Carmakers could never have anticipated all their fiddly nobs, buttons and dials might be replaced by smart fabric seat covers. The idea of controlling your radio volume with the same sort of swipe used to control your smartphone would have been like something out of Back to the Future. Now, it is almost a reality.
Astronomers have captured images of a black hole shooting two "bullets" of ionized gas travelling at nearly a quarter the speed of light. The explosion is so powerful it produces as much energy in one hour as the sun emits in five years.
In a rapidly warming world, the task of finding a way to reduce greenhouse gases — primarily carbon dioxide — has been on the mind of scientists everywhere. Now, a team of researchers may have found a way to cut down harmful carbon dioxide courtesy of an inexpensive polymeric material.
The "Gravity Stool" turns traditional furniture on its head. Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel "grows" his furniture using only magnets and a mix of plastic and iron filings. The result? Each piece is unique and something that looks like it came from Middle Earth.
We report a lot about robots. Flying robots, military robots, assistive robots, medical robots…you name it and we've covered it. Now we can tick prison guard robots to the list, with the South Korean Ministry of Justice announcement they will be adding three new prison guard robots to pull night duty in a prison in Pohang.
The photos of these genetically engineered "supersoldier" ants — with their giant heads and pincers — are a little terrifying. While supersoldier ants can be found in nature, apparently they are quite rare and are genetic accidents. I'm glad of that for personal reasons, but they do have a scientific significance.
You won't believe your eyes as you watch this 30-story tall, 183,000 square foot hotel in China rise from ground to completion in just 15 days!
A new generation of robots has just grown a 'tails' thanks to inspiration from the lizard. A research team at the University of California, Berkeley, funded in part by the Army Research Laboratory, observed the stabilizing effect a lizard's tail has on its body when scrambling and leaping through its habitat and have added tails to their robots to achieve a similar effect.
Billion-year-old rocks in the Australian desert have yielded a rare mineral previously thought to only exist on the Moon or in lunar meteor samples that have crash-landed here. Its discovery here on Earth is expected to help scientists better understand the history and geology of the Earth and the moon — which may not be so different after all.
The U.S. Naval Research Lab (NRL) has just won a grant from NASA to pursue creating Mars rovers powered by microbes. Researchers are hoping this would tackle the problem of providing a safer and more reasonably sized fuel cell to handle the long term needs of powering a rover and sending data all the way back to Earth.