Wildly thin histamine sensors spot fish gone foul

"This histamine sensor is not only for fish. Bacteria in food produce histamine. So it can be a good indicator of the shelf life of food."

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: graphene food fish sensors health-and-medicine

Swaying trees could power new forest fire alarm

"The self-powered sensing system could continuously monitor the fire and environmental conditions without requiring maintenance after deployment."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: electricity trees fires forests sensors earth-and-environment

Watch an acrobatic drone pull off great stunts

A new drone can pull off acrobatic maneuvers like barrel rolls or loops. More than just looking cool, it could be a step to autonomous flying robots.

U. Zurich • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: robots sensors drones algorithms featured science-and-technology flight

Sloth robot is a very cute way to boost conservation

Inspired by the slow and steady sloth, SlothBot hangs on a wire between trees to monitor the environment below and enhance conservation efforts.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity robots sensors endangered-species biomimicry featured earth-and-environment sloth

Smart concrete could let roads repair themselves

A new kind of concrete could let roads and bridges "heal" after cracking. That could cut down the costs and frequency of road repairs.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence materials-science infrastructure cars sensors roads science-and-technology

Tiny pop-up pressure sensors can take major squishing

Pop-up sensors based on the Japanese paper art of kirigami are ideal for pressure sensing because they can take repeated compressions.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sensors science-and-technology pressure paper

Sensor could warn of gout attacks

"We wanted to create a technology that is reliable and user-friendly so that patients can easily self-monitor their blood urate levels."

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sensors medical-devices health-and-medicine feet joints

Heart and lung sensor chip is smaller than a ladybug

A tiny sensor chip smaller than a ladybug detects vibrations from sounds inside the body. It could warn of heart failure or lung problems.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: lungs sensors sound health-and-medicine hearts

Quantum entanglement could take GPS to the next level

New work on quantum entanglement could "improve the performance of any application that requires a network of sensors," researchers report.

Emily Dieckman-Arizona • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: physics light gps sensors electrons quantum-physics science-and-technology navigation radio-waves

Fiber optic internet cables could monitor earthquakes

Fiber optics make sense for monitoring earthquakes because "cities already have it as part of their infrastructure, so all we have to do is tap into it."

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
April 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cities earthquakes infrastructure sensors science-and-technology fiber-optics

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