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Tech Xplore / New lithium battery charges faster, reduces risk of device explosions

Cell phone batteries often heat up and, at times, can burst into flames. In most cases, the culprit behind such incidents can be traced back to lithium batteries. Despite providing long-lasting electric currents that can ...

55 minutes ago in Energy & Green Tech
Tech Xplore / A brain-inspired architecture for human gesture recognition

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University and University of Technology Sydney have recently developed a machine learning architecture that can recognize human gestures by analyzing images captured by stretchable strain ...

Tech Xplore / A transparent artificial muscle to enable camouflaging in soft robots

The ability to become transparent is a considerable evolutionary advantage, as it allows animals to blend in with their environment, avoid predators and mask their movements. Robots with similar capabilities could be of great ...

18 hours ago in Robotics
Tech Xplore / Facebook zeroes in on tourist photography habits

Facebook researchers scanned 57,804 photographs of popular tourist destination spot Cuzco, Peru, that were posted on Flickr over a 15-year period and made two key observations:

12 hours ago in Internet
Tech Xplore / Drones and artificial intelligence show promise for conservation of farmland bird nests

Farmland bird species are declining over most of Europe. Birds breeding on the ground are particularly vulnerable because they are exposed to mechanical operations, like plowing and sowing, which take place in spring and ...

16 hours ago in Hi Tech & Innovation
Tech Xplore / Research points to strategies for recycling of solar panels

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have conducted the first global assessment into the most promising approaches to end-of-life management for solar photovoltaic (PV) modules.

16 hours ago in Energy & Green Tech
Tech Xplore / Inspired by a coral polyp, this plastic mini robot moves by magnetism and light

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology developed a tiny plastic robot, made of responsive polymers, which moves under the influence of light and magnetism. In the future this 'wireless aquatic polyp' should be ...

14 hours ago in Robotics
Tech Xplore / Perovskite solar cells demonstrate highest power conversion

A team of researchers at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has created a perovskite solar mini module that has recorded the highest power conversion efficiency of any perovskite-based device ...

16 hours ago in Energy & Green Tech
Tech Xplore / Butterfly wings inspiring next-gen technological innovations

The catastrophic effects of global environmental degradation, health deterioration and diminishing energy resources are demanding remedy measures aimed at environmental conservation, health interventions and harnessing of ...

15 hours ago in Engineering
Tech Xplore / Customizable smart window technology could improve energy efficiency of buildings

A customizable smart window harnesses and manipulates solar power to save energy and cut costs.

15 hours ago in Energy & Green Tech
Tech Xplore / Never fall again thanks to backpack-like wearable robot

Balance aids currently used in daily life and rehabilitation clinics are helpful but far from perfect. Canes, walkers, crutches, and handrails modify posture and prevent the hands from being used during activities like opening ...

18 hours ago in Engineering
Tech Xplore / Robotic gripper with soft, sensitive fingers can handle cables with unprecedented dexterity

For humans, it can be challenging to manipulate thin flexible objects like ropes, wires, or cables. But if these problems are hard for humans, they are nearly impossible for robots. As a cable slides between the fingers, ...

19 hours ago in Robotics