Drones That Can Suck Up Water Hunt Oil Leaks, Invasive Species
Drones able to take water samples could be the first in a new wave of hands-on aerial robots.
A Brain-Computer Interface That Works Wirelessly
A wireless transmitter could give paralyzed people a practical way to control TVs, computers, or wheelchairs with their thoughts.
Robot Journalist Finds New Work on Wall Street
Software that turns data into written text could help us make sense of a coming tsunami of data.
Nvidia Demos a Car Computer Trained with “Deep Learning”
A commercial device uses powerful image and information processing to let cars interpret 360° camera views.
Device Squeezes Cells to Get Drugs In
A new way to get materials into cells might clear the way for powerful treatments for diseases like cancer and HIV.
A Prototype Battery Could Double the Range of Electric Cars
Startup Seeo has developed batteries that store far more energy than conventional ones, which could extend the range of electric cars.
The Startup Meant to Reinvent What Bitcoin Can Do
A company given $21 million by leading Silicon Valley investors aims to extend Bitcoin’s functionality so it can power much more than just payments.
Chemical-Sensing Displays and Other Surprising Uses of Glass
Although a water app isn’t close yet, researchers at Corning and elsewhere recently discovered that they could use Gorilla Glass, the toughened glass made by Corning that’s commonly used on smartphone screens, to make extremely sensitive chemical and biological sensors. It could detect, say, traces of sarin gas in the air or specific pathogens in water.
Desalination out of Desperation
Severe droughts are forcing researchers to rethink how technology can increase the supply of fresh water.
A Step Toward Artificial Cells, Built from Silicon
In a step toward sophisticated artificial cells, scientists have engineered a silicon chip that can produce proteins from DNA, the most basic function of life.