Stories by Nancy Owano

How waste coffee grounds could help fuel London buses

(Tech Xplore)—Across continents, people are concerned about how to address harmful CO2 emissions in the environment. Now there is news that some London buses will run on a biofuel partially made from old coffee grounds. ...

6 hours ago

MekaMon robot from Reach Robotics is now ready for battle

(Tech Xplore)—Talk about game-changing robots. A UK team have created a robot weighing about 2.2 pounds that you just take out of the box and proceed to put together with an easy setup, to unleash it into play either in ...

Nov 20, 2017

Wait, did I just see Atlas robot do a backflip?

(Tech Xplore)—Boston Dynamics is now part of SoftBank and their family of robots is getting lots of attention as the year draws to an end—from gee-whiz reactions to their recent showing of a bright-yellow plate display ...

Nov 18, 2017

New-look robot from Boston Dynamics is more sleek than 'Eek'

(Tech Xplore)—Freaky. Creepy. Terrifying. Nightmares on four legs. Those are just a few of the one-liners that would pour into web sites from readers after viewing all those big-dog and other clanking machines coming out ...

Nov 15, 2017

How a wall of lamps in an office lobby supports randomness

(Tech Xplore)—Lava lamps are well known for mood-enhancing functions in living rooms, after-hours cubicles, or anywhere else where humans prefer to dream while wide awake. For a security company with headquarters in San ...

Nov 14, 2017

When overhead wires feed energy to trucks in California demo

(Tech Xplore)—Siemens has announced that an electrified highway demo is running on a highway stretch in the United States. Siemens and South Coast Air Quality Management District are keeping watch on the highway near two ...

Nov 10, 2017

ANYmal takes the elevator instead of stairs (you showoff)

(Tech Xplore)—So what is the latest quadruped gee-whiz from those who learned serious ropes at ETH-Zurich? ANYmal, a quadrupedal robot, is now using an elevator. The Robotic Systems Lab video makes you wonder if you are ...

Nov 09, 2017

Tor to usher in better deal: A bigger, tastier, onion

(Tech Xplore)—"Dance like no one's watching. Encrypt like everyone is." That is a "Wednesday wisdom" pinned tweet on the Tor Project Twitter account and quite appropriate to describe their four-year resolve to keep on ...

Nov 07, 2017

Plat du jour: Cultured plant cells kitchen-grown

(Tech Xplore)—A Big Idea to chew on: What if we could shake up the relationships between food production and food consumption in such a way that may benefit more people? Research in Finland offers tantalizing signs that ...

Nov 05, 2017