The Isomax cell configuration. Credit: UCSB Engineering In 2015 UC Santa Barbara mechanical engineer and materials scientist Jonathan Berger developed an idea that could change the way people think about high-performance structural materials. Two years later, his concept is paying research dividends. In a letter published in the journal Nature, Berger, with UCSB materials and

Image Credit:Flickr/IoSonoUnaFotoCamera Jiebo Luo and Yu Wang did not set out to predict who would win the 2016 U.S. presidential election. However, their exhaustive, 14-month study of each candidate’s Twitter followers–enabled by machine learning and other data science tools–offers tantalizing clues as to why the race turned out the way it did. “We wanted to

Stanford’s Jaimie Henderson and Krishna Shenoy are part of a consortium working on an investigational brain-to-computer hookup. Credit: Paul Sakuma In a Stanford-led research report, three participants with movement impairment controlled an onscreen cursor simply by imagining their own hand movements. A clinical research publication led by Stanford University investigators has demonstrated that a brain-to-computer

Researchers at EPFL and UNIL have discovered a faster and more efficient gait, never observed in nature, for six-legged robots walking on flat ground. Bio-inspired gaits — less efficient for robots — are used by real insects since they have adhesive pads to walk in three dimensions.Credit: EPFL/Alain Herzog When vertebrates run, their legs exhibit

Chuan Wang, assistant professor of engineering at Michigan State University, displays the stretchable electronic material he and his research team developed in his lab. Credit: Kurt Stepnitz Engineering researchers at Michigan State University have developed the first stretchable integrated circuit that is made entirely using an inkjet printer, raising the possibility of inexpensive mass production

Michigan Tech researchers assembled 26 items printed with the Lulzbot Mini, including parts for a Christmas tree stand, a juicer, tool holders, a soap dish, a bathroom wine glass holder, a camera lens holder, parts of a coin holder, and a shaving brush stand.Credit: Michigan Tech, Sarah Bird Interested in making an investment that promises

Schematic of a bio-bot: Engineered skeletal muscle tissue is coupled to a 3-D printed flexible skeleton. Optical stimulation of the muscle tissue, which is genetically engineered to contract in response to blue light, makes the bio-bot walk across a surface in the direction of the light. Credit: Janet Sinn-Hanlon, University of Illinois I’ll bet you

Researchers have created a large, open source database to support the development of robot activities based on natural language input. The new KIT Motion-Language Dataset will help to unify and standardize research linking human motion and natural language, as presented in an article in Big Data. In the article “The KIT Motion-Language Dataset,” Matthias Plappert,

A laser stylus writes on a small array of multifunction pixels made by dual-function LEDs than can both emit and respond to light. Credit: Moonsub Shim, University of Illinois Cellphones and other devices could soon be controlled with touchless gestures and charge themselves using ambient light, thanks to new LED arrays that can both emit

This reusable, multi-layered and microfluidic device incorporates a porous growth substrate, with a physiological fluid flow, and the passive filtration of the capillaries around the end of a kidney, called the glomerulus, where waste is filtered from blood. Credit: Gretchen Mahler Instead of running tests on live kidneys, researchers at Binghamton, University State University of

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