotolia In an advance that could boost the efficiency of LED lighting by 50 percent and even pave the way for invisibility cloaking devices, a team of University of Michigan researchers has developed a new technique that peppers metallic nanoparticles into semiconductors. It’s the first technique

Shark model with the mouth on the left and shoulder bones to the right. With a bamboo shark, after food is swallowed the bones of the shoulder girdle (shown partially blue) move back, drawing food in farther. Credit: Ariel Camp et. al. Sharks don’t have tongues to move food through their mouths, so instead some

Predicted structure of the group 1 allergen protein from an American house dust mite. Arrow points to the location of a novel mutation discovered by the University of Michigan-led team. Credit: Rubaba Hamid As if holiday travel isn’t stressful enough. Now University of Michigan researchers say we’re likely sharing that already overcrowded airline cabin with

People give instructions at varying levels of abstraction — from the simple and straightforward (“Go north a bit.”) to more complex commands that imply a myriad of subtasks (“Take the block to the blue room.”). A new software system helps robots better deal with instructions whatever their level of abstraction. Credit: Tellex Lab / Brown

Tim Koehler, a Sandia National Laboratories mechanical engineer, is using computational fluid dynamics modeling to help the Santa Fe, New Mexico, company Atmocean with the design of a buoy — shown here in a miniature prototype — that powers a wave energy system to desalinate ocean water for coastal cities. He said he enjoys working

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed methods to detect the body pose, including facial expressions and hand positions, of multiple individuals. This enables computers to not only identify parts of the body, but to understand how they are moving and positioned. Credit: Carnegie Mellon University Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have enabled a

This is a graph with six nodes and three colors. Credit: Georgia Tech Some problems are so challenging to solve that even the most advanced computers need weeks, not seconds, to process them. Now a team of researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Notre Dame has created a new computing system that

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have designed a wearable, flexible biosensor that can reliably detect and quantify glucose from very small amounts of human sweat. Credit: University of Texas at Dallas Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas are sweating the small stuff in their efforts to develop a wearable device

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have developed a wearable diagnostic biosensor that can detect three interconnected, diabetes-related compounds — cortisol, glucose and interleukin-6 — in perspired sweat for up to a week without loss of signal integrity. The team envisions that their wearable devices will contain a small transceiver to send data

This is a specially designed laser system and a new methodology based on gated digital holography enable LiDAR to see through obscuring elements like foliage and netting. Credit: US Naval Research Laboratory Shortly after lasers were first developed in the 1960s, LiDAR — whose name originated as a combination of “light” and “radar” — capitalized

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