Researchers eye next-gen lithium-ion batteries

Laptops could work longer and electric cars could drive farther if it were possible to further increase the capacity of their lithium-ion batteries. 

Understanding friction in the nano-world

Whether in vehicle transmissions, hip replacements, or tiny sensors for triggering airbags: The respective components must slide against each other with minimum friction to prevent loss of energy and material wear.

Sensitive skin makes robots more self-aware

Scientists at the Technical University of Munich say they've moved closer to the development of self-aware robots by giving them sensitive skin.

Twitter analysis predicts stock prices a day ahead

Playing the stock market just got a little easier, thanks to economists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) who have developed a website that predicts individual stock trends.