Shark skin inspiration could lead to better sonar arrays

A textured surface that mimics shark skin could make underwater instruments more effective and environmentally friendly.

UC Berkeley • futurity
April 5, 2024 ~7 min

Herd mentality inspires smart swarms of tiny robots

Finding inspiration in natural herd mentality, researchers have created "smart swarms" of microscopic robots.

U. Texas Austin • futurity
April 5, 2024 ~5 min

Why batteries come in so many sizes and shapes

The reason batteries come in so many types has as much to do with history as innovation.

Wesley Chang, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Drexel University • conversation
April 5, 2024 ~7 min

Deforestation, Severe Weather Worsen Disasters in Indonesia

VOA Learning English • voa
April 4, 2024 ~6 min

Propelling atomically layered magnets toward green computers

MIT scientists have tackled key obstacles to bringing 2D magnetic materials into practical use, setting the stage for the next generation of energy-efficient computers.

Media Lab • mit
April 4, 2024 ~7 min

AI may develop a huge carbon footprint, but it could also be a critical ally in the fight against climate change

AI needs careful monitoring and the right policies to ensure it can benefit the fight against climate change.

Alina Vaduva, Director of the Business Advice Centre for Post Graduate Students at UEL, Ambassador of the Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise, University of East London • conversation
April 4, 2024 ~6 min

What can scientists learn from the eclipse?

"While eclipses are a marvel to behold, they're also a window into the workings of our solar system and beyond..."

Robert C. Jones Jr. - U. Miami • futurity
April 4, 2024 ~9 min

Online child safety laws could help or hurt – 2 pediatricians explain what’s likely to work and what isn’t

Congress is considering bills to protect kids online. Some of what’s in those bills could help, but some elements could be harmful.

Jenny Radesky, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Michigan • conversation
April 4, 2024 ~11 min

Researchers 3D print key components for a point-of-care mass spectrometer

The low-cost hardware outperforms state-of-the-art versions and could someday enable an affordable, in-home device for health monitoring.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
April 4, 2024 ~8 min

Where Did Modern Humans Go after Africa?

VOA Learning English • voa
April 3, 2024 ~5 min