RoboPipe built to inspect petrochemical platforms pipes

By Damir Beciri
21 September 2013

robo-pipe-1Currently, the process pipes that are at a height of more than two meters in offshore or onshore platforms must be inspected by human staff that climbs through scaffolding. In order to lower the risk, Mexican Corporation of Material Research (COMIMSA) designed RoboPipe – a robot prototype able to detect cracks or corrosion inside the… »

Novel microfluidic method for bioseparation

By Maja Bosanac
18 September 2013

target-moleculesResearchers at the Brown University have devised a simple new technique that can separate tiny amounts of the target molecules from biological samples by single motion of a magnet under a microchannel. The novel microfluidic method is important and broadly applicable, especially in biological diagnostic platforms that require binding and separation of known target biomolecules,… »

Sol Chip – integrated solar energy harvesting for sensor nodes

By Damir Beciri
17 September 2013

sensors-solar-power-1Increased interest for sensor networks in various applications are forcing research groups to come up with ways to power the individual sensor modules remains a sticking point in these sorts of applications. While wiring and batteries can be viable solutions for small-scale projects, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute came up with tiny solar cells that… »

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… »

A new pathway that triggers septic shock has been identified

By Maja Bosanac
13 September 2013

molecule-1Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine investigated have identified internal sensors that detect bacteria and trigger an alarm that signals for response from the immune system. The fidnings could lead to new therapies for septic shock – a medical condition that occurs when the immune system overreacts to a bacterial infection… »

CSR paper-thin wireless touch surface powered by Bluetooth Smart

By Damir Beciri
9 September 2013

csr-ultra-thin-keyboard-1Designer and developer of hardware and software for the consumer electronics market CSR recently unveiled what they claim to be the world’s thinnest wireless touch interface. The flexible device, which is less than 0.5 mm thick, turns any area into a touch surface and holds great potential to extend existing devices by adding touch interface… »

HITECA high temperature capacitor increases efficiency of electric vehicles

By Damir Beciri
8 August 2013

hiteca-ceramic-capacitor-1Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have developed a new lead-free, high temperature ceramic capacitor that could improve the efficiency and reliability of electric and hybrid vehicles. Aside having applications in the automobile industry, HITECA capacitors could improve high temperature electronics in the aerospace, power, oil and gas sectors, as well as in high… »

Creating Mini Mona Lisa image with 30 microns in width

By Maja Bosanac
7 August 2013

gtech-mini-lisa-curtisA team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) has recreated the Mona Lisa, one of the most famous paintings, on the smallest canvas. They painted the “Mini Lisa” on a substrate surface which measures just 30 microns in width or one-third the width of a human hair. The team was able… »