Over the past 20 years just think of all the changes technology has made in your life. For a start, we've got phones without cords, books without pages, and cures for deadly diseases. In the Emerging Tech blog we look past the next release of a gadget and into exciting technology that will really impact you, maybe not tomorrow, but in the next decade or two. Here are some of the best recent posts:
Researchers report metallic-like conduction of an electrical charge across the biofilm of specialized bacteria, opening new possibilities for environmentally-sustainable nanomaterials and nano-electronic devices. Click here to read more.
Engineers at the University of Southampton have developed an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) whose entire structure has been printed, potentially changing the economics of aircraft design. Click to read more.
Researchers in Cleveland, Ohio have built an artificial lung that reaches functional parity with a human lung. The device uses oxygen sourced from the air rather than pure oxygen as current man-made lungs require. Click to read more.
Chinese scientists report that they’ve developed an aquatic microrobot that mimics the water-walking abilities of water striders. Click to read more.
Japanese researchers have developed a robot that can lift a patient up to 80kg (176 lbs) off the floor and onto a wheelchair, charting a path for high-quality care for its growing elderly population. Click to read more.
A “flexible iPhone” prototype does everything a smartphone does, such as store books, play music or make phone calls. Click to read more.
Carbon nanotubes are quickly becoming the building blocks of innovation across most industries. Here are five potential applications that underscore the wide impact of these tiny tubes. Click here to read more.
German researchers have demonstrated how regular LEDs can be turned into an optical WLAN with only a “few additional components.” Click here to read more.
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