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Toray Eco-Friendly Water-Repellant Nylon 2019-07-12 07:00:00An innovative new water-repellant nylon textile from Toray Industries can be manufactured with less cost to the environment.

C Seed World's Largest Retractable TV 2019-07-12 01:00:00Hailed as the world’s largest outdoor TV, the C Seed 301 will rise from its underground lair to offer a 25-foot screen able to withstand wind an

Tiny Walking Motor Could Let Robots Build Themselves 2019-07-11 19:00:00An innovative tiny walking motor inspired by amino acids could help pave the way to self-assembling robots.

Cotton-Like Fabric Made from Recycled Materials 2019-07-11 07:00:00A new cotton-like fabric from Teijin Frontier made from recycled materials offers an eco-friendly, high-performance material for athleisure fashion.

Transparent Aerogel Improves Solar Collection 2019-07-11 01:00:00A perfectly transparent aerogel could replace the glass in solar collectors, improving efficiency and reducing costs.

Autofocals Smart Glasses Know Where You're Looking 2019-07-10 13:00:00The autofocals smart glasses will detect where the viewer is looking and adjust automatically to keep things in focus.

Oyster Shells Inspire Stronger Glass 2019-07-10 07:00:00The shiny interior of oyster shells has inspired a shatterproof glass three times stronger than current options.

Polymer Rebar Helps Buildings Last Longer 2019-07-10 01:00:00A polymer rebar that doesn’t rust could increase the lifespan of bridges and buildings.

Floating Sensor Speeds Tissue Engineering 2019-07-09 13:00:00A waterproof monitoring sensor that floats on top of cell cultures will aid research in engineered tissue and drug development.

Nanocoating Repels Grease from Stainless Steel 2019-07-09 07:00:00A new nanocoating repels grease from stainless steel to keep the surfaces clean as well as increase their lifespan.

Strawberry-Picking Rubion Robot Has the Soft Touch 2019-07-09 01:00:00The Rubion robot by Octinion relies on photonic sensors and a unique soft-touch gripper to select and pick ripe strawberries as carefully as a human.

VR Lets Clinicians See Patients' Pain 2019-07-08 13:00:00The CLARAi VR technology lets researchers see a patient’s pain in real-time, offering a more accurate way to access pain levels.

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Original 'Star Wars' creators lift lid on special 2019-06-28 14:13:22Remember the scene when Luke Skywalker failed his first attempt to blow up the Death Star? Or when C3PO chased him up the stairs of his Tatooine deser

Tech makes it easier to search wilderness for 2019-06-24 03:10:33Yesenia D'Alessandro loaded a GPS tracking app on her cellphone and trudged into a remote Hawaii forest, joining more than 100 other volunteers looki

Paris aims to beat Olympic traffic with flying 2019-06-23 03:12:44Paris aims to give visitors to the 2024 Paris Olympics a flying start by offering airborne taxis to tournament sites straight from the airport.

Interview: Airbus is ready for pilotless jets - 2019-06-17 15:24:17The chief salesman for Airbus says his company already has the technology to fly passenger planes without pilots at all—and is working on winnin

Drones for early detection of forest fires 2019-06-17 10:22:12The UC3M's researchers coordinating the scientific part of the project, Fernando García y Abdulla al-Kaff, from the Department of Systems Engi

Florida law to allow autonomous cars—when they're ready 2019-06-13 13:47:09Self-driving vehicles with no humans on board will be able to operate in Florida—once they're finally ready for prime time—under a bill s

Uber in the air: Flying taxi trials may 2019-06-12 08:25:58Uber Air will start test flights of its aerial taxi service in 2020, and move to commercial operations by 2023, the ABC reported today.

Uber will test unmanned aircraft at Fort Worth 2019-06-11 13:15:56Uber and other companies have a new place to test their driverless—and pilotless—technology in Fort Worth.

Supreme Court sides with Alabama company in patent 2019-06-10 11:40:58The Supreme Court sided Monday with an Alabama technology company over the U.S. Postal Service in a patent dispute.

Amazon says drone deliveries coming 'within months' 2019-06-05 14:56:18Amazon said Wednesday it expects to begin large-scale deliveries by drone in the coming months as it unveiled its newest design for its "Prime Air"

Microgrids can help maximize efficiency of renewable energy 2019-06-05 11:50:09A group of Italian researchers has developed a method that enables more efficient use of energy by smart homes that are connected to a microgrid&mdash

Improving driver safety: A standardized look at distraction 2019-06-05 11:49:42A group of scientists in the USA has developed the first-ever standardized method of evaluating commercially available driver-monitoring systems. The

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Immune cell discovery could promise relief for people 2019-07-11 07:43:43Researchers from the University of Warwick and University of Edinburgh have demonstrated that macrophages increase growth and activation of nerve cell

Scepticism raised over alleged discovery of Europe’s oldest 2019-07-11 07:01:28Researchers have reportedly found the remains of what would be the oldest human fossil discovered outside Africa, but not everyone is convinced. The

Images show prized, mysterious material obtained from distant 2019-07-11 05:15:44Japan’s Hayabusa2 has achieved another major success in its bid to return samples of an asteroid’s interior to Earth. The post Images sho

Irish puffins ditch flying altogether when foraging for 2019-07-10 10:21:20Researchers have discovered that Irish puffins are now using tidal currents to drift between food patches instead of flying to save energy. The post

DIAS highlights Irish connections to Apollo 11 moon 2019-07-10 07:22:02DIAS will run a number of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The post DIAS highlights Irish connections to Apollo 11 moon landi

Breakthrough protein discovery could help ‘ZAP’ HIV-related viruses 2019-07-10 06:44:33A newly identified protein might be the missing piece for an antiviral weapon to destroy viruses related to HIV. The post Breakthrough protein discov

5 unsung science heroes who inspired today’s breakthrough 2019-07-10 05:00:30Five top researchers reveal who their unsung science heroes are and why they should be more well known. The post 5 unsung science heroes who inspired

High-res image of snipped CRISPR enzyme offers new 2019-07-09 07:08:03For the first time, the before and after images of the Cas9 enzyme used in CRISPR gene editing have been captured in clear detail. The post High-res

Patients with empathetic doctors are at reduced risk 2019-07-09 06:16:58Patients reporting better experiences of empathy in the first 12 months after diagnosis have a significantly lower risk of death over the subsequent 1

EPA warns which Dublin city streets pose a 2019-07-09 05:18:47Findings from the EPA show that some Dublin city centre locations may exceed safe EU levels for nitrogen dioxide caused by road traffic. The post EPA

NUI Galway awarded €3.9m from EU to develop 2019-07-02 06:30:57In Ireland, there are approximately 8,000 individuals living with multiple sclerosis. The post NUI Galway awarded €3.9m from EU to develop multip

Jumping spider discovered with ‘resemblance’ to fashion icon 2019-07-02 05:10:09A curious spider with a crop of white hair, similar to the late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, has been discovered by scientists. The post Jumping


This Might Be the Strangest Black Hole Yet 2019-07-11 17:27:09 130 million light-years away, at the center of the galaxy NGC 3147, sits a particularly bizarre supermassive black hole. The black hole, recently dis

That Story About the Ancient Frozen Worms Might 2019-07-11 16:46:18 If you’ve been online recently, you probably read the news that 40,000-year-old worms trapped in permafrost wriggled back to life after they th

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing 2019-07-11 16:09:18 On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission began when astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were launched into space atop a Saturn

This $500 Lidar System Could Prove Elon Musk 2019-07-11 15:45:27 Fool’s Errand Lidar is a radar-like technology that uses laser pulses to create a 3D-map of the world. Many see it as integral to the developme

Protesters Interrupt Amazon Event to Decry Its Work 2019-07-11 14:58:09 Protests broke out at Amazon’s AWS Summit, a conference hosted in New York City to celebrate the company’s cloud computing services, on T

Climate Change Is Destroying Greenland’s Historic Viking Towns 2019-07-11 12:38:58 The world’s worsening climate crisis is erasing traces of human history. By the end of the century, most of the historic Viking settlements dot

New Tool Helps Contain Molten Plasma in Fusion 2019-07-11 12:33:44 As scientists try to ramp up nuclear fusion reactors, they’ll need better ways to monitor and diagnose the volatile reactions. Current diagnost

Robot Umpires Make Professional Baseball Debut 2019-07-11 11:25:55 For the first time ever, a robot umpire has called a professional baseball game. Like pro baseball players themselves, the robot ump didn’t go

Almost 300,000 People Say They’re Gonna Storm Area 2019-07-11 11:21:47 A Facebook event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” recently amassed an army of tinfoil hat-wearing conspirators and

NASA Just Released an Incredible Map of All 2019-07-11 10:37:19 NASA just dropped an astonishing elaborate map of the over 4,003 exoplanets that we know to exist outside our Solar System. Accompanying the map is a

Startup Thinks Its Modular Car Design Is the 2019-07-11 09:20:28 Reinventing the Wheel Today’s electric vehicles aren’t all that different design-wise from their combustion engine counterparts — w

Two Supermassive Black Holes Are on a Devastating 2019-07-10 17:14:48 Two supermassive black holes, each of which are 800 million times more massive than our sun, are on a cosmic collision course with each other. Thankf

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