Tech

  1. Life

    A new spin on lab-grown meat

    A technique inspired by how cotton candy is spun could help produce lab-grown meat at a lower cost and on a bigger scale.

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  2. Tech

    Weird little fish inspires the development of super-grippers

    Suction-cup designers were inspired by the rock-grabbing tricks of the aptly named clingfish.

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  3. Materials Science

    Sunflower-like rods could boost efficiency of solar collectors

    A new material bends to follow the sun. Rods made from it could soak up far more of the sun’s light than ordinary solar collectors.

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  4. Tech

    Teen’s research suggests spinning wing parts might boost aircraft safety

    An Arizona teen replaced an aircraft wing’s leading-edge flap with a spinning cylinder. This could increase lift, reduce drag and help prevent some aircraft stalls and spins, his data suggest.

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  5. Tech

    Teen auto-safety researcher nabs $25,000 science fair prize

    Alaina Gassler took home the $25,000 top prize at the Broadcom MASTERS teen science competition. Her qualifying project could boost vehicle safety by eliminating blind spots for car drivers.

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  6. Tech

    Graphene fabric keeps mosquitoes from biting

    Graphene is a super-thin material with many cool uses. The latest: protection against mosquito bites by embedding it in your clothing.

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  7. Tech

    This device uses the cold night sky to generate electricity

    A new device uses the temperature difference between Earth and outer space to create electricity after dark. Powering a lamp, it would be the ultimate night light.

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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