How to tap the sun’s energy through heat as well as light

A new approach to harvesting solar energy, developed by MIT researchers, could improve efficiency by using sunlight to heat a high-temperature material whose infrared radiation would then be collected by a conventional photovoltaic cell. This technique could also make it easier to store the energy for later use, the researchers say.

Samsung TecTiles let users program NFC tags

Samsung's hoping to give near field communication (NFC) a whole new set of applications by offering what it calls TecTiles alongside the Galaxy S III.

New touchscreen technology gives users more control

Carnegie Mellon researchers have developed a touchscreen technology that distinguishes taps made by different parts of the finger.

'Temporary autopilot' takes some of the driving strain

Some people are just a little worried about handing all control over to a driverless car. So Volkswagen has come up with a halfway house called the Temporary Auto Pilot (TAP) system.