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Robots that can weld, lift, and bolt are being developed to help bridge labor shortages at Japanese construction sites. Major Japanese construction company Shimizu Corp. recently showed off several robots, including one already in use at construction sites.
Researchers have used an inexpensive 3-D printer to produce flat plastic items that, when heated, fold themselves into predetermined shapes. These self-folding plastic objects represent a first step toward products that assume their final shapes with the help of a heat gun.
In a first, the Bhabha Atomic Research Center has developed bulletproof jackets that have been made from advanced ceramics and advanced nanocomposites and weigh less than the bulletproof vests currently used by the Indian Armed Forces.
Researchers have successfully developed a tunable infrared filter made from graphene, which would allow a solider to change the frequency of a filter in infrared goggles simply by controlling mechanical deformation of the filter (i.e., graphene origami).
A team from the University of Exeter has pioneered a new technique to produce hydrogen from sunlight to create a clean, cheap, and widely-available fuel. The research centers on the use of a revolutionary photo-electrode made from lanthanum, iron, and oxygen nanoparticles.
Imagine being surrounded by complex equations and diagrams in the dead of night, preparing for your thermodynamics exam tomorrow. Overwhelming, isn’t it? Not for this group of six female materials science and engineering students.
A Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory research team has developed an exceptional next-generation material for nuclear radiation detection that could provide a significantly less expensive alternative to the detectors now in commercial use.
Researchers have shown that wide-bandgap semiconductor gallium oxide can be engineered into nanometer-scale structures that allow electrons to move much faster within the crystal structure, making the material promising for energy-efficient power electronics and more.