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Saliva powers tiny microbial fuel cell

Fossil fuels are old-school. A newly identified renewable energy source is safe, portable – and free. It’s called saliva...

Sandia to transfer Copperhead IED detection tech to US Army

Sandia is transferring its Copperhead IED detection tech to the US Army to support combat military personnel by uncovering improvised explosive devices...

Tiny molecules may help battle depression

Scientists believe that a tiny molecule could hold the key to identifying people who suffer from depression and helping them to deal with it...

Heart-shocking shirt could save lives

Students at JHU have designed a lightweight, shirt-like garment to deliver lifesaving shocks to patients experiencing serious heart problems...

Green aircraft uses 70 per cent less fuel than current planes

An MIT-led team has designed a green aircraft that is estimated to use 70 per cent less fuel than current planes while also lowering emissions...

Soft robotics aims to mitigate the flaws of hard robots

The goal of soft robotics is to build autonomous machines out of malleable materials that work better in sensitive sites such as disaster areas...

Chimpanzees like music with a different beat

Chimpanzees apparently like to listen to the different rhythms of music from Africa and India, according to new research published by the APA...

Is it time to stop babying Mars?

For decades the ethos of planetary protection prevailed. Now some scientists say these precautions are undermining the search for life on Mars...

Google’s smart contact lenses to monitor diabetes

Google's smart contact lenses incorporate electronics that can measure the glucose level in tears, replacing the finger-prick method diabetics currently use...

How we will stop planes from vanishing

Airlines are in the process of adopting a new satellite-based air traffic control technology, which will hopefully stop planes from vanishing...

Skyscrapers of the future could be built from wood

Wooden architecture is reaching new heights thanks to mass timber, and many architects think that future populations could live in wooden skyscrapers...

Microengineered, megastrong 3D-printed structures

Microscopic 3D-printed structures could replace everyday construction materials...

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