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  • newCIMON the AI-based astronaut assistant gets working on the ISS
    The first ever AI-based astronaut assistant – a 5kg free-flying plastic sphere called CIMON – has passed its first tests on the International Space Station with astronaut Alexander Gerst. CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile CompanioN), developed and b…
    - 17 hours ago 19 Nov 18, 12:52pm -
  • newLauncherOne starts flight testing with Cosmic Girl
    Virgin Orbit’s ambition to reach space in early 2019 moved forward over the weekend with the successful flight of LauncherOne, the company’s small satellite launch vehicle. Sir Richard Branson’s small satellite launch company demonstrated that…
    - 19 hours ago 19 Nov 18, 10:57am -
  • newMicroneedle contact lens targets the eye for drug delivery
    Researchers at NTU Singapore have developed a contact lens eye patch that uses microneedles to painlessly penetrate the eye and deliver drugs more efficiently. The eye is generally treated with drops or ointments, but its natural defences of blinking…
    - 19 hours ago 19 Nov 18, 10:30am -
  • Odysseus solar-powered plane could stay airborne indefinitely
    Aurora Flight Sciences has revealed details of its Odysseus aircraft, a solar-powered autonomous plane that it claims could remain airborne indefinitely. Scheduled to make its debut flight in 2019, Odysseus is one of several High Altitude Pseudo Sate…
    - 4 days ago 16 Nov 18, 11:30am -
  • Glucose fuel cell holds promise for implanted medical devices
    Implantable medical devices such as pacemakers could one day be powered by a glucose-powered biofuel cell that uses electrodes made from cotton fibre. The new fuel cell is claimed to provide twice as much power as conventional biofuel cells and could…
    - 4 days ago 16 Nov 18, 10:50am -

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  • newBending light around tight corners without backscattering losses
    Researchers demonstrate a new optical waveguide capable of bending photons around tight corners on a smaller scale than previously possible. The technology is made possible by through photonic crystals using the concept of topological insulators.
    - 8 hours ago 19 Nov 18, 9:02pm -
  • newNew non-mechanical laser steering technology
    Steerable electro-evanescent optical refractor (SEEOR) chips take laser light in the mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) as an input and steers the beam at the output in two dimensions without the need for mechanical devices.
    - 9 hours ago 19 Nov 18, 9:00pm -
  • 'Smart skin' simplifies spotting strain in structures
    A 'smart skin' employs the unique fluorescent characteristics of carbon nanotubes to quickly assess strain in materials. The method is intended for aircraft, spacecraft and critical infrastructures in which mechanical strain needs to be monitored.
    - 4 days ago 15 Nov 18, 8:49pm -
  • Solar panels for yeast cell biofactories
    Scientists presents a highly adaptable solution to creating yeast biohybrids with enhanced metabolism driven by light energy.
    - 4 days ago 15 Nov 18, 7:49pm -
  • Nanofiber carpet could lead to new sticky or insulating surfaces
    Inspired by the extraordinary characteristics of polar bear fur, lotus leaves and gecko feet, engineering researchers have developed a new way to make arrays of nanofibers that could bring us coatings that are sticky, repellent, insulating or light e…
    - 4 days ago 15 Nov 18, 7:49pm -

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