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Material shifts shape using heat and light

A material developed by engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder can transform into complex, pre-programmed shapes via light and temperature stimuli before reverting to its original form.



This tablet’s flexible screen rolls up like a scroll

A research team from Queen’s University in Canada has unveiled the ‘MagicScroll’ – a tablet with a 7.5-inch 2K resolution flexible touch screen that can be rolled into a tube, like a scroll, to allow ...


3D printed bionic eyes could restore sight

Researchers from the University of Minnesota have 3D printed an array of light receptors on a hemispherical surface for the first time, an advance that they say could eventually lead to a ‘bionic ...


Dyson to expand UK site for electric car testing

Dyson has unveiled plans for a 10-mile test track at its Wiltshire facility where its “radical” electric cars, planned to be brought to market from 2021, will be put through their paces.








Sketching in 3D with air scaffolding

A team of researchers from KAIST have developed a mid-air 3D sketching tool, combining the strengths of gesture and pen input. They say the technique will ease the way for ideation in three ...


Student-built Hyperloop pod smashes speed record

A group of students from the Technical University of Munich taking part in the third SpaceX run Hyperloop Pod Competition have set a new speed record. The WARR Hyperloop team's pod hit 290mph on the ...






Graphene smart membranes can control water

Researchers at The University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute (NGI) have successfully controlled water flow by sending an electrical current through graphene oxide membranes. The ...




Connected car testing goes live in Coventry

A project to create one of the world’s most advanced environments for connected and autonomous driving has entered its second phase of testing, with connected cars going on trial on public roads to ...




Facebook grounds Aquila wireless internet drones

Facebook is scrapping its plans to build passenger jet-sized drones to provide wireless internet to the developing world, a major retreat from what had been an ambitious and high-profile initiative ...


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