A Light Bulb Made Using Graphene Will Go on Sale Later This Year

A new light bulb that's made using graphene will go on sale later this year, according to its developers—and it's said to be the first commercially viable consumer product to use the supermaterial. » 3/30/15 6:30am Monday 6:30am

These 3D-Printed Ants Could Be the Factory Workers of the Future

These 3D-printed ants scuttle around much like the real thing. But loaded with sensors and wireless communication systems, they're an experiment in collaborative robots—the kind of co-working that could fuel the factories of the future. » 3/27/15 5:20am Friday 5:20am

This Speaker Blows Out Fires Instantly With Bass 

New Nanofiber Is Tougher Than Kevlar and Stretches 7 Times Its Length

Bullet-proof protection may be about to get more bullet proof. A team of researchers has created a new kind of nanofiber that can extend to seven times its original length—and is tougher than kevlar, too. » 3/26/15 8:11am 3/26/15 8:11am

This Jet Engine Will Take a Car to 1,000MPH

This week, engineers working on the Bloodhound Supersonic Car installed its EJ200 jet engine into the chassis for the first time. Good news: it fits. Bad news: they now have to install kilometers of cabling into the small gaps that are left. [Bloodhound Project] » 3/25/15 7:20am 3/25/15 7:20am

New Super-Fast 3D Printer Builds Inch-Deep Objects in 6 Minutes

Last week, Carbon3D announced a 3D printing system that's 25 times faster than traditional 3D printers. Now, a company called Gizmo 3D has revealed that it's developing a system that can also achieve incredible speeds. » 3/25/15 6:38am 3/25/15 6:38am

Crazy No-Stick Coating Is Coming to a Bottle of Glue Near You

Remember that no-stick ketchup bottle of the future an MIT professor made a few years ago? Well, the MIT team created a company to sell the super slippery technology, and Elmer's recently signed an exclusive license to use it in their glue bottles. Pretty slick! (Sorry.) » 3/24/15 10:40am 3/24/15 10:40am

This Is What a Li-On Electrode Looks Like as It Drains and Charges

Lithium-ion batteries are ubiquitous—as is their gradual degradation over the lifetime of a gadget. Now, using a new imaging technique, a team of researchers shows what happens deep within li-on cells as they charge and discharge. » 3/23/15 8:03am 3/23/15 8:03am

A Compound From Plants Could Replace Bitumen to Make Roads Greener

Construction teams around the world rely on bitumen—an incredibly sticky by-product of crude oil production—as the main binding agent for asphalt. But a team of scientists reckon that a compound found within plants could help replace it, making road-building a greener, more sustainable practice. » 3/23/15 5:20am 3/23/15 5:20am

Researchers Turn Packing Peanuts Into Rechargeable Batteries

Many of us have shared the guilty twinge of pouring a box of packing peanuts into a trash bag, knowing that our convenient foam waste will end up sitting in a landfill for the next few thousand years. Soon, however, we may be able to juice these little nuts for energy. » 3/22/15 9:00am 3/22/15 9:00am

This Is the World’s Highest Peak-Power Laser Diode Array

Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have created the world's highest peak-power laser diode array, capable of creating up to 3.2 megawatts. The new device will be used in Europe's new Extreme Light facility, which will be as bad-ass as it sounds. » 3/17/15 5:45am 3/17/15 5:45am

This Is How You Make the Wheels For a 1,000MPH Car

The wheels that will hopefully power the Bloodhound SSC car to speeds of over 1,000mph are now in production, with four of the finest aluminium alloy wheels being carved to extremely precise shape. » 3/16/15 8:30am 3/16/15 8:30am

The Insanely Complicated Logistics of Building a Planetarium 

9 Buildings By Frei Otto, the Architect Who Engineered the Future

Frei Otto, architect behind some of the most important structures and engineering ideas of the last century, has died just two weeks before he was to receive the Pritzker Prize—the award that people often describe as the Nobel Prize for architecture. » 3/11/15 11:34am 3/11/15 11:34am

This Origami Donut's Hole Stays the Same Size However Much You Squash It

A structure whose internal dimensions remain the same regardless of the external forces applied to it sounds fanciful—but that's exactly what this high-tech piece of origami does. » 3/06/15 4:30am 3/06/15 4:30am

A Ten-Minute History of Robotics

Present-day robotics hasn't turned out quite as the futurists intended: for better or worse, we don't live in a world of robot butlers and Skynet. This ten-minute history of robotics does a nice job of explaining why. » 3/06/15 3:30am 3/06/15 3:30am

New Error Correction Takes Us a Step Closer to Quantum Computing

Quantum computing could make complex calculations trivial in the future, but right now it's fraught with problems. Consider one of them solved, though, in the shape of a new quantum error correction technique. » 3/05/15 5:45am 3/05/15 5:45am

How a Moth's Eye Could Help Improve the Efficiency of Solar Cells

Inspiration lies in the strangest of places—and for researchers at the Agency for Science, Technology & Research in Singapore, that includes the eye of moth. A new antireflective coating inspired by the creature's ocular faculties could help bump up the efficiency of solar cells. » 3/04/15 7:43am 3/04/15 7:43am

This Skeleton Robot Walks and Swims Exactly Like a Salamander

Pleurobot looks like a salamander skeleton come to life and that's no coincidence. The robot was engineered to slink around exactly like a salamander. And we mean exactly. » 3/03/15 6:15pm 3/03/15 6:15pm