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Issus nymph revealed first functional mechanical gears in nature

By Damir Beciri
One Comment15 September 2013

issus-nymph-1While there are examples of apparently ornamental cogs in the animal kingdom – such as on the shell of the cog wheel turtle or the back of the wheel bug – gears with a functional role have been elusive or rendered defunct by evolution. Scientists at the University of Cambridge have been able to reveal… »

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Using water and air to create bistable optical displays

By Damir Beciri
One Comment20 June 2012

aalto-water-and-air-bistable-optical-displays-1An international team of researchers led by Aalto University have come up with a concept of writing and displaying information on surfaces using simply air and water. The researchers are using an interesting property of superhydrophobic surfaces when they are submerged into water. The microscopic structures on their surface prevent the water from contact with… »

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Less power consuming and faster plastic electronics

By Damir Beciri
9 April 2012

plastic-electronics-1Researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory made a breakthrough for plastic electronic circuits by adding new qualities aside low cost, transparency, flexibility and ease of production – they managed to make them less power consuming and faster. The technology could be used in various applications, ranging from radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on… »

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More affordable LEDs manufactured on silicon

By Damir Beciri
4 Comments7 February 2012

led-emitting-light-on-a-6in-silicon-waferLight-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are envisioned as replacement for incandescent light bulbs, which are being phased out by the EU. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a new technique that could lead to production of more affordable LED light bulbs. Aside making them more affordable, the researchers claim their discovery could have a… »

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Moss table employs biophotovoltaic technology to generate power

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments22 September 2011

cambridge-biophotovoltaics-1Although many gardeners treat moss as a menace and tend to eradicate it from their lawns, a team of designers and scientists at the University of Cambridge are developing a way to harness energy from moss by using it as biophotovoltaics (BPVs). BPV devices may become competitive alternatives to conventional renewable technologies such as bio-fuels… »

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The emotional computer – future of human-robot interaction

By Damir Beciri
One Comment24 December 2010

professor-peter-robinson-and-a-robotic-head-modeled-on-charles-babbageThere is no doubt that future computers and robots need to understand us better in order to make the interaction with them more pleasant and productive. Some examples we already wrote about are Kismet robot from MIT, or FEELIX GROWING project based on Aldebaran robot Nao platform. A team of researcher from the University of… »

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Nokia Research Centre in Cambridge reveals some of their research

By Damir Beciri
1 October 2010

nano-hair-cambridge-nokiaThe Nokia Research Center in Cambridge was set up in 2007 as a partnership with the University of Cambridge. Soon after it was established, the Morph Concept was unveiled, to help build a picture of where the research at the labs was heading. They recently demoed three different strands of their research and those are… »

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Biomimicry of butterfly wing scale structure could cut bank fraud

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments1 June 2010

university-of-cambridge-butterfly-wings-biomimicry-2Cambridge scientists have discovered a way of mimicking the vivid and beautiful colors found on the wings of tropical butterflies in order to lessen the frauds in the future and enhance the security in the printing industry. The findings could find important applications in the security printing industry, helping to make bank notes and credit… »