Finding the exact location of a power fault in minutes

Some of Victoria’s worst bushfires have been started by power lines. So, power distribution companies have installed devices that limit the energy flowing to the fault to cut the fire risk. However, in networks equipped with these devices, communities might experience power outages for hours while network operators attempt to track down a fault along … Read more

New wearable sensor makes continuous analysis of sweat possible, researchers say

Continuous monitoring of sweat can reveal valuable information about human health, such as the body’s glucose levels. However, wearable sensors previously developed for this purpose have been lacking, unable to withstand the rigors or achieve the specificity needed for continuous monitoring, according to Penn State researchers. Now, the research team has created a novel wearable … Read more

Indian research team develops fully indigenous gallium nitride power switch

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have developed a fully indigenous gallium nitride (GaN) power switch that can have potential applications in systems like power converters for electric vehicles and laptops, as well as in wireless communications. The entire process of building the switch—from material growth to device fabrication to packaging—was developed in-house … Read more

An adhesive and stretchable epicardial patch to precisely monitor the heart’s activity

Epicardial patches are carefully engineered tissue patches that can be placed near or on a patient’s heart. These devices can help doctors to diagnose and treat a variety of heart conditions, including arrhythmia and heart attacks (i.e., myocardial infarctions). In recent years, several engineers and medical researchers have been trying to develop these devices, yet … Read more

Growing full wafers of high-performing 2D semiconductor that integrates with state-of-the-art chips

The semiconductor industry today is working to respond to a threefold mandate: increasing computing power, decreasing chip sizes and managing power in densely packed circuits. To meet these demands, the industry must look beyond silicon to produce devices appropriate for the growing role of computing. While unlikely to abandon the workhorse material anytime in the … Read more

A non-invasive way to turn a cockroach into a cyborg

A team of mechanical engineers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has found a way to electronically control cockroaches without injuring them. In their paper published in the journal npj Flexible Electronics, the group describes the new technology they used to remotely control the cockroaches and the benefits of doing so. Prior research teams have … Read more

A reliable and wearable system to recognize finger movements in real-time

Devices that can detect, track and decode movements in their surroundings can have countless valuable applications in fields ranging from robotics to health care, the entertainment industry, sports, and more. Wearable sensors can be particularly effective in detecting and recording the movements of human users, as they can be strategically placed and may pick up … Read more

A breakthrough way to train neuromorphic chips

Using a biosensor to detect cystic fibrosis as the test case, TU/e researchers have devised an innovative way to train neuromorphic chips as presented in a new paper in Nature Electronics. Neuromorphic computers—which are based on the structure of the human brain—could revolutionize our future health care devices. However, their widespread use is hindered by … Read more

Analog and digital: The best of both worlds in one energy-efficient system

We live in an analog world of continuous information flow that is both processed and stored by our brains at the same time, but our devices process information digitally in the form of discrete binary code, breaking the information into little bits (or bites). Researchers at EPFL have revealed a pioneering technology that combines the … Read more

Researchers develop highly efficient and stable photoelectrode for water splitting using organic semiconductors

A team of researchers, led by Professor Ji-Hyun Jang from the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST has achieved a significant breakthrough in photoelectrode development. Through collaborative research with Professor Junghoon Lee from Dongseo University and Dr. Hyo-Jin Ahn from the German Engineering Research and Development Center LSTME Busan, the team successfully created … Read more