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Scientists have found a way to recycle sunlight, and it could cause a solar-power revolution

The world of solar cells could be on the cusp of a revolution, as researchers seek to boost efficiency by harnessing the power to recycle light.<p>A new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, considers the properties of hybrid lead halide perovskites, a group of materials already making …

Revolutionary new tech could lead to clothes that clean themselves in the sun

Forget all the smart washing machines you’ve seen at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, as there’s a fascinating new development that might let …

This 3D Printer Makes Robots That Can Walk Away as Soon as They're Done

Bringing the world one step closer to having real-life replicators like <i>Star Trek</i> promised, researchers at MIT’s CSAIL lab have developed a new 3D …

3D Printing

This machine 3D prints metal structures in midair by lasering nanoparticles

One limitation of run-of-the-mill 3D printers is that the structure must essentially be built as a series of layers, each one supporting the next. A new device from Harvard’s Wyss Institute allows metal filaments to essentially be drawn in midair with no support whatsoever. And it uses …

National Academy of Sciences

This Swimming Stingray Robot Is Powered by Real, Living Rat Cells

The cells are activated by light and contract so the robo-stingray can swim.<p>This soft robotic stingray is made of rat heart muscle. Yeah, it's just as crazy as it sounds.<p>"Roughly speaking, we made this thing with a pinch of rat cardiac cells, a pinch of breast implant, and a pinch of gold. That …