4D printing makes wrinkly, stretchy energy devices

A new method for creating stretchy supercapacitors could pave the way for more flexible and dynamic wearable devices, researchers report.

Michigan State • futurity
Dec. 29, 2020 ~6 min

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Lab-made killer T cell attacks cells that cause diabetes

A genetically engineered killer T cell can identify and attack the T cells that cause type 1 diabetes in mice, researchers report.

Stacy Pigott-Arizona • futurity
Dec. 14, 2020 ~5 min

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‘Smellicopter’ uses a live moth antenna to hunt for scents

A new tiny drone called Smellicopter uses a live moth antenna to navigate toward smells. It can also avoid obstcles in the air.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Dec. 9, 2020 ~8 min

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Beetle that can survive a car tire may inspire tough materials

Getting run over by a car isn't a near-death experience for the diabolical ironclad beetle. How it survives could lead to materials with the same toughness.

Amy Patterson Neubert-Purdue • futurity
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

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Tech gets metal to mimic natural rose petal powers

A new technology lets researchers use metal to create nature-inspired surfaces with unique powers, including rose petals' water-repelling ability.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
Aug. 31, 2020 ~6 min

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Better robot batteries get inspiration from body fat

Batteries that can conform to the shape of a robot's body double as protection and far more efficient energy storage could pave the way for new bots.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~6 min

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Acidic oceans could affect future adhesives

The availability of iron in increasingly acidic oceans could change how creatures like mussels make their adhesives, research finds.

Chris Adam-Purdue • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~4 min

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Artificial brain gives robot the smarts for complex tasks

Researchers gave a new robot a "brain", human-like "skin," and vision sensors. The result? A much smarter robot.

National University of Singapore • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

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Jellyfish robot outswims the real thing

A new kind of soft robot gets its moves from jellyfish. But the robots can outpace the real-life ocean animals by a fair bit.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~6 min

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Beetles that survive volcanic heat inspire stuff that stays cool

A beetle that can handle the heat near volcanoes in the summertime inspired researchers to create a cooling material that doesn't use power.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

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