Tech

  1. Materials Science

    Reversible superglue mimics snail slime

    Inspired by snail slime, scientists have created the first super-strong adhesive that can be easily become unstuck, when necessary.

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  2. Tech

    This robot catches jellyfish with a gentle ‘hug’

    A soft robotic hand gently catches jellyfish by trapping the creatures within its silicone fingers.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    Ultrasound might become a new way to manage diabetes

    Ultrasound turns on production of the hormone insulin in mice. Someday, it might help maintain healthy blood-sugar levels in people who were recently diagnosed with diabetes.

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  4. Health & Medicine

    Explainer: What is ultrasound?

    These sound waves, which fall above the range of human hearing, are important in medicine, medical imaging and more.

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  5. Computing

    Computer chips from carbon nanotubes, not silicon, mark a milestone

    Silicon has been king of cutting-edge electronics. But that reign may soon end, with carbon nanotubes taking silicon’s place.

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  6. Space

    Could humans build a tall tower or giant rope to space?

    The movie Ad Astra shows a space antenna, a spindly structure reaching up into the stars. We look at what it would take to build something that big.

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  7. Health & Medicine

    Tiny vest could help sick babies breathe easier

    A new invention helps sick babies breathe easier. It looks like a tiny lifejacket and it avoids the mask and tubes that get in the way of breastfeeding.

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  8. Tech

    AI can learn real-world skills by playing video games

    Video games are helping AI systems work together and adapt to real-world situations.

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  9. Materials Science

    High-tech crops may survive harsh conditions, even space

    Scientists have developed a non-invasive method for integrating metal-organic frameworks into plant tissue. This lays the foundation for resilient crops that can weather harsh conditions.

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  10. Tech

    A new electric surgery tool may someday fix nose, ear and eye problems

    A new surgery tool uses electricity to reshape ear and nose tissue in minutes, without pain. Someday, it might even work on eyes to restore normal vision.

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  11. Physics

    Sound ways — literally — to move and filter things

    New technologies use sound waves to move and levitate objects. It’s not magic — it’s acoustophoresis.

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  12. Physics

    Tiny new magnets are not only squishy but also liquid

    Researchers have just created liquid droplets that behave like tiny bar magnets. The movement of these external magnets might help control robots and more.

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