Robot eye moves like the real thing

Robotics engineers have replicated the muscle motion of the human eye to control camera systems more effectively.

Room temperature quantum bit created

Scientists have taken a big step towards practical quantum computing, with the creation of qubits that can exist in a solid-state system at room temperature.

Meter-long nanotubes on the cards

Researchers have calculated that it should be perfectly possible to grow a perfect, meter-long single-walled carbon nanotube 50,000 times thinner than a human hair.

Robot baby learns first words

The best way for robots to learn language could be the same way small children do - through interaction with adults.

Nanomagnets could revolutionize data storage

Scientists have demonstrated that it's possible to store information in individual molecules, potentially paving the way for storage devices that could be thousands of times smaller than today.

Shrimp inspires lightweight body armor

Engineers are turning to a tiny crustacean for inspiration in creating military body armor and vehicle and aircraft frames.

Atom split with quantum mechanics, then put together again

Forget clumsy nuclear fission: researchers have now split an atom into two halves, pulled them apart and put them back together again.

Who'd want a sarcastic Siri?

Computers could become sarcastic or exaggerate for effect, say two Stanford researchers, who have developed a mathematical model aimed at improving natural language processing.

Images stored in box of vapor

Giving a different meaning to data storage in the cloud, scientists have succeeded in storing a miniature movie in a room-teperature atomic vapor.

Tractor beam can pull as well as push

Scientists have for the first time created a 'tractor beam' that can pull objects as well as push them.

Important building block for quantum internet developed

Scientists at the University of Innsbruck say they've created the first efficient and tunable interface for quantum networks.

Rewritable digital data storage built in DNA

Scientists have successfully and repeatedly encoded, stored and erased digital data within the DNA of living cells.

Plasmonics used to create cloaking device

Stanford University engineers have created a device that can detect light while itself remaining invisible.

Reliability boost for wireless power transfer

Electric vehicles could soon be charged wirelessly, thanks to a new way of fine-tuning wireless power transfer (WPT) receivers that makes them more efficient and functional.

Viruses harnessed to generate electricity

Berkeley Lab scientists have found a way to make harmless viruses harvest mechanical energy, which could then be used, say, to charge a phone as its owner walks along.

Fish cells inspire color-changing clothes

British researchers have mimicked the camouflaging abilities of creatures such as squid and zebrafish, in research that could help soldiers stay out of sight.

New technology to detect radioactive materials

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have created a new prototype radiation detection device for use at ports, border crossings, airports and elsewhere.

New material 'could revolutionize electronics'

A team from the University of Exeter says it's discovered the most transparent, lightweight and flexible material ever for conducting electricity.

New process promises cheap, flexible electronics

Televisions as thin and flexible as a sheet of paper could be on the way, thanks to a new technique for printing electronics.

New semiconductor synthesized from graphene

Scientists and engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have discovered a completely new carbon-based material, synthesized from graphene, which could mark a big step towards faster electronics.