Using a bionic fingertip, an amputee for the first time has been able to feel rough and smooth textures in real-time, as though the fingertip were naturally connected to his hand.
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Two Australian surfers are trying to tackle the planet's water pollution problem head-on, by developing a device that functions as an automated floating trash bin for the world's oceans.
Biological molecules could be used to solve intractable problems that traditional computers can't crack, new research suggests.
Animation and projection mapping created magical tapestries of light and movement that flowed, slithered and marched over a person's body surface in real time.
A group of engineers wants to help people "touch" virtual environments in a more natural way, and they built a wearable virtual reality suit to do just that.
As "smart" electronics get smaller and softer, scientists are developing new medical devices that could be applied to — or in some cases, implanted in — our bodies.
A new gadget can help people identify pollutants — some smaller than the width of a hair — in their homes.
Pollen — the pesky, sneeze-inducing stuff that makes allergy sufferers everywhere miserable — could be the next greatest thing in battery research, according to a new study.
Seismologists and app developers are shaking things up with a new app that transforms smartphones into personal earthquake detectors.
New earbuds from the Here Active Listening can now instantly transform sounds from your surroundings. These wearable devices seek to "augment reality" — in this case, your soundscape.
A transparent material that can be attached to a smartphone's touch screen could help the device generate electricity whenever anyone taps it, researchers in China say.
A sleek, white gadget that looks more like a trendy speaker than a tool for water conservation could stop people from wasting precious H2O, said one Silicon Valley startup.
Scientists in China have developed a flexible, rollable, foldable battery inspired by traditional Chinese calligraphy involving ink on paper.
Iridescent cells in the flesh of giant clams could one day help scientists design more efficient solar panels, and television and smartphone screens that are easier on the eyes, researchers say.
Tiny, wireless, electronic implants that melt away in the body could one day help doctors monitor the brain, new research in rats suggests.
Smartphones equipped with portable devices that magnetically levitate cells might one day help diagnose diseases in the home, clinic or lab, researchers say.